|Cactus League Spring Training game. Julianne G. Crane|
Where do Snowbird RVers kick back for a few hours on warm March afternoons in Metro Phoenix? They go where more than 1.47 million fans did in March 2010 — to one of the half-dozen daily ‘Cactus League Spring Training’ baseball games in the greater Phoenix area.
|(Julianne G. Crane)|
That’s where four of us from the Pacific Northwest went on a recent Sunday afternoon–to a ballgame at Scottsdale Stadium to watch the 2010 World Series Champions San Francisco Giants face off against the Seattle Mariners.
If one is a Giants’ fan, it was a tremendous game. In fact, just about everyone in the park was wearing orange and black–except for what seemed like four folks from Washington state.
For decades, with its incredible March weather, Arizona has been hosting Major League Baseball spring training. What makes the experience extra special for RVers are all the park facilities, surrounding scenic beauty and close proximity to great outdoor venues.
Along with the Giants and Mariners, 13 other major league teams with spring training here include: the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles/Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers. They play their Cactus League games in 10 different stadiums.
Tickets range from under-$10 for seating on the lawn, to more than $40 for stadium seating, depending on team and section. Lawn seating is on the grassy area behind the outfield. Arrive early, wear a hat and sunscreen, and bring a blanket or towel to sit on.
No food or bottled water was allowed through the gates at Scottsdale Stadium. Purses and backpacks were checked. As with any professional ballgame food fare, there is a variety, but it is spendy. Vendors hawk cold beer ($5), peanuts ($4.50) and lemonade ($5).
For more information: www.cactusleague.com
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— Julianne G. Crane
Photos: Scottsdale Stadium, San Francisco Giants vs. Seattle Mariners; young fan; and ballgame food fare. (Julianne G. Crane)