Spring Training Fan Guide: Phillies
Bright House Networks Field, Clearwater, Fla.
The Phillies have been training in Clearwater, Fla., since 1948, but are beginning just their fourth season at Bright House Networks Field. Players can also be found working out across the street at the Carpenter Complex, located on the west side of U.S. Highway 19.
As Phillies fans prepare for their journey to the Florida beaches to check out reigning National League MVP Ryan Howard and the rest of the Phils up close, here are some questions and answers that should help make it a terrific trip:
When do the Phillies arrive at camp?
Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Feb. 14, with the full squad scheduled to have its first workout Feb. 20.
When do games start?
The Phils begin their exhibition season on Feb. 28, when they face Florida State at Bright House Networks Field. The Grapefruit League season gets under way the next day, when the Phillies travel to Lakeland to take on the American League champion Tigers. The first Grapefruit League home game in Clearwater is March 2, against the Indians.
The Phillies remain in Florida through March 29, then head north for a two-game set against the Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park on March 30-31.
How do I get tickets?
Tickets for all spring games are now on sale and can be purchased online at www.phillies.com , or in person at the Bright House Networks Field box office and the Citizens Bank Park box office. To order tickets by phone, call 215-463-1000.
Tickets for Spring Training games in Clearwater range from $9 for berm seats to $25 for club-level seats.
Bright House Networks Field features Frenchy's Tiki Bar. The park has a maximum seating capacity of about 8,800, with 7,300 fixed seats and the remainder spilling out on the sloping lawn beyond the outfield fences.
Ticket prices and other information can be found at Phillies' Spring Training Tickets page.
Where is Clearwater, and how do I get there?
Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Clearwater is about 25 minutes west of Tampa International Airport. Take Highway 60 across the Courtney Campbell Causeway.
The park is located on the west side of U.S. Highway 19, adjacent to Carpenter Field at 601 Old Coachman Road and near the intersection of U.S. 19 and Drew Street (Old Coachman runs parallel to U.S. 19. The field is one block north of Drew).
How can I watch the team work out?
Before Grapefruit League games begin, Phillies workouts are held at the Paul Owens Training Facility at Carpenter Complex, across the way from Bright House Networks Field. Workouts are free and open to the public. The best time to see players working out is between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. ET.
Where can I get some autographs?
The best spot for Phillies is down the left-field line as they enter and exit the clubhouse. For visiting players, you'll want to line up on the first-base side.
Phillies fans should also take note of the parking area just beyond the half-field that is adjacent to the main entrance, which is along the third-base side.
What else is there to do in Clearwater?
Besides the 35 miles of beaches, Clearwater is within minutes of many popular Florida attractions. It's 30 minutes to Busch Gardens in Tampa and 90 minutes to Walt Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios in Orlando. The city of Tampa is a short drive for museums and shopping, including International Plaza and Bay Street. Channelside, at the port of Tampa, has every kind of entertainment: cruises, IMAX movies, dance clubs and the Florida Aquarium.
For more information on Clearwater, you can visit www.floridasbeach.com.
When do the Phillies open the regular season?
The Phils open the regular season against the division-rival Braves at Citizens Bank Park on April 2 at 1:05 p.m. ET.
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.