Coming off an incredible 2010 season, the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team is ready to make another playoff run and it all starts with Spring Training in February at their state-of-the-art Clearwater, Fla facilities. This spring, just as they have for decades, thousands of Phillies fans will flock to the sunny Gulf coast beach town to cheer on their favorite team and ‘paint the town red!’
The Grapefruit League season begins for the Phillies with a doubleheader against league rivals, the New York Yankees; the second game in the series being their home opener at Bright House Field on February 27th. This season, as last, the Phillies will have 12 Spring Training games televised for fans not lucky enough to be there for the action, or those preferring to enjoy the games at one of Clearwater’s many Philly-friendly sports bars. Lenny’s Restaurant, which is a couple short blocks from Bright House Field, has been a favorite for players, coaches and fans for more than 30 years. The Clearwater staple serves up Phillies-inspired dishes with a healthy dose of hometown comfort and Philadelphia pride, no matter what the season.
Before or after game time, Clearwater offers an endless array of activities just steps away from one of the country’s most beautiful beaches. Sugary white sand and tranquil Gulf waves captivate visitors, while a broad variety of accommodations makes every visitor feel at home. The city boasts mile upon mile of hiking, biking, and walking trails, along with sports fields, beach volleyball courts, boating and water sports for those fans who are not content with leaving the action to the pros.
Bright House Field has hosted the Phillies and the minor-league Clearwater Thrashers since its completion in 2004, with room for more than 8,000 fans. The field is also home to Frenchy’s Tiki Hut Pavilion, a grass seating berm, group picnic areas, party suites, club seats, a children’s play area, an expansive team store and, most importantly, great 360-degree visibility for all.
Phillies’ Grand Slam Team Travel Packages have already sold out, but individual tickets and hotel reservations are still available for purchase. More information about Clearwater is available online at www.visitclearwaterflorida.com, while further details about the Philadelphia Phillies and complete game schedule can be found at www.mlb.com. The Spring Training broadcast line-up, air times and channels, can be found at www.philly.com.
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.