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February 15

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98,198
91,749
81,634
91,782
6,751
6,049
6,137
6,117
6,280
6,119

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Camelback Ranch


Spring Training home of the Dodgers and White Sox since 2009

Ballpark address:
10710 West Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ   85037

Opened: 2009
Capacity: 13,000

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Camelback Ranch

Location
The ballpark is on land owned by Glendale that's actually within the city limits of Phoenix. The land was purchased in the 1990s for use as a buffer for the neighboring Glendale Municipal Airport. Eventually, the nearly 500 undeveloped acres close to the spring training complex will be full of shops, restaurants and hotels. But for now, the only significant construction completed in the immediate area is the Camelback Ranch neighborhood that is across the street from the baseball complex.

Directions
Take the Loop 101 to the Camelback Road exit (#5) and travel west for about 1½ miles. The stadium is just past the intersection of 107th Avenue and Camelback Road on your right-hand side.

Parking
The complex has ample parking, 5,000 spaces total, divided up between two lots, only one of which is partially paved (although there is a fully paved area for season ticket holders). The sometimes used dirt parking lot behind center field is accessed directly from Camelback Road on the days it's needed, while the bigger and always open lot to the immediate west of the ballpark is entered via Ball Park Boulevard (across from 111th Avenue).
 Cost: Free

Time saving tip when a big crowd is expected: When exiting the 101 get into the left lane of the two-lane highway that heads toward Camelback Ranch so you'll bypass most of the backed up traffic that is entering the first parking lot gate. Cruise on by those standing still vehicles in the right lane to Ball Park Blvd and turn right. Traffic flows much easier into the west gate lot that is behind both the first and third base sides of the stadium and you'll save lots of pre-game time in line by opting for it. Alas, if a small crowd is attending a game the auxiliary all-dirt parking lot behind the outfield that causes the back-up is not open and all arrivals proceed at a steady pace to the same place.


Stadium Information
Camelback Ranch, which was built for $100 million, became the largest spring training stadium to ever open on either coast when it debuted on March 1, 2009. Officially capable of holding 13,596 fans, it is one of the few recent new ballparks not to be built according to plans drawn up by HOK Sport (now called Populous). The honor instead went to HKS Architects of Dallas. They designed the ballpark so that its main entrance is in center field. A two-acre lake and numerous walking trails made of decomposed granite were incorporated into the 141 acres of property allotted for the complex, giving it the feel of a park. Interior walls made of stones and wire mesh give the stadium a natural desert look. To move here, the Dodgers left 61 years of tradition in Vero Beach behind, abandoning their famed Dodgertown complex for a two-team complex closer to their fan base. The White Sox signed on to be the second team while they were still obligated to fulfill a lease at Tucson Electric Park that ran through the 2012 season. They were able to break that commitment by paying a $5 million buyout. Simply called Glendale Ballpark during much of its construction, on November 20, 2008, it was announced that the entire spring training complex would be called Camelback Ranch. The name was later slightly amended to Camelback Ranch-Glendale at the city's insistence.

Fast Facts

  • Groundbreaking for the stadium and other facilities, which was originally priced at $80.7 million, took place on November 19, 2007. Vin Scully served as master of ceremonies.
  • Fans enter the ballpark at street level, the majority of them via trails from the parking lots that lead to the center field gate. There is also a much lesser used entry gate behind home plate.
  • Sets of ticket windows can be found next to both entrance gates. Will Call pick up can be done at any box office window.
  • The main concourse wraps around the playing field and is above the seating bowl and berm. It's covered only where it runs beneath the press box and suites.
  • The playing field is 12 feet below street level.
  • Both bullpens are cut into the outfield berm near the foul poles. The White Sox pen in very fan accessible in right field, the Dodgers’ much less so in left, as berm seating is not available directly above it like it is for the White Sox’s.
  • The stadium has a single scoreboard, an angular looking thing behind the berm in right-center field that features an impressive video board and full line score.
  • Two souvenir shops, each called Clubhouse Store, carry a decent selection of merchandise for both teams. The shops are located behind home plate and center field, adjacent to each of the ballpark's entrance gates.

