Baseball fans from all over the country will come to Arizona this month to see their favorite teams in this year’s Cactus League spring training games.
The first game of the 2020 Cactus League spring training is on February 21 between the Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals at the Surprise Stadium.
Catch any number of the 200 games at 10 different stadiums around Maricopa County.
The Cactus League has gained 15 teams since its start in 1947. From the San Francisco Giants to the Colorado Rockies, everyone has a team to cheer on.
Arizona has 10 stadiums throughout Maricopa County. The closest is Scottsdale Stadium located at 7408 E. Osborn Road, which is only about three miles away from Arcadia. This facility just finished an extensive construction and is now complete and ready for fans. Renovations include a new clubhouse and event center, bigger concourses for better traffic flow and bleachers and standing space for the right-field concourse. The home team at Scottsdale Stadium is the San Francisco Giants.
The furthest stadium from Arcadia is the Surprise Stadium, located at 15930 N. Bullard Ave., which is around 41 miles away. This stadium was built in 2002 and hosts the Kansas City Royals as the home team.
Camelback Ranch-Glendale, located at 10710 W. Camelback Road in Phoenix covers 141 acres, making it the largest complex in the Cactus League. This stadium is home to the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Arizona Diamondbacks play at Salt River Fields at 7555 N. Pima Road in Scottsdale. Salt River Fields was the first Major League Baseball property built on an Indian reservation. Throughout the park, folks can find information about the teams and the history of the Pima and Maricopa tribes.
Each stadium has its own menu of great ballpark and not-so-ballpark food.
The Scottsdale Stadium offers Wok Fried Soba Noodles.
Salt River Fields has the Talking Stick Dog: a giant kosher dog with pulled pork and mac and cheese on top. Restaurants include Streets of New York, Chick-fil-A, Salty Señorita and Sonoran BBQ, if fans are looking for something other than the classic ballgame hot dog and peanuts.
Salt River Fields also has the Cold Stone Kids Fun Field that opens one hour before the first pitch, where kids can play whiffle ball and enjoy a scoop of ice cream.
Tickets run as low as $8 per person for lawn seats. They are almost half the price of any other ticket, and as long as folks don’t forget their umbrellas and sunscreen, there’s plenty of space to get comfortable for the game. Plus, most lawn seats are near the outfield, so people have a better chance of catching a home run or a fly ball. However, make sure to bring a blanket, because chairs are not allowed.
For more: cactusleague.com.