Joker Marchant Stadium

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Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium
Publix Field.PNG
Location 2301 Lakeland Hills Boulevard
Lakeland, Florida 33805
Coordinates 28°4′29″N 81°57′3″W / 28.07472°N 81.95083°W / 28.07472; -81.95083Coordinates: 28°4′29″N 81°57′3″W / 28.07472°N 81.95083°W / 28.07472; -81.95083
Owner City of Lakeland
Operator Detroit Tigers
(Stadium Operations)
Delaware North
Capacity 8,500
Field size Left - 340ft.
Center - 420ft.
Right - 340ft.
Surface Grass
Broke ground September 1965[1]
Opened March 12, 1966[1]
Renovated 2002, 2016, 2017
Expanded 1988
Construction cost $360,000
($2.72 million in 2017 dollars[2])
Architect Lakeland Engineering Associates
General contractor Frank C. Decker Construction Co.
Lakeland Flying Tigers (FSL) (1967–2001, 2003–2015, 2017-present)
Detroit Tigers (MLB) (spring training) (1966–present)
GCL Tigers (GCL)

Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium is a baseball field in Lakeland, Florida. The 8,500-seat stadium was opened in 1966 and has had multiple renovations, most recently in 2017. It was named after local resident and former Lakeland Parks and Recreation Director Marcus "Joker" Marchant. It is the spring training home of the Detroit Tigers and the regular-season home of the minor league affiliates Lakeland Flying Tigers and Gulf Coast Tigers.

On March 15, 2011, the largest crowd in the stadium's history (10,307 people) watched a spring training game between the Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox.[3]


The stadium could seat 4,900 people when it opened in 1966. In 1988, a bleacher section was added down the left field line, increasing seating capacity to 7,027. In 2002, Joker Marchant Stadium was renovated. The State of Florida's $4.5 million grant was the biggest chunk of the financing, while the Polk County Tourist Development Council chipped in $2 million. The remainder of the renovation's cost was paid for by the Tigers and City of Lakeland, increasing capacity to its present 8,500.[1]

In October 2014, the Lakeland City Commission announced part of a new agreement with the Detroit Tigers included the start of a $37 million renovation and upgrade of the 50-year-old stadium, starting in April 2016[4][5] after Major League Baseball Spring Training. Funding provided in part by the Detroit Tigers, the City of Lakeland and Polk County. Two construction firms Barton Malow of Southfield, Michigan and Rodda Construction of Lakeland were chosen by the City Commission to oversee the project. The Lakeland Flying Tigers, which are the Detroit Tigers' High Class 'A' Minor League club, played their Florida State League season at Henley Field, 1.5 miles away.

Naming rights[edit]

Under a 20-year deal that ends in 2036, the stadium was renamed Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium on the first day of MLB's 2017 Spring Training. The Publix supermarket chain is headquartered in Lakeland and their hometown field is the only sports complex for which they have purchased naming rights. [6]



  1. ^ a b c Knight, Graham (May 29, 2010). "Joker Marchant Stadium". Baseball Pilgrimages. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  3. ^ Zebold, Tom (April 18, 2011). "Spring Attendance Was 2nd All Time for Detroit Tigers". The Ledger. Lakeland. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ Joker Marchant Stadium Renovations on Tap (Spring Training Online)
  5. ^ The Ledger Newspaper Online
  6. ^ Claytor, Stephanie (August 5, 2016). "Lakeland's Tigers stadium to be renamed, renovated for 2017". Bright House Sports Network. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 

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