Get ready for some baseball! March in the Valley of the Sun means Major League Baseball’s Cactus League Spring Training games, where 15 teams play at 10 stadiums.
Below, find where to catch your favorite teams in action, fun facts about Spring Training to wow your friends with, where to find Spring Training dining deals, and two players answer our questions about being in town. The schedule runs Feb. 21 through March 27, 2018.
MAP: WHERE TO WATCH YOUR FAVORITE TEAM
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Home of: Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, 888.490.0383; Scottsdale Stadium, Home of: San Francisco Giants, 7408 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale, 877.4SFGTIX; Tempe Diablo Stadium, Home of: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 2200 W. Alameda Drive, Tempe, 800.745.3000; Camelback Ranch-Glendale, Home of: Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, 10710 W. Camelback Road, Glendale, 800.745.3000; Maryvale Baseball Park, Home of: Milwaukee Brewers, 3600 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix, 800.933.7890; Hohokam Stadium, Home of: Oakland Athletics, 1235 N. Center St., Mesa, 877.493.2255; Surprise Recreation Campus, Home of: Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, 15960 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise, 800.745.3000; Goodyear Ballpark, Home of: Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, 800.745.3000; Sloan Park-Mesa, Home of: Chicago Cubs, 2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, 1.800.THE.CUBS; Peoria Sports Complex, Home of: San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners, 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, 800.677.1227
Fired Pie: 10 percent off to customers who show a valid spring training game ticket for the day of the game. This deal is valid at all Fired Pie locations for one dine-in customer only, not to be combined with any other offers or 3rd party deliveries.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill: Show your same-day Spring Training ticket and receive 20% off your total bill at the Tempe and Scottsdale locations.
Chompie's: Spring Training Double Deal—buy one burger or hot dog and get one free. With the offer, buy any of Chompie’s Angus Beef burgers or Hebrew National hot dogs and two drinks and get a second burger or hot dog of equal or lesser value for free. (Yes, you can mix and match burgers with hot dogs.)
Cider Corps: Show your ticket from attending a game at Hohokan Stadium or Sloan Park (same-day only) and receive $1 off a pint.
Padre Murphy's: Bring in your their ticket stub (same-day only) and enjoy 1/2-off an appetizer of your choice, plus baseball-themed cocktails are available every day of spring training for $5.25.
Uptown Alley: Show your Spring Training ticket and receive a $10 game card or free small wings.
Match Restaurant & Lounge: Enjoy a “stadium favorite” — Schreiner’s bratwurst with grain mustard on pretzel bread—for just $8. To wash it down, show your ticket stub and receive $2 off beer.
Kelly's at Southbridge: Show your Spring Training ticket, purchase an appetizer, and receive a beer for one penny.
Tempe Marketplace: Many dining venues throughout are offering special deals.
Two Brothers Tap House and Brewery: The Chicago-based brewery will give guests a free appetizer of their choice when they show their gameday ticket.
Their Take on Cactus League
What do some of the MLB Cactus League players think of the Valley? We caught up with two players who shared their views.
What is your favorite thing about Spring Training?
"My favorite thing about Spring Training is getting to explore the Southwest. It’s six weeks of near-perfect weather for dog-walking, hikes, and day trips to amazing places like Sedona." - Joc Pederson, outfielder, Los Angeles Dodgers
• The Cactus League dates back to 1947, when the New York Giants (now San Francisco Giants) came to Phoenix for Spring Training.
• There are more than 200 games on the 2018 Cactus League Spring Training schedule.
• The Innings Festival is new for 2018. The three-day music festival is held at Tempe Beach Park March 23-25.
• 6 out of 10 fans travel from out of town to watch Spring Training games.
• Peoria Sports Complex was the first two-team Spring Training facility in baseball.
• In 2017, Cactus League attendance was 1,941,347.
• Spring Training has a $544 million economic impact on the State of Arizona. The last Super Bowl here produced $500 million.
• The Scottsdale Charros, a non-profit group that hosts Spring Training in Scottsdale, has given back more than $15 million to local charities and public education since its inception.