Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Final spring-training game of the year at Surprise Stadium

We wanted to spread the love among as many spring-training facilities as possible, so my companions and I chose to watch the Kansas City Royals play the Chicago White Sox at Surprise Stadium today. While it's quite a drive from the Tempe area, it's a nice stadium and, unlike other venues, parking is free. I was also pleased to find that lawn tickets were $7 instead of $8. The lawn section was the least crowded of all the games I attended this year.

Next year, I'd like to try this deal:

It was a nice day overall, despite the disappointment of not winning the 50-50 raffle. Someday!

The moral of the story is that no matter what spring-training stadium you choose, March weather, food, drinks and baseball will ensure a good time.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My favorite place for late-night grub: Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe

I usually order the Thai hummus ($7.50), but this night I opted for the spinach and artichoke dip ($9), which comes with tortilla chips and pita bread.
 Also delicious is the turkey club sandwich ($9) on marble rye bread.You can get it with pasta salad or fries.
Find the full menu here.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spring training: D-Backs vs. Angels

Today we watched the Arizona Diamondbacks play the Los Angeles Angels at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. We did not plan ahead, there were only two afternoon games today and it's spring break. The result: We paid a man $20 each for lawn tickets to the sold-out game. But with temperatures in the 80s and lots of sunshine ... we had no choice. ;)
View from the top of the lawn
Angels players leaving the field

Hohokam Stadium

This time my spring-training buddies and I went to Hohokam Stadium to watch the Chicago Cubs play against the Colorado Rockies.

This stadium, while it looked older than the others, drew much bigger crowds than other Cactus League venues I've seen. And lawn seats were only $8.

I tried some Island Noodles with teriyaki chicken.

Final score: Rockies 4, Cubs 2.

The only downside to the day was waiting too long to exit the parking area (grass, not an actual lot) outside the stadium. Plus parking isn't free, like at some other facilities.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

New D-Backs, Rockies stadium: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Seattle Mariners (March 2)
View from Section 121

Things you should know:
  • Parking is $5.
  • Programs are $1.
  • There are Chase ATMs inside. 
  • Food carts are cash-only, but concession stands take credit cards.
  • Free sunscreen is available near lawn areas.
More information: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

    Spring training at Camelback Ranch Glendale

    White Sox vs. Milwaukee Brewers (March 1)