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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Spring Training Comes to the West Valley

It is that time of year again, spring training in Arizona. There are now fifteen major league teams playing Arizona spring training baseball at ten diverse stadiums in eight different Arizona cities and one Native American community of which five are located in the west valley.

The Peoria Complex, home to the Seattle Mariners spring training and San Diego Padres spring training, was the first of the Arizona baseball spring training locations to host two teams.

Surprise Stadium is family-friendly stadium with two team park, hosting both the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers. It's spacious and has great amenities including grassy lawn seating, a merry-go-round in the right field concourse and plenty of free parking.

Maryvale Baseball Park is a large, award-winning park that is the spring home of the Milwaukee Brewers. It's not the fanciest Arizona spring training site but the 56-acre complex holds 8,000 fans and generally is not crowded. Special Brewers touches include sausage-costumed mascots, Milwaukee beer and their "secret sauce".

In 2009, Dodgers spring training and White Sox spring training moved to Glendale Stadium, Camelback Ranch. This state-of-the-art ballpark is the largest of the AZ baseball spring training locations with 13,500 seats, 14 practice fields and even a 2-acre lake.

As of 2009, the Cleveland Indians returned to Arizona spring training baseball, playing at the new Goodyear Ballpark. This became a two-team park when Cincinnati Reds spring training moved to Goodyear in 2010. The $108 million stadium has 10,000 seats, ample parking and even public art.

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