TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 30, 2013) – Spring Training for the New York Yankees gets underway next month at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. The official spring training home for the Yankees, Tampa is located in Central West Florida and offers a multitude of warm-weather experiences for sports enthusiasts to enjoy. To follow is a list of suggested sites and locations to visit while attending any number of Spring Training games, which run Feb. 25 through the end of March.
○ Start the day with a run or walk along scenic Bayshore Boulevard on the world’s longest continuous sidewalk – 4.5 miles – to enjoy waterfront panoramic views of downtown Tampa.
○ Grab a bite to eat at Mom’s Place, just a block from the stadium, where you’ll find traditional mom-and-pop diner favorites – and maybe even a player, coach or two.
○ Head to Busch Gardens Tampa to ride the all-new Cheetah Hunt® – the fastest and longest roller coaster in the Southeast – and other thrilling rides, along with exciting animal encounters, and more.
○ Enjoy dinner at Shula’s Steak House, just minutes away at the InterContinental Tampa hotel. It’s where a number of out-of-town teams stay and a great place to spot celebrity athletes.
○ Stop by the all-new Ducky’s boutique sports lounge, owned in part by Tampa Bay Rays three-time American League All-Star third baseman, Evan Longoria. Enjoy innovative bar foods, creative cocktails, state-of-the-art sound and lighting, and “mini bowling” in a relaxed, upscale atmosphere. You may even bump into Evan or one of his many fellow players who are regulars at Ducky’s.
○ Visit the historic Latin quarter of Ybor City for a high-energy evening along Seventh Avenue, and discover why Ybor City earned the name “Nightlife Capital of Florida’s West Coast.” To make transportation easy, take the TECO Line Streetcar system. One-day unlimited fares are $5 and a three-day, unlimited pass is just $11.
○ Make sure you’re in your seats at George M. Steinbrenner Field for Game Time. The 31-acre facility consists of two major league practice fields, and the 10,000 seat stadium is, complete with 13 plush luxury suites.
○ Look for special Spring Training packages at hotels and resorts, such as the Score Big Savings at the InterContinental Tampa hotel, which includes a 20 percent discount off the best available rate for deluxe accommodations and a Fan Tool Kit – complete with a baseball for signing, Cracker Jacks, peanuts, popcorn, bubble gum, soda and the lyrics and history of the song, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
○ Celebrate a win – or at least a great night in Tampa Bay – with a drink at Sail Pavilion, Tampa’s only 360-degree waterfront bar. With a beverage in hand, jump aboard the Tampa Water Taxi for a pleasant ride along the water to Rick’s on the River, featuring live music and fresh oysters, too.
○ Finish out an evening with a stroll along Howard Avenue – otherwise known as Tampa’s Soho (South Howard Ave.) district – where there are several places to see and be seen, including World of Beer, Yard of Ale, Dubliner, The Lodge and the rooftop bar EDGE at the all-new Epicurean Hotel. Late night pizza at The Deck is always a favorite as well.
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