Major League Baseball spring training in Phoenix is called the Cactus League. Baseball training in Phoenix has been going on since 1947. It starts every year at the end of February. Watching the games can keep you busy day and night. Fifteen teams now train here.
Baseball spring training has become a driving force for the Phoenix economy generating over 800 million annually. $544 million comes from fans making the trip to Phoenix from all parts of the world. 1.9 million fans visited the Cactus League games in 2015. Local entrepreneurs and business owners of all types have created ways to take advantage of this market. From window tinting services to spas, almost every type of business can profit from the influx of people and money into Phoenix during this time of year.
Cactus League games are played in Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise and Tempe. All games are an easy drive from each other. While you are in the area, visit the Spring Training Exhibit at the Scottsdale Civic Center, featuring historic photos, video footage and other baseball memorabilia. Join other Cactus League fans at Don and Charlie’s Steakhouse where they have a fantastic collection of sports memorabilia including over 700 signed baseballs, bats and magazines.
Salt River Fields is a newer ballpark with covered areas for shade and a sunken seating bowl. It is located at Talking Stick facility with a free shuttle to and from the stadium. The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamond Backs play there.
The Cubs’ Sloan Park opened in 2014 with seating for 15,000. This is the largest spring training park and it mimics the Cubs’ own Wrigley Field.
The Cleveland Indians and the New York Giants were the first teams to train in Arizona in 1947. The Indians and the Cincinnati Reds now play at the Goodyear Ballpark.
Spring training is an exciting time of year in Phoenix. Visitors enjoy the hiking trails through desert rock outcroppings in and around the Phoenix area. Phoenix offers culture, great restaurants, wonderful entertainment, and nightlife.