Spring Baseball is back in the Valley of the Sun. Every year baseball fans from all over the world travel to Phoenix, AZ to enjoy the sunshine while watching their favorite stars and promising new prospects prepare for the major league season.
This year the Cactus League will commence on February 21 with a meeting between the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals in Surprise, AZ.
The spring baseball season is a month long party with the teams playing over 200 games in front of nearly 2 million happy fans.
With 10 different ballparks hosting 15 teams, the Phoenix metropolitan area holds claim to the greatest concentration of professional baseball facilities found anywhere in the United States.
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, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, and the Texas Rangers all call Arizona their spring training home.
While the rest of the nation is still feeling the effects of a long winter, Arizona will be enjoying 70 degree temperatures and clear sunny days. But don't forget to bring your sunblock. The sun in Arizona can be intense.
Coming to Arizona from another city? Enjoy some of the regional cuisine from different areas of the country such as Chicago style Italian Beef, bratwurst fromWisconsin, Kansas City barbeque, and Sonoran hot dogs from Arizona. Feel free to enjoy yourself.
Here is another great tip. Arrive at the game early, or go to the practice fields on an off day and you may get a chance to see your favorite player up close and personal.
Want to save a few dollars? Most ballparks have lawn seats which will save you money. Bring a blanket and relax.
Remember, “You can’t beat fun at the old ballpark.”