|Year Opened||1994; renovated in 2014-2016|
|Dimensions||340L, 385LC, 410C, 385RC, 340R|
|Tickets on Sale||TBA|
|Ticket Web Site||mariners.com or 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.|
Peoria Stadium: Upgrade City
Peoria Sports Complex was the very first MLB spring-training facility shared by two teams. There had previously been many situations where two teams played games in the same ballpark but maintained separate training facilities. Today, almost every new training camp in the Cactus League is built for two teams. And Peoria Stadium has been upgraded in recent years to the point where a Mariners or Padres game is an essential Cactus League experience.
The Peoria Stadium footprint is now circular, with seating down the lines brought in and reoriented toward the infield, as opposed to the former orientation toward center field. There is a huge outfield berm seating 3,000, and it’s packed most games. (Arrive early to claim a good spot: the best spots in the outfield go quickly.) All in all, the ballpark is very accessible, has good sight lines, and can accommodate larger crowds very nicely.
In recent years Peoria Stadium improvements have included a new, larger team store, a new high-end restaurant, a new water feature for the young ones, and more. The outfield concourse is a particularly happening spot. Besides the larger perm that’s inevitably packed, the concourse features a large, shaded group area in left field now branded as a Four Peaks bar and an adjoining group space. The bar, featuring a large selection of Four Peaks microbrews on tap, a slew of macrobrews (including plenty of tallboys), and mixed drinks, is a welcome respite for the sun-drenched fan, with drink rails, bar stools, and four tops galore. In front of the shaded bar is a group area with a great view of the field; if no group has rented it, it’s open to the public.
Some of the best Peoria Sports Complex features are behind the scenes: a 56,224-square-foot clubhouse for the Mariners and a 60,834-square-foot Padres clubhouse, complete with hydrotherapy rooms, dining facilities, administrative offices, indoor and outdoor batting tunnels, and shaded patios. The extensive facility allows both teams and their minor-league squads to practice simultaneously. All in all, there are 12 MLB-sized practice fields (two lighted), and four half fields.
Peoria Stadium History
Peoria Stadium was built for the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres, first opening in 1994.