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March 06, 2011
  • Arizona isn't just about natural beauty. Fifteen Major League Baseball teams play their spring training ball here.
Arizona isn't just about natural beauty. Fifteen Major League Baseball…

It’s no secret that springtime in Arizona is legendary. Celebrate pleasant temperatures and warm sunshine while enjoying America’s favorite pastime — baseball. Catch one (or all!) of the 15 different Major League Baseball teams that call Arizona home during spring training. Take to the fields in the Valley of the Sun while experiencing a game at any of the 10 fun and unique stadiums in the Cactus League. After rooting for your favorite team, discover what makes each stadium a destination all its own.

Put on your game face at Goodyear Ballpark, spring training home of the Indians and the Reds. Here, all seating is lower-bowl, so you can be close to the action. Move on to Camelback Ranch — Glendale and root for the White Sox or Dodgers at the largest stadium in the Cactus League. Enjoy a lawn seat, a luxury suite or sweeping views from the Legends Deck.

Round the bases to the award-winning Maryvale Stadium in Phoenix, known for its breezy design. While here, get your fill of Wisconsin’s finest beer and brats while watching the Brewers. Just a half-hour north, get up close and personal with the Rangers and Royals at Surprise Stadium, which puts fans close to the clubhouses and batting tunnels.


Swing into Peoria Sports Complex to be near the Mariners and Padres at the batting tunnels and practice fields, then visit the adjacent entertainment complex. Or steal second at Scottsdale’s new Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, home of the Diamondbacks and Rockies, with panoramic views of awe-inspiring mountains. Sit under its signature feature — a uniquely designed roof that provides shade for a majority of the grandstands. Afterwards, try your luck at Talking Stick Resort and Casino.


You’re on deck at Scottsdale Stadium, spring training home of the Giants, the reigning World Series champions. For VIP treatment, check out the Charro Lodge with patio-style seating, all-inclusive food and drinks and an ideal view of the game. The stadium is just a short walk from Scottsdale’s bustling downtown.


Catch a foul ball and an autograph at the Oakland A’s Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Fun fact: Willie Mays hit the first spring training home run here when the stadium opened in 1964. Watch the Angels play at Tempe Diablo Stadium, set below a golden desert butte. Don’t miss the stadium’s hot dogs, voted best in the Cactus League.


Finally, slide into home at HoHoKam Park in Mesa to root for the Cubs and join in as an audience member is chosen to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch.


With a range of teams to watch, ballparks to explore, stadium fare to devour and unparalleled springtime weather, Arizona has your bases covered.


Find your next adventure at 866.205.9363 or arizonaguide.com.

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