Feb. 25, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State baseball program will travel to Clearwater, Fla., Wednesday, March 3 for a 7:05 p.m. exhibition game versus the defending National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies. Tickets for the exhibition contest are currently on sale and can be purchased by going through Florida State’s athletic web site at www.seminoles.com.
Ticket prices for the exhibition game range from $12.00 for general admission seating to $33.00 for club seating. Gates will open two and a half hours prior to first pitch and all fans with a ticket are welcome to join in the pre-game festivities at the tiki-hut pavilion located in left field of Bright House Field beginning at 4:35 pm.
“It is one of the highlights of the entire career for a college athlete to play against a team like the Philadelphia Phillies,” said head coach Mike Martin. “With the history of that franchise, guys will sit around with their children and talk about the day they played against the Philadelphia Phillies. I am proud that our program is involved in a game of this magnitude and I am sure that our players will remember this experience forever.”
The game will take place at Bright House Field, home of the Phillies spring training and their Class A minor league affiliate, the Clearwater Threshers. Bright House Field is a state-of-the-art ballpark and community sports facility with classic Floridian architecture that opened its gates in 2004. The fan-friendly ballpark holds 8,500 and distinguishes itself with a 360-degree concourse, grass berm seating in the outfield and a tiki-hut pavilion in left field. The children can entertain themselves in the Kid Zone equipped with a playground, inflatables and interactive games. Groups wishing to attend the game can also take advantage of such areas including six corporate and three party suites, club level seating and the picnic terrace. While at the ballpark, fans will also get to enjoy the state-of-the art LED scoreboard situated behind the wall in left center field featuring live in-game action as well as video highlights.
“With over 60 years of tradition between the Phillies and the City of Clearwater, it is great to be able to mesh a school like Florida State University and the Philadelphia Phillies together, two programs with a great tradition of baseball,” said John Timberlake Director of Florida Operations for the Phillies, Florida LLC. “We are really excited about the opportunity to host not only the Florida State baseball team and head coach Mike Martin, but also the Seminole alumni in the Tri-County area. We are looking forward to getting the involvement of those people who may have never experienced our ballpark and treat them to a wonderful evening of baseball.”
Florida State and the Phillies will face-off following a two-year hiatus. In 2007, 4,676 fans packed Bright House Field to watch the exhibition match between these two clubs. Despite Mother Nature washing away the event in 2008, the team was treated to a special visit in their clubhouse by Phillies Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt.
The event will mark the 10th time that Florida State will face a Major League club as the Seminoles have faced the Orioles, Yankees, Braves, Royals, Marlins and Rays previously. The Seminoles are 2-7 in those nine previous exhibition contests.
Last season, the Phillies advanced to the World Series falling to the New York Yankees in six games. Philadelphia captured its second World Series title in franchise history in 2008.
Fans can purchase tickets at Seminoles.com by clicking on the following link: