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Major League Baseball in Arizona – The Cactus League

Arizona’s spring weather is perfect venue for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) spring training program since 1908. Currently, the region’s spring training season known as the Cactus League, generates more than $300 million in regional economic impact. It is one of just two such “leagues” in the United States.  The other being the Grapefruit League in Florida.  Major league baseball in Arizona is definitely a must for any baseball fan.

The Cactus League is the perfect way to watch Major League Baseball in Arizona.  Die hard baseball fans can watch the National Pastime without travelling to the teams’ home cities or purchasing expensive regular season tickets.  Fans also experience America’s great athletic traditions, the seventh-inning stretch, hotdogs, roasted peanuts, and rally hats.  Fifteen MLB teams frequent the area.  Those teams include Phoenix’s Arizona Diamondbacks,  the Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners ,Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Socks, Los Angeles Angels and Cincinnati Reds.


Cactus League improvements in Phoenix include eight new stadiums and renovations totaling $500 million.  Venues for the teams are dispersed throughout the Valley.  Fans enjoy watching their favorite teams play at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick , HoHoKam Park, Camelback Ranch, Goodyear Park, Surprise Stadium, Tempe Diablo Stadium, Maryvale Baseball Park, Phoenix Municiple Stadium, Peoria Sports Complex and Scottsdale Stadium.

The latest addition to Cactus League venues is the new $99 million spring training center in Mesa built by the Chicago Cubs. Recently approved by Mesa voters the facility will serve as the ballclub’s western headquarters as well as the focal point for player development, drafting and other operations.  Major league baseball in Arizona is here to stay!

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