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Cactus League Spring Training Guide 2013

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Batter up! Cactus League Spring Training is here. We’ve put together the ultimate spring training guide of where to eat and drink before or after the game, where to park, what you can bring in to each ballpark and more below.

Don’t forget to check out our Cactus League Spring Training page on our website for places to stay, a map of all the ballparks, and special spring training packages.

General Information

• Wear sunscreen! This is the first time in months that our skin has seen the daylight. Put on your sunscreen before you head out and bring more to apply during the game.

• Lawn seats can get hot, fast. Make sure to drink plenty of water and bring a hat and lightweight clothing to protect yourself from the sun.

• Bring cash. Many of the concession stands will take a credit card, but you’ll pay extra. There are ATMs at most stadiums, but you’ll get charged a fee to use them.

• Get your tickets early. Popular teams will sell out fast so plan ahead.

• Rules about outside food and drink vary by stadium. Check our tips below and/or the stadium website or call before you go to see what is/is not allowed.

Phoenix Municipal Stadium

Phoenix Municipal Stadium

Phoenix Municipal Stadium (5999 East Van Buren Street,  Phoenix)

Team: Oakland A’s


Seating Chart

Places to Eat Nearby  

America’s Taco Shop (735 E. University Drive, Tempe)

Bison Witches Bar & Deli (21 E. 6th Street #146, Tempe)

Cornish Pasty Co. (960 W. University Suite 103, Tempe )

Draw 10 Bar & Grill (5444 E. Washington Street, Phoenix)

Essence Bakery Café (825 W. University Drive, Tempe)

Four Peaks Brewing Company (1340 E. 8th Street, Tempe)

Green Restaurant (2240 N. Scottsdale Road, Tempe)

Monti’s La Casa Vieja Restaurant (100 South Mill Avenue, Tempe)

Pete’s Fish & Chips (1017 E. Apache Boulevard, Tempe)

Spinato’s Pizza (227 S. Smith Road, Tempe)

The Stockyards, Arizona’s Original Steakhouse (5009 E. Washington, Phoenix)

Additional Info

• You can bring small soft coolers (no bigger than a backpack) and non-alcoholic beverages in a plastic, factory-sealed bottle. No glass bottles or alcohol is allowed.

• Parking is $5 per car.

• On March 17 you can celebrate St. Patrick's Day with green beer that will be served at the stadium.

• Kids can step up to the plate and test their skills in the speed-pitch batting cage.

• Make a day of it and go hiking in Papago Park, visit the Desert Botanical Garden or the Phoenix Zoo.

Maryvale Baseball Park

Maryvale Baseball Park

Maryvale Baseball Park (3600 N. 51st Avenue, Phoenix)

Team: Milwaukee Brewers


Seating Chart

Places to Eat Nearby

Coffee and Tea Express (5835 W. Palmaire Avenue, Glendale)

Durants (2611 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix)

El New Yorican (2714 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix)

Fu-Fu Cuisine (3633 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix)

Kiss the Cook (4915 W. Glendale Avenue, Glendale)

Original Hamburger Works (2801 N. 15th Avenue, Phoenix)

Papa Ed’s Ice Cream (7146-B N. 58th Avenue, Glendale)

Pete’s Fish & Chips (5516 W. Glendale Avenue, Glendale)

Pizza a Metro (2336 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix)

Additional Info

• Coolers, backpacks, lawn chairs and soft sided bags larger than 16"x16"x8" are not allowed inside the stadium.

• For seats in the shade, pick the upper rows behind home plate. For seats in the sun, choose seats in any lower section or head to the outfield.

• The first 2,000 fans will get a bobblehead on March 8 (Italian Racing Sausage), March 16 (Aramis Ramirez) and March 24 (Ryan Braun).

• Get an autograph during batting practice along the right field line or when players exit the game.

• Parking is $6.

