Spring training in Phoenix, Arizona is a baseball lover’s paradise.
The Cactus League started in 1947 when the Giants and Indians first set up spring training operations in the area. Today, the Cactus League has expanded to 15 Major League Baseball teams in 10 ballparks. Unlike Florida Spring Training, all of the Cactus League stadiums are within an easy one hour drive of each other.
When does 2023 Baseball Spring Training Start?
The preseason begins on Friday February 24, 2023. The final game will be played on Tuesday March 28, 2023.
Cactus League Stadiums Map
Cactus League Schedule and Tickets
Click on your favorite MLB team below for the schedule and to purchase tickets.
|MLB Team|| |
|Arizona Diamondbacks Spring Training||Salt River Fields at Talking Stick||Salt River|
|Chicago Cubs Spring Training||Sloan Park||Mesa|
|Chicago White Sox Spring Training||Camelback Ranch||Glendale|
|Cincinnati Reds Spring Training||Goodyear Ballpark||Goodyear|
|Cleveland Guardians Spring Training||Goodyear Ballpark||Goodyear|
|Colorado Rockies Spring Training||Salt River Fields at Talking Stick||Salt River|
|Kansas City Royals Spring Training||Surprise Stadium||Surprise|
|Los Angeles Angels Spring Training||Tempe Diablo Stadium||Tempe|
|Los Angeles Dodgers Spring Training||Camelback Ranch||Glendale|
|Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training||American Family Field of Phoenix||Phoenix|
|Oakland Athletics Spring Training||Hohokam Stadium||Mesa|
|San Diego Padres Spring Training||Peoria Sports Complex||Peoria|
|San Francisco Giants Spring Training||Scottsdale Stadium||Scottsdale|
|Seattle Mariners Spring Training||Peoria Sports Complex||Peoria|
|Texas Rangers Spring Training||Surprise Stadium||Surprise|
Can you buy spring training tickets at the stadium?
Yes. Tickets are usually available on game day. Just walk to the stadium box office. The only exception might be baseball clubs with a heavy snowbird fan base, such as the Chicago Cubs. Check ahead to avoid disappointment.
Best Cactus League Stadiums
Having trouble deciding which ballparks to visit? These are my top 3 ballparks:
1. Salt River Fields
Before the game, get autographs and selfies with the players between sections 101-104 and 120-123. Want to get more sun? Stretch out on the large grassy slope in the outfield.
2. Sloan Park
Chicago Cubs fans call this park “Wrigleyville West” and it’s obvious why. The stadium replicates some aspects of Chicago’s Wrigley Field, including the brick backstop, the dark green tower lights and the marquee Cubs sign.
3. Camelback Ranch
This complex in Glendale is shared by the Dodgers and White Sox. There are trails going around and within the complex. Head to the practice fields early before game time and try for an autograph. Hungry? Order up an 18-inch Grand-Slam slice of pizza. It is well shaded and a beautiful place to watch baseball.
With the Cactus League stadiums so close to each other, it’s possible to select accommodations anywhere in the Phoenix area. I booked one week at the AC Hotel by Marriott Phoenix Tempe/Downtown. It was convenient to everywhere.
These are just 2 of the great hotel options in the Phoenix area.
- AC Hotel by Marriott Phoenix Tempe / Downtown – Exceptional
- Hampton Inn Phoenix – Biltmore – Excellent
With your home away from home set, try visiting a different ballpark each day.
Innings Music Festival
Are you a baseball fan and a music lover? During spring training check out Innings Festival at Tempe Beach Park in Tempe, Arizona on February 25 and 26, 2023. The 2023 musical lineup includes Eddie Vedder, Green Day, Weezer, The Black Crowes, The Offspring and many more.
Arizona Fall League Baseball
Want more baseball? Don’t forget to come back to Phoenix for the Fall League. In this league, the MLB teams assign some of their best prospects to showcase their skills in front of fans and major league scouts. The prospects are divided into six teams that play against one another in a shortened schedule. The fall league runs from early October through to mid-November.
Head for the Sun!
Tired of the cold winter? Visiting Phoenix in February/March is the perfect remedy for the sun deprived baseball fan.
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