Cait’s A-to-Z Guide to Spring Training
If you’re headed out to Arizona to catch the #CactusCrew this spring, you likely have some questions about what to expect, so I put together a little A-to-Z Guide to help you out, complete with some of my personal recommendations.
One of the most fun parts of Spring Training is the relaxed atmosphere and the ability to often get up close and personal with your favorite Brewers players. While there are not set autograph sessions at Maryvale, you’ll find many players signing near the home dugout on the first base side before games and near the gate in right field near the end of the game.
Maryvale Baseball Park is the home for the Brewers Spring Training games. This award-winning Cactus League facility, nestled in the west side of Phoenix, is a state-of-the-art complex with ample parking and easy access.
The ballpark features a recessed playing field and shaded concourse, which provides an uninterrupted view of the action. The ballpark’s 7,000 seats, plus lush outfield berm, assure an intimate baseball experience in a fan-friendly, relaxed setting. Simply stated, there’s not a bad seat in the house!
Maryvale is also centrally located and this year is only hosting day games, so fans can possibly double up with a night game at another Cactus League venue to maximize the baseball viewing.
BANNERS & SIGNS
Banners and signs cannot be larger than 18″x 24″ and cannot include inappropriate content. NO handles or poles can be attached.
See “Workouts” below.
BINOCULARS & CAMERAS
Binoculars are fine to bring to the game.
You may also bring your camera, but lenses cannot be longer than a driver’s license. Want to share your photos with us? Use #CactusCrew on Twitter and Instagram and you could win prizes!
Consistent with our game-day carry-in policy at Miller Park, fans may not bring any cans, glass containers or alcohol into Maryvale. Soda, water or juice must be in factory-sealed plastic bottles. Fans may bring food items into the stadium using appropriate containers.
Bags, purses, fanny packs or soft-sided coolers must be 16 by 16 by 8 inches or smaller and will be searched.
Hard-sided coolers are not allowed in the ballpark.
Guests MAY carry-in the following items:
- Still-photography cameras (Compact)
- Jackets or blankets after being patted down or searched
- Banners, signs and flags without an attached pole (items cannot be affixed in any way to impeded the view of other fans). (See above).
All permitted items will be inspected at the gates prior to entry.
Guests MAY NOT carry-in the following items:
- Drum Sticks
- Noisemakers, whistles, air horns, musical instruments (plastic horns vary per event)
- Glass bottles, metal cans, etc.
- Professional camera equipment, video cameras, tripods, etc.
- Animals (except service animals)
- Weapons, explosives, pepper spray, tear gas, etc.
- Fireworks, slingshots, smoke bombs, laser pointers, etc.
- Large bags, large backpacks, suitcases, briefcases, beach bags, etc.
- Water guns, toy/replica weapons, squirt bottles, soap bubbles, etc.
- Beach balls, Frisbees, balloons, brooms, skateboards, roller blades, skates, etc.
- Flags/Signs larger than 18″ x 24″
- Sticks, poles, rods, drum sticks
- Confetti or streamers
Just like at Brewers games, there will be many concession stands open for fans to purchase food and beverage. The Klement’s Racing Sausage Sampler ($9) and the Napa Valley Noodles ($7) are popular menu items at Maryvale.
Fans bags are subject to search upon entry to Maryvale Baseball Park.
Gates to the ballpark will open at 11:30 a.m. for the 1 p.m. games, subject to change.
There are two major gates at Maryvale. Avoid lines by familiarizing yourself with the different gates around the ballpark and plan to arrive early. All attendees will be required to go through bag check.
MARYVALE BASEBALL PARK
See “Ballpark” above.
Parking lots open at 9 a.m. for 1 p.m. games. Parking is available day of game for $5.
The stadium is equipped with a number of ADA parking spaces. Maryvale Baseball Park is an award-winning ADA facility.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION & DROP-OFF
Special Needs Drop-Off: There is a Special Needs Drop-Off area right outside of Gate A (entering off of 51st Avenue). Golf carts are available for transportation as well.
Uber and Taxis will also pick-up and drop off at this area.
Guests may not exit and re-enter Maryvale using the same ticket, but hand stamps are available at the gates.
