The Marlins are in Jupiter, but there was no need for a rocket ship. Roger Dean Stadium is only about an hour and 20 minutes from Marlins Park.
With about 55,000 people, Jupiter, Fla., is is the perfect spot for baseball players to train, but with seven beaches, golfing and local bars like the The Square Grouper Tiki Bar and the Thirsty Turtle, it’s easy to be distracted.
When Miami Marlins players, as well as the other players in the Grapefruit League, aren’t playing ball, they have been known to relax on the beach or sit by the pool.
When it’s time to get serious, they head over to Roger Dean and suit up for their games. The stadium seats 7,000 fans. There are suites, sky box seats and even a party deck where 30 to 300 guests can have a pre-game lunch and hang out. Some fans can revert back to the old days by bringing blankets and watching the games from the Berm seating. Any way or where you watch, this stadium is a great facility for spring training.
Roger Dean Stadium is also the only stadium in Florida that hosts two MLB teams — the Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals. There are activities and promotions that support the community and charities throughout spring training and the rest of the year. One such charity is The Cardinals/Marlins Fund, which seeks to provide financial assistance to local non-profit organizations that encourage the participation of young people in sports and other physical fitness activities. Roger Dean is a great spot to spend time with the family for spring break, and it’s bringing a little charity to America’s favorite pastime.