|Dimensions||350L, 379LC, 400C, 379RC, 350R|
|Ticket Prices||Lower Dugout Premium, $30/$35; Lower Dugout, $29/$34; Upper Dugout, $26/$31; Infield, $25/$30; Plaza, $19/24|
|Season Ticket Prices||$210-$435 for Royals games; $522-$841 for all Surprise spring training games|
|Tickets on Sale||Online-only presale starts Dec. 12; Surprise and phone orders start Jan. 9|
|Ticket Web Site||tickets.com|
|Address||15960 N. Bullard Av., Surprise, AZ 85374|
|Directions||Surprise Stadium is located just south of Bell Road on Bullard Avenue, 1 1/2 miles west of the intersection of Bell and Grand Avenue (U.S. Route 60). To get there from the center of Phoenix, take I-10 west to Hwy. 101 north; from there either take the Grand Avenue or Bell Road exits and head west. You’ll pass through Sun City before you reach Surprise; follow the signs to the ballpark.|
Kansas City Royals 2016 Spring Training: If You Go …
Surprise is on the far edge of the Phoenix metropolitan area, and it’s still an area in transition: it’s currently a mix of housing developments (the original Sun City development is due east, while new Sun City developments are within the city limits) and big-box retailers. You’re likely to find a field of cauliflower across the road from a brand-new set of houses. There’s no downtown Surprise, and the big draw in Surprise is the ballpark. Still, there’s been a healthy amount of growth near the ballpark and in general in the area, so you’ll have an abundance of amenities if you stay in Surprise.
Chain restaurants close to the ballpark include IHOP (13734 W. Bell Rd., Surprise; 623/556-2151), Carrabba’s Italian Grill (14043 W. Bell Rd., Surprise; 623/214-3299), Pei Wei Asian Diner (14155 W. Bell Rd., Surprise; 623/546-6868), Paradise Bakery & Café (13959 W. Bell Rd., Surprise; 623/512-4684) Red Robin (14015 W. Bell Rd., Surprise; 623/556-90), and Applebee’s (13756 W. Bell Rd., Surprise; 623/544-0368), and there are several more chain restaurants at the corner of Bell Road and Hwy. 60 east of the park.
Sure to be rocking on St. Patrick’s Day: The Irish Wolfhound Restaurant & Pub (16811 North Litchfield Rd., Surprise; 623/214-1004; irishwolfhoundpub.com). No, we can’t explain the inexplicable popularity of Irish bars in the Valley of the Sun, but the Irish Wolfhound usually attracts a crowd after a game.
Where to Stay: There are two hotels within walking distance of the ballpark: the Holiday Inn Express & Suites (16540 N. Bullard Av.; 623/975-5540; hiexpress.com) and Residence Inn Phoenix (16418 N. Bullard Av., 623/249-6333; marriott.com). Both hotels fill up quickly for spring training. There are several other hotels within five miles of Surprise Stadium, including the Quality Inn, Best Western Inn and the Best Inn.
You may want to check out our chapters on San Diego and Seattle regarding hotels in the Peoria area.
Because there are so many spring-training venues in Phoenix and you’re more than likely visiting more than one ballpark, chances are pretty good that you don’t necessarily need to be staying close to the ballpark. Phoenix is a relatively easy area to make your way around, so don’t feel like it’s essential you stay close to the park.
Flying In: The closest airport is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. It’s served by all the major airlines, including United, Delta, Air Canada, American, US Airways, and Southwest. It’s a pleasant enough airport.