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Viva Medias B's
10-27-2005, 07:13 PM
In the wake of our World Series championship, I wonder if there will be a dramatic increase in the number of White Sox fans travelling to Tucson for Spring Training 2006. I bet there will be.

miker
10-27-2005, 07:16 PM
Well, if most of them are the size of Bobby Jenks, you could say "tons" more will be going...

(And I can say this because I'm Bobby's size!)

The_Floridian
10-27-2005, 07:22 PM
Can anyone give me a rundown on what it's like in Tucson? I haven't been to Spring Training since it was in Sarasota.

My wife and I want to go. Total pipe dream. We really don't have the money. But just in case...

A. Cavatica
10-27-2005, 07:37 PM
I'll be going for the first time.

Anyone know when the schedule gets posted?

Joosh
10-27-2005, 07:48 PM
What about when tickets go on sale?

Viva Medias B's
10-27-2005, 07:55 PM
Here is the link (http://www.tucsonbaseball.com/framesetmaster.html) to ticket information for ST games at Tucson Electric Park. Please note that the page has not been updated for ST '06. So don't get all excited when you see the "SPRING TRAINING TICKETS ON SALE NOW" banner. But this is where ST '06 ticket info should be eventually.

I try to plan my Tucson trip according to the University of Arizona baseball schedule. I always go when UA baseball is at home, and there is always a Sox game at TEP Park so I won't miss that either.

Also, for general information on visiting Tucson, click this link (http://www.visittucson.org/).

ChicagoHoosier
10-27-2005, 08:09 PM
I SO want to go to Tucson next year after attending my first spring training game in '04, but it won't happen with little baby ChicagoHoosier coming in mid-Feb. Have fun everyone and have a :gulp: for me! Spring training is a BLAST!!! I love that it's on TV now!

pudge
10-27-2005, 08:09 PM
I bet a lot of folks are talking about it. I know I'm thinking of doing it simply because the atmosphere down there will probably be better than years past.

Southsider101
10-27-2005, 08:24 PM
Can anyone give me a rundown on what it's like in Tucson? I haven't been to Spring Training since it was in Sarasota.

My wife and I want to go. Total pipe dream. We really don't have the money. But just in case...

1. March is the best month of the year for Tucson. Temps in the high 70s -low 90s. Sunny and clear everyday except for the occasional sand storm or passing showers which will really make the locals TV weather guy go nuts.

2. There are three teams that call Tucson home for the Cactus League. The Sox, the Diamondbacks and the Rockies. The Sox train at Tucson Electric Park which is the Pacific Coast League home of the Tucson Sidewinders, the AAA Diamondbacks farm club. The park seats about 10,000 and is one of the newer and more spacious Cactus League parks. Concessions include very good Vienna Chicago style hot dogs, and excellent Mexican food.

3. Because there are three teams based in Tucson, day/night doubleheaders are common. The Rockies train at Hy Corbett Field. Also, Phoenix is only 90 minutes away and about six teams call the Phoenix area home-Padres, sCrubs, Giants, Angels, As, and Rangers. Your chances of seeing a Sox-sCrubs game is quite good in either Tucson or Scottsdale.

4. This is not the South Side. Tucson is quite spread out and you will need a rental car. However, there are some surprisingly good restaurants and taverns. There are good Italian and Mexican restaurants in the area, and the motel/hotel prices are very reasonable compared to the Midwest.

5. Tucson is a university town, the home of the University of Arizona. Hey, this is Champaign-Urbana in the desert!

kninchicago
10-27-2005, 08:46 PM
I am really thinking about going with my friend dcb33 this March. I have never been to Arizona and would love to see it. Baseball + new sights is sure to = an awesome experience.

How much would an average trip cost for say 3 to 4 days? Can you eat there and get a hotel/rental car for an affordable rate?

MarySwiss
10-27-2005, 09:03 PM
Hey, gang!

One of the cool things about Spring training in Arizona is that you have options. True, the Sox, D'Backs, and Rockies train in Tucson, but there are a number of teams that train in the Valley--Angels, Giants, Brewers, Mariners, and that North Side team (I may have left one or two out, sorry!). IMO, Tempe Diablo stadium--home of the Angels--is one of the best venues.

