Feb. 13, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – For the second consecutive year, the Florida State baseball program will travel down to Clearwater, Fla., to face the Philadelphia Phillies in an exhibition contest at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26. 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.
Fans can access the link to purchase tickets by clicking on the Florida State vs. Phillies logo on the front page of the Seminoles’ official athletic website. The link will direct fans to a promotions page where they will enter FSU (case sensitive) as the promotional code. Next, fans will click on the Florida State University link which will direct them to the online ticket office. Ticket prices range from $27.00 for club seats to $10.00 for outfield grass seats. Gates will open two and a half hours prior to the 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 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Some of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Florida State baseball program.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to play the Phillies for the second year in a row at one of the best spring training facilities in all of baseball,” said Florida State head coach Mike Martin. “It was really an honor for the Phillies to call us again. With their team claiming the National League East in such thrilling fashion last year was exciting to watch. We were very impressed with their organization and for our team to be invited to play them again does a lot for us in the recruiting area.”
The game will take place at Bright House Networks Field, home of the Phillies spring training and their Class A minor league affiliate, the Clearwater Threshers. Bright House Networks 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.
Last year 4,676 fans packed Bright House Networks Field for the exhibition contest as the Phillies downed the Seminoles 12-4. Florida State got off to a great start as Tony Thomas, Jr. deposited a 1-1 offering from 2006 first round draft pick Kyle Drabek over the wall in left field for an early 1-0.
Before the game, the Seminoles enjoyed a fun filled day in Clearwater where they were given a tour of the Phillies’ clubhouse as well as a chance to sit down and chat with the big leaguers. They also got the opportunity to watch the Phillies take batting practice from the field seeing the likes of Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Pat Burrell knock a few out of the park.
This will be the third game for Florida State versus a Major League Club since 2001 when the Seminoles played the Florida Marlins. The exhibition contest versus the Phillies will mark FSU’s 10th all-time meeting with a Major League club. Florida State has faced the Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, Florida Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays previously. The Seminoles are 2-7 against those Major League teams.
Along with capturing the National League East title in 2007, shortstop Jimmy Rollins won the National League MVP. It marked the second straight season that a Philadelphia Phillies’ player was named MVP as Ryan Howard took home the honors in 2006.