    Practice Fields

  • A dozen practice fields, six for use by each team, are spread out over the Camelback Ranch campus and are separated by a 1,300-foot lake running through the middle of the complex.
  • Dodgers practice fields are located on the eastern side of the campus, where an orange grove also resides (albeit out of view from the public eye).
  • White Sox practice fields are on the western half of the campus, where they are in clear view of the cars driving along Camelback Road.
  • Gates for the practice fields open to the public at 9:00 a.m.

    Types of Seating
    Camelback Ranch seating diagram Stadium-style seats (plastic chairs with backs) make up all of the seating in the grandstand. Lawn seating accounts for the rest of the stadium's 13,000 person official capacity. The berm starts where the grandstand ends and goes all the way around the outfield.

  • Stadium seats: 10,000
  • Bleachers: none
  • Berm: 3,000

    Notes about the seating

  • The Dodgers dugout is on the third base side. To make sure you're on the Los Angeles side of the stadium, buy your tickets in sections 16-29 or 116-128.
  • The White Sox dugout is on the first base side. To make sure you're on the Chicago side of the stadium, buy your tickets in sections 1-14 or 102-114.
  • All seats are painted a caramel color (no kidding) but only the exclusive Home Plate Box seats in sections 14 & 15 have cup holders, meaning most seats in the stadium don't.
  • Handicap accessible seating is available in platforms on the concourse above these sections: 3, 4, 11, 15, 26, 27, 102, 103, 104, 106, 107, 112, 118, 121, 124, 126, 127, 128. Two other sections - 108 and 123 - have wheelchair accessible platforms above them but are taken up by TV cameras if the game is televised.
  • The protective screen behind home plate extends from sections 11-19 but is barely noticeable to fans sitting behind it.
  • Depending upon which side of the grandstand you sit you have two choices of backdrops. The South Mountains can be seen from the third base side of the ballpark, the higher up and further down the outfield lines the better. Ditto for the University of Phoenix Stadium, which opened in 2006 and is home to the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, on the first base side of the park.
  • Thanks to the 360-degree concourse standing room is plentiful and quite popular in two places: 1) behind home plate, where the concourse is covered by the press box, and 2) in left field, where food and drink rails were installed on the concourse behind the Dodgers bullpen.
  • Most ushers are lenient, some think they're the Gestapo, but for the most part you can relocate yourself to sections with empty seats, especially in the upper half of the grandstand (sections 102-128).

    Sections and rows
    Rows for stadium sections range as follows:

  • 1 to 10 in sections 1-2, 5, 12-14, 16-19, 25, 28-29; 1 to 8 in sections 3-4, 11, 15, 26-27; 4 to 10 in sections 6-10, 20-24
  • 1 to 19 in sections 102-104, 106-108, 112, 118, 121, 123-124, 126-128; 1 to 21 in sections 105 and 125; 1 to 22 in sections 109-111, 113-117, 119-120, 122

    Tickets

  • Sections 1-5 and 25-29 are sold as Baseline Field Box.
  • Sections 6-13 and 17-24 are sold as Dugout Field Box.
  • Sections 14-16 are sold as Home Plate Box.
  • Sections 102-105 and 125-128 are sold as Baseline Reserved.
  • Sections 106-124 are sold as Infield Box.
  • Space on the outfield lawn is sold as Berm Seating.
  • Children 2-years old and under are not required to have a ticket.

    Seats to avoid
    There aren't many. The ballpark has great sightlines throughout but foot traffic on the cross aisle between all 100-level sections and the single or double digit numbered sections below them can be rather annoying to anyone sitting in the first row of sections 102-128. That's because Row 1 in each of those sections is raised only about two feet above the cross aisle, which is not high enough to prevent all passerbys from becoming inadvertent obstructions. So when buying tickets in the stadium's Baseline Reserved and Infield Box sections remember that Row 2 is actually better than the front row.

