The San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks Warm up in the Sonoran Desert
SCOTTSDALE, – Hey, batter, batter! The 2019 Cactus League Spring Training season is almost here, bringing a flurry of baseball activity to Scottsdale’s sunny Sonoran Desert. Starting Feb. 21 and running through March 26, catch the three-time World Series champs, the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium, and the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Arizona is also home to 12 other Major League Baseball teams’ spring training fields, each within a 45-minute drive of Scottsdale. After a busy day, rest and relaxation await, with 70 hotels, and 50 resort and day spas in the greater Scottsdale area. Read on for our recommendations for how to do Scottsdale Spring Training.
RESORTS: FINDING HOME BASE
The perfect stay in Scottsdale is an easy play and SpringTrainingInScottsdale.comhas all the bases covered. Make a weekend of it at Hotel Valley Ho, just steps from Scottsdale Stadium, and enjoy the fourth night free. The “Play Ball” getaway at The Hermosa Inn offers a stay in a luxury casita, with a baseball-themed amenity, two cocktails, and a daily $25 food & beverage credit. At Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch, game day is elevated by a luxurious suite or room with access to the Regency Club private concierge lounge, all at 15% off using code “ELEV8.”
RESTAURANTS: GRAND SLAM EATS
Enjoying a day of Giants baseball puts you right in the heart of the post-game fun, as Scottsdale Stadium is within walking distance of Old Town’s and Scottsdale Waterfront’s best bars, restaurants and nightlife. Hall-of-fame worthy favorites for burgers, barbecue and ‘dogs include Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers, Brat Haus, Starlite BBQ and Hand Cut Chophouse, and the party never stops at Bottled Blonde, The District, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row and new kid on the block,Riot House.
ACTIVITIES: PLAYING THE FIELD
The games are a sight to see, but there’s plenty of other action just a stone’s throw away from the stadiums. Lace up your sneakers for the 5K or 10K Scottsdale Giant Race on March 2, ending at Scottsdale Stadium. The weather is also prime for teeing up an afternoon of golf at one of the City’s 51 golf courses.
Roughly 1,500 steps from Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art offers cutting-edge exhibits such as “Now Playing: Video 1999–2019,” an exhibition that samples the last 20 years of video art (running Feb. 16 – April 28). Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West‘s newest exhibit, “Photos by Barry M. Goldwater: The Arizona Highways Collection,” features the U.S. senator’s Arizona photography (running now – June 23).