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13Mar/140

Baseball City Experience

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As the Wall Street Journal declared this week, Phoenix is "the epicenter of baseball in March." As if all the Cactus League action wasn't enough, fans of America's pastime can revel in this weekend's Baseball City experience.

Adults and little leaguers alike can live out their big league fantasies with activities such as speed pitch competitions, a home run derby field, and a lil' sluggers field for the tykes. The newest baseball products and gear from companies such as Lids and Zinger Bat Company will be on display, and the MLB Network will broadcasting their signature radio show, MLB Tonight, live on site.

The experience will also allow fans to meet stars of the diamond from the past and present. Fan favorites such as Aaron Hill of the Diamondbacks, Pablo "Kung Fu Panda" Sandoval of the Giants, and slugger Adam Dunn of the White Sox are just a few of the All-Stars that will be on hand. Fans also won't want to miss the chance to meet Hall of Famers Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins, Orlando Cepeda and Andre "The Hawk" Dawson.

Baseball City will be at downtown's Phoenix Convention Center from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, so there's time to enjoy the festivities either before or after soaking in the sun at a Cactus League game. Get full ticket info here.

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14Feb/140

Cactus League Spring Training Guide 2014

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The familiar sounds of bats cracking, mitts snapping and fans cheering are returning to greater Phoenix. It's time for Cactus League Spring Training! 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.

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17Jan/140

Sneak peek: Cubs Park

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Chicago Cubs fans have waited 105 years for a World Series title. But they’ll have to wait only until the open of the Cactus League season Feb. 27 to christen a new spring training stadium.

Cubs Park, the newest stadium in the Cactus League, is nearing completion, and the Cubs treated us to a sneak peek of the facilities.

The new ballpark hasn’t yet been “Cub-ified”—much of the signage and adornments are still forthcoming—but the facility has rounded into shape enough to give you a pretty good idea of what attending a Cubs game this spring will feel like.

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21Feb/130

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.

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2Mar/121

Cactus League Spring Training Guide

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 the stadium website or call before you go to see what is/is not allowed.

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

Team: Oakland A’s

Schedule

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 (1 W. Rio Salado Parkway, 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.

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

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

Team: Milwaukee Brewers

Schedule

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

• The Brewers are the only Cactus League team to give away player bobbleheads before games. Dolls will be giving out on March 5, 8, 21, and 26.

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

• You can get a grilled Klement’s hot dog from Milwaukee.

• Parking is $6.

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)

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

• Best places for autographs are on the front-row seats at either left or right field near the bull pens. Go 40 minutes prior to a game or until the end of batting practice to catch your favorite players.

• A Wiffle Ball court for children is on the right field of the main stadium.

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

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)  *Local gourmet food trucks will be in the parking lot of 3rd Place Neighborhood Grill for spring training! Check the schedule here.

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 families can take advantage of the Family Four Pack deal that includes four seats, hot dogs and sodas for $30 (four lawn tickets are $24).

• Hot dogs are $2 on Wednesdays and Sundays games have activities for kids.

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

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 (103 W. Indian School Road, Phoenix)

Ground Control Coffee & Wine Bar (14140 W. Indian School 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

• 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.

• 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.

• On March 10, 17 and 23, Camelback Ranch will feature fireworks and $1 hot dogs. Postgame on those dates, kids can run the bases.

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)

Ivy League Dogs (15605 W. Roosevelt Street, Goodyear)

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 March 3, 7, 12, 14 (1:05pm game only), 19, 26 and 28. Tickets for the autograph session will be distributed prior to gates opening, for the session shortly after the gates open.

• March 12 and 18 bring your gloves to play catch in the outfield after the game. Soft toss baseballs will be provided.

• Fan Appreciation Day is March 30th. Autographed team memorabilia and other items will be given away each inning.

• 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.

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

• Families can take advantage of the McDonald’s Family Fun Pack, which costs $44 and includes four tickets, four Extra Value Meals and access to an exclusive autograph session before the game. The package is offered March 5, 13, 18, 19 and 27.

