Spring training 2022 in Arizona: What fans can expect at all 10 Cactus League stadiums

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It’s been a rocky off-season and it took some additional time and meeting of the minds to get here, but spring training 2022 is finally arriving in Arizona with games in metro Phoenix starting March 18.

The delayed start means there’s no time to waste when planning your Cactus League outings. This comprehensive guide to all the spring training ballparks in Arizona will help you get going.

Venues are still working out some of the details with the teams they host. Be sure to check a ballpark’s website and social media for the latest updates regarding meet-and-greets, autograph opportunities, special promotions and other know-before-you-go details.

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Are masks required at spring training?

Speaking of need-to-know information, mask policies differ slightly at each venue. Each ballpark recommends following the CDC’s latest COVID-19 recommendations for face coverings and other precautions.

All stadiums suggest that attendees older than 2 wear face coverings when not actively eating or drinking, whether strolling the concourse or while seated. None require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test.

Spring training 2022 tips

  • Most ballparks are going cashless from concessions to parking, so keep that debit card or digital wallet handy.

  • Most stadiums allow sealed bottled water and some allow you to bring your own snacks in a plastic bag. Check your ballpark for specifics.

  • Bring sunscreen. If you forget, team shops usually sell it.

Spring training stadiums: Which teams play in Arizona

Here's everything fans should know about all 10 Cactus League ballparks in metro Phoenix — including which teams play where, how to meet the players, where the best seats are and what's new on the food and beer menus for 2022. The list is arranged geographically from west to east.

Guide: The best things to do in Phoenix and around Arizona this spring

Goodyear Ballpark

Who plays here: Cleveland Guardians and Cincinnati Reds.

A general view of Goodyear Ballpark, the spring training home of the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Guardians in Goodyear, Arizona.
A general view of Goodyear Ballpark, the spring training home of the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Guardians in Goodyear, Arizona.

Insider tips: Walk up to Home Plate Plaza and admire a baseball-themed sculpture called "The Ziz." It's 60 feet, 6 inches tall, which is the distance from the pitcher's mound to home plate.

The name for the Hangar 46 concession stand, behind the center field wall, came from the ballpark's backdrop of the Phoenix-Goodyear airport and is a reference to the year Goodyear was incorporated.

New seating options for 2022 include tables for four in the Right Field Pavilion and Party Patio that are available on a single-game basis.

Food and drink: If only for the Instagram pic, the foot-long taquito dog — a 12-inch hot dog stuffed into a flour tortilla with cheese, then deep-fried and adorned with queso, guacamole and pico de gallo — cannot be ignored. The Cleveland Polish Boys and Cincinnati Skyline Coneys represent more classic fare.

Where to sit: Find shade with club seating in sections 106A, 106B and 107A. The Right Field Pavilion is partly shaded, as are the upper rows of sections behind home plate. Find a change of scenery while getting your steps in on the 360-degree concourse with a constant field view. If you’ve got energetic kiddos, the berm is a popular choice.

Family time: The Kids Zone awaits behind the Right Field Pavilion with interactive baseball-themed inflatables and a just-their-size kids Wiffle ball field on the first base concourse grass.

Meet-and-greets: To be announced.

Discounts: Active duty, retired military and National Guard/Reserve personnel with ID receive a free game ticket in outfield box, outfield reserved or berm seating and may buy up to four additional tickets in those areas at child pricing. Fans age 55 and older can get $5 off an infield box ticket for any 1:05 p.m. weekday game, subject to availability.

Parking: Free with the purchase of a game ticket.

Details: 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear. 623-882-3120, https://goodyearbp.com.

Surprise Stadium

Who plays here: Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals.

Aerial drone view of Surprise Stadium, Cactus League home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals, in Surprise, Arizona January 9, 2019.
Aerial drone view of Surprise Stadium, Cactus League home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals, in Surprise, Arizona January 9, 2019.

Insider tips: The Surprise Stadium Concourse Hall of Fame waxes nostalgic with quotes from Babe Ruth, George Will, Bobo Lemon, Bryant Gumbel, Red Smith and even Humphrey Bogart. Seek out the Tex-Mex souvenir helmet nachos, new this year. This year also marks the stadium’s 20th anniversary.

