Spring Training 2015

Over 4M fans at Spring Training 2015

The final numbers are in, and they’re impressive: Over four million fans attended spring training games in 2015, with the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants leading the way.

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Pittsburgh Pirates

Pirates set multiple attendance records

Talk about a great spring training for the Pittsburgh Pirates: the team set multiple attendance records this year at McKechnie Field.

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Baltimore Orioles

Orioles set spring training attendance record

We are literally in the final hours of spring training, so expect lots of stories like this one: The Baltimore Orioles set a team spring training attendance record, drawing 112,258 fans for 15 home games at Ed Smith Stadium in 2015.

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Spring Training 2015

Spring night games: fans love them, players not so much

Everyone loves spring night games, except for front offices and players who want a more leisurely daily pace. But money may force more spring night games in coming years.

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Build your own doubleheader at Phoenix Municipal Stadium

Spring-training trips are usually too short, so fans are always looking to maximize their experiences. In Arizona, there’s an easy way to create your own doubleheader: Add an evening ASU Sun Devils game at their new home, Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

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Spring Training 2015

Will Ferrell to play nine positions in Cactus League action

Tomorrow is a good day to be a Cactus League ticketholder: actor Will Ferrell will play nine positions in five scheduled games, transported by helicopter between venues. UPDATED!

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Maryvale Baseball Park

Same as it ever was: Maryvale Baseball Park

At a time when Cactus League ballparks have been modernized and upgraded in recent years, Maryvale Baseball Park pretty much remains the same — which is either a good thing or bad thing, depending on your point of view.

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Surprise Stadium

Surprise Stadium: Worth the drive

It is a little off the beaten path, even for the compact Cactus League. But the immaculately maintained Surprise Stadium is a good bet for spring training, as the home of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers is worth the trek.

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Renovations make Peoria Sports Complex a must-visit

After two renovation phases, Peoria Sports Complex is looking better than ever, with an expanded footprint, lots of socializing areas and upgraded fan facilities.

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Reviving Hohokam Stadium

For fans used to cramped seating and lack of shade at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, the move by the Oakland Athletics to a renovated Hohokam Stadium in Mesa for spring training should be a pleasure indeed.

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