Major League Baseball’s Opening Day of April 1st is slowly but surely approaching, but first comes an opportunity for baseball fans (mostly ones up north) to catch a game in a warm climate for the first time in months. Spring Training is a great way for players to shake off the rust that they’ve accumulated during the long offseason and prepare for the upcoming regular season, while teams can get a look at top young prospects and veterans looking to lengthen their careers.
All MLB Spring Training exhibition games take place in warm weather states in either Florida’s Grapefruit League or Arizona’s Cactus League, giving players a beautiful climate to prepare for the 162-game grind of a regular season that lies ahead.
Spring Training baseball tickets are usually in high demand during a regular year, given the relatively small capacities of the ballparks in which these games are held, which is exacerbated in 2021 by reduced capacities of these ballparks due to Covid-19. Many fans that live much closer to their favorite teams’ Spring Training complex than they do their regular home stadium may also find this to be the only chance to catch their team in person, which prompts the question: when do MLB Spring Training tickets go on sale and how can you get cheap tickets?
When Does MLB Spring Training Begin?
While pitchers and catchers report to their team’s Spring Training complex on Wednesday, February 17th, inter-squad Spring Training games between different teams will begin on Saturday, February 27th, with each of the MLB’s 30 teams in action for their Grapefruit League and Cactus League games.
How Many Spring Training Games are There?
The 2021 Spring Training Schedule will be a little different than most years due to Covid-19. The MLB is doing what it can to reduce travel between teams, and it appears that for Florida’s Grapefruit League, teams on the east coast of Florida in a pod will be the Mets, Marlins, Cardinals, Astros, and Nationals, meaning that matchups may get a little repetitive, but given it’s just exhibition season, this shouldn’t be much of an issues for the players.
The Marlins and Cardinals and Astros and Nationals each share the same spring training facilities.
We’re still waiting to hear more from the Cactus League in Arizona about how many games will be played, but they have officially announced that there will be no split-squad games in 2021.
How Long Will Spring Training Games Last?
Games that take place at the beginning of Spring Training (February 27th) through March 13th may end up being shortened to seven-inning games or five-inning games if both team managers mutually agree to this.
Games that occur after March 14th will be nine-inning contests, but upon mutual agreement of both team managers can be shortened to seven-inning games.
This means that if you hope to get more bang for your buck in 2021, you may want to look to attend a game after March 13, when you’ll be seeing at least seven innings of live game action, if not the full nine innings.
When Do MLB Spring Training Tickets Go On Sale?
Given that there are 30 different teams that may all have different presale codes or on sale dates for their Spring Training game baseball tickets, we would advise checking out MLB’s Website and then clicking on the team logo of your choosing on the left of that homepage to search for games in which you may have interest.
All subsequent presale information and on sale dates will be on that team’s page and available to many MLB fans who sign up for their favorite team’s newsletter, which provides up-to-date emails regarding on sale times for single game tickets. An example of this is the page for the Chicago White Sox. If you’re interested in past pricing per team for Spring Training games, read up about it on our Average MLB Spring Training Prices Blog here.
We always recommend following the teams and their ballpark’s social media pages and signing up for their newsletters in order to get the most up-to-date information, though be aware that presales and game ticket release dates may vary and are subject to change.
What are the Fan Attendance Capacities for MLB Spring Training Games?
Teams will determine their own policies for fan capacity at Spring Training Games based on local laws, and more information is expected to be announced as the games draw closer. It’s expected that fans will be limited to sitting within Pod Seating of mostly groups of 2, 4, or 6 fans that allows for social distancing, which we explain in detail in our blog on pod seating at venues. The expectation is that no teams will have fan attendance numbers exceed 25% of their normal stadium capacities, with many settling in around 20% of normal capacity.
Much to the chagrin of season ticket holders for these teams, many teams are taking the approach of not allowing season tickets to be sold for their Spring Training games, which allows for more fans to experience these games with individual game tickets for games with limited capacities. Bear in mind that things that may have been a typical draw for baseball fans to attend these Spring Training games in recent years, such as getting player autographs, may not be available for this 2021 season.
Which Teams are in the Grapefruit League?
The Grapefruit League is comprised of 15 MLB teams and a mix of both teams from the American League and National League who play in ballparks all throughout the state of Florida. These Grapefruit League teams all play in their own ballparks, with the exception of the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals sharing Ballpark of the Palm Beaches and the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals sharing the confines of Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.
