Special delivery from Philadelphia on February 14 as Phillies staff along with Mayor Cretekos unload thousands of items at Bright House Field in anticipation of pitchers & catchers reporting on Feb. 18
WHAT: Spring Training is about to return to Clearwater, Florida! On Sunday, Feb. 14, the Phillies’ equipment truck will be arriving at Bright House Field, delivering thousands of items to be used by players and staff during Spring Training. This spring marks the 70th year the Phillies will be in Clearwater and the arrival is a sign that those who love baseball will soon be flocking to the area to watch the Phillies play ball.
- Upon the truck’s arrival, Phillies staff – along with Clearwater Mayor George N. Cretekos – will unload the truck into Bright House Field.
- Interview opportunities will be available with Frank Coppenbarger, Phillies Director of Team Travel & Clubhouse Services and Clearwater Mayor George N. Cretekos.
The Phillies’ truck will travel 1,058 miles before arriving in Clearwater on Sunday, February 14 – just four days before the first official workout for pitchers and catchers on Thursday, February 18.
The Phillies will lead the Grapefruit League home opener on Tuesday, March 1, against the Toronto Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. Among the many highlights, this will be the fans’ first glimpse of the future of the Phillies.
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 – 8:00 a.m.
- Unpacking begins!
WHERE: Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Rd, Clearwater, FL 33765
SAMPLING OF WHAT’S TO BE UNLOADED ON THE TRUCK:
- 2,400 baseballs
- 1,200 bats
- 250 batting practice tops
- 150 pairs of batting gloves
- 140 batting helmets
- 1 Phillie Phanatic hot dog launcher
ABOUT: The Phillies will hold their first workout of the 2016 season on Feb. 18. The Phillies have been training in Clearwater, Florida since 1948. The Phillies will have a few familiar faces in Spring Training as guest instructors. The team announced that Larry Andersen, Dave Hollins, Jim Kaat, Greg Luzinski, Charlie Manuel, Matt Stairs and Mike Schmidt will be in camp. The group has personnel from the 1980 and 2008 World Series championship teams, as well as the 1983, 1993 and 2009 National League pennant winners.
Clearwater is an ideal destination for travelers of all ages and interests, occupying prime real estate along Florida’s stunning Gulf Coast. As a top, year round location for both leisure and business, Clearwater boasts an endless supply of sun, warm weather, great dining, and shopping, along with extensive outdoor activities both on land and at sea. Clearwater Beach is consistently ranked among America’s most beautiful and the city is also home to a wide variety of sporting and music events, including Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training and the annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday.