Spring Training Continues to Bloom in the Desert

Did you hear it? The first crack of the bat means Cactus League baseball is at the plate! Are you ready for grilled hot dogs, jumbo sodas, perfect temps, and cheap tickets? Every spring, the teams of the Cactus League play a month of Spring Training Baseball. While baseball managers access players and calculate the final roster based on performance, you get to watch many of your favorite players during one game.
Bring on the Teams:
Cactus League spring training officially began on February 27th and runs through March. Teams suit up to play in nine stadiums in all corners of the Valley of the Sun including Glendale, Phoenix, Surprise, Peoria, Mesa, Scottsdale and Tempe. Chicago Cubs fans descend on Mesa to watch their team prep for the summer games. Los Angeles Angels fans come in droves to Tempe. San Francisco Giants spectators arrive en masse at Scottsdale Stadium.
If you’re gaga for the San Francisco Giants, we’ve got you covered…

Things to do for Giants Fans before and after the game at Scottsdale Stadium:

Enjoy Fabulous Food
Just a few blocks away from the Scottsdale stadium, in the heart of Scottsdale’s historic district, enjoy a variety of first-rate restaurants from Southwestern hot spots to award-winning ethnic eateries. Try Malee’s on Main—an elegant Thai restaurant and a favorite among locals. Arcadia Farms offers fresh-as-can-be salads with organic ingredients. Olive & Ivy offers an eclectic and Italian menu and is the latest place to see and be seen. Many other restaurants along Main Street and Marshall Way boast outdoor cafés, open for lunch, dinner and drinks.
Explore a Shopper’s Paradise
Downtown Scottsdale offers some of the finest specialty retail in the Valley with hip boutiques showcasing the latest attire, as well as unique accessories for your home. Browse the elegant shops at The Borgata, a European-styled outdoor shopping plaza, amid fountains and flowers. Don’t miss Fashion Square Mall—a sprawling retail and restaurant center. With flagship stores such as a brand new Barney’s and Nordstrom, you’ll sure to find something special as a reminder of your stay.
Time to Relax
Stroll among the gardens and fountains at Scottsdale Civic Center, adjacent to the stadium. One block west is Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, where the city’s best contemporary art is exhibited.
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