The Oakland Athletics play their Spring Training schedule at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, located at 5999 East Van Buren in Phoenix, Arizona. The stadium opened in 1965 and it has served as the springtime home of the Oakland Athletics since 1984. The ballpark has a seating capacity of 8,500. Here is a guide to Spring Training in Phoenix, Arizona.
On February 16, pitchers and catchers will report for Spring Training. Position players report February 21. The first full workout will be held February 22. During February, practices will be held daily at 9:30 a.m. at Papago Park, located at 1802 North 64th Street in Phoenix. In March, practices will be held at Municipal Stadium. Minor Leaguers practice at Papago Park.
Tickets can be purchased at the stadium, by mail, by phone, or over the internet. The Box Office opens February 9, and will remain open from ten a.m. to four p.m. on weekdays. Mail orders may be sent to: Oakland A’s Spring Training, Phoenix Municipal Stadium, 5999 East Van Buren, Phoenix, Arizona 85008. A $4 fee must be added for shipping and handling. You may also call 800-905-3315 or go to oaklandathletics.com to order tickets.
Ticket prices are as follows: $24 for Field Box; $20 for Lower Box; $17 for Upper Box; $10 for Outfield Reserved; and $8 for the Bleachers.
Of course, Phoenix, Arizona, offers a number of lodging opportunities. The team hotel is Doubletree Suites at Gateway Center on North 44th Street. The Hilton Phoneix Airport is located on South 47th Street in Phoenix, and the Hilton Pavilion is located on West Holmes in Mesa. Also in Phoenix are: the Royal Palms Inn on East Camelback Road, and the Best Western on South 51st Street. In nearby Scottsdale, the Holiday Inn, the Fairfield Inn, the Days Inn, and the Scottsdale Doubletree are each located on North Scottsdale Road.
After your Oakland Athletics’ home exhibition games, you can dine at P. F. Chang’s China Bistro, Houlihan’s, or Don & Charlie’s, each located on East Camelback Road. The Stockyard Restaurant is located on East Washington Street. The Cajun House is located on East 3rd Avenue in Scottsdale, and Gordon Biersch is located on South Mill in Tempe.
The 2007 Oakland Athletics’ first home exhibition game will be held on Friday, March 2, against the Milwaukee Brewers. The following day, the new-look Chicago Cubs will come to town. The A’s will host Barry Bonds and the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, March 11. The Chicago White Sox will be in Phoenix on Tuesday, March 20. And the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will be visiting on both March 18 and March 28.
Enjoy Spring Training in Phoenix, Arizona!