Arizona Spring Training Stadiums

Angels at Spring Training
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One of the many wonderful aspects of Arizona's Cactus League baseball is that all ten stadiums used by the 15 Major League baseball teams during Spring Training are located within the Greater Phoenix area. Driving distances are a manageable, no matter where you live or where you are staying if you are visiting during the month-long schedule of exhibition baseball games.

If you're traveling with a baseball fan, familiarize yourself with each of the 10 Cactus League stadiums, their seating charts, and ticketing information to make sure you can book a trip to one of these destinations with good seats to watch the right team.

Major League Baseball establishes guidelines for uniforms for Spring Training Baseball but few hard and fast rules. The jerseys that teams wear for Cactus League games might not be the same official jerseys as they use for the regular season. Additionally, even though there are definitely home teams and away teams at Cactus League games, it is not possible to tell that from their jerseys. In fact, it can and does happen that both teams wear the same color jersey.

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Camelback Ranch: Glendale Stadium

Camelback Ranch - Glendale Stadium
Judy Hedding

Camelback Ranch in Glendale is the Spring Training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox. The stadium is located in the West Valley and close to Westgate Entertainment DistrictUniversity of Phoenix Stadium, and Gila River Arena.

The stadium opened in 2009 and offers a seating chart that accommodates any budget. The stadium also hosts a team during the  Arizona Fall League baseball tournaments, so be sure to stop by if you didn't get enough baseball action in the summer.

  • The stadium in Glendale seats more than 10,000 people in seats and 3,000 in the grass (berm). It is the largest Spring Training stadium in Arizona, and the entire campus covers 141 acres.
  • All seats at Camelback Ranch-Glendale have backs; there are no metal bleachers here. The seats have armrests and are wider than many stadium seats with adequate legroom, making them quite comfortable even though they don't have cupholders.
  • You will at once be struck by the designer touches at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. The water feature, colors, and architecture along with the use of metal and stone make it feel like more than just a minimum/low budget ballpark design.
  • There are no picnic areas or green areas in which children can play; inside the stadium, aside from the berm and the field, is basically all concrete. Some portable amusements have been added on the concourse, but those carry an additional charge.
  • There are a few, but not many, areas around the stadium where you can stand and eat. Generally, these areas don't offer a view of the field, but a few of them offer shade.
  • There are four berm seating areas here: down the third base line, behind left field, behind right field, and down the 1st base line—the preferable one is in left field. The sun won't be directly in your eyes, and the view is more straight on than the grass down the baselines. The bullpens are in right and left-field, down the respective baselines, with the grass seating areas on each side.
  • The main scoreboard is the only place in the stadium where you can see who's at bat and the pitch count. The scoreboard is visible from all areas except the berm right under it. Each team has their own graphics, but no players stats are provided except their position.
  • On a sunny day, the people sitting in the right-field berm will have the sun in their eyes for most of the game. As a matter of fact, the orientation of the stadium is such that most of the seats will be in the sun for most of the game. The seats that will get the most shade are the highest rows on the first base side. Sections behind home plate, about 3/4 of the way down, will get shade by about halfway through the game.
  • The variety of ballpark food at Camelback Ranch-Glendale seemed to be wider in early years. The basics are all covered: hot dogs and brats of various types, burgers, chicken tenders, noodles, pretzels, and kettle corn.
  • You get a lid and straw for your soft drink, and prices here are comparable to Chase Field during the regular season. 
  • The best place to try to get autographs at Camelback Ranch-Glendale is at the tunnels where the teams enter at the foul poles. Dugouts, before the game, are also a good choice.
  • If you park at the lot closest to the intersection of Camelback and 107th Avenue, be prepared for about a 1/4 mile walk from the parking lot to the stadium, most of which is on gravel. Beware if someone in your party can't walk much or uses a walker! If you are coming from the 101 Loop, drive past that parking entryway to the west side of the stadium; it is not as far to walk.
  • Camelback Ranch-Glendale feels larger than other Cactus League Stadiums in the sense that, although the views are good, you don't feel as close to the ballplayers here.
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Goodyear Ballpark

Goodyear Ballpark in Arizona
Judy Hedding

Goodyear Ballpark is the Spring Training home of the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds. The stadium is located in the City Goodyear in the West Valley, adjacent to the Goodyear Airport and close to Phoenix International Raceway where NASCAR racing takes place. It opened in 2009 and features a seating chart with budget and luxury options.

