11/25/2008 1:11 PM ET
Yankees open 2009 Major League Spring Training schedule on Feb. 25
Ticket prices remain the same as last season
Spring Training schedule
The 26-time World Champion New York Yankees announced today they will open their 2009 Major League Spring Training schedule on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 1:05 p.m. vs. the Toronto Blue Jays at Knology Park in Dunedin, Fla. The Yankees' first home spring training game is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 26 at 1:15 p.m. vs. the Tampa Bay Rays. This season marks the earliest start to the Yankees' Spring Training game schedule in at least 60 years.
In addition, the Yankees announced that ticket prices for 2009 Spring Training games at George M. Steinbrenner Field will remain the same as last season.
The Yankees will play a 33-game Grapefruit League schedule as well as two home exhibition games against World Baseball Classic teams at George M. Steinbrenner Field. On Tuesday, March 3 at 1:15 p.m., the Yankees will host Team USA, and will welcome Team Canada on Thursday, March 5 at 1:15 p.m.
Included in the Yankees' 16 total home exhibition games against Major League competition are six night contests (7:15 p.m. start time) on Friday, March 6 vs. Detroit; Tuesday, March 10 vs. Cincinnati; Tuesday, March 17 vs. Pittsburgh; Thursday, March 19 vs. Toronto; Tuesday, March 24 vs. Boston and Friday, March 27 vs. Cincinnati.
Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Friday, Feb. 13, with their first workout slated for Saturday, Feb. 14. The Yankees' first full-squad workout is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 18. The World Baseball Classic will be played from March 5 through March 23.
This will be the Yankees' 14th Spring Training at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. The complex was renamed for the Yankees' Chairman on March 27, 2008, following two unanimous resolutions supporting the change issued by the Hillsborough County Commission and the Tampa City Council. The resolutions cited Mr. Steinbrenner's many charitable donations to youth activities, hospitals and the arts and recognized his numerous extraordinary contributions to the area.
Season tickets for the Yankees' complete 2009 home exhibition schedule will go on sale beginning the second week of December. Individual-game spring tickets will go on sale in January. For information, fans should call (813) 879-2244 or visit www.steinbrennerfield.com.