    Seats in the shade
    The Achilles’ heel of Camelback Ranch is that it was built facing the southeast. That orientation is the opposite of every other ballpark in Arizona. What that means in Glendale is that the sun is always beating down on you, instead of retreating behind the grandstand as the game progresses like it does at other Cactus League parks. So you definitely need sunscreen. If you forget to bring some, mini SPF 30 bottles are sold inexpensively in the gift shops. Although almost no seats are in the shade, there are a smattering that are. At the usual 1:05 p.m. game starting time consider yourself lucky to be in the last few rows of sections beneath the press box and upper level party deck. Specifically, rows 16 & up in sections 110-113 and rows 20 & up in sections 114-117. Additionally, the last two rows (21-22) in sections 119, 120 and 122, which are beneath the stadium's suites, are shaded throughout the game. By 2:30, more seats in sections 110-115 enjoy shade and by 3:00 all seats in sections 111-114 are shaded. If you really want to be out of the sun, join the throng standing on the concourse above sections 110-122, where cover is provided by the press box and suites. And if you want to pay a little extra for a lot of shade, the upper level party deck, called the Legends Deck, is the only fully covered and shaded section in Camelback Ranch. Located along the first baseline, the Legends Deck is open to the regular seat buying public, except for games when groups rent out the roomy area, which can hold 100 and has stadium and bar chair-style seating plus unmatched views of the field and the scenery beyond it.

    VIP seating
    The stadium has a dozen suites, a suite-level party deck, and party patios above each bullpen. And then there's the 198-seat Home Plate Club section, which made news during Camelback Ranch’s inaugural season for their $90 price tag, the highest in all of spring training. In 2010, the price per Home Plate Box seat was slashed in half and their main perk - access to a complimentary buffet that was behind section 115 on the concourse – was eliminated, along with the complimentary water and sunscreen that were a part of the VIP package. Now, besides their closeness to the field, the main perk for Home Plate Box seats is cup holders, as no other section of seats in the 10,000-seat grandstand has them. In 2012, the concept of buffet included seating was brought back to the ballpark, but in the outfield, where the Bullpen Patio in left field was turned into an all-you-can-eat area. With a capacity of 50 people, the All-You-Can-Eat Bullpen Patio is reserved for group bookings but on days it's not booked any fan can pay to sit (and eat) there. If there's availability, a sandwich board sign posted near the box office will say so. As for the menu, there are no sandwiches, just the basic ballpark stuff (hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, soda and water).


    Game Day
    Gates open 95 minutes before game time, which is 11:30 a.m. for the typical 1:05 p.m. start.

    Food, drink and bag policy

  • One bottle of water (opened or unopened) per fan can be brought inside.
  • Food items in a small, clear plastic bag (no larger than a one gallon baggie size) can be brought into the stadium.
  • Bags up to a maximum size of 16" x 16" x 8" are permitted.

    Getting autographs
    Players from the Dodgers and White Sox make this an autograph-friendly facility. Numerous players from each team take time to sign before and after games down the outfield lines, between their respective dugouts and the end of the grandstand, with the best post-game spots being the outer edge of the dugouts (or tarp, on the first base side) and the absolute end of the grandstand. But for a true autograph buffet, get to the Ranch early (like around 10:30 a.m.) and head to its practice fields. Regardless of whether they play at home that day, Dodgers players galore sign for fans on their side of the complex, where only a thin yellow rope separates fans from the paths the players trod. The White Sox don't allow the same unencumbered access the Dodgers do, but still sign plenty of autographs in the area where their fans are fenced in. For both teams, the place to congregate is between practice fields 1 and 2.

    Unique ballpark fare
    Not as good as it could be, but there are plenty of concession stands and carts on the concourse that encircles the ballpark. The standard fare is joined by pastrami sandwiches, smoked BBQ, and three types of sausages (Italian, Polish and the Brat). The Dodger Dog made its debut in 2010 and the Vienna Beef Chicago Dog has been available since day one. Soft drinks are from the Pepsi-Cola family and Gatorade is in ready supply. Hot days and cold beer go hand in hand and there are plenty of both here. Pyramid Haywire Hefeweizen has been among the choices found on tap in each of the ballpark's first four years, while the likes of Sam Adams Lager and the big three light beer brands (Bud, Coors, Miller) could all be had in 2012. The freebie First Pitch program details everything that's available everywhere, so be sure to pick up a copy when entering the ballpark so you'll have an accurate guide to all of the concourse's concessions.



