How to Watch an MLB Spring Training Game

Have you ever been so involved in watching a Major League Baseball team, that you want to visit one of their much-awaited games in the spring of the baseball years. Find out how you can watch one, as this article will describe to you.


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    Recognize which states contain spring-training games. There are only two states that contain spring training games, and those two states are Arizona and Florida.
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    Realize that these two states form two separate leagues, but aren't connected in any certain way to the two leagues they form once the regular season kicks off. There are some American League teams as well as National League teams in Arizona along with National League teams mixed in with American League teams in Florida.
    • Also realize that the league that plays it's game in Florida is called the "Grapefruit League" while the other that plays in Arizona is called the Cactus League.
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    Find out through the web, exactly which park your team plays its spring training games in. With 30 teams (as of December 1, 2013), it's impossible not to find one to be playing a single game during the spring training season.[1][2]
    • Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field in Clearwater, FL.
    • Minnesota Twins at CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers, FL.
    • Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium (formerly called the Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex) in Lake Buena Vista, FL.
    • Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park in Charlotte County, FL.
    • Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota,FL.
    • Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium in Dunedin, FL.
    • New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, FL.
    • Boston Red Sox at Jet Blue Park in Lee County, FL.
    • Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, FL.
    • Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, FL.
    • Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, FL.
    • Miami Marlins and St Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, FL.
    • Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, FL.
    • New York Mets at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, FL.
    • Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers are at Camelback Ranch at Glendale in Glendale, AZ.
    • Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians are at Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, AZ
    • Oakland Athletics (A's) are at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, AZ.
    • Milwaukee Brewers are at Maryvale Baseball Park in Maryvale, AZ.
    • San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners are at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, AZ.
    • Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies are at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, AZ.
    • San Francisco Giants are at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, AZ.
    • Chicago Cubs are at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.
    • Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers are at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, AZ.
    • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, AZ.
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    Recognize the time (in terms of months) that these spring training games are held during the year. Most of the games will be held during the month of March, while some games and player-reporting dates end up being in mid-to-late February.
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    Visit the team's website's within the MLB web page just to find out where(home or away game) and when (exact time) their games will be played.
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    Be prepared for much-cheaper rates at these slightly smaller training parks. As you explore the teams MLB web page, you'll see the rates most seating sections in the park for some of these games.
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    Call the stadium and request the seats. Although not everyone can get front-row seats, try to stay as close to field level as possible.
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    Recognize that games in these two states during these months can get impressively cool during March. Pack your travel bags accordingly, and make sure to pack at least one rain poncho for every person who will be attending the game. Especially in Florida, storms can strike up without notice and the game might be postponed during this time, leaving your behind sitting in this (becoming wet) seat during the raining period.
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    Plan your travel route to the stadium, well before you leave your home. Know how you get to and from the stadium game to and from the hotel (or house, if you live nearby and are likely to take your car without needing to fly in an airplane).
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    Travel to the stadium. Obtain your tickets from the ticket booth, and admit yourself once the stadium allows people to go through their turnstiles.
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    Locate the section along with seat number (s) to find the seats you'll need to sit in to watch the game.
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    Wait it out, until the game begins. You may have a small wait, but that will depend on how soon after you arrive, will your game begin.


  • Recognize some of the home teams history (or your team's history) so you don't sound strange when you arrive and begin talking to other fans like you who will be rooting for the team you may/may not be rooting for. Be ready to back up most of your information by information you know about the history of the team.
  • Most spring training games don't get as crowded as they do for regular-season games. However, you'll still be surprised at some of the stadium prices for food and concession stand items, so plan accordingly.

Sources and Citations

  • (ideas from) Reichard, Kevin. The Complete Guide to Spring Training: Warm Breezes, Blue Skies, and Cold Beer. Minnetonka, MN: August Publications, 2005. Print.

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