Photo credit: Salt River Fields

Photo credit: Salt River Fields

Salt River Fields (7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale)

Teams: Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies

Arizona Diamondbacks Schedule

Colorado Rockies Schedule

Seating Chart

Places to Eat Nearby

America’s Taco Shop (9261 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale)

Andreoli Italian Grocer & Deli (8880 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale)

Blue Burrito Grille ( 7318 E. Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale)

Buzzberry Coffee ‘n Smoothies (5959 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale)

Café ZuZu (6850 E. Main Street, Scottsdale)

El Chorro ( 5550 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley)

Four Peaks Brewing Company (15745 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale)

Lox Stock and Bagel (7353 N. Via Paseo Del Sur, Scottsdale )

Rancho Pinot Grill (6208 N. Scottsdale Road, Paradise Valley)

Rita’s Kitchen (5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley)

Spinato’s Pizzeria (11108 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, Scottsdale)

Sweet Republic Ice Cream (9160 E. Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale)

Terroir Wine Pub (7001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale)

Uncorked Wine Bar (16427 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale)

Village Coffee Roastery (8120 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale)

Wildflower Bread Company (15640 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale OR 7001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale)

Additional Info

• Children two and under who are sitting in the lap of adult do not need a game ticket. Children three and older must have a valid game ticket.

• Guests are permitted to seek autographs from players along the railing between sections 101 - 104 and 120 - 123 up to 40 minutes prior to game time, or until batting practice, whichever comes first.

• The Arizona Diamondbacks will hold autograph sessions at each of their home games on the left field concourse. The sessions will feature two players each D-backs home game and will run from 11:45 a.m. - noon on day games and 5:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on night games.

• Regulations allow only soft-sided bags and containers 16"x16"x8" or smaller.

• The Cold Stone Kids Fun Field will feature kid-friendly activities. The Fun Field will be open one hour and ten minutes before the first pitch and the close at the end of the 7th inning.

• Outside food or beverages, hard-sided coolers or containers, stools or folding chairs are NOT permitted in the stadium.

• You may bring two factory sealed bottles of water, per person. No larger than one liter in size.

• Following every Sunday game kids have the opportunity to run the bases at no cost. To participate, kids can line up between sections 204 & 205 following the game.

• Check out a bird’s eye view of the games or the McDowell Mountains from observation towers throughout the campus.

Photo credit: Peoria Sports Complex

Photo credit: Peoria Sports Complex

Peoria Sports Complex (16101 N. 83rd Avenue,  Peoria)

Teams: Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres

Mariners Schedule

Padres Schedule

Seating Chart

Places to Eat Nearby

3rd Place Neighborhood Grill ( 15814 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria)

Blu Burger Grille (9828 W. Northern Avenue, Peoria)

Carolina’s (9030 W. Peoria Avenue, Peoria)

Cucina Tagliani Italian Kitchen (8349 W. Bell Road, Peoria)

Kabuski Sushi & Grill (8378 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria)

Mercer’s (9720 W. Peoria Avenue, Peoria)

The Moon Saloon ( 16554 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria)

Yogurtime (16055 N. Arrowhead Fountain Circle, Peoria)

Additional Info

• Factory sealed, plastic water bottles with non-carbonated, colorless water, juice boxes, baby food, formula, and small bags with food are allowed.

• Parking is $5 for cars $10 for RVs.

• Every Monday (except for March 18) families can take advantage of the Family Four Pack deal that includes four seats, four hot dogs, four bags of chips and four small sodas for $35.

• On Feb. 23, the city is hosting a postgame street festival from 4 - 9p.m. The event features a concert from Mark McGrath and Sugar Ray. If you attend the game that day, concert admission is free.

• On March 9, your pooch is welcome on the lawn with a $4 dog ticket. Proceeds go to the Arizona Humane Society.

• Hot dogs are $2 on Thursdays.

• Scout your favorite player at Autograph Alley, a tunnel that leads players into the field near the right-field corner.

Photo credit: Camelback Ranch

Photo credit: Camelback Ranch

Camelback Ranch Stadium (10710 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix)

Teams: Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers

White Sox Schedule

Dodgers Schedule

Seating Chart 

Places to Eat Nearby

Baja Loco Mesquite Grill & Cantina (5134 N. 95th Avenue, Glendale)

G’s Food (10328 W Indian School Road, Phoenix)

Ground Control Coffee & Wine Bar (4860 N Litchfield Road, Goodyear)

Mama Gina’s (9380 W. Westgate Boulevard, Glendale)

Saddle Ranch Chop House ( 9375 W. Coyotes Boulevard, Glendale)

Tailgaters Sports Grill & Il Primo Pizza (5110 N. Dystart Road, Litchfield Park)

Thai Orchid Garden (12725 W. Indian School Road, Avondale)

Additional Information

• The famous Dodger Dog and Vienna Beef Chicago Dog are available at every game and come with authentic toppings.

