The late George Steinbrenner wasn't afraid to spend money -- Raul Mondesi was certainly evidence of a hyperactive pocketbook -- but Steinbrenner Field is an example of money spent well. It's basically a miniature Yankee Stadium: the outfield fences are the same dimensions as those in Yankee Stadium, the grandstand has two levels and comprises most of the seating in the stadium, the decorative elements ringing the grandstand is exactly like those found at Yankee Stadium, a Monument Park honoring former Yankee greats is located behind the grandstand, and there are 12 luxury suites that are way too overbuilt for the Florida State League.
In fact, there are no bleacher seats or general-admission seating at all in Steinbrenner Field, as all the seats are reserved armchair seating. Box seats and field seats have padding.
Locationwise, Steinbrenner Field is centrally located in Tampa. It's located only three miles from the airport and directly across from Raymond James Stadium (home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers), so if you fly into Tampa chances are good you'll see it from the airplane during your approach.
Spring Training History
The New York Yankees have held spring training in the following locations: Baltimore (1901); Savannah, Ga. (1902); Atlanta (1903-1904); Montgomery, Ala. (1905); Birmingham, Ala. (1906); Atlanta (1907-1908); Macon, Ga. (1909); Athens, Ga. (1910-1911); Atlanta (1912); Hamilton, Bermuda (1913); Houston (1914); Savannah, Ga. (1915); Macon, Ga. (1916-1918); Jacksonville (1919-1920); Shreveport (1921); New Orleans (1922-1923); St. Petersburg (1924-1942); Asbury Park, N.J. (1943); Atlantic City (1944-1945); St. Petersburg (1946-1950); Phoenix (1951); St. Petersburg (1952-1961); Ft. Lauderdale (1962-1995); Tampa (1996-present).
The same facility had two names while the Yankees held spring training in St. Petersburg: Miller Huggins Field (shown above) and Crescent Lake Field (below). The clubhouse there still stands with some original lockers used by the likes of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
Steinbrenner Field has been the spring-training home of the New York Yankees since it opened. Before that the Yankees trained at Fort Lauderdale Stadium.
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