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2009 Cactus League Overview

2/18/2010
Graphic by Eliot Krohn

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It's a ritual unlike any other in sports because it draws casual baseball fans and seamheads to perennially sunny spots where the games don't even count.

And that's what makes Spring Training so fantastic: It's a chance to get away from home, where it may be frigid or even snowing in Northern climes, and travel to a warm setting where the dispositions of major leaguers are as sunny as the locales; access to players is better than you'll get all year.

Indeed, the laid-back atmosphere, in every sense, is a major draw for fans. It's not too bad for the players, either.

Yes, go teams must, to tepid climes where the desert weather all but guarantees the daily workouts required of pitchers, catchers, batters, baserunners, Golden Gloves and those who aspire to be.

So, venture forth, oh, ye sage aficionados, be as one with the arid vegetation and desert topography, and experience the spring regimen that is baseball … and perhaps the best chance to get autographs, snap photos and otherwise get up close and personal with heroes of the diamond.

See below for information on each of the Cactus facilities. Spring Training games begin Feb. 25 and conclude April 5. We provide you with details to make your Spring Training foray as special as possible, from updating you on team and facility facts to providing game schedules and ticket information. (Click here for the 2009 Grapefruit League Overview.)


Arizona Diamondbacks

Tucson (since 1998)
Schedule



Home Field

Tucson Electric Park (Seating capacity: 11,500)

2500 E. Ajo Way

Tucson, AZ 85713

520-434-1367



Directions (from Tucson)

Take I-10 East to the Kino Parkway North Exit.

Once on Kino Parkway, take a right at the first light, to Ajo Way.

Turn left on Ajo, follow to Forgeus Street, turn right into Tucson Electric Park.



Tickets

Price range: $5 to $16

Buy online or from StubHub! or call 866-672-1343



Did You Know?

Until 2009, Tucson Electric Park was shared by the D-backs and White Sox, who have since moved to Glendale. An indoor batting cage is featured on the lower level of the venue's home clubhouse.



Chicago Cubs

Mesa (since 1979)
Schedule



Home Field

HoHoKam Stadium (13,100)

1235 N. Center St.

Mesa, AZ 85201

480-964-4467

Directions (from Phoenix)

Take 202 Loop east to Exit 12 (McKellips Road).

Turn right on West McKellips Road.

Turn right onto North Center Street.



Tickets

Price range: $7 to $29

Buy online or from StubHub! or call 800-905-3315



Did You Know?

An economic study in 2004 reported that Cubs fans deposit about $20 million annually into Mesa's economy during their spring (well, it's still winter in Chicago!) pilgrimages.



Chicago White Sox

Glendale (since 2009)
Schedule



Home Field

The Ballpark at Camelback Ranch - Glendale (13,000, plus standing room)

10712 West Camelback Road

Phoenix, AZ 85037

623-877-8585



Directions (from State Route 101)

Take the Loop 101 (Agua Fria Loop) to the Camelback Road exit and head west.

Make a right on 111th Street/Ballpark Boulevard into Camelback Ranch - Glendale.


Tickets

Price range: $8 to $100

Buy online or from StubHub! or call 800-745-3000



Did You Know?

The White Sox, along with the Dodgers, made their debut at Camelback Ranch - Glendale in 2009. The team originally arrived in Arizona before the 1998 season, with the completion of Tucson Electric Park. From 1960-97, the Sox made their spring home in Sarasota, Fla.



Cincinnati Reds

Goodyear (since 2010)
Schedule



Home Field

Goodyear Ballpark (10,311)

1933 S. Ballpark Way

Goodyear, AZ 85338

623-932-6590



Directions (from downtown Phoenix/East Valley)

Drive west on I-10. Exit at Bullard Avenue (Exit 127) and proceed south.

Bullard Avenue will turn into West Lower Buckeye Road.

Stay to the right. Turn right (north) on to Wood Boulevard.


Directions (from West Phoenix/surface streets route)

Drive south on Litchfield Road to Van Buren. Turn west on Van Buren to Bullard Avenue, and go south on Bullard.

Bullard Avenue will turn into West Lower Buckeye Road.

Stay to the right. Turn right (north) on to Wood Boulevard.


Tickets

Price range: $8 to $35

Buy online or from StubHub! or call 877-647-7337



Did You Know?

