Spring Training 2012: A Guide to Champion Stadium at Walt Disney World Resort

Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., is the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves.

If you're thinking of attending a game as part of your Greater Orlando vacation, here's a visitor's guide to the baseball stadium.

Buying Tickets

Champion Stadium is located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in the Walt Disney World Resort. The official Disney-based website for the Braves' spring training has a Planning Tools section, which directs potential customers to visit ticketmaster.com to purchase tickets online, or to go to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Box Office to buy tickets in person.

If you order tickets in advance, general admission lawn spots start at $10 each, but the website adds a disclaimer that ticket prices can vary by gameday and opponent. Group packages, suite seating, and season tickets are also available.

Venue Rules

In general, the stadium rules require that no outside food or drinks, coolers, containers, umbrellas, lawn chairs, banners, flags, and weapons be brought into the park. All bags will be inspected prior to entry.

All ages are welcome into the stadium, and children under 3 years of age do not require a separate ticket purchase from their guardians. Smoking is prohibited in seats and the concourse area and is only allowed in designated areas.

Getting to the Stadium

Lake Buena Vista is part of the metropolitan statistical area of Orlando-Kissimmee, and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has an actual address of 700 S. Victory Way, Kissimmee, FL 34747.

If you are driving to the Sports Complex, from I-4 West or East, you will want to take exit 65, which is Osceola Parkway West. You will take a left into the complex at Victory Way and can follow signs to find Champion Stadium itself. Parking outside the complex is available and free. If the sports lots fill to capacity, patrons will be directed to alternate parking lots.

Depending on where you are lodging, your hotel may offer complimentary shuttles to the Walt Disney World Resort, which can simplify your transportation needs.

Buying Concessions

Champion Stadium boasts of having all the amenities of today's major league ballparks, including your choice of concession drinks and snacks. The Sports Complex also features the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill, which has a more substantial menu for meal times.

Although the Colorado Rockies are my home team, the Atlanta Braves have long-been my favorite. Spring training time can't come soon enough!