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Cactus League sets attendance record in 2017

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Buoyed by a rainout-free season, Arizona’s 15 Cactus League clubs drew a record 1,941,347 fans in 2017. The total broke the previous record of 1,902,903, set in 2015. “We’re grateful for the Major League Baseball fans who flocked to ballparks across Maricopa County this spring,” Cactus League President Jeff Meyer said. “These numbers show that… Read More →

Westgate offers spring training deals for baseball fans

by in Experience AZ Magazine

Springtime is upon us and you know what that means – it’s time to bring out the baseball caps, take in the smell of freshly cut grass and cheer on favorite baseball teams during Spring Training in Arizona. From Feb. 25 through April 1, baseball reigns supreme in the West Valley with five ballparks hosting… Read More →

Diamondbacks announce 33-game Spring Training schedule

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by in Experience AZ Magazine

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced their 33-game Spring Training schedule, which features 18 home games and one road game at the award-winning Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and two exhibition games at Chase Field. This season will mark the seventh year at the shared Spring Training facility with the Colorado Rockies on Salt River Pima-Maricopa… Read More →

How Gov. Rose Mofford saved Cactus League from extinction

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Sports

Near the end of spring training in 1990, MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent came to Arizona Gov. Rose Mofford with an ultimatum, according to former Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim Bruner. “Major League Baseball loves Arizona, but the Cactus League facilities are not very good,” Bruner said Vincent told Mofford. “If we didn’t do… Read More →

Cactus League names Jeff Meyer new president

Scottsdale businessman Jeff Meyer, long active in sports and tourism circles, has been elected President of the Cactus League Baseball Association. Meyer’s two-year volunteer term ends June 30, 2018. He has served on the Cactus League’s board for 17 years as a representative of the Scottsdale Charros. “I am honored and grateful for the opportunity… Read More →

Salt River Fields named best Cactus League facility

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The Arizona Diamondbacks announced that Salt River Fields at Talking Stick has been named the top Cactus League Spring Training complex in 2016 by Ballpark Digest. The honor was voted on by readers of Ballpark Digest and Spring Training Online, with Salt River Fields capturing 70-percent of the vote from more than 12,000 voting participants. Salt River Fields has… Read More →

Spring Training boosts some cities while others wait

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Building spring training facilities for big-league clubs is considered an investment by Valley cities that will spur development. Some of the 10 Cactus League venues have come through, with one city manager calling March the city’s “second Christmas.” Others are struggling. Here’s a look at how some Cactus League stadiums are doing: Sloan Park, Mesa â€¦ Read More →

Tempe Marketplace offers free rides to Cubs fans

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by in Experience AZ Magazine | Play

Cubs fans will be pleased to hear Tempe Marketplace is helping fans avoid transportation hassles of getting to and from games with free, first-come, first-serve round-trip trolley rides between the shopping center and Sloan Park, the spring training home of the Chicago Cubs, in Mesa. Back by popular demand, Tempe Marketplace is giving baseball fans an alternative… Read More →

As Cactus League returns, impact felt across the Valley

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy

At opposite ends of the Valley, two cities with different histories and cultures share a common denominator: tourists flock there when the calendar flips to March in Scottsdale and Goodyear. Spring training has arrived. “It’s the perfect place,” Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall said. “It’s spring training and it’s spring break.” Cactus League… Read More →

Pavilions offers deals for Cactus League fans

by in Eat | Experience AZ Magazine | Play

The Pavilions will welcome returning fans with special restaurant and entertainment offers as the Diamondbacks and Rockies open their 2016 season at nearby Salt River Fields. With over 65 restaurants, retailers and entertainment venues, The Pavilions at Talking Stick is the one-stop for fans to grab a bite, enjoy a brew and do a little… Read More →

Professional Sports Catering signs deal with Goodyear

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by in Eat | Experience AZ Magazine | Play

Professional Sports Catering, LLC, in conjunction with the City of Goodyear, announced a partnership today where Professional Sports Catering will manage all aspects of the food service at Goodyear Ballpark (Spring Training home of Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds), including the entire Cactus League season and any event taking place on the grounds. “From the… Read More →

Westgate offers deals for Cactus League fans

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by in Eat | Experience AZ Magazine | Play

It’s time to play ball! There is no better time to enjoy a spring afternoon, the smell of freshly cut grass and the thrill of cheering on your favorite baseball team than during Spring Training in Arizona. From March 1 through April 1, baseball reigns supreme in the West Valley with five ballparks hosting more… Read More →

Diamondbacks’ spring training opens on Feb. 17

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by in Experience AZ Magazine | Play

The Arizona Diamondbacks’ sixth Spring Training at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick begins on Feb. 17: Wednesday, February 17: Pitchers and catchers report. Thursday, February 18: First workout for pitchers and catchers. Monday, February 22: Position players report. Tuesday, February 23: First full-squad workout. Workouts are open to the public, and fans may park in the Desert Lot… Read More →

Cactus League has $809M economic impact on Arizona

Spring training baseball has become a driving force in Arizona’s economy according to a pair of studies released today by Governor Doug Ducey and members of the non-profit Cactus League Baseball Association. The studies, conducted earlier this year, estimate spring training teams and the ballparks they play in now annually generate more than $809 million… Read More →