  • The stadium in Goodyear seats slightly more than 10,000 people, but for most games, unless the visiting team is a very popular one like the Cubs, the games will not sell out.
  • All seats at Goodyear Ballpark have backs; there are no metal bleachers here. The seats have armrests, cupholders and are wider than many stadium seats with adequate legroom.
  • You'll get wider, padded seats as well as food and beverage service in Club seating, located in sections 106A, 106B, and 107A on the 3rd base side. The entire Club seating section is shaded, except for the first row or two.
  • There are 24 rows of seats, A through Z (but no I or O) in the main seating area. At the concourse, seats start at Z and you work your way down to the field to get to A. It isn't very steep, so even Z seats offer a great view at Goodyear Ballpark.
  • There are various standing areas around the ballpark where you have a place to put down your beer while you watch the game.
  • There is grass seating in left field and a smaller berm to the right of center field at Goodyear Ballpark. Lawn and low folding chairs are not permitted but foam cushions are.
  • The main scoreboard is the only place in the stadium where you can see who's at bat and what the pitch count is. The pitch count may be difficult to see for some, but the scoreboard is visible from all areas except the berm right under it.
  • At the Pavilion your all-inclusive ticket gets you an unassigned seat with unlimited food and non-alcoholic beverages, but there's also a cash bar for beer, wine, and spirits.
  • On a sunny day, the people sitting in the center field berm will have the sun in their eyes for most of the game as that berm is more elevated than the left field berm. People sitting in the Pavilion in right field can get out of the sunny seats into the covered area of the Pavilion if it isn't full, so you should get there early to stake out your seat in the covered portion.
  • Most of the ballpark food here is normal fare. The big hot dogs aren't those thick footlongs, but they are about the size of two regular dogs at any other ballpark for about seven bucks each with your choice of add-ons. Pizza and Mexican food concessions are also available as well as Italian ices and ice cream. Walk all the way around the concourse to see all the food offerings.
  • This is one of the few stadiums where you get a lid and straw for your soft drink. Concession items seemed to be priced lower than at other stadiums as well.
  • The best place to try to get Indians players' autographs is on the first base side, at the end of the dugout while they are warming up before the game. You can spot it by the Reds sign on the third base side.
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Hohokam Stadium

Hohokam Stadium, Mesa
Judy Hedding

Hohokam Stadium is located in Mesa in the East Valley. It used to be the Spring Training Baseball home stadium for the Chicago Cubs, but they moved to Sloan Park in 2014, and after a renovation, the Oakland Athletics moved into Hohokam Stadium in 2015. The current stadium (there were previous renditions) opened in 1997, and although the facility used to be referred to as Hohokam Park, it is now officially Hohokam Stadium.

