BALTIMORE -- Get them while you can. The Orioles will begin selling single-game seats for their new Spring Training home on Saturday, officially marking the team's transition from Fort Lauderdale. Baltimore will be moving to Sarasota's Ed Smith Stadium, breaking a 14-year run in Fort Lauderdale and returning to a city it trained in back in 1995.
Tickets will go on sale on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, and fans will be able to purchase them at orioles.com, in person or over the phone. Baltimore recently signed a 30-year lease to train in Sarasota, and Ed Smith Stadium will undergo extensive renovations after the 2010 spring campaign. The O's existing Minor League camp at Twin Lakes Park will also be repaired.
Baltimore will kick off its exhibition slate at Ed Smith Stadium with a game against the Rays on March 3, one of 16 home games for the Orioles this spring. Baltimore, in fact, will host 10 different teams during Spring Training, including each of its division rivals at least once. New York, Boston and Tampa Bay will each visit three times.
The O's will also see the Pirates, Twins, Phillies, Tigers and Mets during their spring slate. Baltimore will also make visits to Toronto's spring complex in Dunedin, New York's in Tampa and Philadelphia's in Clearwater. Previously, the Orioles had been limited to a few complexes within driving distance of Fort Lauderdale.
The club will play a home-and-home series with the Rays on March 3 and 4, and it'll do the same with the Blue Jays on March 17 and 18. Baltimore's spring campaign will wrap up with a home game against the Mets on April 3, and the Orioles will have a workout at Ed Smith Stadium and another at Tropicana Field before Opening Day.
Baltimore's pitchers and catchers will hold their first workout on Thursday, Feb. 18, and the team's first full-squad workout will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Workouts at Ed Smith Stadium are free and open to the public up to the date games begin. Ballpark gates open at 9 a.m. ET each day at Ed Smith, the former Spring Training home of the Reds.
The Orioles are selling a Spring Training Travel Package that includes hotel accomodations, rental car, tickets and optional airfare, but fans may also opt to buy seats in either single-game, four-packs or spring season plans. Fans interested in multi-game or group ticket plans may call the Orioles Spring Training office (941-954-4101).
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.