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Old 11-14-2006, 02:50 PM
tony1972 tony1972 is offline
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Default Has anyone been to Spring Training Games

Next year will be 10 years on my job and I will receive 4 weeks vacation..

I decided to schedule 2 weeks in March and Tony Jr. also has spring vacation from school so we were considering going to Tuscon to catch some spring training games.(last year was Disney World)....

Has anyone been to Tuscon or spring training..? can you usually walk up for games or do I need to buy these tickets in advance..are hotels usually packed or can you usually reserve a room pretty easily?

Are there things to do out there for kids? (amusement parks, etc.)...

also - how far is Tuscon from the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas? I would like to fit this into my itinerary also...

Thanks in advance for your help...
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Old 11-14-2006, 02:55 PM
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I have been to ST games before, but not the Sox . You don't need to get tickets in advance.
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Old 11-14-2006, 03:09 PM
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Next year will be 10 years on my job and I will receive 4 weeks vacation..

I decided to schedule 2 weeks in March and Tony Jr. also has spring vacation from school so we were considering going to Tuscon to catch some spring training games.(last year was Disney World)....

Has anyone been to Tuscon or spring training..? can you usually walk up for games or do I need to buy these tickets in advance..are hotels usually packed or can you usually reserve a room pretty easily?

Are there things to do out there for kids? (amusement parks, etc.)...

also - how far is Tuscon from the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas? I would like to fit this into my itinerary also...

Thanks in advance for your help...
WOW! Without a doubt, you are going to get A LOT of replies to this, but I'l start you off with an informational feature article I wrote for WSI prior to last year's Spring Training.

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/r...gory=2&id=3060

Tickets go on sale on January 13. I always buy mine in advance, but I guess it depends on the games and where you want to sit. I live here, but I'm sure plenty of Chicago Sox fans can help with info about hotels.

The Grand Canyon and Las Vegas are both quite a distance away. From where I live, Las Vegas is a good six-hour drive so from Tucson, tack on probably another 1.5 hours. The Grand Canyon is probably around 6-7 hours. Also consider the fact that the Grand Canyon is up north, and the weather there can be pretty bad in March. If you're in Tucson, you might consider San Diego; that's only about 4-5 hours.

If I think of anything else, I'll be back. And I hope you enjoy your visit!
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Old 11-14-2006, 03:15 PM
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Wow! Thanks..
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Old 11-14-2006, 03:16 PM
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I went to one last year. I got the tickets at the park and it was no problem for any seats throughout the park. We sat about 15 rows behind the 1st base dugout. I saw some knuckleballer who didn't have much "knuckle" to his pitches. I didn't think I would hear of him again, but I was wrong about that. Charlie Haegar may be a gem who knows?
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Old 11-14-2006, 03:23 PM
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I went last year and had a blast. There were smallish crowds at the games I went to, but on TV the park looked really full near the end of March. I bought my tickets ahead of time for 2 games and at the park for the 3rd and got great seats to all the games.
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Old 11-14-2006, 03:36 PM
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The last time I went was in Florida.

/better
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Old 11-14-2006, 05:14 PM
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ST is awesome, the players are easily acsessible.
To be honest with you its best to stay in the Phoenix area.
The sox schedule 3-4 games in a row in one week there, plus a few games in Tucson.
There is nothing to do in Tucson, Phoenix has a lot to do.
The CANYON is roughly 5 hours from phoenix.
From Tucson its roughly 7, i wouldnt want to drive 7 hours, spend the day, and drive 7 hours back- no way!!!
It is pretty chilli at the Canyon, in March.
I prefer to stay near Tempe, The angels park is right there and oakland
plays in Phoenix, Minutes away.
As do the Cubs (lol) in mesa and Giants in Scottsdale.
The Chandler Ostrich fest is nearbye, ive seen Foreigner there a few years back.
Perhaps you spend a week in Tucson and a week in Phoenix.
If you dont feel like driving to Vegas, go to Stateline,NV its closer
Theres Casino's there.
Enjoy keep us posted
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Old 11-14-2006, 05:19 PM
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Tony, make sure you book your hotel room well in advance (like as close to right now as possible). March is a heavy, heavy tourist time in these parts.

Off the beaten path suggestion: check out availablity at Intown Suites in Marana, about 25 minutes northwest of the park. You can get a suite with kitchen for a week for about $250. Plus, you're only 90 minutes from Phoenix if you want to see some games up there.

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Old 11-14-2006, 05:24 PM
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There is nothing to do in Tucson, Phoenix has a lot to do.
For nightlife and entertainment I would somewhat agree, but for golf and site seeing there are TONS of things to do in southern Arizona.
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Old 11-14-2006, 06:18 PM
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I've been to Tucson three times, for the whole month of March, each time.
My last two trips were 2004 and last year. I attended all of the games in Tucson on all three occasions.
I also graduated from the University of Arizona.
I'd be happy to share some tips for you, if you'd like to IM me.
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Old 11-14-2006, 07:56 PM
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We went to ST two years ago and it was a blast. The weather was great and we were at the first Sunday ST game in Tucson.

Sitting in the sun out in leftfield......then out way past rightfield, about two miles(?) is a airbase and they had an airshow....I love fighter jets and baseball!

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Old 11-14-2006, 08:38 PM
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not in arizona....i went to the ST game the sox played in milwaukee last year
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Old 11-14-2006, 08:51 PM
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LV to Grand Canyon to Tucson is very doable. In fact, we did it last year. Specifically:
- flew into Vegas and hit the strip
- drove past the Hoover Dam to Williams, AZ
- toured the Grand Canyon (no crowds in March)
- drove through Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona
- toured Montezuma's Castle
- drove to Tucson and relaxed
- watched games and flew back to Chicago


Please check out this informative thread re. Tucson.
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Old 11-14-2006, 08:52 PM
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I recommend getting tickets ahead of time. Unless you're not sure what days you are going to games, there's no downside to it. I was really surprised at how many people attended spring training games all over Arizona. Many of the stadiums are much closer to being full than I expected.
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