Spring Training: A Beloved Arizona Tradition

Dust off your ball cap and head to the stadium, because spring training is officially here!

Every spring, a unique migration occurs under the sunny skies of Arizona. This special time of year, from late February through March, baseball fans fill the stands of the 10 stadiums in the Greater Phoenix area, as the city morphs into a spring training mecca for baseball teams. For locals and tourists alike, this ultimate up-close experience is a can’t-miss opportunity for enthusiasts of America’s beloved pastime. With a game every day and locations throughout the valley, gather the family for an outing full of Cracker Jack® and cracking bats and enjoy the delights of spring training.

Hats Off to Arizona’s Treasure: The Cactus League

Since its inception in 1947, the Cactus League has grown into the United States’ premier hotspot for baseball teams to kick off their season with spring training. Starting with just two teams seventy years ago, the league has now swelled to fifteen teams who recognize the benefits of training in Arizona’s unbeatable warm air under blue skies.

For generations, the Cactus League has invited baseball fans through the turnstiles to meet players and watch teams prep for a rigorous regular season. This entertaining annual event, a cornerstone of Arizona tradition, promises to please!

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

The Cactus League’s location in the Phoenix metro area offers baseball fans convenience, whether they are traveling cross-country or across town. For those heading to the Grand Canyon State, Major League Baseball® has travel packages available. Once in town, there is a wide range of hotel accommodations and eating establishments from which to choose. If you’re fortunate enough to reside nearby, enjoy short drive times between stadiums to catch your favorite teams and players in action – it’s another great part about living the “desert lifestyle” in Sienna Hills.

No matter where you are in the area, there’s a stadium not far away. For residents of Sienna Hills in Buckeye, Goodyear Ballpark is a short 15-minute jaunt, and Camelback Ranch is within a half-hour drive. Check out a map here and head out on an adventure you’ll remember for years to come.

Below is a list of conveniently located ballparks to take in a game or practice.

  • Camelback Ranch (Glendale)
  • Goodyear Ballpark (Goodyear)
  • Sloan Park (Mesa)
  • Maryville Stadium (Maryville)
  • Peoria Sports Complex (Peoria)
  • HoHoKam Stadium (Mesa)
  • Scottsdale Stadium (Scottsdale)
  • Surprise Stadium (Surprise)
  • Tempe Diablo Stadium (Tempe)
  • Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (Salt River)

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Tickets, Get Your Tickets

One of the best parts of spring training? It’s an affordable activity to enjoy with family and friends. Ticket prices vary but start as low as $8. Buy online or at the ticket office, all of which open between January and mid-February. Check out this schedule to find out when your favorite team is playing, or take the opportunity to learn more about a different team.

Spring is an exciting time under the Arizona sun—a time of celebrating, as a community, an authentic American pastime for all ages. Grab your cap and head out to the ballpark—it’s a blast!