  • Hohokam Stadium charges for parking during Spring Training, and you should expect the stadium parking lot to be full half an hour before game time. Fans in Mesa tend to get to the games very early as tailgating is popular here, especially since much of the parking lot is on grass.
  • There are bleachers, with backs on them, down both the first and third base lines in the upper level.
  • Hohokam Stadium was renovated in advance of the 2015 season when the Oakland A's took over the park from the Chicago Cubs. The bleachers along the left field and right field foul lines have been replaced with party decks, and a large, state-of-the-art video scoreboard was added. You'll see plenty of Oakland fans here, but on days when the popular teams are playing—the Cubs, the Diamondbacks, and whichever team won the World Series last year—the crowds are usually evenly divided between teams.
  • There is a large berm area (grass seating) with small electronic scoreboards visible while sitting. You may have some sun in your eyes, though, so be sure to bring sunglasses.
  • There is no standing room area at this stadium.
  • The concourse will lead fans seated in the lower level down toward the field. Most of the second level will always have shade. The upper rows of the lower level will get shade during the second half of the game, but only the seats behind home plate and on the third base side. Everyone else on the lower level infield and everyone in all outfield sections will have full sun.
  • Unlike a few other stadiums, the first row of the second level at Hohokam Stadium is elevated enough so people walking there won't obstruct your view. 
  • Aside from far left and right field, and the berm, you can't see the baseball action from the concession area.
  • Best concessions include foot long hot dogs in assorted varieties, regular hot dogs for less than five bucks, Asian noodles, and Italian ices. There are several picnic areas around the stadium.
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Maryvale Baseball Park

Maryvale Baseball Park
Judy Hedding

Maryvale Baseball Park is the only Spring Training stadium that is actually located within the City of Phoenix, in the urban village of Maryvale. Opened in 1998, the Park serves as the Spring Training home of the Milwaukee Brewers. From 1986 through 1997, the Brewers played at Compadre Stadium in Chandler, which no longer exists, and before that, they played in Sun City.

  • There is a charge to park at Maryvale Stadium.
  • All seats at Maryvale Stadium have backs; Sections 111 and higher are bleachers with backs. Odd numbered sections are on the first base side, behind the home team (Milwaukee Brewers) dugout, and even numbered sections are on the third base side.
  • There is only one level of seating. The concourse, with the concessions, restrooms, and exits, are above the seats.
  • Handicapped seating is on the concourse level.
  • The berm area is one of the largest at any of the Cactus League ballparks. The entire outfield is grass, and the area by the scoreboard, or under the trees along the back wall, are popular on hot sunny days in March.
  • There is a concrete wall separating the berm from the outfield, which means you have to sit high enough on the grass to see the action.
  • Standing is permitted at railings on the concourse level. You can spend some time here having a beer in the shade and chatting with friends and still have a good view of the game.
  • The seats on the third base side will start out with shade at the beginning of the game, and the shade will move to the first base side. The first row or two of seats will likely not get any shade during the game.
  • The orientation of the stadium is such that no one with seats has the sun glaring into their eyes. The people in the left field berm will have sun in their eyes on a bright day.
  • Maryvale Stadium is usually not as crowded as some of the other stadiums during Spring Training unless the Diamondbacks or the Cubs are playing the Brewers.
  • The scoreboards at many high schools are more high tech than this one, and there's only one in the park, so if you are seated in the berm you might not be able to see the count or who's at bat. There's also no pitch count or pitch speed radar on display.
  • Maryvale Baseball Park is certainly showing its age. Compared to the newer, shiny stadiums, it's relatively lacking in terms of modern amenities. Still, it is a great ballpark to get really close to the action, and if you are a Brewers fan, you'll love that it is relatively easy to get to and cheaper than other stadiums.
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Peoria Stadium

Peoria Stadium in Arizona
Courtesy of Peoria Stadium in Arizona

Peoria Stadium is part of the Peoria Sports Complex. It is located in the northwest portion of the Greater Phoenix area, in the West Valley. It was the first Spring Training facility to be built to accommodate two teams, the San Diego Padres and the Seattle Mariners, with a clubhouse for each. In the fall, the Peoria Saguaros play here for Arizona Fall League Baseball. The stadium opened in 1994.

