|Dimensions||360L, 430C, 360R|
|Ticket Prices||To be announced|
|Tickets on Sale||Thursday, Jan. 9, 10 a.m. PT|
|Ticket Web Site||tickets.com|
|Address||7408 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale AZ 85251|
|Directions||The stadium is located at Osborn Road and Civic Center Drive, 1/2-mile east of Scottsdale Road in downtown Scottsdale.|
San Francisco Giants Spring Training: History and Convenience
With a pleasant Southwestern design scheme and an efficient layout, Scottsdale Stadium is located in the middle of downtown Scottsdale and is one of the hottest tickets in the Cactus League. It’s one of the best spring-training experiences in Arizona: you should plan on devoting a full day to walking the streets of downtown Scottsdale and taking in a Giants game.
Scottsdale bills itself as being a true Wild West town. Located outside of Phoenix, Scottsdale has a totally different look and feel than the rest of the Valley of the Sun: there’s some genuine history in downtown Scottsdale, and over the years Scottsdale has evolved from being a kitschy little outpost outside of Phoenix to an affluent suburb. When you visit Scottsdale Stadium, be prepared to do some battle with Hummers and Audi convertibles on the roadways.
The centerpiece in the spring, of course, is Scottsdale Stadium. Today’s ballpark is a renovation of the original 1955 Scottsdale Stadium (the former Cactus League home of the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, and Oakland A’s.). Its renovation was overseen by Populous – of course – and it has all the retro decorative touches you’d expect from a Populous ballpark, including lots of wrought iron and brick facades. It features 8,500 fixed seats, with room for 2,000 on outfield berms.
Populous gets a lot of criticism for building retro-style ballparks for both major- and minor-league teams, and Scottsdale Stadium certainly fits within this mold. But one other signature feature of a Populous ballpark doesn’t get as much attention: Populous’s propensity for breaking down a ballpark into very discrete elements. This means that fans can view the action from many different and unique viewpoints, an approach that works very well at Scottsdale Stadium. Most fans will want to camp out in the grandstand seating (which is fairly shaded from the Arizona sun), but for those wanting a more casual viewpoint there’s a larger picnic area down the third-base line, outfield berm seating, and a casual standing-room-only area down the first-base line. (Indeed, we love heading to the right-field corner and hanging out with the casual fans and the cacti. It just screams Arizona.) There really is not a bad seat in the house.
Another great thing about Scottsdale Stadium is its location: on the edge of downtown Scottsdale. Your best bet is to arrive early to the game and park for free in a city-owned covered parking ramp directly north of the ballpark: your car will enjoy the respite from the hot Arizona sun, and you’ll have a chance to walk the two blocks to downtown Scottsdale.
Before the Arizona Diamondbacks arrived in town Scottsdale Stadium was the home of the Phoenix Firebirds (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League). This is actually the second Scottsdale Stadium: the first one was built in 1951 and was the former Cactus League home of the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, and Oakland A’s.
Spring Training History
The New York/San Francisco Giants have held spring training in the following locations: New York City (1901-1902); Savannah, Ga. (1903-1905); Memphis (1906); Los Angeles (1907, 1932-1933); Marlin Springs, Texas (1908-1918); Gainesville, Fla. (1919); San Antonio (1920-1923, 1929-1931); Sarasota (1924-1927); Augusta, Ga. (1928); Miami Beach (1934-1935); Pensacola, Fla. (1936); Havana (1937); Baton Rouge (1938-1939); Winter Haven (1940); Miami (1941-1942, 1946); Lakewood, N.J. (1943-1945); Phoenix (1947-1950, 1952-1983); St. Petersburg (1951); Scottsdale (1984-present).
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