Port Charlotte, Florida hits Home Run with Readers
It was a hot contest category, but fans of the Tampa Bay Rays and southwest Florida have voted sunny Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida their favorite spring training destination in USA TODAY's 10Best Readers' Choice contest.
Only 500 votes separated 2nd-place finisher Goodyear, Arizona from the top finisher. Goodyear Ballpark patrons - many of them Ohio-based fans of the Indians and the Reds - voted like mad for their winter getaway spot in the greater Phoenix area.
Scottsdale's beautiful new Salt River Fields landed in 3rd, while southwest Florida got a triple-play by taking 4th, 5th and 6th places.
20 original nominees - all in Florida and Arizona - were selected by a panel of experts: the MLB writers from USA TODAY.
The full list of winners in the 'Best Spring Training City' contest category for 10Best Readers' Choice are as follows:
- Charlotte Sports Park - Port Charlotte, Fla.
- Goodyear Ballpark - Goodyear, Ariz.
- Salt River Fields - Scottsdale, Ariz.
- McKechnie Field - Bradenton, Fla.
- Bright House Field - Clearwater, Fla.
- Ed Smith Stadium - Sarasota, Fla.
- Tradition Field - Port St. Lucie, Fla.
- Cubs Park - Mesa, Ariz.
- JetBlue Park - Fort Myers, Fla.
- Osceola County Stadium - Kissimmee, Fla.
Congrats to all the winners, and thanks to the MLB fans who put them there. And now . . . play ball! License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo