The city of Lakeland and the Detroit Tigers reached an agreement on a lease extension, committing the pair to Tiger Town and Joker Marchant Stadium upgrades, keeping the team in central Florida for 20 more years.
The $37-million plan for Tiger Town and Joker Marchant Stadium upgrades includes an expanded press box, new synthetic surfaces for practice fields, new concession areas and a new grandstand in left field, replacing the notoriously uncomfortable block of bleachers.
The funding for the project, which will begin after spring training in 2016, calls for $20 million in state funds, $14.6 million from the Polk County bed tax and $2.4 million from the city. The work is projected to be finished for spring training 2017.
The Tigers have been training at Tiger Town for 78 years.