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HOW TO HIT A

HOME RUN WITH A CENTRAL FLORIDA VACATION THIS SPRING This spring,  15  Major  League  Baseball  teams   journey  to  the  Sunshine  State  for  Spring  Training... If  you  enjoy  watching  or  participating  in  athletics,  there  are  countless   things  to  do  in  Central  Florida  to  please  any  sports  fan.  Learn  the   ropes  in  this  free  ebook!


HOW TO HIT A HOME RUN WITH A CENTRAL FLORIDA VACATION THIS SPRING If you've  never  experienced  a  Central  Florida  vacation  in  the  spring,  now  is  the  time.  The   weather  is  mild,  fragrant  orange  blossoms  are  in  bloom  and  most  important,  baseball   fever  is  in  full  swing!  This  spring,  15  Major  League  Baseball  teams  journey  to  the   Sunshine  State  for  Spring  Training.  In  Central  Florida,  Lakeland  transforms  into  Tiger   Town  as  the  Detroit  Tigers  step  up  to  the  plate,  bringing  excitement  and  energy  to  the   entire  city.  Spring  training  games  provide  the  perfect  opportunity  for  the  entire  family  to   experience  the  thrill  of  professional  baseball,  up  close  and  personal.  If  you  enjoy   watching  or  participating  in  athletics,  there  are  countless  things  to  do  in  Central  Florida   to  please  any  sports  fan.

Create A Sports Fan's Ideal Central Florida Vacation With Detroit Tigers Spring Training Have you  always  wanted  to  attend  a  Major  League  Baseball  game,  but  just  couldn't  work   those  expensive  tickets  into  your  budget?  Or  perhaps  there  isn't  a  team  in  your   hometown.  Either  way,  those  peanuts  and  Cracker  Jack  are  never  out  of  reach  when  it   comes  to  spring  training  games.  Whether  you're  in  the  market  for  a  quick  road  trip  or  a   full-­‐fledged  family  trip,  taking  in  a  Tigers  spring  training  game  is  the  perfect  starting  point   for  any  Central  Florida  vacation.

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Be Part Of A Long-Standing Tradition When the  Detroit  Tigers  kick  off  their  exhibition   season,  they  took  the  field  at  Joker  Marchant   Stadium  for  the  48th  consecutive  season  in  2013.   Even  more  impressive,  that  year  also  marks  the  77th   season  of  Detroit  Tigers  spring  training  in  Lakeland  -­‐   the  longest  standing  relationship  between  a  major   league  team  and  host  city!   The  Tigers  exhibition  season  at  Joker  Marchant   begins  with  a  matchup  against  the  Atlanta  Braves,   Toronto  Blue  Jays  and  New  York  Yankees.  Be  sure  to   plan  your  Central  Florida  vacation  during  the   month  of  March,  so  you  don't  miss  out  on  this  local   tradition!  

A Different Kind Of Major League Baseball For the  avid  baseball  fan,  it  doesn't  get  much   better  than  spring  training  in  Florida.  This  is  your   chance  to  experience  a  different  kind  of  major   league  baseball,  the  way  it  was  decades  ago   before  the  giant  stadiums  and  outrageous  ticket   prices.  The  facilities  are  smaller,  so  every  seat  in   the  house  provides  a  fantastic  view  of  the  action.   The  atmosphere  is  more  relaxed  and  the  players   are  much  more  accessible  than  at  a  major  league   stadium.   In  fact,  fans  are  welcome  to  interact  with  the  players  and  have  been  known  to   come  home  with  an  occasional  autograph  or  two!  For  the  future  all-­‐star  in  your   family,  you  can't  beat  the  up  close  and  personal  environment  of  spring  training.   Fans  are  even  allowed  to  watch  the  teams  practice.  Pitchers  and  catchers   generally  arrive  in  February,  with  the  entire  team  following  in  March.  Don’t  miss   the  chance  to  see  2011  American  League  MVP  and  Cy  Young  Award  winning   pitcher  Justin  Verlander  up  close  and  in  action.  This  is  definitely  an  opportunity   to  knock  one  out  of  the  park  if  you're  looking  for  affordable  things  to  do  in   Central  Florida. 2

