Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Move Over H1N1, Spring Training Fever Hits Scottsdale!

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Head to the sunny Sonoran Desert for unbeatable 70-degree weather, America’s favorite pastime, and an unforgettable experience in downtown Scottsdale. Starting today, the San Francisco Giants take the mound at Scottsdale Stadium for 15 home games for the 2010 season of Cactus League spring training.  Below is your ultimate guide experiencing spring training and making the most out of your afternoons

Come Early, Stay Late:
With more than 90 restaurants and 50+ lounges, bars and nightclubs within walking distance of the stadium, downtown Scottsdale delivers the ultimate spring training experience. It’s an urban destination with all of the fun and frills of a big city but in a jaw-dropping dramatic desert setting.  There’s no doubt that you’ll want to carve out some time to explore downtown Scottsdale and spend time with other spring training fans, who are most likely doing the same thing.  For a list of activities and businesses in the downtown are, please visit www.ScottsdaleDowntown.com.

Lawn Spaces or VIP Places – You Choose the Experience:
One of the best things about spring training at the Scottsdale Stadium is that you get to choose how, and from where, you watch the game.  There are lawn seats, stadium seats, box seats and VIP seats available for every game, with prices ranging from $7 – $100. 

To purchase tickets for lawn/stadium/box seats, please click here.  The lawn is a great option if you’re heading out with a group of friends and don’t mind bringing along a blanket or two to sit on.  Be prepared for fun-loving crowds and less emphasis on intently watching the game.  If you’re a bit more serious about the game and want to experience spring training as you would a regular season game, consider purchasing stadium or box seats.

And for those looking to make a VIP experience out of a day at the stadium, The Charro Lodge is the place for you!  True baseball fans can get in the middle of the action in this VIP area, located adjacent to the Giants’ bullpen in right field, with catered food and beverages in a relaxed atmosphere complete with a lounge area and live music at select games. Daily passes for the Lodge range from $85 to $100 based on game date, and Pavilion passes are $125 per person.

Get into More than Just the Game:
There are lots of other ways to experience baseball during March than attending the game.  Check out some of the below activities and events that will keep baseball alive long after the final inning.

The inaugural Woodjock concert aims to be a first in music and sports history with athletes and their celebrity friends showcasing their major-league flair on a new field – the stage. Headlined by Chicago White Sox ace Jake Peavy, the event takes place at The Venue on March 11 with ticket prices starting at $30.

You’ll have to head out of Scottsdale for this one, but if you want to see some great history on the Cactus League in the Valley, be sure to check out Play Ball, The Cactus League Experience exhibit. Now in its new home in the Arizona Youth Museum in Downtown Mesa, Play Ball tells the story of the Cactus League and spring training in Mesa and the Phoenix area. Cubs artifacts are abundant in the exhibit, as they should be.

For more information on spring training in Scottsdale, please visit www.PlayBallinScottsdale.com or call 480-421-1004.