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A Spring Training Tour of Phoenix

Kevin Miyazaki The Boys of the Spring

Photo: Kevin Miyazaki

Who needs groundhogs and robins to tell you that winter is almost over when you’ve got Pitchers and Catchers—the day the first baseball players report to camp to get ready for the season ahead? For fans, the start of exhibition games in late February is practically a national holiday. Throughout March, 30 Major League teams draw nearly 2 million people to intimate fields in Florida, home to the Grapefruit League, and Arizona, the Cactus League’s turf. The latter is a home run if you’re trying to pull off an easy, affordable trip: seven of the nine ballparks sit close to one another in the Phoenix metropolitan area; hotel rooms are plentiful; and tickets can be snagged online for $5 to $25, or even scalped—it’s legal. The Cactus League has a trip planner and ticket information on its extensive Web site, CactusLeague.com. The grass here is achingly green, the sky blazingly blue, the ball a white meteor. And it’s hot—night games are a big plus. Bring your mitt and arrive early to take part in a great spring ritual: standing outside the warm-up field and scurrying after balls hit over the fence. Chances are you’ll also catch an autograph.

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Destinations: Phoenix · Tucson · Tempe

Inspired by: Spring Break at Phoenix Spring Training | T+L Family — by Richard Panek, Published Jan. 2008

Hotels (2)

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    Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix

    A stucco-and-glass high-rise with formal, European-style interiors, the Ritz-Carlton Phoenix is located in the heart of Camelback Corridor. Each g

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    Hotel Valley Ho

    In 2004, Westroc Hotels & Resorts saved this old motor inn from the wrecking ball, and today the vibe is Rat Pack for the 21st century. The owners

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Activities (5)

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    Tempe Diablo Stadium

    Designated as the spring training home of the Anaheim Angels through 2025, this 9,000-capacity-stadium was built into a small hillside at the base

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    Peoria Stadium

    Both the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres hold their spring training in Peoria, Arizona's Sports Complex. The complex features a main stad

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    Phoenix Municipal Stadium

    Built in 1964 and christened by Willie Mays (who hit the first spring training home run there) Phoenix Municipal Stadium is more than home to the O

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    Hi Corbett Field

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    Tucson Electric Park

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