The Lakeland Flying Tigers are a minor league baseball team, an affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, and play in the Florida State League, which is Class A-Advanced baseball.
Location: 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33805
Admission: Around $6.00. The team usually runs a number of promotions throughout the year allowing cheaper or even free entry.
Tickets: Go here (Official Flying Tiger Website) to purchase tickets for the Flying Tigers.
Here’s a video of the Flying Tiger mascot getting arrested:
I love attending the baseball games in the Florida State League. These guys are playing for the love of the game (and with a hope that they will be picked up by a major league team, of course). The seats are good, tickets are cheap, and parking is free.
The Flying Tigers are named for the Flying Tigers of WWII, a fighter pilot unit that fought in China. Many of the pilots trained at a flight school that was located right where the present day stadium, Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, is built. The Flying Tigers probably had the most recognizable planes in the war. I’m sure you will recognize them:
The stadium seats 8,500 people but the games are sparsely populated. The only time there are sellout crowds are for spring training, when the Detroit Tigers take the field. When I attended I had no trouble getting an excellent seat. I could have sat in the very front row if I wanted to. Also, there is an excellent chance at snagging a foul ball.
I can definitely recommend checking out the Lakeland Flying Tigers or the other minor league teams in the Florida State League!
I hope to see you out there!