Spring Training Fan Guide: Braves
Disney's Wide World of Sports, Kissimmee, Fla.
In preparation for their attempt to reclaim the National League East crown, the Braves will once again utilize utilize Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex as their Spring Training headquarters. This will be the 10th year that they've done all their training on Disney's immaculate grounds.
As Braves fans get ready to visit the land of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, here are some questions and answers that may allow them to maximize their enjoyment on the trip:When do the Braves arrive at camp?
Braves pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Feb. 15. Position players will report by Feb. 20, and the first full-squad workout will be held on Feb. 21. When do games start?
The Braves will begin their exhibition season when they host the University of Georgia on Feb. 28 at 1 p.m. ET. They'll open the Grapefruit League season against the Dodgers at home the next day. How do I get tickets?
Tickets for all Braves Spring Training games at The Ballpark at Disney's Wide World of Sports are on sale and can be purchased online at www.braves.com or at the Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex box office by calling 407-839-3900.
The Ballpark at Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex, which was formerly called Cracker Jack Stadium, has a capacity of 9,500. Fans sitting from third base around to left field are comforted with stadium seats. Those choosing to sit on the popular left-field berm have a great sightline and the opportunity to catch many home run balls.
A modern stadium environment greets fans, who will find a wide variety of concession items and souvenirs.
Ticket prices and other information can be found here, at the Braves' Spring Training Tickets page.
Where is Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex and how do I get there?
Located in the heart of Disney World® Resort, Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex is easily accessible from I-4 and is located just 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport. Those choosing to drive from Atlanta can reach their destination in approximately seven hours.
If you are coming to Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex from I-4 eastbound, take Exit 24C to World Drive. Follow Disney's directional signs to Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex, exit right on to Osceola Parkway to Victory Way.
If you are coming westbound on I-4, exit 25B and again follow the directional signs, exit right to Osceola Parkway to Victory Way on the right.
Once on Victory Way, you'll drive approximately one-fourth of a mile and turn right into the complex's parking lot. Parking is free.How can I watch the team work out?
The Braves work out on a daily basis when they're in camp in February, with workouts beginning around 10 a.m. ET and running until about noon. Most of the top players stay on the main field, but they also occasionally are moved to one of the back fields, located behind the main field's right-field wall.
Admission into Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex is $11.
Where can I get some autographs?
Before the Braves begin playing games, there are a couple of prime opportunities to get autographs in the left-field area beside the players' parking lot. As players walk to the clubhouse (anywhere from 7:30-9 a.m.) or back to their parking lot (anywhere from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.), fans can line the fence in hopes of getting their favorite players to provide an autograph.
What else is there to do around Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex?
It's been a long time since Walt Disney World® Resort consisted simply of the Magic Kingdom® Park. The entertainment paradise now provides options for people of all ages. Adults may choose to enjoy any of the many theme parks during the day and venture to Pleasure Island for the late evening hours.
Epcot®, Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and Disney-MGM Studios are all located within five minutes of Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex, as are each of Disney's two large water parks.
Other non-Disney entertainment options are Sea World and Universal Studios, two popular theme parks.
As for hotels and restaurants, they are only outnumbered by the number of shopping options the Disney area provides. There are numerous outlet malls located within five miles of Disney's property.
When do the Braves open the regular season?
After a pair of exhibitions against the White Sox on March 30-31 at Turner Field, the Braves travel up the East Coast to the division-rival Phillies for the April 2 season opener. The Braves have their home opener April 6, when the NL East champion Mets visit Turner Field at 7:35 p.m. ET.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.