|MARYVALE BASEBALL PARK|
|Dimensions||350L, 400C, 340R|
|Ticket Prices||Field Box, $23; Infield Reserved, $17; Outfield Reserved, $13; Lawn Seating, $8|
|Tickets on Sale||Monday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m. CT|
|Ticket Web Site||brewers.com|
|Address||3600 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85031|
|Directions||Take 51st Avenue (Exit 139 off I-10) north. Maryvale Baseball Park is on the left just before Indian School Road.|
Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training: Cheeseheads in the Desert
Hate crowds? Want to feel close to your favorite ballplayer, even if they don’t play for the Brew Crew? Then look no further than Maryvale Baseball Park, the spring-training home of the Milwaukee Brewers. This ballpark is the great secret of Cactus League spring training: because the Brewers don’t draw very well on their own (though attendance has been rising in recent years, thanks to a competitive team and the likes of young stars like Ryan Braun), there are usually good tickets available for almost every spring-training tilt. That’s why fans of visiting teams often outnumber Brewers fans for games against popular teams like the Cubbies or the Giants.
And no matter where your team allegiances lie, you’ll find Maryvale Baseball Stadium to be a very pleasant place to take in a baseball game. Despite the name, this stadium is actually within the city limits of Phoenix: Maryvale is a neighborhood in western Phoenix, bumping up against Glendale. It is a spacious ballpark: designed to accommodate two teams in the spring (a la Peoria or Surprise) but housing only the Brewers, there’s plenty of space surrounding the ballpark, as well as ample seating (7,000 seats, plus 1,000 or so on lawn seating) within.
The layout should be familiar to anyone who has visited a newer ballpark in the last decade: it utilizes the familiar plan of a rear concourse with ample concessions in back of the seating area, so you’re never out of view of the action. The 56-acre complex features five full major/minor league practice facilities, two half-field practice facilities, a major-league clubhouse, and a minor-league clubhouse. The minor-league facility is open before home games, so feel free to wander around and see the future Brewers in action.
Though pleasant, we’re talking rather basic facility here. There’s no huge grandstand, no huge façade announcing you’ve come to the right place. You’ll know you’re at the front gates because of the multistory sign (sans a Brewers logo, weirdly enough), not because of the basic metal fence marking the ballpark boundary. Yes, there are some clues you’re in a Brewers facility during the course of a game with the familiar Sausage Race and a traditional “Roll Out the Barrel” in the middle of the seventh. But everything at Maryvale Baseball Park is on the laid-back side, and that goes for branding efforts.
Maryvale Baseball Park is an afterthought for all but hardcore Brewers fans – but it’s definitely worth a visit if your favorite team happens to be the visiting team.
Spring Training History
The Milwaukee Brewers have spent every spring training in Arizona, a stretch beginning when the team was the Seattle Pilots: in 1969 the team’s history began with spring training in Tempe, which lasted through 1972. This was followed by springs in Sun City (1973-1985), Chandler (1986-1997) and then Phoenix (1998-present).
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