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See All Your Favorite Teams In Action When it  comes  to  Major  League  Baseball,  every  sports  fan  has  their  favorite   team  -­‐  and  here's  your  opportunity  to  get  a  sneak  peak  of  what  your  team  will   have  to  offer  when  the  regular  season  begins!  When  you  attend  a  Tigers   exhibition  game  as  part  of  your  Central  Florida  vacation,  not  only  will  you  see  the   amazing  talents  of  the  Tigers  players,  but  you  can  catch  several  of  your  other   favorite  MLB  teams  in  action  as  well.   Check  out  the  Tigers  full  exhibition  schedule  to  find  out  if  your  favorite  team  will   be  taking  the  field  this  season  at  Joker  Marchant  Stadium  in  Lakeland.

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Florida's Grapefruit League: Professional Baseball At Its Best The tradition  of  spring  training  baseball  in  Central  Florida  dates  back  to  1913  when   the  Chicago  Cubs  implemented  the  first  spring  training  in  Tampa.  Today,  15  Major   League  Baseball  teams  comprise  Florida's  Grapefruit  League,  venturing  to  locations   all  across  sunny  Florida  each  year  for  spring  training.  If  you're  planning  to  attend  a   Detroit  Tigers  game  in  Lakeland,  why  not  take  a  little  road  trip  and  check  out  some   of  the  other  Grapefruit  League  teams?  The  New  York  Yankees  train  in  Tampa,  the   Houston  Astros  in  Kissimmee  and  the  Philadelphia  Phillies  play  in  Clearwater.  There   are  endless  opportunities  to  travel  across  the  Sunshine  State  and  take  in  some   world-­‐class  baseball.  Who  knows,  you  may  even  create  a  brand  new  family  tradition   of  your  own!

RussMatt Baseball Central Florida Collegiate Invitational Tigers spring  training  isn't  the  only  Central  Florida  baseball  tradition!  The  annual   RussMatt  Baseball  Central  Florida  Collegiate  Invitational  is  a  crowd-­‐pleasing  favorite   that  keeps  players  and  spectators  coming  back  to  check  out  the  action  year  after   year.  Each  year's  event  runs  from  February  through  March  and  will  feature  more   than  200  college  teams  in  all  divisions  (NCAA  D  I,  II,  III,  NAIA  and  JUCO).  To  give  you   an  idea  of  just  how  big  this  event  really  is,  that's  more  college  teams  participating  in   the  Central  Florida  Collegiate  Invitational  than  all  other  Florida  spring  break   competitions  combined! Games  are  played  at  top-­‐notch  facilities  in  Winter  Haven  and  Auburndale,  both   within  an  hour's  driving  distance  to  either  Tampa  Airport  or  Orlando  International   Airport  -­‐  so  transportation  is  a  breeze!  The  two  primary  venues  include  a  former   major  league  spring  training  stadium  and  a  state  of  the  art  sports  complex  boasting   five  collegiate  baseball  fields  and  the  Florida  Sports  Hall  of  Fame.  Several  nearby   colleges  provide  secondary  fields.  Whether  you  have  a  friend  or  family  member   playing  in  the  tournament,  or  simply  want  to  experience  the  best  college  baseball   has  to  offer,  the  Central  Florida  Collegiate  Invitational  is  the  perfect  spring  retreat.

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Step Up To The Plate With A Sports-Themed Central Florida Vacation If watching  all  that  baseball  has  inspired  you  to  hit  a  home  run  of  your  own,  there   are  plenty  of  things  to  do  in  Central  Florida  for  the  sports  enthusiast!  So  why  not   extend  your  trip  and  check  out  all  of  the  sports-­‐related  attractions  the  area  has  to   offer?  If  you  love  to  fish,  hike,  golf,  swim  or  just  enjoy  being  outdoors  among  nature,   Polk  County  will  not  disappoint.  There  are  a  number  of  scenic  parks,  lakes,  golf   courses,  batting  cages  and  other  athletic  activities,  all  within  driving  distance  of  the   venues  hosting  the  Tigers  spring  training  and  Central  Florida  Collegiate  Invitational.

