Why Spring Training is Arizona is a Great Vacation in March

Cactus LeagueAre you or someone in your family a baseball fan? You should consider making a trip out to Phoenix for the Cactus League Spring Training Games. The following teams currently make their spring training homes in the Phoenix area: Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, LA Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland A’s, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, and Texas Rangers. That’s MLB 15 teams all within the Phoenix-metro area! March is also a great time of year to plan a vacation for the Phoenix area. The weather is warm but usually a nice chance for folks from up north to come down and thaw out. Here are a few reasons why Arizona is the best destination for a Spring Training trip.

Update: 2017 Schedule: Cactus League Spring Training

Spring Training Weather in Arizona is Great in March!

The month of March is a pivotal month for those of us who live in Phoenix. March is usually the last full month of really nice weather before it gets too hot. It starts to reach triple digit weather consistently by the end of May, after that it’s all downhill. The average temperatures in Phoenix during March are a high temp of 75 degrees Fahrenheit and a low temp of 47 degrees Fahrenheit. For most of March 2015 we had high temperature averages of nearly 85 degrees Fahrenheit so it can get pretty toasty some years. But more often than not the weather is near perfect without a cloud in the sky. You really can’t beat sitting in the grass seating in the outfield enjoying a cold beer on perfect March afternoons. Some of the ballparks have really good selections of craft beer too. Here’s a couple of cold beers at Peoria Sports Complex:

Cold Beers at Peoria Sports Complex

All the Spring Training Teams are located in the Phoenix-metro area

One of the benefits that Arizona Spring Training has over Florida Spring Training is the ease of travel to all of the different ballparks. 10 of the 15 teams share a facility with another team. This means there is usually a game every day at these fields. 4 of those stadiums are newer than 5 years old (Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Sloan Park at Mesa Riverview, Camelback Ranch, and Goodyear Park). So the bottom-line is that Spring Training in Arizona is easy to get from ballpark to ballpark and a good portion of the facilities are less than 5 years old. As I mentioned before, the ballparks are starting to serve many more craft beer options. I personally went to the Peoria Sports Complex for a Padres game and was thoroughly impressed by their craft beer tent.0 0They had local beers like 4 Peaks but also had a tap of Stone IPA from San Diego. Most of the ballparks try to have beer and food selections that are similar to what you’d find at the major league park or at least things you might find in that given town.

Here is a list of the different ballparks in the Phoenix area along with the teams that play there:

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Arizona Diamondbacks & Colorado Rockies
7555 North Pima Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85258
Phone Number: 480-270-5000

Sloan Park
Chicago Cubs
2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway
Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone Number: 1.800.THE.CUBS

Camelback Ranch
Chicago White Sox & Los Angeles Dodgers
10710 West Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85037
Phone Number: 623-302-5000

Goodyear Ballpark
Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians
1933 South Ballpark Way,
Goodyear, AZ 85338
Phone Number: (623) 882-3120

Surprise Stadium
Kansas City Royals & Texas Rangers
15850 North Bullard
Surprise AZ 85374
Phone Number: 623-222-2000

Tempe Diablo Stadium
Anaheim Angels
Address:2200 W. Alameda Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85282
Phone Number: 480-350-5205

Maryvale Baseball Park
Milwaukee Brewers
3600 N. 51st Ave
Phoenix AZ 85031
Phone Number: 623-245-5555

Hohokam Park
Oakland A’s
1235 N Center St
Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone Number: 480-644-4451

Peoria Sports Complex
San Diego Padres & Seattle Mariners
16101 N. 83rd Avenue,
Peoria, AZ 85382
Phone Number: 623-773-8700

Scottsdale Stadium
San Francisco Giants
7408 E. Osborn Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251Phone Number: 480-312-2580

If you choose to come to Phoenix during spring break for Spring Training, make sure you plan ahead. You will more than likely need to rent a car so the sooner you make your reservation the better the price will be. The rental car companies are also busy handling the rental needs of some of the players too so book your reservation as soon as possible. I would also plan out your game schedule and buy your tickets in advance, all of the teams allow you to purchase Spring Training tickets through their respective websites. There are a lot of really nice hotels in the Valley of the Sun and some of them are close to stadiums in Scottsdale so you might want to check ahead and see if the hotel or a restaurant close by has a shuttle for the games thereby maybe eliminating the need for a car.

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