|Capacity||8,000 (6,200 seats, 1,800 SRO/berm)|
|Dimensions||335L, 400C, 325R|
|Local Airport||Sarasota-Bradenton International|
|Ticket Prices||To be announced|
|Tickets on Sale||To be announced|
|Ticket Web Site||ticketmaster.com|
|Address||18800 W. Villages Pkwy., Venice, FL 34287|
|Directions||West Villages Parkway is located directly off Tamiami Trail (Hwy. 41), a major throughway running between the Everglades, through Fort Myers/Naples and north to Bradenton. From the north (Sarasota), take I-75 south to exit 191 (North River Road) and follow it to West Villages Parkway. From the south (Fort Myers/Naples), take I-75 north to take I-75 south to exit 191 (North River Road), head west on Tamiami Trail, and then to West Villages Parkway.|
Atlanta Braves 2020 Spring Training: If You Go….
After years of training in Disney World, the Atlanta Braves spent most of 2019 in Orlando before shifting operations to CoolToday Park in North Port, located in southern Sarasota County.
The move certainly represents a change in spring training and Florida operations for the Braves. Instead of being a star attraction at the busy ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, the Braves will be the biggest attraction ever at North Port’s West Villages development. North Port is not exactly a densely developed area, and when the CoolToday Park complex opened in March 2019, retail close to the ballpark was still under construction.
So, to be honest, there’s not a lot to do yet within a close drive of the ballpark, even with the impending arrival of a Publix grocery store and other retail.
But North Port is an area on the rise, and there are plenty of new hotels and retail/dining under construction in the community. And there is the advantage of location: a Braves fan can take in plenty of spring training with five complexes within a decent drive: BPort Charlotte’s Charlotte Sports Park (13 miles away), Sarasota’s Ed Smith Stadium (31 miles away), radenton’s LECOM Park (42 miles away), Fort Myers’ JetBlue Park (68 miles), and Fort Myers’ Hammond Stadium (70 miles away).
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