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Ed Smith Stadium
Location 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34237
Coordinates 27°20′52.01″N 82°31′2.34″W / 27.3477806°N 82.5173167°W / 27.3477806; -82.5173167Coordinates: 27°20′52.01″N 82°31′2.34″W / 27.3477806°N 82.5173167°W / 27.3477806; -82.5173167
Opened 1989
Owner City of Sarasota
Surface Grass
Architect HOK Sports
Capacity 7,500
Field dimensions Left - 340 ft.

Left Center - 375 ft.
Center - 400 ft.
Right Center - 375 ft.

Right - 340 ft.
Tenants
Cincinnati Reds (spring training) (1998-2009)
Chicago White Sox (spring training) (1989-1997)
Baltimore Orioles (spring training) (1991, 2010-onwards[1])
Sarasota Reds (FSL) (1989-present)
GCL Reds (GCL)

Ed Smith Stadium is a baseball field located in Sarasota, Florida. The stadium was built in 1989 to replace Payne Park as a spring training and minor league site. The stadium holds 7,500 people. In 1998, it replaced Plant City Stadium as the spring training home of the Cincinnati Reds. It was formerly the spring home of the Chicago White Sox (1989-1997) and the Baltimore Orioles (1991). The Orioles had trained in Sarasota at Twin Lakes Park in 1989 and 1990 and then moved to Miami Stadium for spring games. It is currently home of the Single-A Sarasota Reds and Rookie level Gulf Coast Reds. Ed Smith has also hosted high school and college baseball tournaments. In the spring of 2005, a new scoreboard was installed that features animations. Outside the stadium itself there are practice fields and a large clubhouse, mainly used for the Reds' spring training camp.

A planned renovation fell through when a proposed bond issue from the city of Sarasota to partially fund the renovation was rejected by the voters. The Reds, whose lease with the city and the stadium expired after the 2008 season, have announced that they intend to seek a new spring training home.[2] They will move to Goodyear, Arizona in 2010.

The Baltimore Orioles have reached a tentative 30-year agreement to begin spring training at Ed Smith Stadium starting in 2010. The deal is pending a vote in the Sarasota County commission, and will include renovations to the stadium and surrounding areas. [3]

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