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Where To See Your Favorite Team During Spring Training in Arizona

March 3, 2010 at 9:09 AM | by | Comment (1)

Somehow it’s already March, and we’re excited to talk about baseball spring training travel. We've already discussed the excellent options in Florida, but the teams in Arizona are a worthy competitor to the Sunshine State's group. The only downer is that there aren’t too many beaches in and around Phoenix, but there’s always cacti! Here’s the deal on a few teams, where they play, and what they offer.

· Chicago White Sox
President Obama has a lot on his plate right now, so we’re thinking that he won’t be taking Air Force One out to see any Chicago White Sox games this spring. Regardless of how much you have going on at work, you can always call out sick and head to Glendale. Here the the White Sox work out the winter kinks at Camelback Ranch—it’s also the spring home to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The cheap seats start at just $10, but they do tack on a few extra dollars for games identified as premium. The home spring schedule kicks off later this week on March 5 against the Dodgers, and then they’ll play their cross town rivals—the Chicago Cubs—on March 7. The Camelback Ranch is the largest facility in the Cactus League, so you’ll have a choice from about 13,000 seats. The party deck and party patios are good options, but nothing beats relaxing among 3,000 of your closest friends in the lawn seating—don’t forget the sunblock.

· Colorado Rockies
It’s still pretty chilly in Denver, so the Colorado Rockies are busy practicing baseball basics in Tucson. Their warmer home is Hi Corbett Field and the place has been kicking around since the 1930s. No need to worry, as it’s been updated a few times throughout the years. The stadium is one of the best deals in spring training baseball, and it even has free parking—just get there early.

Frugal fans will enjoy seats that cost as little as $4; however, these seats are in the Sandpile section of the bleachers—it’s a shout-out to the Rockpile seating at the team’s home at Coors Field. There’s no grass seating here, so this isn’t the ideal stadium to bring a picnic lunch and spread out that blanket that your grandma made. However, this shouldn’t stop anyone from checking out some games against the Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks this weekend. Even if you’re too good for a $4 seat, the most expensive options are still a few bucks short of $20.

· Oakland Athletics
The Oakland A’s manage fun in the sun with baseball right in Phoenix, so there’s no need for a long drive after flying into the airport. Phoenix Municipal Stadium was revamped in 2003, and it has been around since the 1960s bringing baseball fun to roughly 9,000 fans each season.

Sports fun comes cheap here as well. The outfield seats start at just $10, and the Oakland A’s are eager for fans to stay throughout the weekend. There are two-day ticket packages available for many weekend games throughout March. This Saturday the Los Angeles Angels stop by for a visit, and next weekend the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals will be in town. This should be your first stop before exploring the surrounding towns and teams.

Related Stories:
· Arizona Cactus League [Official Site]
· Camelback Ranch [Official Site]
· Colorado Rockies Spring Training [Official Site]
· Phoenix Municipal Stadium [Official Site]
· It's That Time of the Year Again! Spring Training in Florida [Jaunted]

[Photo of spring at Goodyear Ballpark: bryce_edwards]

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Cincy's moved from Florida to a new facility in Goodyear, Arizona and I've been following the coverage - it's remarkable how many videos the beat reporters are shooting with their phones and uploading to twitter & their respective blogs. Kinda takes the sting out of not being there!

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