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Welcome to Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, the only baseball stadium in Minor League Baseball that hosts two teams. Located in South Florida’s northernmost city, it’s the perfect place to see Miami and St. Louis prospects early in their professional careers.
Jupiter’s hammerhead sharks (Miami Marlins affiliate since 2002)
Established: 1998 (affiliated with the Montreal Expos)
League: Florida State League
Baseball Stadium: Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium (opened 1998)
Notable alumni: Miguel Cabrera, Dontrelle Willis, José Fernandez, Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Josh Johnson, Chris Coghlan
Palm Beach Cardinals (affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals since 2003)
League: Florida State League
Baseball Stadium: Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium
Notable alumni: Jack Flaherty, Randy Arozarena, Tommy Pham, Stephen Piscotty, Alex Reyes, Jon Jay, Matt Carpenter
Championships: 2005, 2017
Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium is located in Jupiter, not the planet but the city of Florida. Jupiter is a picturesque community with natural landscapes, beaches and an iconic lighthouse. Located 87 miles north of Miami, it is home to approximately 60,000 people. The area was originally named for the Native American Hobe tribe who lived at the mouth of the Loxahatchee River because a mapmaker misunderstood the Spanish spelling “Jobe” of the natives and recorded it as Jove. Later cartographers furthered this misunderstanding to be the name of the Roman god (Jupiter) and adopted this name.
The city, which juts out further into the Atlantic Ocean than any other point on the Florida coast, has a total area of 21.1 square miles – 20 by land and 1.1 by sea. Since 1550, ships have considered it an important stopover when sailing to Central and South America.
Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium
List of Jupiter hammerhead sharks
Jupiter Hammerhead Calendar
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4751 Main Street
Jupiter, FL 33458
Capacity: approximately 7,510
Dimensions: left field, 330 feet; central lot, 400 feet; right field, 325 feet
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Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium is perhaps the busiest baseball stadium in the world. The facility serves as the spring training home for the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins, then hosts Florida State League affiliates of both teams – the Palm Beach Cardinals and Jupiter Hammerheads. As if that weren’t enough, the stadium also hosts the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliates of the Cardinals and Marlins on its surrounding backyards – admission is not charged for these games – as well as a large variety of tournaments and community events.
The stadium’s first official game was on February 28, 1998, with an attendance of 6,899. Hall of Famer Stan Musial played “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” on his harmonica, while St. Louis pitcher Cliff Politte threw out the first pitch and Mark McGwire hit the first home run. The Cardinals originally shared the stadium with the Montreal Expos, with the Marlins joining the fold in 2003 (after Jeffrey Loria sold the Expos and later purchased the Marlins).
Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium is one of only two stadiums in Florida to host two Major League Baseball teams for spring training each year, the other being the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches (Washington Nationals and Houston Astros ). At these venues, teams share the main stadium where games are played, but they have their own training grounds, outdoor batting cages, pitching mounds and state-of-the-art conditioning rooms.
In addition to seating and bleachers along foul territory in the two outfields, Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium has VIP luxury suites with indoor and outdoor seating. The Cassidy Cool Zone is a popular destination in the ballpark, especially on warm days, with a covered party patio along right field. Keeping with the tropical theme, Chido Beach Club features four-tier tables and rail seating directly behind the cardinals’ enclosure in right field.
Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium has hosted a series of themed parties, with its signature event being the annual Mega Bash celebration from July 3-4. Other popular events were Baseball & Brews and an Easter celebration. In 2022, the stadium will add a Space Night, Tacos & Tequila, and All-You-Can Eat Night.
Typical dishes like hot dogs, burgers, chicken fillets and fries can be found at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. A stand along the third base line sells barbecue, while a kiosk near the home-plate entrance offers all types of tacos.
Hamilton R. Head is the mascot of the Jupiter Hammerheads. A land shark, “Hammy” loves watching his favorite movie “Finding Nemo” and eating cardinals, blue jays and other exotic Florida birds. Robbie the Redbird is the mascot of the Palm Beach Cardinals. His favorite show is “Sesame Street”, and he calls Big Bird his hero.