Food and drink: Also new this season is the signature Cactus Corn Dog, a beer-battered smoked sausage corn dog with a sweet kick from a healthy drizzle of jalapeño honey mustard.

The Hometown Dog stand debuts with ⅓-pound gourmet dogs flaunting accoutrements that pay homage to Texas (queso blanco and Texas chili), Kansas City (pulled pork, slaw and homemade pickles), California (tomatoes, cucumbers and tzatziki sour cream) and of course Arizona (cactus pico de gallo and homemade spicy mustard).

Quench thirsts with something from the KC-based Boulevard Beer lineup or sip on Arizona-based Huss Brewing Co.’s new Cherry Blossom.

Where to sit: Bring a blanket and lounge on the grass berm overlooking the outfield. Or snag a seat on the Michelob Ultra Legends Deck and score a game day package of a catered meal, drink voucher, private bar and flat-screen TVs. Tickets start at $45 and include a club-level premium seat with access to the Legends lounge.

Meet-and-greets: To be announced.

Family time: The Sunday Funday Family Four Pack makes it easy to partake in the game and snacks. For $44, get four lawn tickets, four drinks, four hot dogs and four popcorn servings. Stick around to the end and kids get to run the bases and receive a prize for their efforts.

Discounts and promotions: Military personnel and first responders get 50% off Sunday games in select sections with military ID or proof of eligibility at the box office or with the online promo code MILITARY.

Look on the stadium's website for details on other promotions that may be announced.

Parking: Free parking for more than 1,600 vehicles.

Details: 15930 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise. 623-222-2222, https://www.surprisestadium.com.

Camelback Ranch-Glendale

Who plays here: Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers.

A general view of a spring training game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs at Camelback Ranch in 2017.
A general view of a spring training game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs at Camelback Ranch in 2017.

Insider tips: The grounds feature picturesque walking trails and citrus groves as well as a 5-acre lake that’s home to fish and various species of waterfowl, including cranes and geese. A specially designed system with a river serves the dual purpose of irrigation for the fields and beautiful landscaping.

Food and drink: Chowing down on an iconic Dodger Dog or Vienna Beef Chicago Hot Dog is a must. Pair your dog with a frosty beer from the Four Peaks Patio or margarita at the 3 Amigos Tequila Bar.

Where to sit: The Sonoran Desert-inspired Camelback Ranch covers 141 acres and includes seating for 3,000 on the lawn and 7,000 seats throughout the structure. Because it was built facing southeast — the opposite of every other Arizona ballpark’s orientation — the sun is pretty much a straight down presence, especially in the afternoon. Although shade is scarce, seats beneath the press box and upper level party deck as well as the ones beneath the suites get at least some shade.

Meet-and-greets: To be announced.

Parking: Free parking for 5,000 vehicles in two lots.

Details: 10710 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 623-302-500, https://www.mlb.com/camelback-ranch.

Peoria Sports Complex

Who plays here: Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres.

An aerial drone view of Peoria Sports Complex, Cactus League home of the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres, in Peoria, Ariz., Jan. 9, 2019.
An aerial drone view of Peoria Sports Complex, Cactus League home of the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres, in Peoria, Ariz., Jan. 9, 2019.

Insider tips: Peoria Sports Complex was the first two-team spring training facility in baseball.

Food and drink: Quench your thirst with snacks and local brews at the Four Peaks Pavilion. Grab portable bites from Ben’s Pretzels and LuLu’s Sorbetto, and get satiated with a cup of Ivar’s Clam Chowder.

Family time: Peoria Cove flaunts the Shipyard, a ship-themed play area with a splash pad, slides and climbing apparatus, plus a mini-baseball field for kids to play out their big game dreams.

Where to sit: Shaded seating is in Club sections 305-319 and Upper Box sections 200-215. Shade also can be found in sections 217 and 219, but is limited to rows HH and above.

Meet-and-greets: To be announced.

Family time: Sunday is Kids Day, with face painting, balloon artists, photos with superheroes and princesses and running the bases post-game for fans 12 and younger.

Discounts and promotions: Monday is Hometown Hero day that honors veterans, active-duty military and first responders with 25% off any ticket with proper ID at the ticket windows. These fans also get $2 off all other games during the season. Peoria residents can purchase up to four tickets per game at up to a 25% discount.

