Monday, January 12, 2009

Atlanta Braves Will Return to Disney for Spring Training

One thing that is always eagerly anticipated here in Florida is the change in seasons – the moment when winter winds down and the air begins to get a little warmer here in Orlando. And though warmer weather means more beach time and fun outdoors, for sports fans, springtime means the return of the Atlanta Braves. This Major League Baseball team comes to Walt Disney World every year for spring training, and this year, they’ll make their 12th return to Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in March 2009.

After two weeks of workouts, the Braves will prepare for the regular season at Champion Stadium within the Wide World of Sports Complex, one of the leading venues for amateur and professional sports in the country. They’ll play an 18-game home schedule that includes a number of great opportunities for fans to see incredible games, such as the World Baseball Classic Exhibition featuring Panama and Venezuela.

The Braves’ 2009 schedule is also expected to feature the most appealing slate of opponents since the Braves’ first training season in 1997. They’ll go up against the New York Yankees, the New York Mets, the World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies, and the Boston Red Sox, who’ll be making their second ever trip to the Wide World of Sports. Other teams facing off against the Braves include the Florida Marlins, Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, and Pittsburgh Pirates. This spring training season marks the highest number of single spring home contests for the Braves since 1997.

Guests will also be able to enjoy all-new entertainment and experiences, including an all-new On-Field Spectator Experience, which provides fans the opportunity to view pre-game batting practice from field level. There’ll also be appearances by Disney characters, live music, and more fun for the whole family; kids will even be able to run the bases after every game.

Last spring, the braves finished 10-5-1 at Champion Stadium. The Georgia team drew 138,111 fans during 16 games, a total that ranked second only to the Yankees in Grapefruit League attendance. The players will begin arriving in Orlando during the second week of February for individual and full team workouts.

Though the spring training season is still a few months away, sports fans will be able to plan for the games now, as individual and group game tickets for the Braves’ home spring training season go on sale January 10th. The games would be an especially fun addition to any Walt Disney vacation in the spring, and they’re an activity the whole family can enjoy. Start planning your Disney vacation now with discount Disney tickets at, and get ready to take your family or friends out to the ball game.


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