  • There is a charge to park at Peoria Stadium. Parking at Peoria Stadium is very close to the stadium; handicapped parking is right near the front entrance. Leave an extra 15-30 minutes to get here, since traffic on Bell Road is always backed up on game days.
  • Even sections are on the first base side; odd sections are on the third base side.
  • Most of the seats are on two levels. There are a limited number of third level seats that are on the same level as the press boxes.
  • There are large metal bleacher areas along both outfield lines in the upper level. There are no backs on those seats.
  • The bleachers at Peoria Stadium, sections 215 - 220, are always in the sun. Lower level outfield seats, sections 115 - 122, will also get full sun during the game. Although it was overcast on the day I took the photo above, you can see that only the seats in the upper 200 section rows will get shade on sunny days.
  • More than 12,000 fans can attend a game here.
  • There is plenty of outfield grass seating (berm) at Peoria Stadium. If you care, the home team berm is in left field and the fans of the visitors often sit in the right field berm. There is an outfield rail with about 30 seats in left field (see photo, above). Get here early to grab your spot at various seating and standing areas around the stadium for which you only need a berm ticket.
  • In 2017 Peoria Stadium replaced the old, small, difficult to read scoreboard with a large HD scoreboard making it legible even on sunny days and from any angle in the ballpark.
  • You'll find fun foods at Peoria Stadium, including foot-long hot dogs, gyros, Asian noodles, salads. The prices are lower than at most ballparks here. There is a large concourse here with picnic tables where you can eat before or during the game.
  • The Seattle Mariners home dugout is on the third base side. The San Diego Padres home dugout is on the first base side.
  • There are a variety of places to stand and watch the game. The pavilion has shade, but the best seats there along the rail will have sun. 
  • Practice fields for the teams playing at Peoria Stadium are right next to the stadium in the same Peoria Sports Complex.
  • For the 2017 season, a Kids Zone was added. It is called Peoria Cove and includes The Ballyard (a miniature baseball diamond), and The Shipyard, a playground featuring a 40-foot steel ship mast and sail, a small splash pad, and play structure set in and around the frame of a seafaring ship. There is a café with kid-friendly concessions, shade structures, misters, seating and drink railings throughout. Bring a towel and/or change of clothes for the little ones!
  • Check online for family-oriented promotions and discounts, including Family- 4-Packs and bring-your-dog day.
  • If you purchase your tickets before game day at the Box Office and you are a Peoria resident (with proof of residency) ask about the Peoria Resident Rewards Program.
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Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

salt river fields
Judy Hedding

The stadium at Salt River Fields is the Spring Training Baseball home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is the first Spring Training baseball facility to be built on Indian land, a cooperative effort between two Arizona tribes and two teams of Major League Baseball. It is located in Central Scottsdale, near the Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road. Both the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies played Cactus League baseball in Tucson, Arizona prior to the opening of Salt River Fields in 2011, and the Salt River Fields also hosts a team during Arizona Fall League baseball.

