The Lakeland Tigers, a Single A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, play at Joker Marchant Stadium. Joker Marchant Stadium is named after a recreation director of Lakeland. The stadium was built in 1966 and received a major renovation in 2003 seats 9,000. The only thing that appeared to remain from the old field were the upper backless bleachers down the third base line. Seating capacity is 8,500, but I estimate less than 200 attended the game. The Tigers were playing the Clearwater Phillies in a one hour rain delayed game. About 6pm a major thunderstorm moved through the Lakeland area. Apparently the field crew did not get the tarp on the infield, so they had to do quite a bit of work to get it dried out before the game. The outfield drained very well. The Tigers scored 4 runs in the 3rd inning and held that lead until the top of the 9th. Then the Phillies scored 4 runs which put them ahead 5-4, the final score. The box score was Clearwater R-5, H-6, E-0 and Lakeland R-4, H-8, E-1. The field lines are RF & LF-340' and CF-420'. This is one of the larger fields we have seen. The Howell & Thornhill sponsored East Lakeland Mini-Minors little league team went on the field with the Lakeland players before the game. Their pictures are shown. Tonight we won a steak dinner as part of the program drawing. Every night is a special night--not sure what Monday is, Tuesday is 2 for 1 general admission, Wednesday is $1 peanuts, popcorn, hot dogs, dilly bars and ice cream sandwiches, Thursday is $1 12oz beer and sodas, Friday is Family Friday sponsored by Coke, Saturday is Fireworks, and Sunday is Kids run around the bases. New Logo 2007.
Attractions
Bok Sanctuary consists of 200 acres of gardens and grounds and marble and coquina stone tower containing 60 bronze bells weighing from 17 pounds to more than 11 tons. It is dedicated to the American people by founder Edward Bok, a Dutch immigrant. Fee.