The Reds bring to 15 the number of clubs that call Arizona their spring home, and are the fourth team -- along with the Dodgers, Indians and White Sox -- to move to the Grand Canyon State in the last two years. With the exception of three World War II seasons (1943 to 1945), the Reds had spent every spring in Florida since 1923.



Cleveland Indians

Goodyear (since 2009)
Schedule



Home Field

Goodyear Ballpark (10,311)

1933 S. Ballpark Way

Goodyear, AZ 85338

623-302-5678



Directions (from downtown Phoenix/East Valley)

Drive west on I-10. Exit at Bullard Avenue (Exit 127) and proceed south.

Bullard Avenue will turn into West Lower Buckeye Road.

Stay to the right. Turn right (north) on to Wood Boulevard.


Directions (from West Phoenix/surface streets route)

Drive south on Litchfield Road to Van Buren. Turn west on Van Buren to Bullard Avenue, and go south on Bullard.

Bullard Avenue will turn into West Lower Buckeye Road.

Stay to the right. Turn right (north) on to Wood Boulevard.


Tickets

Price range: $8 to $35

Buy online or from StubHub! or call 866-488-7423, 480-784-4444 (Phoenix) or 520-321-1000 (Tucson/Flagstaff).



Did You Know?

After residing each spring in Tucson from 1947-92, the Indians moved their headquarters to Winter Haven, Fla., for the next 16 years. Since 2009 the Tribe have been back in Arizona.



Colorado Rockies

Tucson (since 1993)
Schedule



Home Field

Hi Corbett Field (8,665)

3400 E. Camino Campestre

Tucson, AZ 85716

520-327-9467



Directions (from I-10)

Exit at Broadway, head east.

Turn right on Randolph Way.

Hi Corbett is on the right.



Tickets

Price range: $4 to $17

Buy online or from StubHub! or call 800-388-7625



Did You Know?

Hi Corbett Field was constructed in the late 1930s, and was the spring training home of the Cleveland Indians from 1945-92. It was dubbed Hi Corbett Field in 1951, in honor of the state senator instrumental in bringing the Indians to town.



Kansas City Royals

Surprise (since 2003)
Schedule



Home Field

Surprise Stadium (10,500)

15960 N. Bullard Ave.

Surprise, AZ 85374

623-222-2000



Directions (from Phoenix)

Take I-10 west to Highway 101 North.

Take the Grand Avenue or Bell Road exits and head west.

You'll pass through Sun City before you reach Surprise; follow the signs to the ballpark.



Tickets

Price range: $7 to $23

Buy online or from StubHub! or call 480-784-4444 or 520-321-1000



Did You Know?

Surprise Stadium houses the Royals and Rangers; each team has a 37,000-square-foot clubhouse. The Royals spent their spring days in Fort Myers, Fla., from 1969-87, and in Baseball City, Fla., from 1988-2002.



Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Tempe (since 1993)
Schedule



Home Field

Tempe Diablo Stadium (9,315)

2200 W. Alameda Drive
Tempe, AZ 85282

480-350-5205



Directions (from Phoenix)

Take Broadway Street exit off I-10.

Travel west on Broadway to 48th Street; turn left.

Tempe Diablo Stadium is a half-mile on the left.



Tickets

Price range: $6 to $27.50

Buy online or from StubHub! or call 480-784-4444



Did You Know?

Don't worry about the Angels leaving Tempe. Their current lease agreement extends through 2025. Tempe Diablo Stadium previously housed the Pilots/Brewers (1970-76) and the Mariners (1977-92).



Los Angeles Dodgers

Glendale (since 2009)
Schedule



Home Field

The Ballpark at Camelback Ranch - Glendale (13,000, plus standing room)

10712 West Camelback Road

Phoenix, AZ 85037

623-302-5400


Directions (from State Route 101)

Take the Loop 101 (Agua Fria Loop) to the Camelback Road exit and head west.

Make a right on 111th Street/Ballpark Boulevard into Camelback Ranch - Glendale.


Tickets

Price range: $8 to $100

Buy online or from StubHub! or call 480-784-4444



Did You Know?

