5 tips on getting the most out of Spring Training on your Arizona vacation

Spring time in Central Arizona is not only an Arizonan’s reward for withstanding the brutal summer’s heat, it’s also the best time to plan a vacation here.  Consider our weather your reward for getting away from the last remnants of your state’s brutal winters!  The weather is so perfect here, no one wants to stay inside.  Outdoor activities rule for this short couple of months of paradise.  Hiking, biking, and boating on our rivers – all are fun, but the month of March offers the most fun of all; Spring Training comes to the valley!

With 10 stadiums spread throughout the valley and 15 Major League Baseball teams making the Valley of the Sun their Spring Training home, our desert metropolis is THE place to be for all baseball fanatics, or anyone else who might just happen to enjoy a day spent under blue skies and drinking cold beer as you listen to the crack of the bats and the roar of the crowds!  Below you will find a list of stadiums and what teams play where, and following that, we will give you a list of 5 tips to ensure you get the most out of Spring Training – kind of a training guide to having fun!

Where do you go to watch and who plays here? 

For a chance to see the Rangers and the Royals, visit Surprise Stadium in Surprise.  Are you partial to the Mariners and the Padres?  They make their Spring Training home in the Peoria Sports Complex located, oddly enough, in Peoria!  If you really don’t want to venture far from Scottsdale, you have 2 choices of stadiums: Salt River Field, where the Diamondbacks and the Rockies play, or Scottsdale Stadium, temporarily home to the Giants.  In Glendale and Goodyear, you can watch the Dodgers and the White Sox play at Camelback Ranch, the Brewers play at Maryvale Stadium, and the Indians and the Reds train their hardest at Goodyear Ball Park.  The East Valley has their share of big leaguers as well.  Tempe Diablo Stadium hosts the Angels in Tempe, while Mesa’s two stadiums – Sloan Park and Hohokam Stadium – bring out the best in their respective teams: The Cubs and the Athletics.

And now our guide to having fun at any of the above parks!

  • First and foremost, remember it’s just a game and we are all here to have fun! It doesn’t matter if the ump is blind, or if they skipped over a base, or even if your favorite team is only playing the benchwarmers as they save their top players for the season.  You’ve skipped work, you’re drinking beer, and the sun is shining brightly overhead – what more could you ask for?
  • Sitting on the lawn with a blanket and a cold one is far more comfortable than sitting in the more expensive seats, and the party doesn’t end until you fold up your blanket and go home!
  • The newer stadiums are large and impressive, but the atmosphere in the smaller ones is more intimate and laidback, and you might have a better chance of scoring an autograph from your favorite player. Just remember to be polite and not pushy; today’s no could turn into a yes the next day, so it’s not worth alienating the player!
  • Don’t forget your sunscreen! Ok, that’s not really a fun tip, but more of a “you’re not going to be able to have fun if you don’t protect your fair skin tip!”  The spring sun may seem mild until you’ve spent the entire day in it and you end up with a headache and lobster skin!
  • Finally, the athletes aren’t the only major stars here; Central Arizona is just a hop, skip and a jump away from California and famous people love sports too! Keep your eyes peeled, and who knows who you might spot in the crowds!  Make sure you keep a pen and something to write on close at hand!

Oh, and don’t forget tip number 6

When planning your Spring Training vacation in glorious Arizona, don’t forget to go to www.bookmyvacay.com to find the absolute best places to stay in the entire state!  Our homes and condos are so nice, you might accidentally forget to go home at the end of your trip!  Baseball, crackerjacks and luxurious lodgings; what more could you ask for out of life?