  • Salt River Fields stadium in Scottsdale seats about 11,000 people.
  • Parking at Salt River Fields is not free. With 3,000 parking spots, you can bet that people will get to the stadium early to get one. There are about 300 handicapped spots, but those could be quite a long way from the stadium, depending on which ones are still available when you arrive. The disabled drop-off area is located across from the center field gate, which is located on the east side of Salt River Fields.
  • Many of the games played here, especially when the Arizona Diamondbacks are playing, will be well-attended, if not sold out. The gates open about two hours before game time and people will arrive early to stake out their place on the berm.
  • For night games, don't forget to take rush hour traffic on the Loop 101 into account. You might want to take alternate routes to get to the stadium on those evenings, like Pima Road, Indian Bend Road, or Via de Ventura.
  • There are two large berm seating areas here designed to accommodate 4,000 fans. Basically, except for the center field wall, there is berm along the entire outfield. The bullpens are in right and left-field, down the respective baselines, with standing areas above where fans can watch the pitchers warm up.
  • All seats at Salt River Fields have backs; there are no metal bleachers here. The seats have armrests and are wider than many stadium seats with adequate legroom and cupholders.
  • There are two Team Shops at Salt River Fields. There's one on the D-backs side and one on the Rockies side.
  • There are no grassy picnic areas or green areas where children can play inside the stadium. Aside from the berm and the field, it is basically all concrete. There is a kid-sized ballfield near the Rockies' entrance where kids can take batting practice and runs the bases.
  • Down each sideline, there is a lower concourse level with some tables that have umbrellas for shade where you can eat comfortably.
  • Salt River Fields has more standing room areas than most, and many of those have counters or rails for your food and beverages. You can find standing room basically along the entire perimeter of the stadium.
  • The main scoreboard is visible from all reserved seats and is the only place in the stadium where you can see who's at bat and the team lineups. Berm fans who can't see the main scoreboard can see the score and the count on smaller, but very legible, electric scoreboards.
  • This stadium was designed such that people in the seats will not have the sun in their face, and many seats will be in the shade most of the game. As for those sitting in the berm area, the afternoon sun will be fully on your most of the game, especially in center field.
  • On a sunny day, people seated in the 100s (lower level) from first base around to third base will have sun throughout most of the game, especially as the days roll from February into March. In the 200s, there will be shade at the start of the game on the first base side while most of the rows on the third base side will have sun. About an hour and a half into the game, the entire second level, from first base around to third base, will get shade and stay that way for the rest of the game.
  • You'll find a decent variety of ballpark food at Salt River Fields. Big dogs, Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches, soba noodles, salads, and some good-looking pizza are sold alongside Mexican food. Prices for food and beverages here are pretty high.
  • Up until 40 minutes prior to game time, or until the end of batting practice, you may ask players for autographs along the railings. The D-backs usually hold autograph sessions by two players at each of their home games outside the third base ticket office from 11:50 a.m. until 12:10 p.m.
  • Salt River Fields has great views of the action from all parts of the stadium. While you might think that the first row of the upper section (200s) would be great seats, be aware that the second level is not high enough to block out the distraction of people walking back and forth along that lower concourse if you are seated in the first row.
  • The main concourse at Salt River Fields is nice and wide; it is easy to navigate around long lines for food and beverages.
  • You might think that because this stadium is located on Native American land that the state laws regarding smoking in public places don't apply, but smoking is not permitted in this stadium. There are designated smoking areas outside each gate, and re-entry is permitted.
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Scottsdale Stadium

Scottsdale Stadium

Judy Hedding

Scottsdale Stadium is the Spring Training home of the San Francisco Giants. The stadium is located in Old Town (or downtown) Scottsdale, east of Phoenix and close to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and the  Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. The stadium opened in 1992 and also hosts a team during Arizona Fall League baseball.