• 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 bounce houses and a Wiffle Ball field.

• Adults can watch the game in the all-inclusive Right Field Pavillion – a fully shaded area with club seating, a buffet, wait staff and an assortment of non-alcoholic drinks, $30.

HoHoKam Stadium (1235 N. Center Street, Mesa)

Team: Chicago Cubs

Schedule

Seating Chart

Places to Eat Nearby

Contigo Peru (1245 W. Guadalupe Road, Mesa)

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

Diamond’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 $6 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 11am.

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

• For $30 adults can sit in the Home Run Party Tent in right centerfield. This fully shaded area seats 300 and has cable TVs sets to show NCAA March Madness basketball games. Your ticket also includes your own seat, access to the catered all-you-can-eat buffet and a drink voucher.

• 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.

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

Team: Angels

Schedule

Seating Chart

Places to Eat Nearby

The Center Bistro (21 E. 6th Street, Tempe)

Dhaba India Plaza (1874 E. Apache Boulevard, 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 (6016 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.

• For $40 you can sit in the shade in the upper pavilion on right field, which includes an all-you-can-eat food ticket.

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

• Tempe Diablo Stadium is offering a free shuttle from the Tempe Marketplace and Mill Avenue in front of Potions and Lotions on 5th Street/Mill and by the Thirsty Lion at Tempe Marketplace every 20-30 minutes from 11a-6p on game days.

• Parking is $5

Scottsdale Stadium (7408 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale)

Team: San Francisco Giants

Schedule

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 (7121 E. 5th Avenue, Scottsdale)

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

Bravo Bistro (4327 N. Scottsdale Road, 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

Salty Senorita offers a shuttle to and from its Old Town location to Scottsdale Stadium.

• 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 by parking at Loloma Station at Fashion Square Mall (next to Nordstrom), or along Fifth Avenue.

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21Jul/110

Cool things to do in Phoenix this weekend

A heat wave is sweeping across the nation, but here in Phoenix it’s the status quo. Phoenicians know how to stay cool in the summer heat, so here are a few of things that we recommend to do this weekend.

Movies! Theaters keep the a/c cranked so they are the perfect place to hang out and chill for a few hours. There are quite a few unique ways to see movies in Phoenix too, from the luxury movie going experience at iPic, indie films and brews at Film Bar and dive-in movies at the Arizona Biltmore.

Here in Phoenix we think culture is pretty cool, literally. Museums are the perfect place to spend a day in air-conditioned cultural bliss. From Native American Art at the world-renowned Heard Museum, hands-on interactive exhibits designed to engage the minds of kids of all ages at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, to the global representation of music at the Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix has some cool culture for any family member of any age. Here’s a tip: Admission at the Heard Museum is FREE this Sunday, July 24!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream when the temperatures start to rise. Local ice cream shop, Sweet Republic, has been garnering quite a bit of attention these days with national awards and recognition. Their Toffee Banoffe Sundae will be featured on the Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate” this weekend, so head over and try this now famous dessert!

This Friday shoot some hoops indoors at the US Airways Center during the Phoenix Suns Operation Orange Shoot Around. This free event is open to all ages and will offer fans a unique opportunity to shoot baskets on the main court. In addition, participants of all ages will have a chance to compete in a variety of basketball skills competitions, including 3-point and free throw contests along with a skills competition. Prizes will be awarded within each age group.
Members of the Suns Dancers, APS Solar Squad and Verve Sol Patrol will be on hand to interact with fans. For younger participants, the Suns will have two adjustable hoops and an inflatable slide in the lower bowl of the arena and the APS Gorilla’s Greenhouse will be open for free-play throughout the event.

You don’t have to stay indoors to stay cool this weekend, just wait until the sun goes down for the Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours. Flashlight Tours are a sensory adventure where you will see, hear and feel the desert night with its nighthawks, snakes, insects and night-blooming flowers. Flashlight Tours are great for families and children of all ages and make a perfect summer date night.

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