Baseball is returning to Al Lang this spring
The City of St. Petersburg released the schedule for the 13 baseball games to be played at Al Lang Field in St. Petersburg this spring, which will include international teams like Canada and The Netherlands, as well as the Rays, Blue Jays and Phillies.
The games will be played from Feb. 21-March 13. Here's the official release:
Beginning on Feb. 21, 2011 and continuing through March 13, baseball fans will be able to return to Al
Lang Stadium, one of Florida's first and most legendary venues for spring training, to enjoy a 13-game spring series that will include some of the world's best baseball teams paired against some of America's Major League Baseball franchises and college squads.
St. Petersburg's first season of International Baseball will debut in February, 2011. The series will feature three international teams -
national teams from Canada and The Netherlands, along with the Seoul Nexen Heroes of South Korea (the No. 2 finisher in the 2009 World Baseball Classic).
The teams will play each other as well as the Rays, Blue Jays and the Phillies, and college teams including Penn State and St. Petersburg
Games will be held at Al Lang starting at noon, 1, 2 or 7 p.m. Season tickets - only $75 for all 13 games - are now available at
www.stpeteinternationalbaseball.com. The season price is a 45 percent savings over individually purchased tickets (which will be available at a later date). For group ticket information, call 727-551-3000 or 800-874-9005.
The schedule is as follows:
Monday, Feb. 21 - noon: Penn State vs. Nexen Heroes
Thursday, Feb. 24 - 7 p.m.: Seoul Nexen Heroes vs. USA (St. Petersburg
Saturday, Feb. 26 - 2 p.m.: Canada vs. Seoul Nexen Heroes
Sunday, Feb. 27 - 1 p.m.: Beach State vs. Canada
Monday, Feb. 28 - 1 p.m.: Seoul Nexen Heroes vs. Canada
Tuesday, March 1 - 1 p.m.: Seoul Nexen Heroes vs. Netherlands
Tuesday, March 1 - 7 p.m.: Canada vs. USA (St. Petersburg College)
Thursday, March 3 - 7 p.m.: Netherlands vs. Seoul Nexen Heroes
Friday, March 4 - 1 p.m.: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Canada
Saturday, March 5 - 7 p.m.: Netherlands vs. Canada
Wednesday, March 9 - 1 p.m.: Tampa Bay Rays vs. Netherlands
Friday, March 11 - 7 p.m.: Netherlands vs. USA (St. Petersburg College)
Sunday, March 13 - 1 p.m.: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Netherlands
St. Petersburg International Baseball is an international baseball program created by Mayor Bill Foster that will include a spring league, and both a summer and fall series, all playing and practicing in St. Petersburg's spring training facilities.
"I envision St. Petersburg as an international baseball city," said Foster. "We already enjoy an expanding international visitor base. This baseball series will add a unique new dimension to our tourism activities, give our residents an opportunity to enjoy international ball, and bring baseball back to Al Lang Stadium."
- JOE SMITH