Cactus League Stadiums – Surprise Stadium

We made it. The last Spring Training stadium review (until next year). So bookmark these pages and come back to them next season to help you plan the most amazing Spring Training trip ever.

I’ve reviewed Municipal Stadium, Diablo Stadium, Cubs Park, Salt River Fields, Maryvale Baseball Park, Goodyear Ballpark, and Camelback Ranch Stadium.

You won’t find Scottsdale Stadium or Peoria Sports Complex in my reviews because they are the only two I haven’t visited yet. Hopefully that is taken care of in 2015. Now on to the final review:

Surprise Stadium – Royals and Rangers

Surprise Stadium

    The furthest stadium to the Northwest of all the Cactus Stadiums is Surprise Stadium, home of the Royals and Rangers Spring Training. When you role up to this complex you will notice a few things. One, the parking is free. Two, there is an amazing park with small “lake” across the street to the East. And three, the complex is built alongside several hotels and apartment buildings. The 2 sq mile around the stadium has everything, several parks, a lake, bars, restaurants, and shopping. They nailed it with this stadium’s surrounding area.

    Upon walking into the stadium, you get hounded by the typical employees… “Do you want a picture taken?” “Get your programs, get your programs.” But you may find yourself agreeing to the second one because programs are $1… one single dollar. After you purchase your gameday program, you will end up walking the concourse and you will then realize how open and large it is. Instead of concessions and souvenirs inside buildings, you will find then in tents similar to a fair.

    So now you have your beer, hotdog, and program, now you need a seat. There doesn’t seem to be a bad seat in this stadium. The infield has shade from the second level seats and press-box from 3rd to 1st base. There are only 20 rows in each section in the infield which keeps all fans close to the game. If you aren’t going to sit in the infield, then look to the outfield lawn seats. The bullpens are located there making it fun to watch the players and coaches inside. The outfield hill is one of the most gentle sloping and lush grass seats in the Cactus League. No need to bring ankle braces here. And if you are looking for that home run ball, sit close to centerfield. It’s roped off but still open for fans to run after a ball that may land there.

    If you want food and drinks, you can upgrade any of your tickets to get into the beer deck in rightfield. They offer bar style seating looking out into the field of play. It’s reasonable too… like $10 to $15 for a catered meal and one drink ticket. The party deck being situated on the outfield lawn also creates a good backrest for fans sitting in the lawn seats in front of it. These seats go fast so make sure to bring a blanket and snag them early.

    As far as game watching goes, this stadium is in my top 4 in the Cactus League. It’s new, it’s spacious, but you feel close to the game. This stadium is a must stop for any baseball fan visiting the Cactus League.

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