Spring Training Baseball in Arizona 2018

The Cactus League in Phoenix in February and March

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In Arizona, both the locals and the winter visitors eagerly await the beginning of Spring Training 2018 for Major League Baseball, and there are 15 teams that come to Arizona each year for a league affectionately referred to as the Cactus League.

The 15 teams whose spring trainings happen in the Phoenix area are the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, San Fransisco Giants, and Texas Rangers.

For the fans, Spring Training means great games, great players, jumbo hot dogs, cheap tickets, and the opportunity to get up close and personal with the athletes. Watching a spring training game is a great way to spend warm March days soaking in the sun and hearing the cracks of the bats. There are plenty of Cactus League games, but some tickets, especially for the Cubs, can be difficult to get.

The 2018 Spring Training exhibition schedule begins on Friday, February 23 and ends on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

Spring Training Stadiums

The teams in the Cactus League regularly train and compete at their own "home" stadiums throughout the months of February and March. The spring training home for each of the 15 teams are listed below:

  • Arizona Diamondbacks: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale
  • Chicago Cubs: Sloan Park, Mesa
  • Chicago White Sox: Camelback Ranch-Glendale, Phoenix
  • Cincinnati Reds: Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear
  • Cleveland Indians: Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear
  • Colorado Rockies: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale
  • Kansas City Royals: Surprise Recreation Campus, Surprise
  • Los Angeles Angels: Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tempe
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: Camelback Ranch-Glendale, Phoenix
  • Milwaukee Brewers: Maryvale Baseball Park, Phoenix
  • Oakland Athletics: Hohokam Stadium, Mesa
  • San Diego Padres: Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria
  • San Francisco Giants: Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale
  • Seattle Mariners: Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria
  • Texas Rangers: Surprise Recreation Campus, Surprise

For a full list of "home" and "away" games for each team, visit the official Cactus League website, where you can also purchase tickets, check team rosters, and even plan your trip to Arizona for the Spring Training season.

2018 Major League Baseball Pre-Season Standings

When it comes to getting tickets to spring training, which are often far cheaper than regular season tickets, it can be quite difficult to get seats for games played by the champion of the prior baseball season or those sitting on top of their pre-season standings. Here's how each Cactus League team did in the 2017 Major League Baseball (MLB) regular season:

  • Arizona Diamondbacks: 93 Wins, 69 Losses, Second in the National League West Division
  • Chicago Cubs: 92 Wins, 70 Losses, First in the National League Central Division
  • Chicago White Sox: 67 Wins, 95 Losses, Fourth in the American League Central Division
  • Cincinnati Reds: 68 Wins, 94 Losses, Fifth in the National League Central Division
  • Cleveland Indians: 102 Wins, 60 Losses, First in the American League Central Division
  • Colorado Rockies: 85 Wins, 75 Losses, Third in the National League West Division
  • Kansas City Royals: 80 Wins, 82 Losses, Third in the American League Central Division
  • Los Angeles Angels: 80 Wins, 82 Losses, Second in American League West Division
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: 104 Wins, 58 Losses, First in the National League West Division, National League Champions 2017
  • Milwaukee Brewers: 86 WIns, 76 Losses, Second in the National League Central Division
  • Oakland Athletics: 75 Wins, 87 Losses, Fifth in the American League West Division
  • San Diego Padres: 71 Wins, 91 Losses, Fourth in the National League West Division
  • San Francisco Giants: 64 Wins, 98 Losses, Fifth in the National League West Division
  • Seattle Mariners: 78 Wins, 84 Losses, Third in the American League West Division
  • Texas Rangers: 78 Wins, 84 Losses, Fourth in the American League West Division

Since the Los Angeles Dodgers were narrowly defeated by the Houston Astros for the World Series Championship title but won the National League Championship title in 2017, tickets for their spring training games will be harder to come by in 2018. Tickets for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, and the Colorado Rockies—all of which competed in the 2017 post-season—will also be harder to come by this year.