ROGER DEAN STADIUM
|Dimensions||325L, 400C, 325R|
|Local Airport||Palm Beach|
|Ticket Prices||Field Box, $33.75; Loge Box, $31.75; Reserved Bleachers (Third Base Side), $19.50; SRO, $12.25|
|Season Ticket Prices||Field Box, $322; Loge Box, $294|
|Tickets on Sale||Now|
|Ticket Web Site||marlins.com|
|Address||4751 Main St., Jupiter, FL 33458|
|Directions||From I-95, exit at Donald Ross Road (exit 83) and travel east one mile to Central Boulevard. At the light, make a left and follow Central to Frederick Small. Make a left onto Frederick Small and the ballpark will be on your left.|
Miami Marlins Spring Training at Roger Dean Stadium
There’s a definite Jupiter lifestyle: lots of golf and fishing interrupted by good meals and cheap drinks. True, Palm Beach County is one of the more upscale areas of Florida – rivaling Naples and Sarasota in incomes and amenities – but you’d never know it from the clientele at local hangouts, where millionaires rub elbows with beach bums, all resplendent in their casual clothing.
Between Jupiter and the rest of Palm Beach County, you’ll be able to go out every night to a good restaurant without going to the same place twice.
Despite the Jupiter address, many folks attending Miami Marlins Spring Training at Roger Dean Stadium are there to enjoy the many high-end offerings of Palm Beach and surrounding areas. It’s an easy drive to Jupiter and Palm Beach from much of the greater Miami area, so many fans just duck in and out for games.
If you stick to the general Jupiter area during spring training. Jupiter is in the midst of a planned Florida community, Abacoa, with all the good and bad that it entails. When the ballpark first opened, it was in the middle of nowhere. Since then the surrounding development has expanded to the point where there are things to do should you decide to stay near the ballpark: you can find plenty of restaurants and movie theaters nearby, since downtown Abacoa is located directly next to the ballpark.
Most of the attractions are located on Town Center Drive and Main Street, which feature a range of bars and restaurants. We’re partial to Rooney’s Pub, only because it’s so weird and unexpected to have a bar named after longtime Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney be located blocks from the spring home of the Cardinals and the Marlins. No, we can’t understand it, either, but Rooney’s is a good place for a post-game tipple or two, preferably of the Irish sort. Rooney’s Pub, 1153 Town Center Dr., Jupiter; 561/694-6610; rooneyspub.com. We’ve also enjoyed more than a few post-game drinks at J.J. Muggs Stadium Grill. It is what it is: a good neighborhood spot suitable for a drink and some bar food. Both of these spots, by the way, are within a short walk of the Edna Hibel Way parking ramp discussed in the previous section. J.J. Muggs Stadium Grill, 1203 Town Center Dr., Jupiter; 561/630-9669; jjmuggsgrill.com.
For more substantial meals, check out Costello’s Pizzeria & Trattoria, where the emphasis is on New York-style pizza. Costello’s Pizzeria & Trattoria, 1209 Main St., Suite 102, Jupiter; 561/776-5448; costellostrattoria.com. Also worth noting: The Bistro (2133 S. US 1, Jupiter; 561/744-5054; thebistrojupiter.com), which specializes in local seafood.
When in Jupiter, you should check out the seacoast. The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse (Lighthouse Park, 500 Capt. Armour’s Way, Beach Rd and Hwy. 1, Jupiter; 561/747-8380; lrhs.org/JIL.htm) is the oldest structure in Palm Beach County, first lit on July 10, 1860. Designed by George Gordon Meade, a lieutenant at the Bureau of Topographical Engineers and later the general who defeated Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg, the lighthouse is still a working facility. It’s open Wednesday-Saturday, 10-4 p.m., with a $9 admission charge.
There are other spring-training venues within an easy driving distance. You could head 35 miles up the coast to Port St. Lucie (where the New York Mets train), farther up the Treasure Coast to Viera (where the Washington Nationals train), or across the state to Fort Myers (where the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins train).