Spring Training Brings Fans Out of Hibernation

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February 9, 2014

For more than 125 years, Big League baseball players migrate south each spring to Florida and Arizona. On their heels comes a devoted throng of baseball fanatics who relish stretching out on the fresh-mown grass, rubbing elbows with their bat-swinging heroes.

Baseball Spring Training transcends time. Teams pinball around the two states, playing games that are more instructional than serious competition. Stars often play a few innings, and then take a relaxed jog along the outfield warning track to keep loose.

This spring’s season games are scheduled to begin the last few days of February and continue throughout the month of March.

You’ll have incredible access to the players during Spring Training. Many of the fields used by teams seat only 2,000 to 3,000, and players can be found having casual conversations with fans along the baselines. For a true baseball fanatic, it’s magical.

Whether you arrive by car, RV or even airplane, KOAs are great “home bases” for your Spring Training experience. No matter which teams you follow, there’s always a KOA within striking distance of a Spring Training ballpark.

Click HERE to see a map and list of Arizona KOAs, and click HERE to see a list of Florida KOAs waiting to host your Baseball Spring Training adventure.

For information on Florida Grapefruit League, including schedules, ticket info and a link to download a free App for iPhone and Android, click HERE. For similar Arizona Cactus League info, click HERE.

Arizona Cactus League
Spring Training locations in Arizona’s Cactus League are all clustered in the Metro Phoenix area. Here are the teams, towns and stadiums:

Arizona Diamondbacks – Salt River Fields – Scottsdale AZ
Chicago Cubs – Cubs Park – Mesa AZ
Chicago White Sox – Camelback Ranch – Phoenix AZ
Cincinnati Reds – Goodyear Ballpark – Goodyear AZ
Cleveland Indians – Goodyear Ballpark – Goodyear AZ
Colorado Rockies – Salt River Fields – Scottsdale AZ
Kansas City Royals – Surprise Stadium, Surprise AZ
Los Angeles Angels – Tempe Diablo Stadium – Tempe AZ
Los Angeles Dodgers – Camelback Ranch – Phoenix AZ
Milwaukee Brewers – Maryvale Baseball Park – Phoenix AZ
Oakland Athletics – Phoenix Municipal Stadium – Phoenix AZ
San Diego Padres – Peoria Sports Complex – Peoria AZ
San Francisco Giants – Scottsdale Stadium – Scottsdale AZ
Seattle Mariners – Peoria Sports Complex – Peoria AZ
Texas Rangers – Surprise Stadium – Surprise AZ

Florida Grapefruit League
Florida Spring Training locations are spread throughout Florida, so allow for a bit more travel time from park to park. But, hey. It’s Florida in March! Here are the teams, towns and stadiums:

Atlanta Braves – Champion Stadium – Kissimmee FL
New York Yankees – George M. Steinbrenner Field – Tampa FL
Baltimore Orioles – Ed Smith Stadium – Sarasota FL
Philadelphia Phillies – Bright House Networks Field – Clearwater FL
Boston Red Sox – Jet Blue Park – Fort Meyers FL
Pittsburgh Pirates – McKechnie Field, Bradenton, FL
Detroit Tigers – Joker Marchant Stadium – Lakeland, FL
St. Louis Cardinals – Roger Dean Stadium – Jupiter FL
Houston Astros – Osceola County Stadium – Kissimmee FL
Tampa Bay Rays – Charlotte Sports Park – Port Charlotte FL
Miami Marlins – Roger Dean Stadium – Jupiter FL
Toronto Blue Jays – Florida Auto Exchange Stadium – Dunedin, FL
Minnesota Twins – Hammond Stadium – Fort Meyers, FL
Washington Nationals – Space Coast Stadium – Viera FL
New York Mets – Tradition Field – Port St. Lucie FL