|Dimensions||340L, 385LC, 410C, 385RC, 340R|
|Ticket Prices||To be announced|
|Tickets on Sale||Saturday, December 10, 10 a.m. MST|
|Ticket Web Site||padres.com|
|Address||16101 N. 83rd Av., Peoria, AZ 85382|
|Directions||The ballpark is best accessed from the outer loop of Phoenix highways and freeways. From Hwy. 101 (Agua Fria Freeway), take Bell Road and go east to 83rd Avenue. Go south (to the right) and the sports complex will be to the left. It’s well-marked and you’ll see the place from the freeway.|
San Diego Padres Spring Training: Party Time in Peoria
Peoria Stadium is considered by many to be among the best ballparks in the Cactus League, despite being one of the oldest these days. The Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres share the ballpark, so a visit to Peoria – a suburb of Phoenix – during any point in spring training will undoubtedly find a game going on, but 2015 renovations tightened the supply of tickets available for most dates.
The complex was the first MLB spring-training facility shared by two teams. (There had been situations where two teams played games in the same ballpark, but they maintained separate training facilities.) Today, of course, almost every new training camp in the Cactus League is built for two teams.
The Peoria Stadium complex contains two 40,000-square-foot clubhouses, indoor and outdoor batting tunnels, 12 major-league-sized practice fields (two lighted), and four half fields. The extensive facility allows both teams and their minor-league squads to practice simultaneously.
More than any other Cactus League facility, any spring-training game at Peoria Stadium feels like a real event. There’s always a lot of traffic and excitement surrounding a game – both the Padres and the Mariners draw well during spring training – and the games certainly sport a carnival-like atmosphere. There are some who decry the location of the ballpark (set, essentially, in the midst of a series of strip malls), but fans seem to love the wide variety of restaurants within walking distance of the park. The ballpark and the games also feel like they are part of the local community: you can expect to see many members of the Peoria Diamond Club – the “Red Shirts” at games – who raise funds for local charities.
The renovation of the spring home of the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners is a three-phase project. The first renovation phase focused on the player facilities, as clubhouses were expanded and upgraded. The second renovation, which took place this offseason, address fan features and comfort. Approximately 1,000 new seats were installed (most with cupholders), including two new rows in front of the existing seating. The playing field was lowered and seating down the line reoriented to home plate.
The ballpark’s expanded footprint also includes a new 4,900-square-foot building on the third-base side that features a new team store, restrooms, bar, and second-level group area.
A new concrete concourse expanded capacity in the outfield and left-field corner, with the wraparound concourse now a spacious place to stroll before or during a game. The signature berm remains, but the addition of a large 2,400-square-foot social pavilion – designed for groups, but open to the public if not reserved by a group – and shaded bar area provides a perfect space to hang out with friends.
This social pavilion isn’t the only shaded area in the outfield concourse: a 60-foot Four Peaks Brewing Company tent serves Short Hop Session IPA, Kilt Lifter, Sunbru and Peach Ale, along with other craft-beer offerings, while a right-field all-you-can-east tent offers ballpark goodies for $20.
All in all, the changes raised total ballpark capacity to 12,339.
Spring Training History
The San Diego Padres have trained in Arizona since their National League inception in 1969: from 1969 to 1993 the team trained in Yuma, while in 1994 the team moved to the new ballpark in Peoria.
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