Joker Merchant Stadium
Watch out! A ball is flying towards the trees! Imagine the excitement on you or your kids faces when a player blasts one out of the park. Seeing the Detroit Tigers or Flying Tigers in the great sunny state may not be so hard after all. Joker Merchant Stadium, owned by Publix, hosts Detroit Tigers spring training annually, while also having a minor league team based out of Lakeland.
The stadium is located at 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33805 around the northern central area of Lakeland.
Joker Merchant Stadium is a very well maintained ball-park, and has had many recent renovations to the stadium. Renovations include more shade, more box seats, more a/c areas, additional restrooms, concessions, waitress services, and even a Margaritaville.
The history of this stadium is actually pretty interesting. In the mid 1930’s, Lodwick Field was created, a municipal airport for Lakeland. In 1953, the Detroit Tigers spring training complex was built over part of the air field. The air field was still used for a few years after, but as the spring training complex grew, the air field slowly faded away until in 1960 when it was shut down. Expansion of the Tiger Town complex grew, and in 1966 Joker Merchant Stadium was built.
Read Some Reviews of the Stadium from 2022:
“Nice and clean parking is $10 to park in lot tickets are from $30 to 100 and beers are $11,25 a can really a good experience for the buck” – Manuel
“Publix Field is beautiful and very well kept up. I enjoy coming here to watch games with the grandchildren. All the staff are very kind and helpful. The staff keep this whole complex in tip top shape. The landscaping is lovely too.” – Brenda
“Minor league stadium is very nice. Went to Tigers spring training game… seats are on par w mlb irt price but there aren’t too many bad seats. Concessions are mlb priced. Can bring in snacks and h2o.” – Michael
“Great place to catch a baseball game. Field is in amazing shape. Food is great and fairly priced.” – Cosmo