LAKELAND, FL (February 20, 2017) — Due to newly instated Major League Baseball security measures, no baseball complex can have any parking within 100 feet of the entire stadium. Unfortunately, this includes handicap parking as well. There is also player and player family designated parking that has been mandated by Major League Baseball. These new standards include Spring Training facilities and Major League ball parks.
In order to comply with the new MLP security regulations and meet the growing demands by Spring Training fans, Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium has established 72 new handicap designated spaces with access to the First Base Gate. These spaces are wider than traditional handicap spaces to accommodate wheelchairs and mobility vehicles.
Major League Baseball security protocols now mandate that all fans must have bags checked and they must walk through metal detectors before entering the stadium. This new security process and new parking regulations may cause some delays that fans have not experienced in the past. In order to get fans to their seats so they won’t miss any action, the City of Lakeland is suggesting that fans come to the stadium at least 15 minutes earlier than they have in the past. Also, because of the fanfare associated with opening day on February 24th when the Detroit Tigers play the Baltimore Orioles, fans are suggested to plan on coming to the stadium at least 30 minutes earlier than they have in the past.