By Janet Bazan
Spring training games let you watch a professional sports team for half the price of regular-season tickets. It’s so affordable, you can bring the entire family. Many of the stadiums have these amazing grassy green lawns, so you can watch the game and have a picnic. Sitting on a blanket and enjoying hot dogs, brats, and a cold one while basking in temperatures of about 75-80 degrees — I don’t think it gets much better than that.
Here are the places your favorite Cactus League teams call home for spring training:
And with so many other things the Valley of the Sun has to offer during this beautiful time of year, it’s a great place for a last-minute vacation — even if you’re not interested in spring training. There’s great shopping, dining, art galleries and museums, along with plenty of hiking trails, golf courses and spas, and the list goes on. Best of all, there are Tucson and Phoenix hotels to fit any traveler’s needs. Whether you’re a baseball fan, shopaholic, sun worshiper or all of the above, a last-minute vacation in the Valley will fulfill your needs and then some!
Janet Bazan is a market manager for Orbitz Worldwide. She was born and raised in Phoenix, Ariz., — a true native!