Why am I writing a blog on Spring Training in December?? Because NOW is the time to start planning your trip to Arizona for some MLB baseball! If you are looking for a GREAT gift for a loved one, what better gift than a great expereince in sunny Arizona? March/April in Arizona is my favorite time of year here. Just getting warm during the days and evenings are still nice and cool.

Living in this area for nearly 17 years, I have learned the ins and outs of a successful trip to Spring Training. Here are a few things to consider...

1) Where will you stay? Hotels book fast. There are more options, including renting a house for a week or two. With a few friends, this can be a very cost-effective way to go and allows you to prepare your own food saving money there too!

2) Tickets? Buy your tickets directly from the box office of the facilities you want to visit. It is your only guarantee of legitimate tickets that will be there when you need them. Avoid Craigslist and other sites to avoid scams. We see it every year. Here are the stadium sites for MARINERS/PADRES   ROCKIES/DIAMONDBACKS   GIANTS   ROYALS/RANGERS   BREWERS WHITE SOX/DODGERS   REDS/INDIANS   ANGELS   ATHLETICS (A's)

3) Visit Friends/Family - If you have friends/family in the Phoenix (and surrounding) area, they are probably pretty close to a Spring training Facility. Free lodging is always a good thing!

4) Come prepared to games - It is usually very warm and hydration is key! Most facilities allow sealed water and snacks and you can usually bring a small cooler too! Contrary to popular belief, beer is not adequate hydration...Water is not cheap at the games and you will be glad you brought your own. Here is an idea of weather during that time of year.

5) Bring your kids - There is no better opportunity for autographs, pictures, and home run balls than Spring Training. Players are accessible and you can often catch them before and after games in the parking lots. The best tip I have ever received is to tell your kids to be respectful and patient. Players love that and gravitate to those who they feel are fans and not memorabilia dealers looking to make money. SEE THIS for some good tips on getting autographs!

6) Plan. Plan. Plan. - Plan which stadiums/teams you want to see and make time for them. Traffic can be a bit slow in and out of the stadium areas. It has certainly improved over the years, but be prepared and leave early for games. Many of the games DO sell out, so plan in advance.

GO HAVE SOME FUN! This is a great way to make memories that last a lifetime...Need more info? Let me know!