The San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks Warm up under the Sonoran Desert Sun
Get ready to be taken out to the ball game – in the desert. The 2020 Cactus League Spring Training season is almost here, making Scottsdale a home run for baseball fans and many others seeking sunshine. Starting Feb. 22 and running through March 24, catch the three-time World Series champs, the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium, and the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Arizona is also home to 12 other Major League Baseball teams’ spring training fields, all within a 15-45-minute drive of Scottsdale. After a busy day, rest and relaxation await, with 70 hotels, and 50 resort and day spas in the greater Scottsdale area. Read on for an expert guide to Spring Training in Scottsdale.
RESORTS: FINDING HOME BASE
The perfect stay in Scottsdale is an easy play. SpringTrainingInScottsdale.com has all the bases covered.
- Batter up for Spring Training savings at The Scottsdale Plaza Resort with suite accommodations, waived resort fee and a complimentary shuttle to Scottsdale Stadium and Salt River Fields.
- The “suite life” continues at Sonesta Suites Scottsdale Gainey Ranch, where Spring Training visitors can take advantage of 20% off the best available rate, complimentary breakfast and afternoon drinks and appetizers, plus 25% off food and beverage orders at the Terrace Bar.
- Baseball fanatics score at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows with the Extra Innings Package. Book two nights or more in a suite to receive a basket filled with memorabilia from the team of your choice and enjoy late night happy hour at Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen Feb. 21-March 21, 9-11 p.m.
RESTAURANTS: GRAND SLAM EATS
A day of Giants baseball puts you right in the heart of the post-game fun, as Scottsdale Stadium is within walking distance of Old Town’s and Scottsdale Waterfront’s best bars, restaurants and nightlife.
- Hall-of-fame worthy favorites for burgers, barbecue and brats include Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers, Brat Haus, Starlite BBQ and Hand Cut Chophouse.
- Then, the party rages on at Bottled Blonde, Riot House, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row and new kid on the block, The Hot Chick.
ACTIVITIES: PLAYING THE FIELD
The games are the main event, but there’s plenty more action just a stone’s throw away from the stadiums.
- Lace up your sneakers for the 5K or 10K Scottsdale Giant Race on Feb. 29, ending at Scottsdale Stadium. The weather is also prime for teeing up an afternoon of golf at one of the City’s 51 golf courses or at Topgolf Scottsdale, neighboring Salt River Fields.
- Roughly 1,500 steps from Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art offers cutting-edge exhibits such as “Design Transfigured/Waste Reimagined,” an exhibition of international designers that place sustainability and environmental concerns at the center of their art (running Feb. 1 – May 17). Blocks away, question the concept of reality through sensory installations that rewrite the laws that govern the physical world with “Elsewhere,” just opened in October at Wonderspaces. The breakthrough, Instagram-worthy art concept debuted in Scottsdale last spring.
- Feel like a local at Scottsdale ArtWalk, a Thursday night tradition in Old Town where dozens of the area’s galleries keep their doors open from 7-9 p.m. for guests to browse works of every style and medium. The March 5 Gold Palette special event, Native Spirit ArtWalk, gives a glimpse into the city’s roots with live music and traditional Native American fare – all free and open to the public!