Check the website for details on other events like all-night Happy Hour at the Four Peaks Pavilion, Dog Days and Book it to the Ballpark.

Parking: $5 ($10 for RVs).

Details: 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria. 623-773-8700, https://www.peoriasportscomplex.com.

American Family Fields of Phoenix

Who plays here: Milwaukee Brewers.

The Milwaukee Brewers held a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony at the team's new Spring Training complex, American Family Fields of Phoenix on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.
The Milwaukee Brewers held a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony at the team's new Spring Training complex, American Family Fields of Phoenix on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.

Insider tips: The former Maryvale Ballpark underwent a massive renovation before debuting as American Family Fields of Phoenix in 2019. With 7,000 seats plus a picturesque outfield berm, the ballpark has a recessed playing field and shaded concourse that provides an unobstructed view of the action. The sausage race takes place in the middle of the sixth inning. FYI: 95% of fans enter through Gate A along the first-base line. To avoid long lines, go to the concession stands near home plate or on the third-base line.

Food and drink: Lots of Wisconsin-esque fare awaits. The most famous is The Bratcho — kettle chips topped with bratwurst and nacho toppings. Keep an eye out for cheese curds and barbecue sandwiches, too.

Where to sit: The lush outfield lawn is a perennial favorite, especially for families.

Meet-and-greets: To be announced.

Parking: $10. The lot is on the west side of 51st Avenue at Whitton Avenue just past Indian School Road.

Details: 3805 N. 53rd Ave., Phoenix. 623-245-5500, https://www.mlb.com/brewers/spring-training/ballpark.

Tempe Diablo Stadium

Who plays here: Los Angeles Angels.

An aerial drone view of Tempe Diablo Stadium, Cactus League home of the Anaheim Angels, in Tempe, Ariz., on Jan. 9, 2019.
An aerial drone view of Tempe Diablo Stadium, Cactus League home of the Anaheim Angels, in Tempe, Ariz., on Jan. 9, 2019.

Insider tips: Home to a loyal and traveling fan base, Angels Nation East sits in the shadow of Twin Buttes, which makes for picturesque environs. After this spring training season, the stadium’s biggest renovation is slated to commence with a new, three-level building on the third-base side of the stadium to house a new home team locker room, more suites, Angels offices and a team store. A second phase will feature a new concourse with a 360-degree experience and improvements including new shade structures and modernized restrooms.

Food and drink: Nachos in a souvenir Angels helmet is required snacking. Feel free to bring your own munchies in a clear 1-gallon bag. No knives allowed — do your slicing at home.

Where to sit: This roofless venue offers little shade. If you’re lucky to snag something in the upper rows on the first-base side you’ll find respite from the trellised roof over the concourse.

Meet-and-greets: Hang out along the railing between the dugout and the foul pole on both sides of the field up to 45 minutes prior to game time to ask your favorite player or coach for an autograph. Just be sure to return to your designated seat at the 45-minute mark as a courtesy to fans with tickets in this area.

Parking: $10 ($25 for RVs).

Details: 2200 W. Alameda Drive, Tempe. 480-350-5205, https://www.tempe.gov.

Scottsdale Stadium

Who plays here: San Francisco Giants.

The main stadium is being prepared on Feb. 19 for the Arizona Diamondbacks opening spring training game in 2019 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The main stadium is being prepared on Feb. 19 for the Arizona Diamondbacks opening spring training game in 2019 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Insider tip: The ballpark is in the heart of downtown Scottsdale. Past the gate it feels like its own world with a manicured landscape that boasts an expansive green lawn and more than 200 trees.

Food and drink: Come with an appetite to savor popular offerings such as garlic fries and brisket and pulled pork sandwiches. Wash them down with a beer or two, like the home team's own Anchor Steam.

Where to sit: The grassy lawn is the place to be. Secure your spot early in left field to score shade under a collection of mature trees. As far as actual seating, Rows 3 and higher in sections 300-306, 309 and 310 get awning coverage.

Meet-and-greets: To be announced.

Parking: Free garages are nearby, off Second Street at Drinkwater Boulevard, Second Street and Brown Avenue, and Third Street and Craftsman Court. There are more if you don’t mind walking. The city offers free shuttle service to and from games. For updated schedule and locations, visit https://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/trolley.