Jupiter offers many recreational options for locals and visitors alike, with an emphasis on the great outdoors. The most notable landmark is the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, which was completed in 1860 and is often used as a symbol of the region. The museum and exhibits on the grounds showcase over 5,000 years of regional history, and you can climb the 105 feet to the top for coastal views. Then, stop by the Square Grouper Tiki Bar to enjoy fresh seafood and tropical drinks.
Thought Florida beaches were all flat? Think again. Drive to Jupiter Island to see the spectacle of Blowing Rocks Preserve. It contains the largest outcrop of Anastasia limestone on the state’s east coast, where crashing waves spray plumes of water to heights of 50 feet through erosion holes. There are also maritime hammocks, mangrove wetlands and beach dunes. The reserve includes an education center, native plant nursery, boardwalk, oceanside trail, and butterfly garden. If you want a more traditional beach setting, Juno Beach Park offers designated surfing areas, saltwater fishing from the pier, and picnic shelters from sunrise to sunset.
At Jonathan Dickinson State Park, activities range from guided horseback riding and camping to kayaking that explores the Loxahatchee River as well as coastal sand hills, upland lakes, and scrub forests. Historical interests include a secret WWII training camp. And the Jupiter Waterway Trail, which spans nearly 40 miles and several rivers, connects the Loxahatchee River, the Intracoastal Waterway, and Jupiter Inlet. Ecotourism activities include stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling, bird watching, and hiking.
Food and drink
Downtown Abacoa offers many indoor and outdoor restaurants near Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Whether it’s Hawaiian (Poke N Go), Cuban (Copacabana), Mexican (Duke’s Tacos and Margs), Italian (Tavern Pi) or Japanese (Hokkaido Hibachi & Sushi), there’s something for everyone heading to the stadium. baseball along Main Street. Need caffeine? Crux Coffee Roasters is a favorite. Before turning right onto Town Center Drive, Bahama Buck’s shaved ice cream and smoothie offerings will refresh you in the hot Florida sun. There are even more options like JJ Muggs Stadium Grill, DAS Beer Garden, Jumby Bay Island Grill, and Brick & Barrel Gastropub down the road. Fancy a pre-match or post-match drink? Stop by the Island Root Abacoa Kava Bar and the Civil Brewing Company. And to top off the evening, try a round of mini-golf at Lighthouse Cove Adventure Golf in Abacoa.
Want to get out of bed and watch a game? The Courtyard by Marriott Palm Beach Jupiter is located across from the stadium’s main entrance. If it is already full, you can choose from other hotel chains in the area. Maybe you would like to splurge. PGA National Resort (400 Ave of the Champions) is a six-mile drive from the ballpark. With five championship courses designed by the most legendary names in golf, it hosts the Honda Classic every March. If you want to wake up to a waterfront view, upscale options include Wyndham Grand Jupiter At Harborside Place (122 Soundings Avenue) and Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa (5 North Highway A1A).
To move on
Although the Nationals and Astros have spring training facilities near West Palm Beach, Florida, neither organization has a Florida State League team playing at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. The closest minor league team to Jupiter is the St. Lucie Mets, located approximately 41 miles north of Port St. Lucie. The Daytona Tortugas are still two and a half hours away along I-95. Of the six teams in the Low-A Southeast West Division, which are located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the closest is the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels via Florida State Road 80 west for 143 miles.
The road to Miami
Jupiter represents the start of professional ball for Marlins prospects in the United States, either in the Florida Complex League or the Low-A Southeast. After that it’s a trip to the Midwest to play for Beloit before returning to the Sunshine State for stops in Pensacola and Jacksonville.
Single-A: Jupiter’s hammerhead sharks
High-A: Beloit sky carp
Double A: Pensacola Blue Wahoo
Triple-A: Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
The road to Saint Louis
United States minor leaguers for the famous franchise begin their careers at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in the Florida Complex League or Florida State League. They then fly north, where the next two branches – Peoria and Springfield – are closer to their home in Illinois. Memphis, which is the last stop before The Show, is 284 miles from Busch Stadium.
Single-A: Palm Beach Cardinals
High-A: Chiefs Peoria
Double A: Springfield Cardinals
Triple-A: Memphis Red Birds