Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) March 04, 2014
It has been a brutal winter for most of the country. One arctic blast after another has battered the continent, leaving 49 out of 50 states in sub freezing weather numerous times in the past few months.
The solution for many Americans has been quite simple: buy baseball tickets. Better yet, fly south for Spring Training. In fact, with the brand new season and the balmy Florida and Arizona temps, MLB tickets have sprung to life with nine teams in the top twenty sports ticket sellers nationwide.
Last year, the Yankees in Tampa led Florida Spring Training attendance with an average of 10,173 fans, while the Diamondbacks topped turnout in Arizona with an average of 11,021 fans in the stands.
“MLB preseason games took the field on February 26, 2014. Almost 3.4 million fans attended early season camps last year, and projections are up for this year to 3.5 million fans or more,” said Marta Ault at online ticket marketplace BuyAnySeat.com. “Ticket prices are low and the weather is warm, making these events a big draw.”
“That’s why we’re proud to offer fans the most comprehensive and continuously updated selection of sports tickets online, with a worry-free guarantee to protect their purchase,” added Ault.
“To access the full line-up of MLB tickets now available, customers can go to BuyAnySeat.com and click on MLB in the Sports Header, then select their team and their tickets.”
With Cactus League clubs clustered in the Valley of the Sun and Grapefruit League teams along the Florida coasts and center of the state, Spring Training offers one of baseball's great traditions. While Florida and Arizona are now the only states that host the camps, this was not always the case. Teams have held spring training away from home since the 1890’s in such places as Hot Springs, Arkansas; Tulsa, Oklahoma and New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Pittsburgh Pirates traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii, while others spent time in Puerto Rico and in cities of northern Mexico during the 40’s and 50’s. The Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees also trained in Havana, Cuba and the Dominican Republic during that time.
The Detroit Tigers were the first team to conduct Spring Training camp in Arizona, near Phoenix in 1929. The Philadelphia Phillies became the first team to train in Florida after they spent two weeks in Jacksonville in 1889. Currently 15 teams train in Florida and 15 in Arizona.
The 2014 Major League Baseball season is set to begin on March 22 in Sydney, Australia between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The game featuring the National League West rivals will be MLB's first regular season game down under. MLB has previously opened seasons in Monterrey, Mexico (1999); Tokyo, Japan (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012); and San Juan, Puerto Rico (2001).
Fourteen games, including 10 divisional match-ups, comprise the traditional Opening Day schedule on Monday, March 31st. Nine games are scheduled for Tuesday, April 1st, including the season debuts for the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park. The final day of the 2014 regular season will be Sunday, September 28th and will feature 12 divisional games.
Other important dates this season include Jackie Robinson Day on Tuesday, April 15th; the first day of the 2014 MLB Draft on Thursday, June 5th; and Baseball's 85th All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis on Tuesday, July 15th.
This year’s 162 game season will once again be split equally between home and away games for each of MLB’s 30 squads. That adds up to 2,430 games yet to be played in this year’s regular season, not counting the up to 20 postseason games the World Series finalists might play. The Boston Red Sox are the reigning World Series champs having clipped the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 last October.
MLB Baseball has the highest season attendance of any sports league in the world. (Source: wikipedia.org)
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