Tight security seems to be a part of our lives now, and so it is with Spring Training Baseball, both in Florida and Arizona. Major League Baseball has instituted security procedures at both Cactus League and Grapefruit League games.
The following security guidelines have been implemented by many Major League stadiums, although there may be variations from stadium to stadium. If you keep these in mind for Spring Training you shouldn't have any problems at the gate.
Gates for Cactus League games are usually open about two hours before game time.
- No hard sided coolers coolers of any size.
- No bags larger then 16" x 16" x 8". Infant diaper bags are permitted.
- No backpacks.
- All fruit must be sliced prior to entry into the ballpark.
- No cans, glass containers, open containers, alcohol, or weapons.
- No laser pointers, noise makers, beach balls, selfie sticks.
- No bats, brooms, poles or sticks. (Some stadiums may allow wooden bats for autograph purposes. Check before you bring one.)
- No carseats or metal/plastic-framed stadium seats (you can bring a seat pad or cushion).
- No pets.
- All bags will be inspected before they are permitted into the ballpark.
- Plastic, factory-sealed, bottles of water no larger than 1 liter are allowed.
- No open or concealed weapons, including pocket knives.
- No tripods. Professional camera/video recording devices are prohibited at some stadiums.
- Some stadiums do not allow lawn chairs of any height, even with berm tickets. Check before you bring them.
You can expect similar security procedures will be in place for Arizona Fall League baseball games in October and November.
You will get into the stadium fast and without any problem if you bring as little as possible! A smartphone with a camera, money, one small unsealed bottle of water, sunscreen, a baseball cap, a glove to catch foul balls and an autograph pen are all that most people need to enjoy a game.
Everything you need to know to get in on Cactus League action — team schedules, tickets, stadium information, maps, team gear, photos — can be found in the Arizona Spring Training, Cactus League Guide.