Spring training

It’s almost time to play ball.

For fans of America’s favorite pastime, the Valley of the Sun is one of the best places to be in late February through March.

Fifteen Major League Baseball teams will be making their way here for another year of Cactus League Spring Training, which officially begins on February 21 in Surprise with a matchup between the Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals.

As a northeast Kansas native who grew up cheering for the Royals, seeing them play a spring training game has always been on my bucket list. The first Saturday of the season could allow me that opportunity.

The Royals will travel to Tempe for a meeting with the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium. What better way to get to and from the game than riding with Valley Metro?

As a downtown Phoenix resident, it looks like I have a few options. The easiest looks like hopping on the Route 0 bus at Central Ave. and McDowell Rd. and take that to Central Ave. and Tamarisk St. From there, I can grab the Route 52 bus to 48th St. and Roeser Rd. After that, it would just take a half of a mile walk into the stadium.

If you live near that part of town and hope to catch that game, you can use the same route as me.

Riding with Valley Metro is a perfect way to see your favorite team this spring. Valley Metro service reaches nine of the 10 ballpark locations throughout the Valley.

  • Camelback Ranch, home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. Route 50 – Camelback Rd.
  • Sloan Park, home of the Chicago Cubs. Route 96 – Dobson Rd & Mesa Downtown BUZZ.
  • Goodyear Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians. Route 685 – Ajo/Gila Bend.
  • HoHoKam Stadium, home of the Oakland Athletics. Route 112 – Country Club Dr/Arizona Ave, Route 120 – Mesa Dr. & Mesa Downtown BUZZ.
  • American Family Fields of Phoenix, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. Route 41 – Indian School Rd, Route 51 – 51st Ave & MARY Circulator.
  • Peoria Sports Complex, home of the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners. Route 83 – 83rd Ave & Route 170 – Bell Rd (transfer to Route 83 to Arrowhead Transit Center.)
  • Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. Route 81 – Hayden Rd/McClintock Dr.
  • Scottsdale Stadium, home of the San Francisco Giants. Route 72 - Scottsdale Rd/Rural Rd. Route 41 – Indian School Rd & Miller/Hayden (MLHD).
  • Tempe Diablo Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Angels. Route 48 – 48th St. & Route 52 – Roeser Rd.

Unfortunately, the lone stadium that is not serviced by Valley Metro is Surprise Stadium, which is the home of the Royals and Texas Rangers. A great way to get the family or a group of friends out to Surprise would be to carpool.

Need help planning your trip to the ballpark? Valley Metro has you covered.

side of a bus with Valley Metro logo
John Zetmeir
Rail Operations Communications Specialist
Professional communicator and avid sports fan. Proud Kansas native enjoying life in the Valley of the Sun. Always enjoying a trip to the gym followed by a good plate of tacos.