Spring Training in Scottsdale
It is that beautiful time of year for spring training in Scottsdale. The brief two days of “winter” we have a year have passed. It is not yet so hot outside that you question your sanity for living here. It is that sweet spot, that I love living in Scottsdale, and I am never ever leaving spot. When the weather is so perfect that the women show just a little more skin and the men show a little more chest hair. It’s so beautiful out that you want to be outdoors. You want to go golfing, only if didn’t cost your first born. You want to go hiking on Camelback Mountain. You want to go sit on restaurant patios and try all of the Best Scottsdale Happy Hours (shameless plug). You want to take that sweet beach cruiser out for a ride giving zero ducks that there isn’t an actual beach in sight.
But the best thing about this time of year in Scottsdale, it’s time for Spring Training!
I know, I know. For the locals, with Spring Training come the crowds and the busy streets with the influx of out-of-towners. But I am a beer is always half full kind of guy, so I don’t look at it that way. I see it as people come from all over the country and sometimes the world to experience what we have right in our backyard.
Therefore, I believe us locals should be thankful and appreciate the fact that we can pop into Rehab Burger Therapy, RnR or Union Barrelhouse in Old Town Scottsdale. Then walk over to watch a San Francisco Giants Spring Training game. Or do some gambling at Talking Stick Resort & Casino or hit balls at Topgolf Scottsdale at Riverwalk. Then take a short Uber ride to Salt River Fields to catch a Colorado Rockies or Arizona Diamondbacks Spring Training game with ease.
It’s amazing if you think about it, to have spring baseball, hot dogs, ice cold lemonade and even colder beer right here at our finger tips. So I choose not to complain about the crowds coming to experience the joy that is Scottsdale Spring Training. I prefer to welcome the out-of-towners, with open arms, to come and enjoy all that Scottsdale has to offer. Please, treat yourself to some of Scottsdale’s best restaurants (another shameless plug) and enjoy your time in Scottsdale.
I encourage my fellow locals to do the same. I mean, the out-of-towners have to leave at some point and go back to their snow covered streets. You and I just have to throw on another pair of shorts and head out to happy hour.
Now, here are a few pointers for the local and the out-of-towner on how to survive Spring Training in Scottsdale:
– For the best prices, make sure to buy your tickets in advance.
– Or, you can roll the dice with the random guy holding a sign that says “I need tickets” (I wouldn’t recommend this unless you are desperate).
– Rehab Burger Therapy, RnR and Union Barrelhouse are great restaurants to visit in Old Town Scottsdale before and after games.
– For additional restaurants, check out some of our Video Reviews or our Restaurant Directory.
– Do not drink and drive. Not even a little. There are cabs, ubers, lyfts, golf carts, trolleys, rickshaws and you may even see horse drawn carriages around to get you from point A to B safely.
– Bring and wear sunscreen. Trust me; no one is attracted to sunburn.
– Embrace the lawn. You can sit in uncomfortable seats during the regular season.
– Speaking of, you are not allowed to bring in lawn chairs. But you can bring in a blanket. Hi, picnic!
– No bags larger than 16″ x 16″ x 8″ can be brought into either stadium and the bags must be soft-sided. Like my heart.
– Women, it is okay to wear flats as it’s hard to walk on the grass in heals.
– Men, please keep your pants on. No one wants to see that.
– Drink responsibly while at the game. It is a family event, so please try to not be that guy.
Lastly, enjoy yourself. There are freezing baseball fans in other parts of the country who would love to be in your flip flops!