2021 MLB Spring Training Schedule Set for Palm Beach
11 Dec, 2020
In Palm Beach County, the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches (Astros, Washington Nationals) and Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium (Marlins, Cardinals), have announced their 2021 Grapefruit League schedules.
The FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, home to both the 2017 World Series champions, the Nationals, and the 2019 World Series champions, the Astros, will open the 2021 Spring Training season on Feb. 27. The game will serve as the Nationals home opener as they host the Astros. The next day, Sunday. Feb. 28, the Astros will start their home campaign against the Marlins. Both the Astros and Nationals will host 15 home games throughout the 2021 Grapefruit League season which will conclude on Sunday, March 28 when the Nationals take on the Cardinals.
During the 2021 season, FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches will host the Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, New York Mets, Cardinals, Yankees, and Marlins. The Nationals and the Astros will face each other six times, with each team hosting three games against their stadium partners.
In March, for the first time, FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches will be home to two day-night doubleheaders. On Saturday, March 13 the Mets will travel to face the Nationals, followed by a clash between the Astros and Yankees. Two weeks later, on Saturday, March 27, the matinee features the Astros hosting the Marlins, while the night game has the Mets taking on the Nationals.
Just north at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, a yearly tradition will take place on Feb. 27 as the stadium’s tenants, the Marlins and Cardinals, face off in the season opener. The clubs will follow the season opener up with a second game on March 5.
Both teams will play 15 home games at the stadium which will feature visits from the Boston Red Sox, Braves, Nationals, Astros, Mets, and Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays' appearance will mark the first time the side has played at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium for the first time in more than 10 years.
Each year, Spring Training generates a substantial economic impact for Palm Beach County. In 2019, Spring Training across both venues provided over $70 million in economic impact and $42 million in direct visitor spending. Over 270,000 total fans, both locally and out-of-town, attended a Spring Training game in Palm Beach County in 2019.
The FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is the newest professional baseball facility in Palm Beach County. Designed with an elegant wrap-around concourse and inviting sightlines, the 160-acre complex features a fan-friendly 7,700-capacity stadium as its centerpiece, along with six practice fields per team.
Beyond Spring Training, the facility hosts elite destination tournaments, community walks, corporate functions, concerts, festivals, among other events. It features a total of eight professional manicured baseball fields ideal for tournament setup. Five 120-by-80-yard multipurpose athletic fields are covered in beautiful Bermuda grass and cater to soccer, lacrosse, football, and rugby.
As one of the region’s preeminent baseball stadiums for more than 20 years, Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium is the only complex in the country that is home to four Minor League Baseball teams. The stadium seats 7,000, including box suites, a press box, a professional scoreboard, and a JumboTron. In addition to the main, lighted stadium field, the complex features 12 full-size baseball fields with professional dimensions on nearly 120 acres in the cozy Abacoa neighborhood of Jupiter, Florida.
Ticket information and game times for the 2021 Grapefruit League season will be available soon. For more information about Spring Training at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches and Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, visit https://www.fitteamballpark.com/ and https://rogerdeanchevroletstadium.com/, respectively.
About Palm Beach County Sports Commission
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the County, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season), and maximizes utilization of County facilities. The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that support its goals. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners. The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the annual Lou Groza Award program, the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame and the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, go to www.palmbeachsports.com.