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Cactus League

001182_lo.jpgThanks to the sunny Arizona weather, baseball fans from across the country flock to Arizona each year for Major League Baseball spring training. Known as the Cactus League, 15 teams become temporary Arizona residents each spring, playing games at 10 stadiums and sports complexes in the Phoenix metro area.

The 2015 season kicks off in February and includes the following 15 teams and their stadiums:

Team Stadium
Arizona Diamondbacks Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Chicago Cubs Cubs Park
Chicago White Sox Camelback Ranch
Cincinnati Reds Goodyear Ballpark
Cleveland Indians Goodyear Ballpark
Colorado Rockies Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
Kansas City Royals Surprise Stadium
Los Angeles Angels Tempe Diablo Stadium
Los Angeles Dodgers Camelback Ranch
Milwaukee Brewers Maryvale Baseball Park
Oakland Athletics Phoenix Municipal Stadium
San Diego Padres Peoria Sports Complex
San Francisco Giants Scottsdale Stadium
Seattle Mariners Peoria Sports Complex
Texas Rangers Surprise Stadium

Cactus League History

The Cactus League was officially inaugurated in 1946, when the Cleveland Indians beat the San Francisco Giants at Hi Corbett Field in Tucson. Soon after, in 1951, the New York Yankees – including infamous Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle – as well as the Chicago Cubs discovered Arizona spring training. The following decades saw additional teams, including the Arizona Diamondbacks, which joined the Cactus League during their 1998 inaugural season.

Over the years, the Cactus League has continued to grow and change – but some things always remain: sunny weather, fun folks and great games.

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When you’re not watching the game, there are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself – especially if you’re coming from a cool climate, where simply being outside in March is a thrill. Be sure to check out these Spring Training features for fun baseball-related activities during your trip:

Also, visit the official Cactus League website for more trip planning resources, including a Cactus League online trip planner and stadium map.

No matter where you're staying in the Phoenix area, a trip to one of Arizona’s many golf courses is definitely a great addition to your vacation. Shopping, hiking, spa retreats and more are also fun ways to spend a day or two. You could even take a road trip to one of Arizona’s famed Old West destinations or national parks and monuments.

There’s no shortage of places to stay when you visit spring training. From luxury resorts in Phoenix and Scottsdale to comfortable hotels and affordable motels, lodging of all types is readily available.

For More Information

For upcoming season information, tickets and more, visit the official Cactus League website.

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