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WhiteSoxFTW
02-08-2011, 10:56 AM
I have been all talk for the past couple years about wanting to go to spring training. This year, I actually bought the plane ticket. I am going to be there from 3/15 to 3/20. I plan one catching 2-3 home games and one of the split squad road games on that Thursday. Plus, I am going to the Hawks v. Coyotes games Sunday night. I have family that lives in Phoenix, and I am staying with them. Other than that, I have no idea what I am doing. :scratch:


Are there any tips/pointers/help that you can give a spring training virgin? Are there things going on before/after the games? What is nearby to do/eat? What are some of the things you found out by accident? What do you know now that you wish you had know before you got there?

Help! :o:

roylestillman
02-08-2011, 11:25 AM
This is about my sixth year going to Arizona, and I can't say I've become an expert of the area, but here are a few tips to match your trip.

First regarding the Hawks game. You should note that the game starts at 5:00 PM local time. If you are going to the Sunday Sox game in Glendale, you might think you have plenty of time, but getting out of that parking lot is a nightmare and about two thirds of that crowd is doing the same thing you are. Plan accordingly and if anybody else has tips about where/how to park for a quick exit it would be helpful. Once you get over to the arena it's a breeze. Free parking and fake/real "entertainment district" adjacent to the arena that is actually pretty fun.

Generally for fun after the games you might want to head into Tempe to get a little of the ASU vibe on Mill Ave. The loss of McDuffy's has taken its toll, but Rula Bula is still around.

A bit out of the way, south of the city is a place called San Tan Flats. It's a pretty good time and surprisingly good food.

PS I'll also be at that split squad game on Thursday (St. Pat's Day). It's a brand new park for the former Tucson teams.

WhiteSoxFTW
02-08-2011, 01:38 PM
This is about my sixth year going to Arizona, and I can't say I've become an expert of the area, but here are a few tips to match your trip.

First regarding the Hawks game. You should note that the game starts at 5:00 PM local time. If you are going to the Sunday Sox game in Glendale, you might think you have plenty of time, but getting out of that parking lot is a nightmare and about two thirds of that crowd is doing the same thing you are. Plan accordingly and if anybody else has tips about where/how to park for a quick exit it would be helpful. Once you get over to the arena it's a breeze. Free parking and fake/real "entertainment district" adjacent to the arena that is actually pretty fun.

Generally for fun after the games you might want to head into Tempe to get a little of the ASU vibe on Mill Ave. The loss of McDuffy's has taken its toll, but Rula Bula is still around.

A bit out of the way, south of the city is a place called San Tan Flats. It's a pretty good time and surprisingly good food.

PS I'll also be at that split squad game on Thursday (St. Pat's Day). It's a brand new park for the former Tucson teams.

Thanks for the info. I will not be going to the Sunday Sox game for that reason. Which split squad game are you going to?

roylestillman
02-08-2011, 02:29 PM
Thanks for the info. I will not be going to the Sunday Sox game for that reason. Which split squad game are you going to?

The one against the Rockies.

Viva Medias B's
02-08-2011, 02:50 PM
I was a veteran of Tucson spring trainings but have not been to Glendale spring trainings. In general, though, you just watch the regulars play the first few innings. Then, after the minor league-bound reserves take over, a lot of people like to hang out around the outfield berm and drink beer. I remember my very first Tucson spring training game. I actually arrived in the middle of the game but was fortunate to get one of those nice upper deck seats at Tucson Electric Park next to the skyboxes. The view of the Santa Catalina Mountains was absolutely captivating. I have never seen a more beautiful natural sight before or since.

Outside of ST baseball, I would do the other things there is to do in Tucson. Since you would be in the Valley, one thing I would suggest is Taliesin West in Scottsdale. That was Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home, and it still serves as the winter home of the Taliesin Fellowship today.

WhiteSoxFTW
02-08-2011, 05:20 PM
I am renting a car, so I won't be at the will of my relatives. So any advice on things to do/see in the valley are appreciated. My family actually lives on the other side of town than the Sox's facility...so I get to make the hour drive to each game. Not really a big deal, though. I'll just leave in the mornings, find stuff to do, go to the game, then find more stuff to do!

soxlady8
02-08-2011, 10:27 PM
I am heading to my second ST next month.
I love Camelback Ranch and will spend one Day at the Goodyear Ballpark (which is new and looks great too ).

There is an entertainment and shopping district north about a few minutes. The Coyotes also play in that area. I am a Chicagoan so I hit the In-n-out not far from the ballpark.
I also hit the casino in Scottsdale for some poker action. The casino is about 45 minutes away. I got some autographs last year hanging out near the duggout. The guys were very happy to sign it seemed.

Have fun , I know I will :)

soxlady8
02-08-2011, 10:28 PM
Since this is a thread about ST can anyone chime in on this ballpark ?

Thanks !

spawn
02-08-2011, 10:36 PM
I'm hoping to go 3/22 to 3/26. I've gone once, and had a great time.

roylestillman
02-08-2011, 10:48 PM
Since this is a thread about ST can anyone chime in on this ballpark ?

Thanks !

Goodyear is one of the nicer parks, but in the middle of nowhere. For that reason it was not very crowded which gave it that old spring training feel. There is a commercial jet graveyard across the street from it whee dozens of retired planes are parked.

soxlady8
02-08-2011, 10:53 PM
how far is it from Camelback Ranch if you don't mind me asking ??

1989
02-08-2011, 11:54 PM
Since this is a thread about ST can anyone chime in on this ballpark ?

Thanks !

The ballpark is solid. The cheapest seats in the house (and in my opinion the best seats) are the lawn/berm seats. They were 10 bucks last year so it's a good deal. Per usual, the food is way overpriced, but I'd recommend the fried noodles stand on the first base side. Camelback also has Chicago style Vienna beef hot dogs, so that's pretty neat. The lemonade vendors have some good lemonade as well.

Also, if you're the kind who burns easily, Camelback Ranch has little shade seating. In fact, only 3 or 4 sections on the first base side are shaded during the entire game. So bring sunscreen, especially since umbrellas aren't allowed.

The stadium itself is aesthetically wonderful. There are other facilities like the Brewers have in Merrillville that looks like a high school field. So Camelback definitely excels in that area.

Access to autographs is good as well. There is a fence that borders the entrance to the practice fields on the right side of the facility that gives you a chance to gets autographs. Just be sure to get there early because that area can get crowded pretty quickly.

Parking is free. It was easy getting a place to park but getting out was definitely a hassle. There are only two lanes getting in and out to the facility. I'd recommend leaving an inning early if the Sox have emptied the bench and the game isn't competitive.

Overall, Camelback Ranch is a good place to experience spring training. I'd go back.

soxlady8
02-09-2011, 12:31 PM
I was asking for information about Goodyear Ballpark.
I had been to Camelback last year and it was awesome !!!

roylestillman
02-09-2011, 01:09 PM
Goodyear is about 20-30 minutes southwest of Glendale. Pretty straight shot from there without a lot of traffic.

soxlady8
02-09-2011, 05:42 PM
Thanks Royle

What information about the park do I need to know about ?

DumpJerry
02-09-2011, 05:56 PM
I guess I wish I knew I had no chance of making the team before I quit my job and went there.

Chicken Dinner
02-09-2011, 07:09 PM
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