Spring Training in Scottsdale

By local contributor
Scott McGinty

Find the ballpark experience that matches your style

If you're planning a Scottsdalespring training getaway, you know there are a lot of options when it comes to games and seating. Should you book lawn seats at Scottsdale Stadium or up the ante with a VIP experience at Salt River Fields? Here's a little piece of advice: no matter what option you pick, you can't go wrong. But because we know that sifting through all of the choices can be tough, we've created this quick guide to Spring Training in Scottsdale.

The Good Timer

If your ideal ballpark experience includes kicking back, soaking up the sun and indulging in some serious people watching, lawn seating is for you. At Scottsdale Stadium, the general admission lawn that stretches from right- to left-field is basically a party at the ballpark. There are food and drink stands nearby so you won't have to wander far to refuel. Bring a blanket or towel and plenty of sunscreen, and plan to arrive early to snag a prime spot - lawn seating is first-come, first-served and fills up fast.

Not to be outdone, Salt River Fields' grassy lawn is just as much fun. The stadium is packed with concession choices, too. There’s ice cream for your sweet tooth, a taco bar for some south-of-the-border fare and plenty of beverage stands to quench your thirst. Same model here: bring a blanket and claim your spot on the grass.

The True Fanatic

You know your teams, players and stats – for you, Spring Training is the first step toward the World Series. Devoted fans like you will want to consider bleacher, outfield box, line box or grandstand tickets for Scottsdale Stadium. In these seats, the focus is completely on the game. You're close enough to check out the lawn party action between innings, but you won't have to battle for turf. Plus, you're within easy reach of concession stands offering up traditional game-day favorites as well as gourmet fare you might not expect.

Prime location at Salt River Fields is in the 100 block, where seats surround team dugouts and bull pens as well as home plate. These seats fill up fast and are oftentimes reserved by season ticket holders, but rest assured that any of the stadium seats at Salt River Fields afford a quality view of the diamond and beyond.

The VIP

Looking for an elevated experience with all the perks? The Charro Lodge at Scottsdale Stadium has amazing views of the ballpark (and even Camelback Mountain), patio-style seating and complimentary food and beverages, including beer and wine. The Charro Lodge also is a great option for corporate and private groups, offering three separate seating sections and reserved space for groups of 50 or more.

Salt River Fields has three seating options for VIPs and groups. For large groups, the Pepsi Patio affords 360-degree views of the field as well as comfortable seating and catering options for 100 or more guests. For groups of 30 or so, opt for the shaded Miller Lite and Coors Light Cold Zones located above the third- and first-base dugouts. Finally, for a top-tier experience at Salt River Fields, reserve one of their Luxury Suites. We're talking indoor-outdoor space, air-conditioning, private server, and food and drink for up to 15 people.