Ironically enough, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hold their Spring Training at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. Located at 2200 West Alameda Drive, Tempe Daiblo Stadium first opened in 1968. The Angels have been at this location since 1993. There is parking adjacent to the ballpark, and Tempe Diablo Stadium has a seating capacity of 9,785. Here is a guide to Spring Training in Tempe, Arizona.
Position players report in February, a few days after pitchers and catchers. Practices are held at ten each morning at the Tempe Diablo Complex until the exhibition games begin. Minor Leaguers practice at Gene Autry Park, located at 4125 East McKellips in Mesa.
The Ticket Office at Diablo Stadium opens February 16th, from nine a.m. to five p.m., Monday through Friday. And Saturday from nine to four. You can also purchase tickets through TicketMaster by calling 480-784-4444. Mail orders may be sent to: Anaheim Angels, Tempe Diablo Stadium, 2200 West Alameda, Tempe, Arizona 85282. For further information you can contact the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at 888-99-HALOS.
Ticket prices are as follows: $24 for Home Plate MVP, $19 for Field MVP, $13 for Field Box, $9 for Grandstand, and $5 for the Lawn.
If you are lodging in Arizona during Spring Training, check out the following hotels: The Sheraton offers locations at 1600 South 52nd Street and 60 East 5th Street, both in Tempe. The Fiesta Inn is located at 2100 South Priest Drive in Tempe. In nearby Mesa, the Hilton Pavilion is located at 1011 West Holmes. In Phoenix, there is a Best Western at 10827 South 51st Street, and a Hilton near the airport at 2435 South 47th Street.
Restaurants near Diablo Stadium include: Serrano’s at 6440 South Rural Road; Crocodile Café at 525 South Mill Avenue; and Monti’s La Casa Vieja at 1st Street and Mill Avenue. Popular sports bars include: McDuffy’s at 230 West 5th Street, and Final Round at 5030 South Mill Avenue.
The Angels’ Spring Training schedule opens on Thursday, March 1st, with a home game against the ever-intimidating Kansas City Royals. (If you are not a baseball fan, that’s sarcasm). You might prefer to skip that game and show up on March 5th instead, when the Halos take on the Oakland Athletics in a day game. They play the A’s at home again on Sunday, March 11th. The new-look Chicago Cubs come to town the following Sunday, March 18th. The Cubs are back in Tempe on March 26th. The following day, the Angels host Ozzie Guillen and the Chicago White Sox.
After a roller coaster season in 2006 (that ended in disappointment), it will be interesting to see how Vladimir Guerrero and the rest of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim perform in 2007. If Vladimir Guerrero stays healthy and the rest of the team performs to their abilities, the Angels could very well be contenders. Enjoy Spring Training in Tempe, Arizona!