Off The Wall Adventures Ready to  hit  the  batting  cages?  Looking  to  get  your   adrenaline  pumping  with  some  paintball  or  kayaking?   Off  the  Wall  Adventures  in  Lakeland  offers  everything   you  need  to  get  up  out  of  those  bleachers  and  get   moving!  This  sprawling  athletic  complex  includes  a  paintball   field,  batting  cages,  a  heated  swimming  pool  and  opportunities   for  scuba  diving,  kayaking  and  fishing  excursions.  Best  of  all,  it's  located  right  in   Lakeland,  providing  an  ideal  way  to  get  some  exercise  after  filling  up  on  nachos  and   hot  dogs  at  the  Tigers  game!

Catch A Professional Basketball Or Hockey Game Can't get  enough  live  sports  during  your  Central  Florida  vacation?  You're  in  luck,   because  Grapefruit  League  Spring  Training  in  Florida  coincides  with  the  NBA  and   NHL's  regular  season  as  well,  so  there  is  no  shortage  of  opportunities  to  experience   the  excitement  of  professional  sports.  If  basketball  is  your  sport  of  choice,  the   Orlando  Magic  play  at  the  Amway  Center  in  Orlando  from  November  through  April;   or  if  you're  heading  west  from  Central  Florida,  consider  catching  some  hockey!  The   Tampa  Bay  Lightning  take  the  ice  at  the  Tampa  Bay  Times  Forum,  with  regular  season   games  also  taking  place  from  October  through  April. Whether  you  enjoy  playing  sports  and  being  part  of  the  action,  or  prefer  sitting  back,   relaxing  with  an  ice  cold  beverage  and  watching  the  pros  show  you  how  it's  done,   there  are  a  number  of  exciting  things  to  do  in  Central  Florida  for  sports  enthusiasts   and  casual  fans  alike.  Whatever  your  perception  of  the  ideal  sports  vacation,  you'll   be  ready  to  step  up  to  the  plate  when  the  time  comes  to  plan  your  next  springtime   getaway! 5

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Useful Resources VisitCentralFlorida.org: Central  hub  for  official  Central  Florida  visitor   information.  Request  a  free  Central  Florida  vacation  planner  and  view  an   interactive  vacation  guide  the  VisitCentralFlorida.org  website Detroit  Tigers  Spring  Training:  Heading  to  Lakeland  for  Spring  Training?  Here   you  can  view  the  Tigers  complete  exhibition  schedule,  purchase  tickets,   learn  more  about  Joker  Marchant  Stadium  and  even  buy  gift  certificates. Major  League  Baseball  Spring  Training:  This  is  your  source  for  Spring   Training  information  for  all  30  MLB  teams,  including  Florida's  Grapefruit   League  and  Arizona's  Cactus  League. Florida's  Grapefruit  League:  Learn  the  history  of  Florida's  Grapefruit  League   and  get  all  the  information  you  need  regarding  teams  and  locations. Spring  Training  Online:  Here  you  can  keep  up  with  all  the  latest  Spring   Training  news,  participate  in  discussion  boards  and  even  order  a  Spring   Training  guide. Lakeland  Flying  Tigers:  When  Tigers  Spring  Training  wraps  up  at  Joker   Marchant  Stadium,  the  Lakeland  Flying  Tigers  minor  league  baseball  team   steps  up  to  the  plate.  Check  out  their  schedule,  buy  tickets  and  learn  more   about  the  players! RussMatt  Baseball  Central  Florida  Collegiate  Invitational:  Whether  you're   participating  in  the  tournament  or  just  plan  to  attend  as  a  spectator,  this  site   provides  all  the  necessary  info  regarding  registration,  scheduling,   tournament  rules,  lodging  and  facilities. Off  the  Wall  Adventures:  Looking  to  stretch  those  legs  after  the  ballgame?   Learn  more  about  the  variety  of  sports  and  activities  offered  at  Off  the  Wall   Adventures,  including  paintball  and  kayaking! Orlando  Magic  Basketball:  This  site  is  your  source  for  everything  Orlando   Magic!  Check  out  the  latest  team  news  and  stats,  watch  videos  and   purchase  tickets. Tampa  Bay  Lightning  Hockey:  If  you're  ready  to  take  to  the  ice,  the   Lightning's  home  page  provides  all  the  latest  team  stats,  videos,  full   schedule  and  ticket  information.

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