Philadelphia Phillies

Spectrum Field

Clearwater, FL

Year Opened: 2004

Capacity: 8,500

Grade: 91 Ranking: FL: #1/14; Overall: TBD

Note: A full, in-depth review will come out in 2017-2018. The following bullet points consist of quick opening thoughts. Likes and dislikes will be extensively qualified in subsequent reviews. They also don’t contain detailed architectural or aesthetic observations.  

March 15th 2007: Premium Box
March 22nd 2008: Dugout Box
March 7th 2010: Premium Box
March 11th 2010: Club seats
March 12th 2013: Premium Box

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  • 13 years after opening, Spectrum Field is arguably still the best spring training park in Florida, and one of the best in all of spring training
  • While it’s withstood the test of time well, any lingering sense of comparative newness isn’t the reason for its high rating
  • For their spring training ballpark, the Phillies succeed more than everyone else (save the Red Sox and Yankees) at fusing the sensibility of their home city and Florida
  • Yes, Camelback Ranch in Glendale is stunning, but what about it screams Los Angeles Dodgers or Chicago White Sox? See, this is difficult to pull off
  • Spectrum Field is a flavorful amalgamation of Floridian Mediterranean architecture and Philadelphia Phillies reds and blues; its Florida meets Philadelphia in the best articulated way
  • More than any others, the Phillies do a good bringing in local food items from both the Tampa area and back home in Philadelphia
  • Taken on its own, Spectrum Field is still aesthetically respectable (and better than the new Ballpark of the Palm Beaches)
  • Functionally, Spectrum Field is still one of the best in spring training, and the amenities and atmosphere are also still up there with the best; Overall, it’s a perfectly well-rounded ballpark

 

Likes and Dislikes

Things I like:

  • Fusion of Florida and Philadelphia
  • “The Ace” statue and fountain
  • One of two Grapefruit League parks with an open, 360-degree concourse
  • New videoboard
  • Overall superior functionality
  • One of the best atmospheres in spring training
  • The best concessions in the Grapefruit League, as they continually make an effort to bring in local food
  • Tiki bar
  • Actual club level seating
  • Kids area

Things I don’t like:

  • Concourses can get narrow in some areas, and overall probably aren’t as wide as they should be; so with high attendance, this park is especially susceptible to crowding
  • Not as many sitting areas and concourse picnic areas as some of the renovated parks
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Scorecard:

Setting: 7.5/10

Location/Access: 7.5/10

Architecture & Aesthetics: 21.5/28

Exterior Design: 7/10

Interior Aesthetics: 12.5/15

Concourses: 2/3

Functionality: 22/25

Sightlines: 9/10

Seat Comfort: 4/5

Concourses: 6/7

Scoreboard: 3/3

Atmosphere: 15.5/17

Ballpark Personality: 9/10

Fan Support: 4.5/5

Ballpark Policies: 2/2

Amenities: 17.5/20

Concessions: 9.5/10

Premium Seats: 3.5/4

Sitting Areas: 2.5/4

Entertainment: 2/2

Conclusion

Bonus: 7

Final Score: 91