Spring Training 2010 — What to do in Arizona

As March draws near, the reality of Spring Training baseball settles in. The warmth of the hot Arizona sun, the smell of freshly cut grass, the sound of the crack of the bat, and the roar of the crowd. Spring Training is where baseball fiends itching for their fix take some time off work to watch baseball in the desert.

Sadly, I”ve only experienced one Spring Training game even though I went to school in Arizona for four years. Granted The University of Arizona in Tucson was about two hours away from the Giants facility in Scottsdale, but I definitely regret not being able to make it to more Spring Training games. If you’re planning on heading down this year, allow me to give you some tips from someone who has lived through the desert heat:

Yes, it is that hot
It is difficult to describe how the heat actually feels at the ballpark. If you’re seats are not under the shade, you will be toasting. If you aren’t a person that doesn’t like the heat, try and get seats that are covered, or else you will be very uncomfortable the entire game.

Things to Bring

Giants Hat
Lots of Water
Baseball Glove
More Water
Portable Fan/Spray Bottle — I’ve seen people use this hybrid extensively for a splash of cool water and a constant ‘wind’. Doesn’t compare to the breezes of AT&T park, but it will do.

Places to Go in the Phoenix Metro
For the 21+ crowd, Tempe Arizona is the home to Arizona State University, and Mill Ave has a plethora of bars and clubs for a fun nightlife.

Scottsdale Mall – comparable to Valley Fair mall in the South Bay, but much larger. Great place to hang out after a game. You will see many a Giants fan here.

If you’re looking for a really nice place to eat, I would suggest Kai in Chandler, Arizona. It is one of the most unique and incredible dining experiences you can ever have. The menu is created from local ingredients and influenced by Native American cuisine. It has won both the AAA 5 Diamond and the Mobil 3 Star awards. Granted, it is very pricey but if you’re a foodie, well worth the money.

Well, this seems to be all that I can think of at the moment, if anything comes back to me, I’ll be sure to add to this list. As a final reminder, be sure to keep hydrated. I’m sure that people will tell you this over and over, but the heat can be very punishing on the body and nothing will feel better than a nice cool glass of water.

Have fun all of you going, I envy you.

1 Comment

My in-laws live in Lake Havasu, which is about 4 hours away from Scottsdale, so even worse. I’m toying with the idea of planning a trip next year though, and then ditching them all for one really long day of driving, just to see it once.You’re right about the heat though, yikes. I haven’t even been there in the summer yet and I already didn’t like it. You’d think us Californians would be used to it, to some degree, but nope!

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