The Ultimate Visitor’s Guide to the Cactus League Spring Training

Camelback Ranch Stadium

As the winter chill recedes, the Cactus League springs to life in the sun-drenched expanses of Arizona, heralding the much-anticipated return of Major League Baseball. 

The league celebrates a significant milestone this year, marking the 35th Spring Training for some of its most devoted fans. The 2024 season promises an exciting lineup of festivities with autograph opportunities, a music festival and more. 

With attendance figures soaring above 1.7 million, Arizona has solidified its status as a preeminent Spring Training destination, offering an intimate glimpse into America’s favorite pastime. Whether it’s a day activity or a whole weekend trip, the Cactus League’s extensive offerings ensure your visit will be as thrilling as it is memorable.

Teams & Stadiums

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Photo: John Cordes

The Cactus League’s 2024 roster boasts an impressive lineup of 15 MLB teams, each bringing their unique brand of baseball to the Valley of the Sun. The roster provides a unique opportunity to witness All-Star players in an intimate setting. Watch big names, like the Dodgers Shohei Ohtani and Mookie Betts, as they prepare for the 2024 season. Additionally, each stadium within the Cactus League offers distinct experiences, with varied ticket pricing and amenities designed to cater to all fans. The Phoenix metropolitan area is home to the Cactus League’s 10 distinctive ballparks, all situated within an hour’s drive from one another. The lineup and venues for the season include:

American Family Fields of Phoenix

  • Team: Milwaukee Brewers
  • Location: 3805 N. 53rd Ave, West Phoenix
  • Tickets: $12–$50, depending on the matchup
  • Parking: $10

Camelback Ranch

  • Teams: Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Location: 10701 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix
  • Tickets: $20–$85, depending on the team and opponent
  • Parking: Free

Goodyear Ballpark

  • Teams: Cleveland Guardians and Cincinnati Reds
  • Location: 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear
  • Tickets: $12–$35 ($2 discount if you buy before the day of the game)
  • Parking: Free when you buy a ticket to a game

Hohokam Stadium

  • Team: Oakland Athletics
  • Location:1235 N. Center St., Mesa
  • Tickets: Pricing varies by matchup

Peoria Sports Complex

  • Teams: San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners
  • Location: 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria
  • Tickets: $15–$65 depending on team and matchup
  • Parking: $5 for personal vehicle; $10 for recreational vehicle
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

  • Teams: Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies
  • Location: 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale
  • Tickets: $15–$100+, depending on team and matchup
  • Parking: $7–$20. $40 for valet parking

Scottsdale Stadium

  • Team: San Francisco Giants
  • Location: 7408 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale
  • Tickets: $13–$65, depending on the matchup
  • Parking: Free at nearby Scottsdale Library and Civic Center parking garage

Sloan Park

  • Team: Chicago Cubs
  • Address: 2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa
  • Tickets: $15–$90, depending on the team and opponent
  • Parking: $10- $20

Surprise Stadium

  • Teams: Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers
  • Location: 15930 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise
  • Tickets: $8–$60, depending on the opponent
  • Parking: Free

Tempe Diablo Stadium

  • Team: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • Location: 2200 W. Alameda Drive, Tempe
  • Tickets: $15-$75 depending on the opponent
  • Parking: $10 

Adding an extra layer of excitement, the St. Louis Cardinals are slated for a special appearance against the Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park, promising a thrilling prelude to the regular season. With games scheduled from February 22 to March 26, the Cactus League offers a non-stop baseball bonanza for fans of all ages.

For the full Cactus League schedule, click here

Tips, Tricks & Go-To Festivities

Behind-the-Scenes Access

Attend team practices, typically held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., to see players and coaches in action up close, offering insights into the game’s inner workings.

Autograph Opportunities

Arrive early at the stadiums—especially since gates open two hours before game time—to increase your chances of snagging autographs from your favorite players. Be autograph-ready with items like baseballs, caps or team memorabilia along with a permanent marker. Players are known to sign autographs in foul territory before and after games, so having something on hand will ensure you don’t miss out on a cherished souvenir. 

Smart Ticketing

Avoid game-day queues by purchasing tickets online in advance. Early birds often catch the best deals and seating options. Check out each team’s website for general seating and VIP options.

Familiarize yourself with each stadium’s parking and transportation options to ensure a smooth arrival and departure. While some stadiums offer free parking, others charge a fee, so consider nearby lots. Rideshare services and shuttle options offer convenient alternatives to traditional parking.

Culinary Delights

Each stadium is a treasure trove of culinary delights; from classic ballpark fare to innovative local specialties. Arrive hungry and indulge in the diverse food offerings to make your game-day experience even more memorable.

Stay Sun-Safe & Hydrated

The Arizona heat, even in the springtime, can be unforgiving if not prepared for. Protect your skin with ample sunscreen and keep hydrated by bringing along a sealed water bottle, which most stadiums allow. Utilize water fountains and concession stands throughout the game to stay refreshed.

Family-Friendly Atmosphere

The Cactus League is a great family outing, with many stadiums offering specialized areas and activities for children. From lawn seating to dedicated fun zones, like the Cold Stone Kids Fun Field at Salt River Fields, there’s plenty to keep the little ones engaged.

Music Festival

For entertainment beyond baseball, the Innings Festival at Tempe Beach Park & Arts Park combines music with baseball personalities. The festival takes place February 23 to 24 and will feature big names such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hozier, Jimmy Eat World and more! 

The Cactus League’s allure extends beyond the outfield. Arizona, with its rich culinary scene, breathtaking natural beauty and vibrant cultural landscape, offers a vast range of exciting experiences for visitors. Whether you’re savoring local cuisine, exploring scenic trails or soaking in the arts, Arizona in spring is the perfect backdrop for the excitement of MLB Spring Training. The significance of the Cactus League extends beyond the diamond. Spring Training seasons also serve as a vital economic catalyst for Arizona. The season contributes significantly to the state’s GDP and overall economic activity, showcasing the league’s importance beyond mere entertainment.

As the 2024 Cactus League season unfolds, consider taking part in the classic Arizona festivities of Spring Training. From the intimate practice sessions to the electric atmosphere of game days, the league offers an experience that captures the essence of baseball: its tradition, excitement and ability to bring people together.

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