Spring Training: The Ultimate Seattle Mariners Fan Experience In Peoria, Arizona

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Mar 10, 2017; Peoria, AZ, USA; Fans look on during the second inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago Cubs at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 10, 2017; Peoria, AZ, USA; Fans look on during the second inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago Cubs at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 23, 2017; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Overall view of Scottsdale Stadium during a San Francisco Giants game against the Seattle Mariners during a Cactus League spring training game. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 23, 2017; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Overall view of Scottsdale Stadium during a San Francisco Giants game against the Seattle Mariners during a Cactus League spring training game. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Going to Games

This is the most obvious thing to do at spring training. Buy a ticket to a game and sit either in the seats or on the grass berm for as little as $8 at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Not only are the games affordable, but they’re enjoyable too. Baseball games have a relaxed environment, but even more so at the spring games in Arizona.

These games have the feel of a minor league game, with more fan comradery between people from all over the country. In the first game, I went to at Goodyear, I sat on the Mariner’s side just beyond the first base dugout, grouped with other Mariner fans.

The next game in Peoria, I sat above the Mariners dugout on the third base side around more Mariners fans including several of whom I had met at the game the day before. One man I talked to at both games had come all the way from Indianapolis.

As far as where to sit, it depends on fan preference. The outfield berm is affordable and comfortable. Who wouldn’t want to lay out in the sun and enjoy a baseball game?

Then there are the infield box seats which are a little more expensive but provide a better view of the action. The upper box seats tend to provide shade more often if the sun isn’t your best friend. Although, the stadium does offer free sunscreen in hand dispensers all around the ballpark.

Then it comes to the concessions. The stadium has the classics like hot dogs, hamburgers, and fries along with soda and beer. In addition to these things, the Peoria stadium has a few rows of food trucks with options ranging from rice bowls to ice cream.

There is almost any kind of food you could want at the game. And although it can get pricey, it is still slightly more reasonable than the food and drinks offered at Safeco Field.

There is a spot for every type of fan at the game, no matter what preferences they have. Win or lose, it is a blast to attend a Spring Training game.

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