|PHOENIX MUNICIPAL STADIUM|
|Year Opened||1965; renovated in 2005|
|Dimensions||345L, 410C, 345R|
|Ticket Prices||Field Box, $25; Lower Box, $24; Upper Box, $18; Outfield Reserved, $12. Prices can vary based on supply and demand.|
|Tickets on Sale||Friday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m.|
|Ticket Line||877/493-BALL (2255)|
|Ticket Web Site||oaklandathletics.com|
|Address||5999 E. Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ 85008|
|Directions||The ballpark is located northeast of I-10 Exit 153 (48th St.). Take HoHokam Expressway to Van Buren Street, right on Van Buren two miles.|
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There are a number of good options if you want to grab a bite before or after a game.
Honey Bear’s BBQ is a Phoenix institution, scoring a slew of local awards after opening in 1986. It’s billed as Tennessee-style ribs and chicken, although the smoking tends to be on the subtle side and the sauce is pretty sweet. There are multiple Honey Bear’s locations, but this is the one closest to the ballpark and it’s the original location. Don’t leave without ordering the sweet-potato pie. Honey Bear’s BBQ, 5012 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix; 602/273-9148; honeybearsbbq.com.
Stockyards Restaurant is also a Phoenix institution, albeit for much longer: the original bar been around since 1889 and the restaurant since 1947. As you can guess from the name, Stockyards is a steakhouse, but it’s also known for its seafood as well. 5001 E. Washington St., Phoenix; 602/273-7378; stockyardsrestaurant.com.
And then there’s Papago Park itself, a 1,200-acre recreational area with hiking trails, a golf course, fishing ponds, and picnic areas. It also contains the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Garden, which we discussed in our earlier chapter on Phoenix.
Papago Golf Course is continually one of the top-rated municipal golf courses in the country. It’s not an easy course, carrying a 73.3 championship rating, but it is extremely popular, so reserve your tee times as early as possible (they can be made up to four days in advance). Papago Golf Course, 5595 E. Moreland, Phoenix; 602/275-8428; phoenix.gov/recreation/rec/facilities/golf/index.html.
And, of course, you’re not too far from Tempe or Scottsdale. (How close? The ballpark is on the city line, and the office buildings south of the ballpark are technically in Tempe.) Eastbound Van Buren Street actually turns into Mill Avenue before heading into downtown Tempe; we describe this party and bar area in our Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim chapter. From the ballpark, heading north on Galvin, east on McDowell Road, and north on Scottsdale Road will bring you into downtown Scottsdale in practically no time.
Where to Stay: Phoenix Municipal Stadium is close to both Tempe Diablo Stadium (spring-training home of the Anaheim Angels) and Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. As such, Mainstay Suites, Comfort Suites, and Sheraton Phoenix Airport are all within three miles of the stadium and within a mile of Tempe Diablo Stadium.
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.
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