  • Scottsdale Stadium is located in an urban setting, right in downtown Scottsdale. The good news is that if you early enough, there are free parking lots around the Scottsdale Civic Center, library, and on the streets of downtown Scottsdale. As game time gets closer, within an hour of the game, those small streets become somewhat congested and difficult. Be prepared to walk several blocks if you aren't there early. 
  • Because Scottsdale stadium is located right in downtown Scottsdale, there are great places to stop and eat and drink either before or after the game within walking distance. Several of those bars and restaurants regularly advertise at the stadium, and some even offer party vans and such for transportation.
  • Scottsdale Stadium has 11,000 seats, including grass seating in the berm, giving the park a very small, close feel where fans can really see what's happening on the field.
  • There's a nice, large scoreboard with graphics, and there are also smaller electronic scoreboards in the infield with large enough illuminated numbers for them to be visible from the berm.
  • The layout of seating at Scottsdale Stadium is a bit unusual. There are bleachers in the outfields with no backs, but the upper infield seats are also bleachers with seat backs. The first row of seats on the second level is often blocked by people walking in front of you for the entire duration of the game.
  • Upper level (bleacher) infield seats will have shade for the entire game; the lower level seats will be in the sun for the entire game and all outfield bleachers will have total sun.
  • There are several berm sections (grass), at Scottsdale Stadium. Bring a blanket to stake your territory—and you are also allowed to bring those really low lawn chairs without legs.
  • Scottsdale Stadium sells Standing Room Only tickets where you can stand all around the perimeter of the outfield.
  • Concession creativity is middle of the road as there are some good looking barbecue and popular soba noodles, but otherwise, it's standard hot dogs, pretzels, and fries for the food court here. There are picnic tables scattered throughout so you can sit comfortably before or during the game and chow down in the shade.
  • Scottsdale Stadium has a youngish vibe, and although Giants fans aren't any younger than other baseball team fans in general, the downtown Scottsdale location and the proximity of bars and after-game partying contributes to the young atmosphere.
  • The Charro Lodge's three sections in the right field provide guests with a unique ballpark experience. The Charro Saloon is shaded by umbrellas and most people will have shade throughout the game. The Charro Terrace has both counter seating and table seating, and most of it, except the tables in the first two rows, will have shade. It is directly over the Giants bullpen. The Charro Lodge Pavilion is the VIP area, completely shaded, with private bar service and flat-screen TVs.
  • Each patron in the Charro Lodge/Charro Pavilion is provided a punch card allowing six alcoholic drinks per person, and there's no limit on soft drinks or bottled water. 
  • All the Charro Lodge sections are first-come, first serve for seating. It opens about two hours before game time, and people will be there early to stake out their seats and enjoy all the ballpark food, snacks, and drinks that are all-you-can-eat with your ticket. Reserved seats can be arranged for groups, and season tickets are available for the Charro Lodge.
  • You can't get Charro Lodge tickets from the San Francisco Giants website or a ticket seller or broker; you can only purchase tickets through the Scottsdale Charros. The Scottsdale Charros organization donates over $500,000 annually to local charities and to fund college scholarships and fellowships. Most of the money raised comes from the sale of Charro Lodge/Charro Pavilion tickets at Giants' spring training games each March.
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Sloan Park (Cubs Park)

Sloan Park
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Prior to 2013, the Chicago Cubs played their home games during Cactus League baseball season at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Arizona, but in 2014, the Cubs move to a new stadium not too far away that was originally called Cubs Park. The name was changed to Sloan Park in 2015 when the Sloan Valve Company in Chicago sponsored the park. Sloan Park also hosts a team during Arizona Fall League baseball.​

  • About 75 percent of the seats at Sloan Park—even those along the baseline toward outfield—will be in the shade, but all the seats in the grass (berm) are facing the sun.
  • There are slightly fewer seats at Sloan Park than there were at Hohokam Stadium, but the berm (outfield grass) is significantly larger.
  • You'll see several nods to Wrigley field here, but it is not intended to be a smaller version of the Chicago stadium. For example, you might notice the brickwork behind home plate, the big sign where everyone is taking photos, and the rooftop seats in the party area.
  • The Cubs clubhouse is detached from the stadium. That means that fans will be able to see their favorite players walk from the clubhouse to the stadium before the game if they get there early enough. The stadium will open two hours before game time.
  • There is a picnic area in a small orange grove. It's a grassy area where you'll find local food trucks offering different choices at every game.
  • The stadium was designed to allow fans to watch the game from a variety of areas. There are rails along the concourse where you can stand with your beer and Chicago dog or take a break from the sun in the cheaper berm tickets. There's a covered bar on the right-field concourse where you may sit or stand and watch the game, and you can see the field of play from the concourse, but not so well from the bar.
  • At a Chicago Cubs Spring Training game, Cubs fans sit everywhere in the stadium, but the Cubs dugout is on the third base side.
  • VIP and handicapped parking will be off Rio Salado Parkway on the west side of the stadium. The majority of ticket holders will probably be accessing general parking from the Dobson Road side of the stadium, on the east side next to Riverview Park.
  • This stadium is uniquely positioned for the ultimate in gameday experience, so come early and bring the family for a full day of baseball and outdoor fun. At the nearby Riverside Park, there's a lake for urban fishing, picnic areas, a fantastic playground and other amenities you can enjoy before the game.
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Surprise Stadium

