New seats, sound system at The Dean
JUPITER, Fla. — Roger Stadium, the Spring Training home of the Marlins and Cardinals, will have a fresh, new look when both teams report to camp later this month.
A couple of upgrades fans will notice immediately are brand new seats and a higher-quality sound system for Grapefruit League games.
All 6,500 seats have been replaced. The new, forest green one range from 19-22 inches wide, depending on location. The sound system also will be better.
Marlins pitchers and catchers begin workouts on Feb. 20, and full-squad workouts get underway on Feb. 24.
The first Marlins games at the park will be March 2 against Florida International University, and March 3 vs. the University of Miami. After two exhibitions against college clubs, Miami opens its Grapefruit League play on March 5 as the home team vs. St. Louis.
Roger Dean Stadium also is offering two new batting practice packages. The park is opening 2 1/2 hours before 1:05 p.m. ET starts for those who purchase either a $5 or $25 package. For $5, fans can have their normal access to the park, which allows them to watch the home team’s BP.
The $25 package gives fans on-field access in designated areas. Those fans receive a souvenir pass, plus they get a close-up view of both teams hitting and fielding.
Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton tends to put on a show in batting practice, routinely launching 400-plus foot home runs. But he isn’t the only Marlin who can drive the ball a long way. New first baseman Michael Morse also has light-tower power.
Spring Training also will be the first opportunity to see Miami’s newcomers, such as Morse, Dee Gordon, Martin Prado and Ichiro Suzuki.
— Joe Frisaro