Phillies Announce 2016 Spring Training Schedule,Tickets & Fan Trips On-Sale Dates

Schedule features the debut of the new Phillies Futures Series

2016 marks the 70th year the Phillies will be in Clearwater, Fla. as they prepare for the upcoming baseball season. The first workout for pitchers and catchers will be on Thursday, February 18, and the first full squad workout will be on Tuesday, February 23.

The Phillies Spring Training schedule includes 17 great matchups at Bright House Field in Clearwater. Spring Training kicks off with an exhibition game against the University of Tampa on Sunday, February 28. The Grapefruit League Home Opener will be against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, March 1. Other highlights include a three-game homestand against the Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, and Detroit Tigers from March 8 - 10. The annual St. Patrick's Day game will take place against the Tampa Bay Rays on March 17. 

The 2016 Spring Training schedule concludes with the debut of the Phillies Futures Series. Fans will have the opportunity to see the Phillies of tomorrow play alongside the Phillies of today in two intra-squad games. The first game will take place on Thursday, March 31 at 6:05 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading. The Phillies will then return to Citizens Bank Park for two games, an exhibition game against the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, April 1 at 6:05 p.m. and the second game of the Phillies Futures Series on Saturday, April 2 at 1:05 p.m.

"We are excited to offer our fans a unique opportunity to see some of our top young talent take the field at Citizens Bank Park, said John Weber, Phillies Vice President, Ticket Sales and Operations. "This series gives our young players a chance to gain some valuable experience playing here in Philadelphia."

The complete Spring Training schedule is available at phillies.com.

Upcoming Spring Training Ticket Dates

Fans can reserve their seats at Bright House Field beginning in November with Spring Training three-game packs going on sale Friday, November 20. Individual ticket sales for Spring Training games will begin on Thursday, January 7. Tickets can be purchased at phillies.com or by calling 215-463-1000.

Phillies Fan Spring Training Trips on Sale Today

The Phillies are once again offering exclusive travel packages that allow fans to experience Spring Training in Clearwater, Fla. like never before. Official Phillies Fan Spring Training trips are available starting today, including the "Early Bird" and "Grand Slam" packages as well as the ever-popular "Seniors Trip" package.

Packages include game tickets, choice of hotel accommodations, car rental, a $25 gift certificate to the team store at Bright House Field, custom Phillies travel merchandise and flight travel options. New this year, a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the Phillies Minor League Complex is included. The "Grand Slam" package also offers an exclusive pre-game Q&A brunch at Bright House Field with select Phillies players and announcers. For more information or to make reservations, visit www.phillies.com/PhilliesVacations or call 1-877-833-7326.

**Please note that the schedule is subject to change. Schedule updates, game times and television dates will be posted on phillies.com as they occur.