For those who have not been here, the Phoenix-to-Tucson trip is roughly equivalent to Chicago-to-Milwaukee. That is, straight shot down the freeway for about 100 miles.

Any of you who get to these parts, please PM me.

C-Dawg
10-27-2005, 09:05 PM
I went to Tucson a couple years ago and am itching to go back. Just missed going in 05 due to work. Maybe 06 will be the year for me to go back!

Be sure and look at flying to Phoenix, instead, if the flights to Tucson seem expensive. I saved a lot by going to Phoenix, and had a lot more flights to choose from.

hose
10-27-2005, 09:23 PM
I plan on being in Tucson for ST.:supernana:


Probably around St.Patty's day if the Sox happen to be in town. I'll have to wait for the schedule to come out.

JimH
10-27-2005, 09:24 PM
Be sure and look at flying to Phoenix, instead, if the flights to Tucson seem expensive. I saved a lot by going to Phoenix, and had a lot more flights to choose from.

Southwest has just started direct flights to Tucson.

kobo
10-27-2005, 09:35 PM
I went to spring training for the first time this year. It was great because I was with my dad and brother, and it was the first time we had taken a trip together in probably 8 years. We saw the Sox-Scrubs game in Tucson, and we also saw the Angels-Sox play, a D-Backs game and an A's game. Looking forward to going back next spring, I think it is going to become a yearly trip for us now.

C-Dawg
10-27-2005, 09:43 PM
Southwest has just started direct flights to Tucson.

Also keep an eye on Southwest's website; many times they will offer unadvertised "internet-only" sales that are substantially discounted.

They're my favorite airline!

:D:

AJPosguchi
10-27-2005, 10:03 PM
Of course I'm going... I live there!

Deuce
10-27-2005, 11:20 PM
I'll be there again this year. Just can't pass up an opportunity to go to Spring Training and eat Island Noodles!!! Damn, those noodles are great!

Deuce

michned
10-27-2005, 11:52 PM
In the wake of our World Series championship, I wonder if there will be a dramatic increase in the number of White Sox fans travelling to Tucson for Spring Training 2006. I bet there will be.

I was just talking about this to my brother who lives in Mokena today. Last spring, I actually walked up to the box office an hour before game time one day bought second row seats right behind the Sox dugout. That will definitely not happen next spring.

What they usually do here is on a Saturday in January they'll have a sort of Tucson Cactus League promotion, whereby the tickets for the Sox and D'backs will go on sale at the Tucson Electric Park box office. In other words, they give Tucsonans first crack at the tickets when they go on sale. (They should - we built the park :cool: .) After that first day they'll be available online to everyone.

Of course, I'll be there in line that first day. Spring Training is a lot of fun but VERY casual. The big thing people notice is the relaxed atmosphere but in a lot of ways, it is greatest for the kids because most of the players will stop and sign autographs or talk without much coaxing.

I have been here 20 years now, so if you ever have a question about anything related to Southern Arizona, drop me a PM.

Ed

MrRoboto83
10-28-2005, 06:18 AM
Also keep an eye on Southwest's website; many times they will offer unadvertised "internet-only" sales that are substantially discounted.

They're my favorite airline!

:D:

Also can get great rates into Phoenix on America West Airlines, Phoenix is there hub airport and headquarters. I flew there for $148 roundtrip last year for spring training. I watched a Sox roadtrip at A's, Cubs and Rangers last year, totally a blast. Tucson Electric Park is a sweet park, one of the best in the Cactus League, but it is cool checking out the other places, as long as the Sox are playing you can't go wrong.

Sox PA
10-28-2005, 08:43 AM
We have been there twice in the last few years and it is a great trip. I am going to try and organize a family reunion spring training trip this time. The atmosphere is so relaxed, the food is excellent (think Comisky gone Mexican) and the players very approachable, plus the seats are nice and close to the action. There are also a few Native American casinos in the area, and if you happen to be a golfer too, well Tucson in March is heaven.

The Sox play about 5 days a week throughout the month of March, and if they happen to be "away" well away is another field close by or at the most, 70 miles away in the Phoenix/Scottsdale/Mesa area. They play the Cubs once at home and once away during the month. I believe there are several reasonable hotels/motels starting around $100 and on up and I agree it is always cheaper to fly into Phoenix.