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Spring Training Fact
Spring Training is a crucial time for players not only because they need to get in shape for the upcoming season but also because managers base their final roster on their performance.

Spring Training and the Economy
Who needs a stimulus package, when we’ve got Spring Training to boost our city and our spirits. Whether a baseball fan or not, Valley residents can all appreciate the big bucks (more than $10 million dollars) the season brings to the city and its merchants every year. Last year, the charts broke records as 1.32 million fans attended a Cactus League game. With the additional three teams to the league, we are expected to have another record-breaking year.

World Baseball Games
Don’t miss the more than 20 World Baseball Classic exhibition games set for early March in the Cactus League ballparks, including teams from South Africa, Asia, Australia and Mexico! See the full schedule at www.cactusleague.com.

Upgrades to Scottsdale Stadium
It wouldn’t be Scottsdale without a swanky upscale venue to watch the game. The Scottsdale Stadium has opened the Charro Lodge, located adjacent to the San Francisco Giants bullpen, for a VIP, relaxed atmosphere. Charro Lodge, similar to the FBR Bird’s Nest, will be dishing out complimentary cuisine and drinks. Passes to the Charro Lodge are available for single-game groups of up to eight people or they can be purchased as individual game passes. Prices range from $75 to $100 per person. This includes your ticket into the stadium.

For the classiest of the classy, comes the tiered patio lounge in Charro Lodge, where viewers looking for the whole nine yards can enjoy free food and drinks, as well as massages and pedicures from Bliss Spa at the W Scottsdale Hotel and Residences. There are about 550 tickets available for this special spot and prices range between $75 and $125.

Tips for Fans
Through experience, most Arizonans know that hours in the sun can cause some unnecessary burns. So don’t forget to bring sunscreen, hats and sunglasses to the game!

Don’t toss your game day tickets because on the back is a 25 percent-off coupon for more than 45 Valley businesses, including the Bliss Spa, Canal, Spa Avania at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch and Z'Tejas. Check out the game program for a full list of participants.

Hotel Packages
Stay at the all-new and spectacular W Scottsdale this season because it has partnered with the Giants to offer its guests exclusive autograph signing sessions at the resort for guests along with package deals.
Autograph Signing: March 5 & 19 at 7 p.m. and March 26 at 10 a.m.

Get in game day spirit and stay at Caleo Resort & Spa because they are offering a Play Ball package which includes deluxe patio accommodations, a basket full of baseball snacks, a bucket of beers, baseball schedule, and an area map. $275 per night. www.fireskyresort.com

Spring Training Shopping Deals
If you are in town solely for spring training of have some out of state friends here in town, enjoy a fabulous shopping spree! Scottsdale Fashion Square and The Borgata are offering a Shopping & Spring Training package where participants can show their out-of-state driver’s license to the concierge desk and receive a Shopping & Dining Incentives Book with more than $500 in savings.

If you really want to take advantage of Scottsdale’s world class shopping, experience Spree! The Art of Shopping. This customized shopping excursion provides clients with personalized retail tours, special merchandise and services, along with complimentary wine, cheese and Champagne! Price is $495 for up to four people. www.azshoppingspree.com