|TEMPE DIABLO STADIUM|
|Year Opened||1969; renovated in 1993 and 2006|
|Dimensions||360L, 420C, 340R|
|Ticket Prices||To be announced|
|Tickets on Sale||To be announced|
|Ticket Web Site||angels.com|
|Address||2200 W. Alameda Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282|
|Directions||Take Broadway Street exit off I-10 (coming from either direction); travel west on Broadway to 48th Street; turn left; Tempe Diablo Stadium is 1/2 mile on the left. Enter ballpark area by turning left on Alameda.|
Los Angeles Angels 2016 Spring Training: If You Go …
Tempe is a large city with plenty to love. One thing to note: Tempe Diablo Stadium is on the west side of town, while many of the cooler parts of the city — including downtown’s Mill Street and the university — are on the east side of town.
There’s really nothing within walking distance of the ballpark before or after the game: there are some fast-foot joints on Broadway (Whataburger, etc.) and 48th Street, but they’re not the sorts of places where you’ll spend a lot of time.
Built in the old Tempe Railroad Depot, Macayo’s Depot Cantina is the Tempe outpost of a popular locally owned chain. The specialty of the house: margaritas, freshly made tortillas, tacos, enchiladas. Happy Hour (4-7 p.m.) rocks at Macayo’s; a few visits to the complimentary buffet will fill you up. Sit out on the deck if you can. Macayo’s Depot Cantina, 300 S. Ash Av., Tempe; 480/966-6677; macayo.com.
If near-authentic Mexican food isn’t your thing, you’re in luck: downtown Tempe is a short drive away. Tempe is a college town, and as you might expect from a school with a party atmosphere, there are a fair number of establishments in the downtown area for those who imbibe, most centered around Mill Avenue. (The university is located northeast of the training complex; to get there, head east on Broadway Road and then north on Mill Avenue.) At night you can easily wandering in and out of the many watering holes and fast-food joints (and they are plentiful, good, and cheap in the Mill Avenue area); here are some recommendations for some good food to go along with that brew. These are casual joints; while you can find fine dining in the Arizona State area (House of Tricks, for instance), here are the places a spring-training fan will find most appropriate at the end of a long day in the sun.
Beer fans will want to check out Four Peaks Brewing Co., a brewpub and restaurant known for its patio, fresh beer (have the Hefeweizen if it’s on tap), and good food. Expect a crowd, even if you’re visiting during spring break. Four Peaks Brewing Co., 1340 E. 8th St., #104, Tempe; 480/303-9967; fourpeaks.com.
It’s a chain, but it’s a damn fine chain: the beer at the Gordon Biersch Brewery is great, and the garlic fries are to die for. In fact, a combination of a seasonal beer and the garlic fries is really all you need at dinnertime, especially if your spouse isn’t along on the trip. Go for the deck, which gives you some great people-watching on the second floor. Gordon Biersch, 420 S. Mill Av., Tempe; 480/736-0033; gordonbiersch.com.
Where to Stay: The Buttes (Marriott, 2000 W. Westcourt Way, Tempe; 602/225-9000) is the closest hotel to Tempe Diablo Stadium, within easy walking distance of the complex. It’s also one of the more scenic hotels in the Valley of the Sun: from the freeway it looks like some sort of futuristic neo-Wrightian extension of the butte. That’s the Top of the Rock restaurant, and it offers some great views of the area at sunset.
Also within walking distance is the Hampton Inn (4234 S. 48th St., Tempe; 602/438-8688).
Since Tempe Diablo Stadium is so close to the airport, there are a host of hotels between the two that are reasonable close to the stadium. Mainstay Suites, Comfort Suites, and Sheraton Phoenix Airport are all within a mile of the stadium. In addition, these hotels are close to Phoenix Municipal Stadium, spring-training home of the Oakland Athletics.
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.