The Sarasota Red Sox, a Single A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, play in Ed Smith Stadium. Ed Smith was recognized for his service to sports and youth of Sarasota. The stadium was built in 1989 and has a seating capacity of 7,500. Probably about 1,000 in attendance and this with every seat being free. As a promotion Yellow Pages bought out the park. This stadium is used by Cincinnati for spring training. Sarasota was playing the Vero Beach Dodgers and were successful winning 5-3. The box score was Dodgers R-3, H-8, E-4 and Red Sox R-5, H-9, E-1. The field lines are RF & LF-340', RC & LC-375', and CF-400'. We enjoyed talking with some locals from the Port Charlotte area and learning some interesting stories about Ranger players, who until last year had spring training in Port Charlotte. Promotions: Monday-Seniors Night/bingo-55+ $1 tickets, Thursday Dollar Night-$1 ticket, beer, hot dog, soda. The mascot is Gordy the Gecko. Our seats were in the first row right behind the home base end of the 1st base dugout thanks to Jon Haley, assistant GM, who got the seats for us. 2007 affiliated with Cincinnati Reds. New Logo. 2010 No team located at Sarasota. New location at Bradenton affiliated with Pittsburgh. Logo top right.
Attractions
The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art contains their collection of art. Also, on the grounds is the Ca d'Zan their winter residence filled with items that John purchased mainly at auction. Also, the Museum of Circus that contains many items from the Ringling Circus. Fee.