This is the third year that we've gone to baseball spring training in Phoenix, Arizona. The first year we accidentally found the games during a spring sun-cation from our still cloudy and rainy home at the cabin. Since then it has become an annual tradition in March.
This trip we took in three spring training baseball games. The Phoenix area hosts the Cactus League of pro teams. Because we have a link to the State of Washington, we chose to attend Seattle Mariners games.
We saw them play the San Diego Padres, the Chicago Cubs, and the Kansas City Royals at their home field in Peoria. We had excellent seats for all three games that cost only $29 each. Seats in a similar spot during the regular season would cost $75-$100 if you could get them at face value. Not!
|Cano up at bat. First string players start all of the games.|
We got a room at the La Quinta Inns and Suites across the street. Within walking distance are stores, restaurants and, of course, the stadium. Sweet suite! Rooms with free breakfast, Internet and parking are $199 even in this prime season. Suites run for $229. Less with senior or AAA. We opted for a suite for our extended stay. A fridge and microwave allowed us to easily use our mobile meal kit for two dinners. The third we tried the Texas Roadhouse across the street. Lots of good food at the happy hour price of $8.99!
|Second string and new players come in at the end.|
One reason the teams come to Phoenix is the weather. Look at this gorgeous day of 85 degrees with a slight breeze to keep the sweat away.
Hats were the order of the day, and Wayne and I used sunscreen liberally. Good thing, our winter white British Columbian skin would have burned bright red in no time flat.
|Cooler night games under the lights.|
Try going to spring training baseball games. You can usually get last minute tickets in the outfield area, or purchase better ones online for resale.
Oh, and don't forget the wonderful sunshine as an added bonus. -- Margy