After a long wait baseball is back in the Valley starting next week. One of the best places to catch a game with the family is Salt River Fields. The baseball complex hosts the home spring training games of both the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. It’s found right off the 101 and is easily accessible using Valley Metro.
I traveled to the fields using bus Route 81, a long-spanning route that takes me to some of my favorite places in the Valley like Chandler Fashion Center and Tempe Marketplace. The bus stop is located near Great Wolf Lodge, a short walk away from the fields. The hotel and indoor water park has shops and restaurants open to the public. I have visited there in the past for some freshly made Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.
On my way to the baseball stadium, I stopped by to observe and respect the USS Arizona Memorial Gardens. The memorial park is free to the public and honors those who were aboard the ship during the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941. Walking through the area I learned both about the history of those who served during the attack and the legacy of the ship.
The entrance to the baseball fields is surrounded by beautiful paths connecting the areas used by the two teams. Approaching the main stadium, I walked over a metal bridge that let me see the canal flowing underneath it. Once past the gate, I was able to enter the stadium even though there was no game that day. The size and scope of the stadium gave me a major league experience with a more intimate setting.
If you’re not ready to leave yet, I recommend checking out the Talking Stick Pavilions. The shopping center is just south of the Salt River Fields. The sidewalk through the complex led me to the back side of the shopping center. If you don’t feel like walking, Bus Route 81 will get you there in two minutes. The pavilions offer a variety of dining, shopping and other unique experiences like indoor skydiving and the Roadside Cinemas.
The Salt River Fields host more than just baseball games. Throughout the year the complex holds non-sporting events including food truck festivals and an upcoming Easter celebration featuring hot air balloons. A whole list of upcoming games and other events can be found here. If you want to check out the other teams spending their spring in Arizona, you can find our complete spring training guide here. To ride bus Route 81 or any other Valley Metro’s 100 bus routes, visit valleymetro.org. A 1-Day pass is just $4 making the cost of getting anywhere a bargain.