Imagine a land where all baseball fans across the U.S. come together peacefully. What if we told you it was real?
Baseball fans flock to the Phoenix desert in the spring, eager to watch their teams train in the stadiums. It’s not just bats and balls, but a celebration of the sport, an interaction of fan and player, mixed with food, autographs, and family fun.
By the numbers:
1947 Year the Cactus League started
300 Days of sunshine in Phoenix
15 Teams that train in the greater Phoenix area
1.686 Fans, in millions, at Cactus League games in 2014
12,000 Seating capacity of Scottsdale Stadium, home to San Francisco Giants
200 Trees within the Scottsdale Stadium
213,815 People who attended Chicago Cubs’ games at Sloan Park stadium in 2014, breaking attendance records
2 Number of Taste of Chicago food stands in Sloan Park, which serve Italian beef sandwiches, and Chicago-style hot dogs and pizzas
141 Acres of the Camelback Ranch stadium, home to the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers
5 Acres of the fully stocked lake within Camelback Ranch stadium. There are also walking trails and citrus groves
13 Stops on the Cactus League Legacy Trail; each houses memorabilia, including the baseball pitched by Madison Bumgarner
The Grand Slam slice