Spring training is home run for local economy

Spring training conjures up images of palm trees, fresh grass on baseball fields and golf courses. But for the local businesses and shops in the cities that host the major league teams, March conjures up images of a different kind of green: money.

Updated: March 28, 2011, 2:55 PM ET
By Whitney Holtzman

The Detroit Tigers are celebrating their 75th year of spring training in Lakeland, Fla., the longest tenure of any major league baseball team in one location. The residents of Lakeland could not be more grateful that streak is alive and well.

Living Hope Community Church is located down the street from Joker Marchant Stadium, and when spring training hits, the church allows fans to park in its lot. However, because the church is a nonprofit, it doesn't charge, said Tony Delross, who ...

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