Stadiafile was in Florida last week and happened upon cozy old Fort Lauderdale Stadium. This Grapefruit League relic was the home of the New York Yankees from 1962-1995 and the Baltimore Orioles from 1996-2009. The field was in immaculate condition, the rest of the building was not, yet its simple layout and expressive structure were noteworthy.
Today Major League Baseball teams train in sprawling complexes with multiple practice fields, training areas and main stadiums – this was just the main stadium and that’s it. Just off Interstate 95, adjacent to the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers’ Lockhart Stadium and the Executive Airport, the surroundings were pretty barren, seemingly a viable spot for a bunch of baseball fields that could have perhaps filled out a modern spring training facility. But the Yankees and the Orioles have built anew in Tampa and Sarasota respectively, probably a matter of VIP suites, as it always seems to be.
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