With its year-round sunshine and warmth, friendly residents and extraordinary desert scenery, the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area is a natural choice for spring training major-league baseball. “The Valley of the Sun,” as it’s called, has hosted spring training games for almost a century — from the whirlwind sports days before Arizona’s statehood to the beginnings of what is now the Cactus League in 1947. Countless major-leaguers, including Ty Cobb, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio, have helped craft the rich history of Cactus League baseball in Arizona.
Today, baseball fans can enjoy spring training games played by on 10 fields in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Goodyear, Peoria and Surprise. These cities all offer unique amenities and extraordinary accommodations near the fields, bundled with the metro’s unparalleled hospitality and endless recreational opportunities. With everything the metro has to offer, you’re sure to find plenty to do between catching all of the best spring training baseball in the West!
Surrounded by the scenic Sonoran Desert, Greater Phoenix provides the excitement of the Old West within a thriving metropolis brimming with cultural and outdoor activities. Phoenix basks in more than 300 days of sunshine each year and, as such, is recognized worldwide for its year-round golf, biking and hiking opportunities. For a more relaxed tour, explore museums filled with Native American art and history, and enjoy incredible culinary delights throughout the Great Phoenix area. The Valley is also a shopper's paradise, with gigantic malls, one-of-a-kind boutiques, inspiring art galleries, antique shops and outlet centers.
A number of large hills and notable mountains dot the Valley’s landscape, including Camelback Mountain, named for its distinctive shape. A quick hike to the top provides panoramic views of the Valley, including downtown Phoenix. Chase Field, home of MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks, sparkles against the downtown landscape with its famed retractable roof and indoor swimming pool. Next to Chase Field sits the enormous US Airways Center, where NBA’s Phoenix Suns and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury play. Just east of the downtown areas is Papago Park, which houses the Phoenix Zoo, the Desert Botanical Garden and Hole-in-the-Rock, a geological treasure.
From cool morning breezes and hot nightlife to endless recreational opportunities and a remarkable blend of cultures, the Valley of the Sun offers the best of everything for visitors, all branded with a distinctly Old West appeal. Whether you come to watch the hometown Diamondbacks, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds — or any of the 10 other teams proud to call the Valley their spring training home — you’re sure to love the Greater Phoenix metro!