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Roger Dean Stadium

Jupiter, FL

Home of the Miami Marlins Spring Training

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Roger Dean Stadium (map it)
4751 Main St
Jupiter, FL 33458


Miami Marlins Spring Training website

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Year Opened: 1998

Capacity: 6,871

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An Uneven Split

Roger Dean Stadium is unusual among Spring Training parks in that it hosts two teams: the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins. Named for a local car sales magnate, the facility is neatly split into two halves, with the Marlins headquarters on the left field side of the park, and Cardinals on the right field side. Until 2003, the 6,871-seat park was shared by the Cardinals and the Expos, before the latter became the Nationals and sought other spring facilities, and the Marlins moved in.

While the physical park might be equally divided, the fan base is not. The Cardinals clearly dominate over the much-closer Marlins in nearly every aspect, making the Fish second-class citizens in their own spring home. And although the stadium is in great environs, it is a particularly expensive Spring Training experience that does not live up to its cost.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

The food and drinks are mostly located in the exterior walkway that surrounds the seating area. Standard ballpark fare (hot dogs, pizza, and burgers) are available at most concessions, with a twist or two such as brats and BBQ thrown in. The pick of the ballpark grub is either the Super Dean Dogs (available at the "Stadium Favorites" concessions, $9.50), a truly jumbo dog in a pretzel bun that comes with an order of chips, and the "Island Grill" concessions, which serve up shrimp po-boys, crab cake sliders, and mahi-mahi tacos ($9 for each of the selections).

The beer choices are more modest. Your choices are mostly the Bud family and Rolling Rock, and the more refined tastes can get a wine. The closest you'll get to a microbrew is Landshark Lager ($8.25), sold in their own stalls in the outfield sections and at certain other concessions.

Also of note are the various GEE BO kiosks around the park that will let you order up food and either pick it up in an express lane, or have it delivered to your seat (if you're in the field boxes).

Atmosphere    3

Roger Dean Stadium has a fairly common minor league layout. The field boxes (closer to the field) run from outfield to outfield around home plate. A second tier of loge seats, separated by the main walkway from the field boxes, runs from about third to first. Above them, the press box and luxury suites sit right around home plate. A party tent and small bleacher section sits out in left field, and the Cassidy Cool Zone (an air-conditioned group area with an all-you-can-eat buffet) and a small picnic berm sit in right. The view in the outfield is a pair of executive offices (the Marlins in left and the Cardinals in right).

The doors open an hour and half before game time from three gates arrayed around the park. Crowding isn't an issue. The left side/right side split between the teams holds up everywhere. The Marlins use the third base side as their home dugout, and adventurous Marlins autograph seekers can hang out by the player gates outside of left field.

All the seats offer good views close to the action, but there is nearly no cover from the elements unless you spring for a luxury box or group event area. The only place in the regular seats that has any sort of protection is the last three rows of the loge boxes that are in front of the press box but aren't directly underneath the luxury boxes on the first base side. Sitting anywhere else? Load up on sunscreen and pray it doesn't rain.

The mascot doesn't make the trip up for Spring Training, and there are limited between inning contests compared to a regular minor or major league game. It does keep the ballgame moving at a good clip, however.

Neighborhood    4

Roger Dean Stadium is located within the planned community of Abacoa within Jupiter, FL. It is a development of different areas, each themed on different architecture, with plenty of shopping and dining available. A Florida Atlantic University Campus also lies just south of the park.

Jupiter houses many top notch golf courses that attract PGA talent, and it is a boon for any duffers. In addition to the ocean beach and the inlet area to the northeast of the park, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse is of historical significance, and the Hibel Museum on the FAU campus offers a dash of culture.

The Abacoa development has a lot of restaurant and bar options within a few blocks of the park. Those looking for a drink after the game will find JJ Muggs Stadium Grill right across the street, while Rooney's Public House, and DAS Biergarten are just slightly further down the road. Eateries include the Copa Cabana, Le Metro Neighborhood Bistro, Costello's Trattoria, Jumby Bay Island Grill, and Hokkaido Hibachi & Sushi.

With the myriad of attractions, Jupiter has a number of hotels to service tourists. Closer to downtown and the beach, there is a Comfort Inn & Suites, La Quinta Inn Jupiter, Best Western Intracoastal, and the Jupiter Beach Resort. Nearer to Roger Dean is the Homewood Suites by Hilton, and the Courtyard Marriott across the street from the stadium is about as close as you can get without an invite by one of the teams.

Fans    2

The Marlins haven't quite been embraced by the locals in Miami, and sadly, this disengagement seems to extend slightly up the coast during the spring. Given the proximity of the home team to their spring training facility, you might think the Marlins have the edge on the distant Cardinals, but you'd be wrong. Even at the most recent game I saw, the far away Mets managed to have their fans outnumber Marlins supporters in the park by at least two to one. And the stadium, even for a weekend game, was only about two-thirds filled, even with the out-of-town assistance.

