When you think of Major League Baseball Spring Training, you may think sunshine, outdoor activities, entertainment and great hospitality. Glendale has all of that in spades, plus one of the most unique baseball venues in the nation, Camelback Ranch–Glendale.
And, yes, we can prove it. A state-of-the-art baseball facility like no other, Camelback Ranch–Glendale is the Spring Training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. Located on 141 acres at 111th Avenue and Camelback Road, this Sonoran Desert-inspired, two-team facility offers baseball fans more than top-quality playing fields and facilities. Check out the 15 coolest things about Camelback Ranch–Glendale.
1. Water Feature
A 1,300-foot, two-acre lake system with a river serves the dual purpose of irrigating fields and site landscaping while providing an aesthetic enhancement of the campus. The river creates a natural barrier between the two teams’ practice facilities and offers interconnecting walking trails and a parklike feel. The lake utilizes reclaimed water and is stocked with fish.
The facility boasts a mixture of architectural touches, including natural-stone veneers, tri-color faux staining, rusty metal panels, Gabion wall systems, an earth-tone stadium seating color and other features that blend with the natural desert hues of Arizona. The construction utilizes sweeps and angles instead of a big-box look.
Recessed stadium and team support buildings and secluded parking in the back of the property create an open space at the front of the property off Camelback Road.
Approximately 5,000 plants and trees have been planted, including Afghan pine trees, that frame the batter’s view in center field.
5. Main Entrance
The main entrance, named the Pavilion, is located in center field.
The stadium playing field is sunk 12 feet below grade. Stadium seating is elevated 12 feet above grade to provide unobstructed sightlines.
7. Walking Paths
Fans follow natural walking paths made of decomposed granite from parking lots along the water feature and between practice diamonds en route to the main entrance in center field.
8. Team Buildings
The team support buildings feature unique asymmetrical designs. The Dodgers separate their major and minor leaguers in two buildings; one building combines White Sox major and minor leaguers.
9. Replica Home Fields
Two of the 12 practice fields (four major league, eight minor league) are replica fields of the Dodgers’ and White Sox’s home ballparks, with exact dimensions of Dodger Stadium and U.S. Cellular Field, respectively. Three additional infields also have been built.
10. Orange Grove
Incorporating a touch of Dodgertown, Southern California and Arizona, an orange grove is located on the east side of the property beyond the left-field wall of replica Dodger Stadium.
Players access the stadium via tunnels from their clubhouses. Also, the White Sox access some of their practice fields from a third tunnel behind their clubhouse building.
The stadium offers the largest seating capacity in the Cactus League, with 10,000 stadium seats and 3,000 grass seats.
Music is offered on game days outside the plaza on a permanent waterside bandstand.
14. Walk of Fame
A Walk of Fame runs along the water feature.
15. Autograph Corners
The player entry points to the stadium field from tunnels near both foul poles are ideal perches for autograph seekers who arrive early.
Beyond the Ball Field
So, what about Glendale’s activities and entertainment?
Glendale has one of the region’s hottest attractions for entertainment and nightlife – Westgate Entertainment District, which features restaurants and bars, a theater and outlet shopping at Tanger Outlets within walking distance to nearby hotels. Couple that with visits to the nearby White Tank Mountains, Thunderbird Conservation Park and the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park, and your trip will be non-stop fun in the sun. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
With so much to see and do this time of year in Glendale, you may need some help. That’s what we’re here for. Reach out to Visit Glendale, and let us help you with itineraries, directions and much more. See www.visitglendale.com or call (623) 930-4500.
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