|Dimensions||350L, 379LC, 400C, 379RC, 350R|
|Ticket Prices||Lower Premium, $35; Lower Dugout, $33; Upper Dugout, $30; Infield, $25; Plaza, $20; Lawn, $8.|
|Tickets on Sale||Now, via Internet, phone or mail order. The Surprise Stadium Box Office will open on Saturday, January 4 for walk-up purchases.|
|Ticket Web Site||tickets.com|
|Address||15960 N. Bullard Av., Surprise, AZ 85374|
|Directions||Surprise Stadium is located just south of Bell Road on Bullard Avenue, 1 1/2 miles west of the intersection of Bell and Grand Avenue (U.S. Route 60). To get there from the center of Phoenix, take I-10 west to Hwy. 101 north; from there either take the Grand Avenue or Bell Road exits and head west. You’ll pass through Sun City before you reach Surprise; follow the signs to the ballpark.|
Texas Rangers Spring Training
Built for both the Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals, Surprise Stadium features two 37,000-square-foot clubhouses with locker rooms, team kitchens, weight and training facilities and administrative offices. In addition, each team has a practice infield and six full practice fields.
It’s a little off the beaten trail, but Billy Parker Field at Surprise Stadium may be the perfect place to see a spring ballgame: the sightlines are gorgeous, the concourses are wide, and the ballpark design is striking.
With the full Phoenix sun out for most games, you’ll want to carefully choose where you sit. Both teams draw well in spring training, so a little planning is in order. But it will be worth the while, as Billy Parker Field is one of the most pleasant venues in the Cactus League.
The ballpark features a main seating bowl, a second level that features both seats and luxury boxes, and outfield berm seating, with a concourse ringing the ballpark. The best seats in the house are on the second level and within the middle seven or so sections of the main seating bowl: these are the seats that are shaded for the majority of the game. The main level of seats extends all the way down each line. If the middle sections are sold out, you’re better off sitting all the way down the line as opposed to a section facing the outfield, as the seats farthest down the line are angled to give you a direct view of the ballpark. Unlike most spring-training venues, there are cupholders at each seat, so you don’t need to worry about some clumsy rowmate knocking over your $8 Dos Equis.
Spring Training History
When the “new” Washington Senators entered the American League in 1961, they established a spring-training camp in Pompano Beach, Florida, and stayed there until 1986, when operations were shifted to Port Charlotte. The Rangers moved spring training from Florida to Surprise in 2003.
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