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Cactus League Spring Training Baseball

by Andy Vanr

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 2020 Baseball Spring Training Start?

The preseason begins on Friday February 21, 2020, with Texas visiting Kansas City in Surprise, Arizona. The final game will be played on Tuesday March 24, 2020.

Map – Cactus League Spring Training Stadiums

Cactus League Schedule and Tickets

Click on your favorite MLB team below for the schedule and to purchase spring training 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 Indians 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 Maryvale Baseball Park 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 by walking up to the at the stadium box office. The only exception would be baseball clubs with a heavy snowbird fan base, such as the Chicago Cubs. Check ahead for clubs such as this to avoid disappointment.

Phoenix Accommodations

With all baseball stadiums in such close proximity to each other, you can easily select your accommodation anywhere in the Phoenix area. For example, I booked one week at the AC Hotel by Marriott Phoenix in downtown Tempe.

Alternatively, here are some other great hotel options in the Phoenix region.


Now that you’ve selected your home away from home, you can easily visit a different ballpark each day.

Best Cactus League Stadiums

Having trouble deciding which ballparks to visit? Here are my top 3 ballparks:

1. Salt River Fields

Before the game you can 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

Sloan Park Chicago Cubs Ballpark Sign

Chicago Cubs fans call this park “Wrigleyville West” and you can see why. The stadium replicates some aspects of their home field, including the brick backstop, the dark green tower lights and the marquee Cubs sign.

3. Camelback Ranch

Camelback Ranch Spring Training home of Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers

This complex, shared by the Dodgers and White Sox is located in Glendale. There are trails going around and within the complex. Head to the practice fields early before game time to try and get an autograph. Hungry? At this ballpark you can order up an 18-inch slice of pizza. It is well shaded and a beautiful place to watch spring training baseball.

Innings Music Festival

Innings Music Festival - Past artists include Eddie Vedder
Original uploader was PJOrsi at hu.wikipedia, EddieVedder, CC BY 3.0

Are you a baseball fan and a Music Lover? During spring training you can check out Innings Festival in Tempe, Arizona on Feb 29 and March 1st, 2020. The 2020 musical lineup includes Weezer, Dave Matthews Band, Portugal The Man 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!

Chicago Cubs Mascot Clark

If you’re tired of the cold winter, then visiting Phoenix in February/March is the perfect remedy for the sun deprived baseball fan.

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