The lack of fan support can be summed up in one anecdote. On a day when the Cardinals weren't even playing a game at the park, there were at least three times as many Cardinals fans sitting outside the gates of the redbird's training entrance looking for autographs than there were on the Marlins side. Ouch.

Access    4

Jupiter is nestled on the southeast Florida coast, and the park is conveniently right off of both the (toll) Florida Turnpike and I-95. The park is about half an hour by car from sister spring training locale Port St. Lucie (Mets), a little over two hours away from family vacation hot spot Orlando, and slightly more than an hour and a half to Miami in the south. Parking can be had for $5 for the uncovered grass lots or $10 for one of the parking decks.

For anyone looking to take public transport to the game, Palm Tran Buses on Route 10 ($2 per trip, $5 for unlimited pass) have a stop right by the stadium (University Blvd at Main St), and they serve Jupiter and surrounding cities, such as West Palm Beach. Palm Beach International airport is just twenty minutes south for those coming from further away.

Getting around the park is a breeze. A wide exterior walkway extends from left to right field, servicing all entrances and getting people to the concessions that line the walkway, as well as the stairways up to the seating bowl. Another comfortable walkway splits the field and loge boxes seating areas on the inside of the park. The standing room sections are on this walkway, which could clog it up, but it doesn't seem to be much of a danger at Marlins spring training games.

Return on Investment    2

The prices at Roger Dean Stadium are simply too high for Marlins spring training. This is more offset with a franchise with a long history and fervent fan base as the Cardinals, but it is definitely not so for the young and lowly Marlins.

Tickets are on three tiers (regular, premium, and super premium). A field box seat can go for $28-$40, which is more than a seat at Marlins Park would cost. Bleachers go for $15-$25, and standing room can be as expensive as $16. For spring training, that's simply too much (and standing room tickets are only sold after all regular seating has been sold). Mini-plans and season tickets can bring that price down a little, but not enough. Group tickets for parties of 15 or more start at $14 a head, but can go up to $130 per person for luxury suites and the Cassidy Cool Zone in right.

Food and drink aren't cheap, either. Most food items go for MLB level $8-$9, and soda and water will set you back $6 and $4, respectively. There are some relatively cheap eats (brats go for $5.50 and regular hot dogs for $4), but you'll get what you pay for there. Beers run $7.75-$8.25, and a wine will cost you $8.

It's all too pricey.

Extras    3

A $6 magazine program is available, and not worth the price for the content. Everything as far as signage is split fairly evenly between the Marlins and the Cardinals. The Marlins parking lot features a large mural celebrating their two World Series championships, and the Marlins "M" is proudly displayed on the facing of their left field offices.

Some small plaques commemorate the stadium construction and a county administrator who championed it (Alan Tarlow), and a large plaque commemorating the park's first Cardinals and Expos season ticket holders is seemingly disregarded behind the home plate concessions. The Palm Beach County Hall of Fame is celebrated in banners along the right field concourse, and a well appointed brick fan walk is located outside the main entrance, surrounding a copse of trees.

There is a small inflatable golf pitch stand for the kids in right field (a concession to the large golf presence in the area), and a sizable team store hawks merchandise for the Cardinals and Marlins, as well as their minor league franchises which inhabit the park after the spring.

Final Thoughts

Roger Dean Stadium is a nice ballpark in a great community, but when the Marlins are using the facility, they are still overshadowed by their park cohabitants and the hefty prices they can expect their fans to pay.

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Crowd Reviews

Roger Dean Stadium - Home of the Miami Marlins Spring Training

Total Score: 2.86

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 2
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 3

Roger Dean Stadium has been the home for the Miami Marlins spring training since 2002, although it opened in 1998. When the Marlins are not using the stadium, it is being occupied by both the Palm Beach Cardinals and Jupiter Hammerheads of the minor-league Florida State League. Recently, the Miami Marlins built a brand new state-of-the-art stadium in the heart of Miami. They might want to consider moving to a new spring training stadium, as well.

Although it was a packed house for their home game against the Cardinals, who also use Roger Dean Stadium as their spring training facility, it was a sea of red. Understandably, the Cardinals have just come off a World Series championship, but there is a good reason to believe that if the Marlins played in a stadium closer towards Miami, they would attract more fans than they do in Jupiter. The stadium is the only one in Florida being used to accommodate two major league teams, meaning virtually everyday a game is being played there during the spring. From what I could tell at the stadium though, the fans treat it as the Cardinals home stadium, and the Marlins are just visiting.

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