Spring Training Fan Guide: Yankees

Spring Training Fan Guide: Yankees

Each spring, the Bronx moves about 1,200 miles south, as the Yankees invade Tampa for Spring Training. Since 1996, when the Yankees moved north from Ft. Lauderdale, Legends Field -- which sports the same dimensions as Yankee Stadium -- has been a hot spot for fans touring the Grapefruit League.

As Yankees fans prepare for their journey to Tampa, here are some questions and answers that should help make the trip a good one:

When do the Yankees arrive at camp?
Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 13, with the first workout scheduled for two days later. Position players report on Feb. 19, with the first full-squad workout set for Feb. 20.

When do games start?
The Grapefruit League opener for the Yankees takes place at Legends Field on March 1 at 1:15 p.m. ET against the reigning AL Central-champion Twins. That will be the first of 15 home games for the Yankees.

How do I get tickets?
Tickets for all Yankees Spring Training games at Legends Field are on sale now at yankees.com. They can also be purchased at the Legends Field box office.

For more information on tickets, you can call 813-879-2244 or 800-96-YANKS.

Legends Field holds just over 10,000 fans and features 12 luxury suites. For information about reserving a suite, you can call 813-879-2244.

Ticket prices and other information can be found here, at the Yankees' Spring Training Tickets page.

Where is Tampa and how do I get there?
For those making the trip from New York, you can easily fly into Tampa from any of the three New York-area airports. The flight is just under three hours long.

You'll need a car to get around Tampa, but it's a pretty easy city in which to get around. Dale Mabry Highway is one of the major roads in Tampa, housing several restaurants, stores and, of course, Legends Field.

Legends Field is located just a couple of miles from the Tampa International Airport, and there are several hotels in the immediate vicinity.

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To get to Legends Field from I-275: Take I-275 to North Dale Mabry (US Highway 92), exit 41B (old 23). Proceed north approximately three miles and Legends Field will be on your left.

From the airport: Proceed out of the airport, exit to Spruce Street. After approximately two miles, make a left on North Dale Mabry (US Highway 92) for approximately one mile. Legends Field will be on your left.

How can I watch the team work out?
There is no admission to watch the Yankees work out before games begin, though the stadium isn't open to the public every day. On Feb. 16, pitchers and catchers will take the field for the first time, giving fans an opportunity to see the entire starting rotation line up and throw in the bullpen at once. The best view? The catwalk down the first-base side of the stadium.

When the full squad reports and takes the practice field, fans can also catch a glimpse of batting practice on Field 2, which is easily accessible.

Where can I get some autographs?
Players run from field to field, so getting autographs can be tricky. Fans by the first-base dugout often have success, especially with manager Joe Torre, who routinely stops to pen his John Hancock on baseballs, caps and photos.

Field 2 is another spot to get signatures, but get there early. Players working out on their own early may stop, but once the whole team is out there, your chances diminish greatly.

Fans should also check out the mini-Monument Park in front of the ballpark. You won't get any autographs there, but it's a nice touch and a good photo opportunity.

What else is there to do in Tampa?
Plenty. Tampa features dozens of good restaurants, several of which are in the International Plaza mall. The complex, located just minutes from the ballpark, features eateries such as The Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, The Capital Grille, The Bamboo Club and Champps Restaurant and Bar. There are also several fun bars in the plaza, including the Blue Martini and Bar Louie.

There are several other entertainment options for those hours away from the ballpark, including several movie theaters and the nearby Hard Rock Casino.

If you're looking for a day trip, the Busch Gardens amusement park is just outside of Tampa, while Disney World is a little more than an hour away.

For more information on Tampa, visit the city's Web site.

When do the Yankees open the regular season?
The Yankees begin their quest for a 10th consecutive AL East title on April 2, when they host the Devil Rays at Yankee Stadium at 1:05 p.m.