The 2015 Cactus League season is almost here! Soon 15 Major League Baseball teams will head to the Valley of the Sun for Spring Training, a tradition that began in 1947.
My hometown, Mesa, hosts two teams – the Oakland A’s and the Chicago Cubs. The A’s are taking over the Cubs old home field, Hohokam Stadium as that Cubs move into their new facility at Sloan Park at Riverview. And what a home it is!
The beautiful Mesa Sheraton Hotel opening this year will be a home-away-from-home for baseball fans taking a break from the frozen tundra to enjoy our unbeatable desert weather while watching their favorite baseball players hit the field. The 15,000-seat park includes 3 party decks including the Budweiser party deck with rooftop seating, a state-of-the-art workout facility and 7 practice fields, a 28ft x 88ft video board to catch all the highlights, a Kid Zone and plenty of tasty dining options including an army of food trucks that will appear during games behind Center field.
Riverview Park also features a multi-field soccer facility, an urban fishing lake and a spectacular playground with a splash park, a 50-foot climbing tower, a 75-foot zip line and plenty of room for a picnic!
Here’s wishing the Cubs and the A’s a great season!
Cactus League Teams
Arizona Diamondbacks – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale
Chicago Cubs – Sloan Park at Riverview, Mesa
Chicago White Sox – Camelback Ranch, Glendale
Cincinnati Reds – Goodyear Park, Goodyear
Cleveland Indians – Goodyear Park, Goodyear
Colorado Rockies – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale
Kansas City Royals – Surprise Recreation Campus, Surprise
Los Angeles Angels – Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tempe
Los Angeles Dodgers – Camelback Ranch, Glendale
Milwaukee Brewers – Maryville Park, Phoenix
Oakland A’s – Hohokam Park, Mesa
San Diego Padres – Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria
San Francisco Giants – Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale
Seattle Mariners – Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria
Texas Rangers – Surprise Recreation Campus. Surprise
For more information and schedules for all the Cactus League teams, visit http://www.cactusleague.com/. And here is a handy dandy schedule! Play Ball!
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