It seems like baseball never stops in the Valley of the Sun. The Phoenix area and its visitors love baseball. The season may be over for the Arizona Diamondbacks by the time October comes around, but baseball fans in Phoenix don't have to wait until spring training begins the following year to see a game. Autumn is the time for Arizona Fall League Baseball. These guys may not be Major Leaguers (yet), but it isn't Little League either.
It's an exciting and inexpensive way to watch this national pastime and make the most of the great fall weather in Phoenix.
Arizona Fall League, or AFL, is owned and operated by all 30 Major League Baseball clubs. It is considered the step before entry into the major leagues for many players. Each August, Major League Baseball holds a draft to determine who will be sent to the Arizona Fall League teams. Each of the 30 Major League Baseball teams selects six prospects to play in the AFL.
Teams of the Arizona Fall League
Teams are divided into two divisions, with three teams in each division. Each team has 30 players.
- Mesa Solar Sox
- Salt River Rafters
- Scottsdale Scorpions
- Peoria Javelinas
- Glendale Desert Dogs
- Surprise Saguaros
Get a hot dog and beer or soft drink and settle in for some great fall baseball. You have many opportunities to catch one game or many.
Arizona Fall League Baseball begins September 18 for the 2019 season, with the final game being played on October 26, 2019. That last game is the championship, and it's played at Scottsdale Stadium. Several games are played nearly every day during the season, with a small handful of days designated as off days. Games are played at four Phoenix spring training stadiums: Camelback Ranch-Glendale (Glendale Desert Dogs), Peoria Sports Complex (Peoria Javelinas and Surprise Saguaros), Salt River Fields (Salt River Rafters and Scottsdale Scorpions), and Sloan Park (Mesa Solar Sox). The 2019 championship game is at Salt River Fields.
How to Go to a Game
Buying tickets for AFL games is easy. You don't have to worry about an online purchase, convenience charges, or will call. Individual game tickets for Arizona Fall League baseball games can be purchased only at the stadium, starting one hour before game time. You can pay with cash, Visa, or MasterCard. All seats are general admission, meaning that you pick any available seat. An Arizona Fall League Season Pass is good for any game at any stadium, so if you plan on catching as many games as you have time for, this is the most cost-effective option.