The Tampa Bay Rays are heading to Walt Disney World Resort for Spring Break. The Rays will begin Spring Training at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex before hosting most of their Grapefruit League games at Tropicana Field.
The Rays will hold their Major League spring workouts at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex along with a home game on February 28, 2023. At the beginning of March, Tampa Bay’s Major League operations will then move from Walt Disney World Resort to Tropicana Field where they will play the remainder of their spring home games.
The ticket information for the Rays’ Spring Training games will be released in January.
“We are thankful for Disney’s willingness and ability to accommodate our unexpected Spring Training needs,” Rays president Matt Silverman said in a statement. “ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will provide our players and coaches with first-class facilities for their annual ramp-up to the season.”
The Rays aren’t the first Major League Baseball team to use the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The Braves used the Disney facility for 22 years. Most recently, the Braves used Disney as their facility in 2019 before moving Spring Training to CoolToday Park in North Port. The multifield complex at Disney will give the Rays the space needed for Spring Training workouts.
“We are thrilled to be bringing Major League Baseball back to Walt Disney World Resort,” Faron Kelley, vice president of Disney Sports, said in a statement. “We’re always looking for top-tier events, like the Rays’ Spring Training, for our guests to enjoy at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.”
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