Cactus League Baseball Returns in February — Runs Through March 24

Spring Training baseball under the warm Arizona sun has been a tradition for devoted fans since 1947. Scottsdale is home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants.

Spring Training at Scottsdale Stadium. Photo courtesy of Scottsdale Stadium.

The San Francisco Giants play in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale at Scottsdale Stadium. A short drive north, the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks play at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, along Scottsdale’s border with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

Of course, Cactus League play goes far beyond the borders of Scottsdale. In addition to the Diamondbacks, Rockies and Giants, many other Major League Baseball teams visit the Valley during the season — the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers all call Arizona their spring training home. With 10 facilities hosting 15 teams, the Phoenix metropolitan area holds claim to the greatest concentration of professional baseball facilities found anywhere in the United States. 

Cactus League Spring Training season is Feb. 22 – March 24. For general information, including maps and trip planners, visit www.cactusleague.com.

Play Ball! Spring Training Is Back In The Valley

The Arizona Diamondbacks open Spring Training 2011 at their new

Photo courtesy of Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

By Kathryn M. Miller ~ Scottsdale and six other Arizona cities are once again ready to play ball as Cactus League Spring Training season returns to the Valley. During the month of March, the World Champion San Francisco Giants will take the mound at Scottsdale Stadium (www.scottsdaleaz.gov/stadium), in the heart of downtown. Just down the street, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies will be prepping for the season at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (www.saltriverfields.com). During March, 15 Major League Baseball (MLB) teams will make an exodus from their home towns to the Greater Phoenix area.

While the first ball was thrown out March 3, residents will have the opportunity to get warmed up for the month-long Spring Training with a number of satellite events. First up, Scottsdale Civic Center Mall becomes Baseball City March 7-8. Fans of all ages can engage in batting cage and base running challenges, catch a glimpse of the science of baseball and view some of the finest memorabilia that baseball has to offer, in addition to the opportunity to get autographs from favorite players. Learn more about this event on page 6 of this month’s issue of CITYSunTimes.

The Scottsdale Charros will host The Scottsdale Giant Race March 8 and allows fans to put themselves in the shoes of favorite players. The event takes participants on 9K or three-mile runs around Scottsdale Stadium. Or, take a journey back in time with the Cactus League Legacy Trail, a self-guided tour of Downtown Scottsdale’s baseball hangouts, as well as memorabilia collections in Mesa, Tempe and Goodyear. Find details at www.experiencescottsdale.com/events/legacy-trail.

For complete Cactus League schedule information, visit www.cactusleague.com. For other Spring Training information, visit www.azspringtrainingexperience.com or www.discoverazspringtraining.com. |CST

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