When the Phillies report to Spring Training this year, chances are when you hear the first reports on radio or television, you’ll wonder if they have moved or something.
The reason is that the Phils will no longer play at Bright House Field (formerly Bright House Networks Field) in 2017 for Spring Training. Don’t worry though, it’s the same building and location but now has a new name, Spectrum Field.
Spectrum is a service that is offered by Charter Communications that has merged with Bright House Networks recently.
Back in 2004, Bright House Networks bid on naming rights to the Phillies Spring Training home for 10 years, and paid $1.7M for the rights to the stadium naming. The City of Clearwater benefited as well, they got 1/3 of the naming rights fee.
The Clearwater Threshers also call this stadium as their home, they are the Phillies Class A-Advanced affiliated team in the Florida State League of minor league baseball.
The Phillies played their first Spring Training game at this stadium in March of 2004, which is the same year that Citizens Bank Park opened in Philadelphia. The stadium holds 8,500 fans which is one of the larger stadiums among all the Spring Training homes in Florida for Major League baseball teams.