Don’t get enough baseball across the 162-game season? Non-Major League Baseball fans may not understand, but there are many who just can’t get enough of America’s favorite pastime. If that sounds like you, then maybe you should finally pull say yes to your spring training in Phoenix vacation this year.
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Spring Training in Phoenix, Arizona for All Baseball Fans
The mild winters of Arizona make it the perfect home for spring baseball. For years, fans have enjoyed flocking to the Phoenix area to take in the Cactus League spring training.
Spring training fans will be singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” a bit earlier starting in 2020. According to the Cactus League Spring Training schedule, the 2020 season will open Feb. 22, making it one of the earliest starts in the league’s history. Cactus League hosts 15 teams for spring training with more than 200 games taking place throughout the Greater Phoenix area from Feb. 22 through March 22.
Here is more information on how you can soak up that brilliant Arizona sun while watching the nation’s best baseball teams as they prepare for the season ahead:
Details: Cactus League Spring Training in Phoenix
All of the baseball fun gets started on February 22 and continues through March 22. Be sure to plan ahead and purchase your tickets early. The most popular teams will sell out, and you do not want to miss a minute of the action. So many games, so little time in the Phoenix area. These are the teams that participate in the Cactus League spring training, including:
- Colorado Rockies
- Arizona Diamondbacks
- Kansas City Royals
- Texas Rangers
- San Diego Padres
- Seattle Mariners
- Oakland Athletics
- Chicago Cubs
- Los Angeles Angels
- Los Angeles Dodgers
- Chicago White Sox
- Milwaukee Brewers
- San Francisco Giants
- Cleveland Indians
- Cincinnati Reds
Stadiums Spring Training in Phoenix
The 15 teams play in 10 stadiums, spread out over the Phoenix metropolitan area in locations such as Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Surprise, Mesa, and more. These convenient locations make it easy to find a game to fit into your travel schedule. Ticket prices vary by team and according to seat selection.
Spring Training Fields and Teams
- Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale, Arizona: Home to spring training for both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.
- Surprise Stadium, Surprise, Arizona: This spring training home to Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals is located 45 minutes northwest of downtown Phoenix.
- Peoria Stadium, Peoria, Arizona: San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners, located 25 minutes from downtown Phoenix.
- Hohokam Stadium, Mesa, Arizona: Home to Spring Training baseball for the Oakland A’s, located just 12.6 miles from the Phoenix airport.
- Sloan Park, Mesa, Arizona: The Chicago Cubs call this park home during spring training. Located just east of the Loop 101 freeway, Sloan Park (formerly Cubs Park) is just minutes away from all of the attractions that can be found throughout Mesa.
- Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tempe, Arizona: The spring training home to the Los Angeles Angels, located blocks from two major freeways and minutes away from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
- Camelback Ranch, Glendale, Arizona: Located on Camelback Road in Phoenix, just west of State Farm Stadium and Gila River Arena, this is where you’ll watch the Los Angeles Dodgers who share this park with the Chicago White Sox. A five-acre lake separates the Dodgers and White Sox practice areas.
- American Family Fields of Phoenix: Formerly Maryvale Baseball Park, batter up for spring training with the Milwaukee Brewers and enjoy this park’s huge concourse and a massive lawn for watching the game
- Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale, Arizona: Conveniently located in the middle of scenic downtown, spring training with the San Francisco Giants offers the best of all worlds: baseball, restaurants, clubs, galleries and more.
- Goodyear Ballpark: Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians
Where to Stay During Spring Training in Phoenix
Whether you’re traveling with family or friends, prefer to stay close to spring training, Arizona hotels and resorts offer something for every traveler—and every budget. I’ve had the pleasure of staying at many of these amazing Scottsdale hotels including the luxurious Fairmount Scottsdale Princess, Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale, and The Phoenician Scottsdale.
Because of the popularity of MLB spring training, there are many great hotels in Gilbert, AZ, located about 22 miles from downtown Phoenix. The Hyatt Place Phoenix/Gilbert provides thoughtfully-designed guest rooms and public areas along with an outdoor swimming pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and an onsite restaurant.
Or choose the Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix/Gilbert with its complimentary breakfast daily. The Hilton Doubletree Phoenix/Gilbert features an upscale lodging experience in the heart of a quiet suburb — perfect for a family vacation.
And for more options of where to stay:
Places to Dine during Spring Training in Phoenix
Sample some mouth-watering Mexican fare while in Arizona. With convenient locations all over the Phoenix metro area, it is easy to grab a bite to eat either before or after the game at Arriba Mexican Grill. Arriba even serves up an eclectic breakfast menu, offering items such as chorizo and eggs and a loaded breakfast burrito.
Beer is the perfect complement to baseball, making Arizona Wilderness Brewing a good addition to your trip itinerary. This popular brewery delivers a variety of handcrafted brews matched with locally-focused food. The large patio at the Gilbert location is a lively place to enjoy the warmth of this desert oasis.
Beyond Baseball in Phoenix
In addition to catching a few spring training games, take advantage of the moderate weather and get outside and connect with Mother Nature. Golfers will appreciate the proximity of the Greenfield Lakes Golf Course with its lighted driving range.
Outdoor adventure enthusiasts will delight in all of the offerings at the Freestone District Park, featuring an outdoor recreation center, a skate park, a small amusement park, and more.