Spring Training Stadium Showcase: George M. Steinbrenner Field

George M. Steinbrenner Field SignSince 1996, the New York Yankees have held spring training in Tampa, Florida, the adopted hometown of their late owner, the iconic George Steinbrenner. Formerly known as Legends Field, George M. Steinbrenner Field (and its surrounding series of baseball diamonds) sits on the west side of Dale Mabry Highway, directly across from Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Exterior photos of both venues are available below.

George M. Steinbrenner Field Exterior

Raymond James Stadium Scoreboard

 

The Bucs practice facility is located one mile east of the Yankee complex.

Designed to emulate a miniature representation of the original and now current Yankee Stadium, Steinbrenner Field comes adorned with many similar features, including its version of the Bronx's famous monument park.

George M. Steinbrenner Field Monument Park

 

Perhaps the most noticeable attraction of New York's spring training home is the life-size Steinbrenner statue that welcomes fans to the building. The tribute was constructed after Steinbrenner passed away in 2010.

George M. Steinbrenner Field Statue

 

Steinbrenner Field stands five miles north of downtown Tampa, just east of the city's airport. Perhaps more importantly for admirers of “The Boss,” the structure rests 4 miles north of Steinbrenner's former home (near the Palma Cela Golf and Country Club) and maybe even more important than that, two miles up Dale Mabry from the former location of Malio's Steakhouse, the place where it is widely believed that most big Yankee decisions were made, during Steinbrenner's reign at the helm of The Pinstripes. Malio's has since relocated to downtown Tampa.

For a detailed look at the number of Yankees that call Tampa home, check out this iFolloSports.com article.