Take me out to the ball game… take me out to sunny Phoenix/Scottsdale! For baseball fans, the Phoenix Metro may very well be the best spring destination in the country. It’s not only the home of absolutely gorgeous spring weather, but also half of the Major League Baseball teams for spring training. This spring training division is known as the Cactus League. There are 10 baseball complexes scattered throughout the Phoenix Metro, half of which are in close proximity to each other in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Mesa. The other five are located on west side of the valley in the cities of Peoria, Surprise, and Goodyear. Fans often have seven to eight game options every single day, starting with prices as low as $8.
Between ball games and all of the many attractions in the Phoenix area, there is no shortage of family fun. One of the great new attractions for the 2014 Cactus League Season is the Cubs Park at Mesa Riverview. The new park will host 16 games during the 2014 spring training season, with seating for 15,000 fans. This new venue is conveniently located in Mesa, close to many attractions and other Cactus League stadiums.
Making transportation even easier and more affordable, Spring Training Trollies are available in Tempe. Fans can park for FREE in the Mill Avenue District and ride the FREE trollies to Tempe Diablo Stadium (home of the Angels) or the new Cubs Park in Mesa.
This spring also brings another new attraction to Phoenix: Baseball City. For the first time ever, visiting Cactus League Spring Training fans can take part in a fun, interactive baseball experience. The two-day event (March 15 to 16) will be held at Phoenix Convention Center in the downtown area. In addition to exhibit space featuring a variety of fun products and new technologies, this interactive experience will include pitching and hitting clinics, strategy sessions and autograph opportunities with a host of current and former professional baseball players. The experience is designed to entertain seasoned aficionados and casual baseball fans alike.
When planning a trip, be sure to check for special spring training hotel deals available at many resorts throughout the Valley.
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Sara is a social media mom, freelance writer, and blogger, sharing creative inspiration for variety of topics (including family travel) on her site, Mom Endeavors.