Spring Training Tickets – Why Wait?

Even though single-game seats don't go on sale for five weeks, there are still convenient and economical ways to line up your Cardinals spring training tickets ahead of time.

As the countdown clock on Jupiter, Florida's Roger Dean Stadium website reminds us, there are only 78 days remaining until 2006 Spring Training gets officially underway. If you're like me, you've been thinking about a trip to escape winter and catch some baseball while you're at it. What better way to accomplish both than a visit to the spring training home of the Cardinals since 1998?

While individual game tickets for Cardinals spring training games don't go on sale until January 21, the Roger Dean folks have some brand new and interesting ways to jump to the head of the line. What better Christmas gift for a special person in your life than to give them a pack of tickets to five March games in sunny Florida?

With match-ups against the likes of the New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers included in the 16 scheduled home games, you can rest assured that the roughly 7000 tickets available for each Cardinals' spring contest will sell fast.

I caught up with Rob Rabenecker, General Manager of Roger Dean Stadium to get the specifics about ticket sales, news about the Jupiter complex and more.

Link to audio interview on ticket sales and plans.

Link to audio interview on minor league play, hurricane repair and Palm Beach County's contract with the Cardinals.

In addition, tickets to the World Baseball Classic games went on sale Monday. Included in the schedule are games from March 7-10 in Orlando where Albert Pujols' Dominican Republic squad will compete against teams representing Australia, Italy and Venezuela. WBC tickets

I have spoken with some fans who are planning to work in a trip up to Orlando while they are in Florida. Sounds like a great idea to me and good luck to all in your spring baseball vacation planning!

Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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