Here's the announcement that I wait for most years.   I won't be able to make it south this March for Spring Training, but if you're planning to, my advice is:  Get your tickets Saturday and be quick!  If I'm going 2000 miles to see a ballgame, I figure I might as well spend a couple of extra bucks for the best seats possible.....and they go fast!

Joker-Marchant stadium has had a lot of improvements in recent years, with a lot more coming after this spring!   Most of the seats are behind the safety screen.  I hate that, but many people prefer it for safety.   My favorite sections are 100, and 101, behind first base.  It's a great, unobstructed view.  You can hear the players, and see them trotting down to the clubhouse and back.  The sun is behind you too, instead of in your face. 200 and 201 are pretty good too, up higher, but further from the field. Section 112 is nice on the 3rd base side, but not really protected from foul balls.  Bring your glove and be alert!

Buying them on-line can be a little tricky, but you start to get the hang of it after a while.  It will try to steer you toward seats you might not want.  Don't be afraid to start over, until you get good seats.

If you're going down for several days, check out some other parks in Florida.   You can get those tickets on line, and see the Tigers play on the road.  The closest parks to Lakeland are in Kissimmee.  The Braves play at Disney, and the Astros are a few miles away.  The Yankees play in Tampa, and the Phillies in Clearwater.   The Blue Jays are in Dunedin.

Here's the announcement from the Tigers:

INDIVIDUAL GAME TICKETS FOR TIGERS SPRING TRAINING GAMES IN LAKELAND GO ON SALE SATURDAY AT 10:00 A.M.
80th Season at TigerTown in Lakeland; Exclusive Travel Packages Available

DETROIT – Individual game tickets to see the Tigers at their Spring Training home in Lakeland, Florida go on sale Saturday, January 16 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets can be ordered by visiting the ticket office at Joker Marchant Stadium, calling 866-66-TIGER or visiting www.tigers.com. For additional ticket information, special group pricing and handicap seating, call the Lakeland ticket office at (863) 686-8075. Fans now have the opportunity to travel with Detroit Tigers Vacations to enjoy exclusive Spring Training experiences. Fans can choose from a variety of travel dates and packages.

Packages include:
·        Airfare to Florida (optional)
·        Hotel Accommodations at a variety of Lakeland and Orlando area properties
·        Great seats to the games
·        Private Tour of Joker Marchant Stadium
·        Special early ballpark admission—get into the ballpark before the gates open to the            public
·        Exclusive post game dinner featuring a meet and greet with a Tigers player and                  team personnel
·        Rental Car (optional)
·        Custom Tigers spring training merchandise package
·        All hotel and rental car taxes included

Space is limited. For additional Detroit Tigers Vacations Spring Training package information visit tigers.com/vacations or call 1-800-892-7687

Next spring will mark the Tigers 80th season at TigerTown in Lakeland, extending the longest-standing relationship between a major league team and a current Spring Training host city.  The 2016 spring season marks the club’s 51st consecutive season of exhibition play at Joker Marchant Stadium.

The Tigers will open the exhibition schedule on Monday, February 29 as the club plays host to Florida Southern College in their annual matchup against the Moccasins. The Tigers open the home portion of the Grapefruit League schedule against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, March 1.

The schedule is highlighted by visits from the American League East Division Champion Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, March 22 and 29, as well as trips from the New York Yankees on March 4 and March 31, and a visit by the National League Champion New York Mets on Monday, March 14.

Tickets for the 2016 spring exhibition season will be priced at three separate levels: Navy, Orange and White. Navy games will be held on March 4, March 8, March 9, March 14, March 17, March 22, March 29 and March 31. Orange contests will be on March 1, March 12, March 15, March 20, March 27 and April 1. White games will be played on February 29, March 6, March 21 and March 25.

Full season ticket packages for the 2016 Tigers Spring Training exhibition season are on sale now at the Joker Marchant Stadium ticket office, via phone at (863) 686-8075, or by visiting www.tigers.com. Fans may also purchase season ticket plans of five-or-more games by calling (863) 686-8075. For additional ticket information and special group pricing, call the Lakeland ticket office at (863) 686-8075.