02/01/07 9:00 AM ET
Spring Training Fan Guide: Dodgers
Holman Stadium, Vero Beach, Fla.
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
And as Dodgers fans prepare for a journey to Vero Beach, where the Dodgers have trained since 1948, here are some questions and answers that should help with the long trip:
When do the Dodgers arrive at camp?
The Dodgers' pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Feb. 16, with their first workout Feb. 17. Position players arrive Feb. 20, with the first full-squad workout Feb. 21.
When do games start?
The Dodgers open the Grapefruit League season March 1, when they visit Kissimmee to take on the Braves. The first home game at Holman Stadium comes the next day, when the Nationals visit Vero Beach.
The Dodgers will play 35 exhibition games in total in March, including 10 split-squad games and the traditional three-game Freeway Series against the Angels just prior to Opening Day.
How do I get tickets?
Tickets for all Dodgers Spring Training games at Holman Stadium are on sale and can be purchased at the Dodgertown box office, by calling 866-DODGERS or online at www.dodgers.com.
Holman Stadium holds 6,500 fans, with additional room on the berm beyond the outfield fence -- always a popular spot for families. Concessions and novelties can be purchased on the concourse behind home plate and behind both bases. Ticket prices and other information can be found at the Dodgers Spring Training ticket page.
Where is Vero Beach, and how do I get there?
By air, Vero Beach is closest to airports in Melbourne, West Palm Beach and Orlando. It is 85 miles southeast of Orlando and 65 miles north of West Palm Beach.
To get to Dodgertown from I-95, take the Vero Beach exit, go east on Route 60 to 43rd Avenue, left on 43rd Avenue one-half mile to 26th Street, turn right on 26th Street, and Dodgertown is on the right.
How can I watch the team work out?
There is no admission to see the Dodgers work out on their fields at Dodgertown. The Major League team uses the two full fields and Holman Stadium; the Minor Leaguers will report in early March to the fields further east.
Before the start of the Grapefruit League schedule, the Major League team hits the field around 9 a.m. local time, and some hitters stay out there well into the afternoon. Once the games begin, there's only a morning session prior to the game.
Where can I get some autographs?
The best time to get autographs is before the start of games, as the players are walking from the clubhouse to the fields and back. Once games begin, players' availability is significantly reduced. Some players stop to sign near the covered batting cages and clubhouse beyond the right-field foul pole at Holman Stadium.
What else is there to do in Vero Beach?
Vero Beach is located in Indian River County. The American publication "Rating Guide to Cities" named Vero Beach the best small city in Florida, and Vero Beach is one of only four Florida towns included in "The 100 Best Art Towns in America." In addition to its beaches and waters for swimming, scuba diving, boating, fishing and other water sports, Indian River County's parks offer countless opportunities for recreation and enjoying the outdoors. Four public golf courses allow for all levels of play and tennis facilities are widely available. In addition to Dodgertown, the area has museums, theaters, restaurants, night spots and shopping areas.
When do the Dodgers open the regular season?
The 2007 campaign begins on April 2, when the Dodgers visit Milwaukee's Miller Park to take on the Brewers. The home opener comes a week later, on April 9, when the division-rival Rockies visit Dodger Stadium at 1:10 p.m. PT.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.