• Players’ autographs may be obtained before the game on the outfield side of both dugouts. Autograph seekers must return to their seats 30 minutes before gametime.

• Prior to games on Feb. 23 (Dodgers) and Feb. 24 (White Socks), there will be pregame and in-game festivities celebrating the history of the team and welcoming alumni.

• Lawn chairs and lawn umbrellas are not permitted.

• Small, soft-sided coolers are permitted as well as one unopened bottle of water per person and food items in small, clear plastic bags.

• Following each Sunday game, kids can run the bases.

• Parking is free.

Photo credit: Goodyear Ballpark

Photo credit: Goodyear Ballpark

Goodyear Ballpark (1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear)

Teams: Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds Schedule

Cleveland Indians Schedule

Seating chart

Places to Eat Nearby

Augie’s Sports Grill (15605 W. Roosevelt Street, Suite 101, Goodyear)

Flavors of Louisiana (13025 W. Ranch Santa Fe Boulevard, Avondale)

Native New Yorker (530 N. Estrella Parkway, Goodyear)

Majerle’s Sports Grill (13375 W. McDowell Road, Goodyear)

Taste of Italy Pizza ( 3810 South Estrella Parkway, Goodyear)

TJ’s Homestyle Restaurant (310 N. Dysart Road, Avondale)

Wildflower Bread Company (1360 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear)

Additional Information

• Collect autographs from Indians or Reds players before the game on Feb. 23, 27, 28, March 6 (1:05p.m.), 21 and 26. Tickets for the autograph session will be distributed prior to gates opening, for the session shortly after the gates open.

• Feb. 22 is a charity game with all the Indians' and Reds' proceeds from the game being donated to the Homeless  Youth Connection and Arizona in Action.

• Factory sealed, plastic water bottles with non-carbonated, colorless water, juice boxes, baby food, formula, and small bags with food are allowed.

• This ballpark features Midwest-specialty fried-bologna sandwiches, and Cleveland and Cincinnati-style hot dogs.

• In Ohio, chili tops spaghetti, potatoes, salads and fries. Cincinnati fans will be delighted to see Skyline Chili at Goodyear Ballpark and for Cleveland fans there’s Bertman Ballpark Mustard.

• Every game hosts a free kids zone, featuring inflatable baseball activities and a Wiffle Ball field.

• Kids can run bases after every Saturday and Sunday game. Seniors can run the bases after Tuesday games.

• Parking is $5.

Photo credit: Hohokam Stadium

Photo credit: Hohokam Stadium

HoHoKam Stadium (1235 N. Center Street, Mesa)

Team: Chicago Cubs


Seating Chart

Places to Eat Nearby

Contigo Peru (1245 W. Guadalupe Road, Mesa)

Crackers & Co. Café (535 W. Iron Avenue, Mesa)

Sluggo’s Sports Grille (161 N. Centennial Way, Mesa)

Inside The Bungalow Café (48 N. Robson, Mesa)

Los Dos Molinos (260 W. Alma School Road, Mesa)

Lo Fi Coffee (105 W. Main Street, Mesa)

Nunthaporn’s Thai Cuisine (17 W. Main Street, Mesa)

Queen’s Pizzeria & Café (125 W. Main Street, Mesa)

Sun Devil Liquors (235 N. Country Club Drive, Mesa)

T.C. Eggington’s Brunchery (1660 S. Alama School Road, Mesa)

Urban Picnic (218 W. Main Street, Mesa)

Additional Info

• This stadium does not allow coolers, umbrellas, food, beverages or large bags. You can bring a blanket, one 32-ounce bottle of water, baby food or a stroller.

• Parking is $7 per car. (Tip: Arrive two hours before game time for best parking.)

• Watch the game in the shade behind first base – it’s also the best place to get autographs after 11 a.m.