Camelback Ranch - Glendale, which the Dodgers share with the White Sox, includes more than 118,000 square feet of major- and minor-league clubhouse space, 13 full baseball fields and three half-fields. The site also features picturesque walking trails, landscaped grounds, an orange grove, two ponds and a fully stocked lake.



Milwaukee Brewers

Phoenix (since 1998)
Schedule



Home Field

Maryvale Baseball Park (8,000)

3600 N. 51st Ave.

Phoenix, AZ 85031

623-245-5500



Directions (from Phoenix)

Take I-10 West to 51st Avenue. North exit. Turn right.
Enter stadium parking lot on 51st Avenue between Thomas Road and Indian School Road.



Tickets

Price range: $8 to $21

Buy online or from StubHub! or call 800-933-7890



Did You Know?

Since the team's inception as the Seattle Pilots, the Brewers have made their spring home in Arizona, jumping from Tempe (1969-72) to Sun City (1973-85) to Chandler (1986-97), before moving to Phoenix in 1998.



Oakland Athletics

Phoenix (since 1979)
Schedule



Home Field

Phoenix Municipal Stadium (8,816)

5999 E. Van Buren St.

Phoenix, AZ 85008

602-392-0074



Directions (from downtown Phoenix)

Head east on I-10.
Take Hwy 202 to Priest Exit.

Go north on Priest.

Phoenix Municipal Stadium will be approximately one mile up from the highway.



Tickets

Price range: $10 to $25

Buy online or from StubHub! or call 877-493-2255



Did You Know?

Municipal Stadium was the site of the first spring training home run hit by Willie Mays. The stadium's foul poles were originally used at the Polo Grounds in New York.



San Diego Padres

Peoria (since 1994)
Schedule



Home Field

Peoria Sports Complex (11,333)

16101 N. 83rd Ave.

Peoria, AZ 85382

800-409-1511



Directions (from I-10)

Take Loop 101 North.

Exit at Bell Road East.

Turn right onto 83rd Avenue.

Go south one block to stadium.



Tickets

Price range: $6 to $23

Buy online or from StubHub! or call 800-677-1227



Did You Know?

In 1994, the Peoria Sports Complex became the first facility shared by two franchises. Before the complex's completion, the Padres trained in Yuma, Ariz.



San Francisco Giants

Scottsdale (since 1984)
Schedule



Home Field

Scottsdale Stadium (10,500)

7408 E. Osborn Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-990-7972



Directions (from Phoenix)

Take I-10 East to Hwy 202 (Exit 147a).

Follow 202 to Exit 3 (Washington St.).

Follow signs to McDowell Road East.

Follow McDowell about three miles to North Scottsdale Road.

Left on Scottsdale to East Drinkwater Boulevard. Turn right.



Tickets

Price range: $8 to $28

Buy online or from StubHub! or call 877-473-4849



Did You Know?

The original Scottsdale Stadium, built in 1956, served as the former spring home of the Orioles, Red Sox, Cubs, A's and Giants. The current facility, built by HOK, is one of the Cactus League's hottest tickets.



Seattle Mariners

Peoria (since 1994)
Schedule



Home Field

Peoria Sports Complex (11,333)

16101 N. 83rd Ave.

Peoria, AZ 85382

800-409-1511



Directions (from I-10)

Take Loop 101 North.

Exit at Bell Road East.

Turn right onto 83rd Avenue.

Go south one block to stadium.


Tickets

Price range: $6 to $23

Buy online or from StubHub! or call 800-677-1227



Did You Know?

Before joining the San Diego Padres at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, the Mariners trained in Tempe, current home of the Angels.



Texas Rangers

Surprise (since 2003)
Schedule



Home Field

Surprise Stadium (10,500)

15850 N. Bullard Ave.

Surprise, AZ 85374

623-594-5600



Directions (from Phoenix)

Take I-10 west to Highway 101 North.

Take the Grand Avenue or Bell Road exits and head west.

You'll pass through Sun City before you reach Surprise; follow the signs to the ballpark.



Tickets

Price range: $7 to $23

Buy online or from StubHub! or call 623-222-2222



Did You Know?

Country singer Charley Pride, who played semi-pro ball in his youth, has worked out at the Rangers' spring training facility for several years. The Rangers spent the majority of their springtimes in Florida at Pompano Beach (1961-86) and Port Charlotte (1987-2002).

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