Details: 7408 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale. 480-312-2580, https://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale-stadium.

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Who plays here: Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.

Arizona Diamondbacks face off against the Colorado Rockies during a spring training game on Feb. 23, 2019, at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Arizona Diamondbacks face off against the Colorado Rockies during a spring training game on Feb. 23, 2019, at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Insider tips: The first American sports facility built on tribal land, Salt River Fields is also the first LEED Gold-certified sports venue of its kind in the nation. Tributes to its roots include history of the Pima and Maricopa tribes throughout, restroom signs in Maricopa, Pima and English and the park’s signature feature: a roof modeled after a traditional Native American ramada that’s composed of two overlapping decks behind home plate positioned so that nearly all fans in the grandstand sit in shade all afternoon. It also features cactus and other native desert plants. The 11,000-seat stadium opened in 2011. There are 13 fields split between the two teams.

Food and drink: Have fun with the appropriately shaped snack at Mustache Pretzels or trek to Home Plate Hot Dogs for the signature Sonoran Dog, a quarter-pound hot dog wrapped in hickory-smoked bacon, grilled and served on a freshly baked bun and topped with pico de gallo, pinto ranch beans and a mayo drizzle. Find libations at The Malibu Rum Bar and Michelob Ultra Terrace, or track down a lawn drink cart.

Where to sit: There isn’t a bad seat in the house. Families may opt for the grassy area that’s economical and allows open space. The 100 Level Baseline seats have just 12 rows and offer the best views of either baseline. Stay alert as you are in active foul ball territory.

Meet-and-greets: Due to COVID-19 measures, player autographs will not be allowed at any time. The Cold Stone Kids Fun Fields will not be available.

Parking: $5-$10 for the 4,000 spaces among six lots. Shuttle service to the gates will be available.

Details: 7555 N. Pima Road, on the Salt River Reservation near Scottsdale. 480-270-5000, https://saltriverfields.com.

Sloan Park

Who plays here: Chicago Cubs.

Fans pose for a photo outside Sloan Park in Mesa, home field for the Chicago Cubs during MLB spring traning.
Fans pose for a photo outside Sloan Park in Mesa, home field for the Chicago Cubs during MLB spring traning.

Insider tips: When Sloan Park opened in 2014, it felt like Wrigleyville West, with a pair of light towers that replicate those at Wrigley Field, an outfield berm fashioned to match the original iconic bleachers, the brick backstop and famous replica of the Wrigley Field sign — perfect for selfies. With a 15,000-person capacity, it’s the largest venue built for spring training. Oh, and if you don’t already know the words to “Go Cubs Go,” get ready to pull it up on your phone — fans break into song after every Cubbies victory.

Food and drink: Peruse a mix of Midwest and Southwest eats, including the legit world-famous Chicago Dog.

Where to sit: Sections 110-166 get shade. Those who wish to stretch their legs have lots of space to do that on the concourse that spans the grandstand from foul pole to foul pole. Get lots of sun at the back of the berm in right and left fields.

Family time: Adventure awaits at neighboring Riverview Park. Stroll the path that connects the parks and find 300 feet of rock-climbing walls, a 50-foot climbing tower, splash pad and more play equipment.

Parking: $10.

Details: 2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa. 480-668-0500, https://www.mlb.com/cubs/sloan-park.

Hohokam Stadium

Who plays here: Oakland Athletics.

Insider tips: Want to feel what it’s like to step up to the plate? You can with a live HD view during batting practice.

Food and drink: The popular Mustache Pretzels and crowd-pleasing Chick-fil-A offer items to satisfy your cravings.

Family time: The Stomper Kid Zone in center field entertains fans 12 and younger with tee-ball, baseball Skee ball and an honorary Stomper's Teammate certificate for their efforts.

Where to sit: More than half of the seating bowl is shaded for the entire game. Seek out covered patios for an even more laid-back vibe. Crave some rays? The berm is your spot.

Meet-and-greets: The A's take batting practice in the stadium as opposed to on practice fields, so bring your glove and get there early for a shot at catching a ball. Or making eye contact with your favorite player.

Parking: $5.

Details: 1235 N. Center St., Mesa. 877-493-2255, https://www.mlb.com/athletics/spring-training/ballpark.

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