What are the Spring Training Fan Attendance Capacities for the Grapefruit League?
|Team||Home Ballpark||Location||Are Fans Allowed?||If So, How Many?|
|Atlanta Braves||CoolToday Park||Venice, FL||Yes||1,800 (22.5%)|
|Baltimore Orioles||Ed Smith Stadium||Sarasota, FL||Yes||1,800 (25%)|
|Boston Red Sox||JetBlue Park||Fort Myers, FL||Yes||2,400 (24%)|
|Detroit Tigers||Joker Marchant Stadium||Lakeland, FL||Yes||2,000 (22%)|
|Houston Astros||Ballpark of the Palm Beaches||West Palm Beach, FL||Yes||1,600 (20%)|
|Miami Marlins||Roger Dean Stadium||Jupiter, FL||Yes||1,462 (21%)|
|Minnesota Twins||Hammond Stadium||Fort Myers, FL||Yes||2,400 (28%)|
|New York Mets||Clover Park||Port St. Lucie, FL||Yes||1,400 (20%)|
|New York Yankees||Steinbrenner Field||Tampa, FL||Yes||TBD|
|Philadelphia Phillies||Spectrum Field||Clearwater, FL||Yes||2,200 (25%)|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||LECOM Park||Bradenton, FL||Yes||2,000 (25%)|
|St. Louis Cardinals||Roger Dean Stadium||Jupiter, FL||Yes||1,462 (21%)|
|Tampa Bay Rays||Charlotte Sports Park||Port Charlotte, FL||Yes||TBD|
|Toronto Blue Jays||TD Ballpark||Dunedin, FL||Yes||2,000 (25%)|
|Washington Nationals||Ballpark of the Palm Beaches||West Palm Beach, FL||Yes||1,600 (20%)|
Which MLB Teams are in the Cactus League?
The Cactus League is made up of the other 15 teams in the MLB, and play their games in ballparks scattered throughout the state of Arizona. Most teams in the Cactus League actually do share their own state-of-the-art complex with a fellow team, as only the Brewers, Athletics, Cubs, Giants, and Angels have their own facilities.
What are the Spring Training Fan Attendance Capacities for the Cactus League?
|Team||Home Ballpark||Location||Are Fans Allowed?||If So, How Many?|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||Salt River Fields||Scottsdale, AZ||Yes||2,200 (17%)|
|Chicago Cubs||Sloan Park||Mesa, AZ||Yes||4,000 (27%)|
|Chicago White Sox||Camelback Ranch||Glendale, AZ||Yes||2,400 (18%)|
|Cincinnati Reds||Goodyear Ballpark||Goodyear, AZ||Yes||2,268 (22%)|
|Cleveland Indians||Goodyear Ballpark||Goodyear, AZ||Yes||2,268 (22%)|
|Colorado Rockies||Salt River Fields||Scottsdale, AZ||Yes||2,200 (17%)|
|Kansas City Royals||Surprise Stadium||Surprise, AZ||Yes||~2,000 (20%)|
|Los Angeles Angels||Tempe Diablo Stadium||Tempe, AZ||Yes||2,000 (25%)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||Camelback Ranch||Glendale, AZ||Yes||2,400 (18%)|
|Milwaukee Brewers||American Family Fields||Phoenix, AZ||Yes||2,300 (25%)|
|Oakland Athletics||Hohokam Stadium||Mesa, AZ||Yes||2,000 (20%)|
|San Diego Padres||Peoria Sports Complex||Peoria, AZ||Yes||1,960 (16%)|
|San Francisco Giants||Scottsdale Stadium||Scottsdale, AZ||Yes||~750 (6%)|
|Seattle Mariners||Peoria Sports Complex||Peoria, AZ||Yes||1,960 (16%)|
|Texas Rangers||Surprise Stadium||Surprise, AZ||Yes||~2,000 (20%)|
How To Get Cheaper MLB Spring Training Tickets
If you weren’t able to secure tickets through any presales or general sales for Spring Training, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Tickets can still be purchased from secondary marketplaces, although the prices will not be at face value. MLB Spring Training tickets may have market prices higher than face value, but that doesn’t mean that good deals can’t be had – if you know where to look.
Most other ticket marketplaces charge high service fees in addition to the listed price, but not TickPick. Here at TickPick, we have no service fees, making us your source for cheap MLB Spring Training tickets on the secondary market. If you have not used TickPick before, you can sign up with the link below for $10 off your first purchase. If you have any questions regarding Spring Training tickets, please feel free to submit a request here.