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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.

Enjoy!

AUTOGRAPHS

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.

BALLPARK

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.

BATTING PRACTICE

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!

CARRY-INS

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
  • Alcohol
  • 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
  • Umbrellas

CONCESSIONS

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.

Racing sausage sampler

Bratwurst, Polish, Italian, Hot Dog and Chorizo all in one delicious dish!

Today's lunch at Maryvale: Napa Valley Noodles! #CactusCrew #SpringTraining #Brewers

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FAN SCREENING

Fans bags are subject to search upon entry to Maryvale Baseball Park.

GATES

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

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.

RE-ENTRY

Guests may not exit and re-enter Maryvale using the same ticket, but hand stamps are available at the gates.

ROAD GAMES

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.

ROOF STATUS

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!

TAILGATING

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.

I hiked Tom's Thumb this year and the view was amazing!

I hiked Tom’s Thumb this year and the view was amazing!

#TouchTheRainbow #SquawPeak #Mountain #Arizona #CactusCrew

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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.

TICKETS

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.

TRAFFIC

From downtown Phoenix:

  1. Take I-10 west
  2. Exit 51 Avenue north
  3. Turn Right
  4. Enter stadium parking lot on 51st Ave. between Thomas Rd. and Indian School Rd.

WEATHER

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!

WILL CALL

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.

WORKOUTS

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.

Beautiful day for baseball. #CactusCrew #SpringTraining #ItAllStartsHere

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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!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Spring Training Equipment Truck Day at Miller Park Means Baseball Is Right Around the Corner

This has been an especially brutal winter in Milwaukee, there is no getting around that.  One sign that Old Man Winter is on his way out is the annual packing of the Brewers equipment truck for Spring Training.

What was once a simple job, is now an event.  An event that is the unofficial start to Spring Training and an event that has everyone thinking Brewers baseball.  Brewers Director of Clubhouse Operations Tony Migliaccio and his staff have planned this day for months, working on inventory of equipment and organizing all the gear to make sure today’s pack goes without a hitch.

The truck left Miller Park today at 3 p.m., packed full with everything the Brewers will need to run the operation at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix.  The truck is scheduled to arrive in Phoenix on Sunday and will be unpacked Monday.  Pitchers and catchers report to camp Saturday, February 15 and the first official workout is Monday, February 17.  Soon enough, the pictures on this blog and the rest of Brewers.com will be showing Brewers players at camp, working out.  Green grass and sunshine is just around the corner.

Check out video from today’s event thanks to Brewers.com reporter Adam McCalvy:

 

Enjoy this photo gallery from today’s event at Miller Park and keep thinking Spring!

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–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Spring Training Broadcast Schedule Released

Today we announced the 2013 Spring Training broadcast schedule, which includes 34 games to be broadcast on a combination of Newsradio 620 WTMJ and the statewide Brewers Radio Network, FOX Sports Wisconsin and Brewers.com.

Nothing will get you through the cold, wet snowy days like today like the sweet sound of Hall-of-Fame radio announcer Bob Uecker and his partner Joe Block, who will call 16 Spring Training games on Newsradio 620 WTMJ and the statewide Brewers Radio Network. 

Television announcers Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder will call three games to be carried by FOX Sports Wisconsin: Monday, March 11 vs. Los Angeles; Wednesday, March 13 at Arizona; and Friday, March 29 vs. Chicago-AL at Miller Park.  Two additional games – Tuesday, March 19 vs. LA of Anaheim and Sunday, March 24 at San Diego – will be produced by other FOX Sports regions (FS-West and FS-San Diego, respectively) but will be simulcast on FS-Wisconsin.  Anderson, Schroeder and Block will also team up for 17 Brewers.com webcasts throughout the spring. 

The Brewers open the 2013 Spring Training slate on Saturday, February 23 at Maryvale Baseball Park against the Oakland Athletics at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time.  Milwaukee will play a total of 35 Spring Training games this season, including 17 at Maryvale Baseball Park and two exhibition games at Miller Park.

All Brewers games played in the Cactus League are scheduled for 1:05 p.m. starts (Arizona time), except for Wednesday, March 13 at the Diamondbacks (7:10 p.m. local/9:10 p.m. CT).  The spring schedule closes out with a pair of exhibition games against the White Sox at Miller Park on March 29 (7:10 p.m.) and March 30 (1:10 p.m.).

Tickets for Brewers home Cactus League games are on sale at Brewers.com, by phone at 1-800-933-7890 and at the Miller Park and Maryvale Box Offices. Tickets are available in four seating areas: Field Box ($22), Infield Reserved ($16), Outfield Reserved ($13) and Lawn Seating ($8).  Information on Spring Training Season Tickets can be obtained by calling the Milwaukee Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000. 

Tickets for the two exhibition games at Miller Park will go on sale at a later date.  Please note that games and times are subject to change. For the complete Spring Training schedule, visit brewers.com/springtraining.

-Cait
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