The great thing about the Cactus League is that all of the ballparks are relatively close to one another, so it’s always a short drive to catch the Cactus Crew! Here’s a great page that has lots of information on the other ballparks and what to expect.
There’s no roof at Maryvale, but no reason to worry either because the weather is generally beautiful this time of year. The average low in March is 54 degrees (though it’s only “chilly” early in the mornings or later in the evenings) and the average high is 77 degrees. We’ve been experiencing a bit of a warmer spell so far this spring, so pack your shorts and bring your sunscreen!
The parking lots at Maryvale will open at 9 a.m. and, just like at Brewers games, tailgating is permitted. Keep in mind that gates to the ballpark will open at 11:30 a.m. and the games are scheduled to start at 1 p.m. There are no portable toilets in the Maryvale parking lots.
THINGS TO DO
Disclaimer: The following is a list of things that I personally like to do in Arizona. It’s not endorsed by the Club, paid for by the Phoenix CVB, or anything official.🙂
Baseball: Even if the Brewers aren’t playing at Maryvale, you can still catch them on the road, or take in another game between two different teams at another facility. Nobody ever said they had too much baseball.
Day Trips: While many Brewers fans are coming to Arizona solely for the baseball, there are also lots of things to see and do just outside of Phoenix. If you have the time, you could easily take a day or two and go to the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Flagstaff, Tombstone, Jerome, Carefree, or other spots close by.
Hiking: There are many great hiking trails and mountains to climb in the Phoenix area. The most popular spot is probably Camelback Mountain, but I’ve also tried Piestewa Peak (“Squaw Peak”), the White Tank Mountains, and Tom’s Thumb. Hikes range from easy to difficult, with a payoff of beautiful scenery and a sunset if you time it just right.
Restaurants: So many restaurants, so little time! I’m a big fan of the Fox Restaurant Concepts spots. I’ve eaten at almost all of these places and have never been disappointed. I especially like True Food Kitchen! Another great spot is Don & Charlie’s. It’s a popular place because the food is good and the atmosphere is amazing. Sports fans will spend extra time gazing at the memorabilia. This place gets extremely busy, so be sure to plan ahead. I’ve had delicious Latin cuisin and margaritas at The Mission in Scottsdale. Don’t forget to order the made-to-order guacamole for your table! For dessert, my favorite spot is Churn. Their ice cream is fantastic. Expect a line out the door.
I could do a whole blog on dining choices alone, so tweet me (@CMoyer) if you need any other recommendations, or if you have one to share—I’m always looking for new places to try!
Shopping: There is a lot of great shopping in Arizona. Here’s a link to a great article that sums them up. Fashion Square is probably my favorite. I’m also a fan of the Tanger Outlet Mall in Westgate.
Tours & Events: While you’re here, you could always catch a tour of Chase Field if you want to check another ballpark off your list. I’ve also taken a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, Frank’s Arizona home (his other home is in Spring Green, Wisconsin!), which was very cool. Other than that, I’d check out the VisitPhoenix.com for some good ideas on other sites to see or events that might coincide with your trip.
Please check brewers.com for ticket availability. You may also contact the Milwaukee Brewers Ticket Office at (800)-933-7890. Tickets are not sold by phone through the Maryvale Box Office. See also “Will Call” below.
From downtown Phoenix:
- Take I-10 west
- Exit 51 Avenue north
- Turn Right
- Enter stadium parking lot on 51st Ave. between Thomas Rd. and Indian School Rd.
In average low for Phoenix in March is 54 degrees (though it’s only “chilly” early in the mornings or later in the evenings) and the average high is 77 degrees. We’ve been experiencing a bit of a warmer spell so far this Spring, so pack your shorts and bring your sunscreen!
Picking your tickets up at Will Call? Will Call is located at Maryvale Ticket Office which is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets will be released with proper photo identification only.
On gamedays, gates to the ballpark open at 11:30 a.m. (Subject to change.) Generally, the Brewers will be taking batting practice until about noon CT prior to the 1 p.m. games. For road games, fans can still watch the Cactus Crew practice beforehand at Maryvale as gates to the ballpark open at 9 a.m. and workouts will generally happen on the Main Field from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
If you have any other questions, please call the Maryvale Ticket Office at 623-245-5500.
I hope to see you down here in Arizona! If you’re making it out to a game, let us know!