Surprise Stadium
Judy Hedding

Surprise Stadium is located in Surprise, Arizona in the northwest section of the Greater Phoenix area. That's in the West Valley. Surprise Stadium is the Spring Training home of the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers. The Stadium is part of a larger sports complex, the Surprise Recreation Campus and was built in 2002. The first Spring Training games took place here in 2003, and Surprise Stadium also hosts a team during Arizona Fall League baseball. ​

  • Parking is free at Surprise Stadium, and the quickest way to handicapped parking is to access Bullard Avenue from Greenway.
  • Odd numbered sections are along the third base (visitor's) side, and even numbered sections are along the first base (home) side.
  • Surprise Stadium is shared by two teams during Spring Training. The home dugout for the Texas Rangers is on the 1st base line. The home dugout for the Kansas City Royals is on the 3rd base line.
  • There is plenty of berm area to choose from for seating, which means that tickets for the grass where you can lay down a blanket are plentiful. Of course, those areas face west and on a sunny afternoon, the sun will be in your eyes.
  • Surprise Stadium has about 10,500 seats.
  • All the infield seats, except maybe the first row or two, will have shade after about the first hour and a half, and the first base side gets shade first. Even on a sunny day, it can get cool if there's a breeze once the shade hits. The upper-level seats (all infield) are in the shade.
  • All the seats at Surprise Stadium have backs; there are no metal bleachers.
  • The concourse on the third base/visitor side has the largest concession area, and you can stand in that area and eat/drink and still see the game. There are no concessions stands on the second level.
  • The scoreboard is clearly visible from all seats in the stadium. There are also electric scoreboards with large numbers on the concourse side so the count is easily seen even in the sun and from the grass.
  • If you look carefully, you'll notice that this stadium's scoreboard includes the speed of the pitches, too. It's on the bottom portion of the scoreboard, in the middle.
  • Besides typical stadium foods, you'll find ribs, barbecue, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, and Asian noodles at Surprise Stadium.
  • The practice fields for Surprise Stadium are in the same complex as the Stadium.
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Tempe Diablo Stadium

At Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona

 Judy Hedding

Tempe Diablo Stadium is located in Tempe, very close to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and to downtown Scottsdale. It is the Spring Training home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and was first opened in 1968, adjacent to the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes.

  • This stadium has a nice, wide, concourse, plenty of concession stands and restrooms, and almost a 10,000-person capacity.
  • Parking at Tempe Diablo Stadium is not free, and there isn't much of it. Gates open two hours before game time, and if it is a popular opponent like the Cubs or the Diamondbacks, you'll be parking on city streets around the stadium complex and walking several blocks to the stadium if you aren't at least an hour early.
  • All seats at Tempe Diablo Stadium have backs; there are lots of bleachers here. If you anticipate a sunny, warm day, bring a seat cushion or something to sit on if you've got a ticket for one of the metal bleacher seats.
  • There are 26 rows of seats, A through Z. At the concourse, seats start at Z and you work your way down to the field to get to A. It isn't very steep, so even Z seats offer a good view at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
  • There is grass seating in left field at Tempe Diablo Stadium, but not as much berm as most of the other stadiums in the Cactus League.
  • There is a picnic area on the third base side outfield that really has a great view of the game, and the tables have umbrellas, which is a plus. Get there early to snag one.
  • On a sunny day, this is a tough stadium. Halfway through the game, only the last few rows, and maybe seven or eight rows directly behind home plate will get shade. Many people wear wide-brimmed hats to block the sun.
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, and liquids are essential. People sitting in the grass area in left field will have the sun in their eyes, but no one with seats will.
  • People have a tendency, especially when it is sunny, to head to the shaded concourse by the concessions. It became such a clogged area that now there is a line on the concourse behind which spectators must stand. You can still see the game from behind the line, but not as well. 
  • The best place to try to get Angels' autographs is on the first base side, at the end of the dugout while they are warming up before the game.
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