Photo credit: Surprise Stadium

Photo credit: Surprise Stadium

Surprise Stadium (15930 N. Bullard Avenue, Phoenix)

Teams: Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers

Kansas City Royals Schedule

Texas Rangers Schedule

Seating Chart

Places to Eat Nearby

Amuse Bouche (17058 W. Bell Road, Surprise)

Babbo Italian Eatery (15609 W. Bell Road, Surprise)

Big Buddha Restaurant (16572 W. Greenway Road, Surprise)

The Brookside II Bar and Grill (15170 W. Bell Road, Surprise)

Fresh Wasabi Sushi & Grill (13732 W. Bell Road, Surprise)

Hole ‘n One (13573 W. Camino Del Sol, Sun City West)

Irish Wolfhoud Pub (16811 N. Litchfield Road, Surprise)

Lucky’s Pizza (15508 W. Bell Road, Surprise)

Vogue Bistro (15411 W. Waddell Road, Surprise)

Additional Info

• Fans can gather along the left-and right-field lines to try for autographs. The practice fields open at 10 a.m.

• Most of the concessions here are cash only.

• You can bring food in clear, sealed plastic bags and one liter plastic water bottle per person. Juice boxes, baby food and formula are also allowed.

• Every Tuesday during spring training, senior citizens can purchase two-for-one plaza-level seats. Every Sunday, military men and women and veterans can purchase two-for-one plaza-level seats.

Tempe Diablo Stadium

Tempe Diablo Stadium

Tempe Diablo Stadium (2200 W. Alameda Drive, Tempe)

Team: Angels


Seating Chart

Places to Eat Nearby

Dhaba India Plaza (1872 E Apache Blvd., Tempe)

Essence Bakery Café (825 W. University Drive, Tempe)

Four Peaks Brewing Company ( 1340 E. 8th Street, Tempe)

House of Tricks (114 E. 7th Street, Tempe)

Los Dos Molinos (8646 S. Central Avenue, Phoenix)

Morning Glory Café (6106 S 32nd Street  Phoenix)

Rustler’s Rooste (8383 S. 48th Street, Phoenix)

Spinato’s Pizza (227 S. Smith Road, Tempe)

Texas BBQ House (5037 S. 24th Street, Phoenix)

Yucca Tap Room (29 W. Southern Avenue, Tempe)

Additional Info

• Get autographs from players near the walking fence in the west parking lot between the stadium and practice fields or in the stadium on the right-field line near the team’s locker room.

• You may bring backpacks, soft-sided coolers, homemade sandwiches, cut fruit, chips and one sealed bottle of water per person.

• Parking is $5

Photo credit: City of Scottsdale

Photo credit: City of Scottsdale

Scottsdale Stadium (7408 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale)

Team: San Francisco Giants


Seating Chart

Places to Eat Nearby

5th and Wine (7051 E. 5th Avenue, Scottsdale)

Arcadia Farms (7025 E. 1st Avenue, Scottsdale)

Atlas Bistro (2515 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale)

Baratin (7125 E 5th Avenue Suite 31, Scottsdale)

Big Earl’s BBQ (7213 E. First Avenue, Scottsdale)

Café Forte Bistro (7032 E. Main Street, Scottsdale)

The Cider Mill (7240 E. Main Street, Scottsdale)

Citizen Public House (7111 E. 5th Avenue, Scottsdale)

Cowboy Ciao (7133 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale)

Daily Dose Old Town Bar & Grill (4020 Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale)

Echo Coffee (2902 N. 68th Street, Scottsdale)

Lee’s Cream Liqueur (7137 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale)

Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles (2765 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale)

Orange Table (7373 E. Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale)

Petite Maison (7616 E. Shoeman Lane, Scottsdale)

POSH Improvisational Cuisine ( 7167 E. Rancho Vista Drive, Scottsdale)

Su Vino Winery (7035 E. Main Street, Scottsdale)

Additional Info

• This stadium carries beer from San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company and garlic fries, a fan favorite at the Giant’s home stadium.

• You can bring towels and blankets to sit on in the grass, but lawn chairs are not allowed.

• Get an autograph by getting to the game early and hang out along the rail behind the first-base line near the Giants dugout.

• Parking is free, but very limited. Catch a trolley to the stadium - there are four different routes with nearby parking to choose from.

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