    2015 Dodgers Spring Training Schedule


    (only home games at Camelback Ranch are listed)
     March
    Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
          4
    White Sox
    1:05
    Tickets
    5 6
    Mariners
    1:05
    Tickets
    7
    8
    Brewers
    1:05
    Tickets
    9 10
    Rockies
    1:05
    Tickets
    11 12 13
    Reds
    7:05
    Tickets
    14
    Indians
    1:05
    Tickets
    15 16
    A's
    1:05
    Tickets
    17 18
    Cubs
    1:05
    Tickets
    19
    Angels
    1:05
    Tickets
    20 21
    22
    Indians
    1:05
    Tickets
    23
    D-backs
    1:05
    Tickets
    24 25
    Padres
    1:05
    Tickets
    26 27
    Giants
    7:05
    Tickets
    28
    29
    Rangers
    1:05
    Tickets
    30 31
    White Sox
    1:05
    Tickets
           

    * Single game tickets go on sale Monday, January 12. Links in calendar are to TicketsNow inventory.
    See the full 2015 Dodgers Spring Training schedule



    2015 White Sox Spring Training Schedule


    (only home games at Camelback Ranch are listed)
     March/April
    Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
            5
    Dodgers
    1:05
    Tickets
    6 7
    Mariners
    1:05
    Tickets
    8 9
    D-backs
    1:05
    Tickets
    10 11
    Rangers
    1:05
    Tickets
    12
    Giants
    1:05
    Tickets
    13 14
    15
    Angels
    1:05
    Tickets
    16 17
    Mariners
    1:05
    Tickets
    18 19 20
    Cubs
    1:05
    Tickets
    21
    Royals
    1:05
    Tickets
    22 23 24
    Rockies
    1:05
    Tickets
    25 26
    Dodgers
    1:05
    Tickets
    27 28
    A's
    1:05
    Tickets
    29 30
    Indians
    1:05
    Tickets
    31 1
    Padres
    1:05
    Tickets
         

    * Single game tickets go on sale Monday, January 12. Links in calendar are to TicketsNow inventory.
    See the full 2015 White Sox Spring Training schedule



    Ballpark Area Info
    Glendale is just 10 miles northwest of Phoenix and is an up-and-coming suburb if there ever was one. With a population now nearing 250,000 residents, Glendale has positioned itself as a major player in the world of sports thanks to University of Phoenix Stadium, which hosted the 2008 Super Bowl and is home to the NFL's Arizona Cardinals and the Fiesta Bowl. The futuristic looking stadium is visible from Camelback Ranch and is just a few miles away on the other side of Loop 101. The NHL's Phoenix Coyotes play at Jobing.com Arena next to the football stadium. The hockey arena anchors the Westgate City Center, the area's impressive shopping, dining and entertainment district.

    Travelers' notes

  • Two major highways are nearby - the Loop 101 (Agua Fria Freeway) and I-10.
  • Much of the surrounding area is still under development, giving it the feel of a construction zone.

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    3.1 miles Hampton Inn & Suites 6630 N 95th Ave Glendale, AZ 85305 623-271-7771
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    Nearby Restaurants

    Restaurants close to Camelback Ranch

    Distance Restaurant Street Address City/Zip Phone
    1.4 miles Subway 10685 W Indian School Rd Avondale, AZ 85323 623-772-5701
    1.4 Pizza Hut 10685 W Indian School Rd Avondale, AZ 85392 623-772-1553
    1.4 Taco Bell 10711 W Indian School Rd Avondale, AZ 85392 623-877-1111
    1.4 Wong's Chinese Cuisine 10540 W Indian School Rd Phoenix, AZ 85037 623-877-4123
    1.4 Ramiro's Mexican Food 10720 W Indian School Rd Phoenix, AZ 85037 623-877-8407
    1.4 Brother's Pizza 10720 W Indian School Rd Phoenix, AZ 85037 623-877-3660
    1.4 Taco Sabroso 10665 W Indian School Rd Avondale, AZ 85392 623-877-2748
    1.4 Dragon Garden Chinese 10665 W Indian School Rd Avondale, AZ 85392 623-872-7866
    1.4 KFC 10655 W Indian School Rd Avondale, AZ 85392 623-877-5268
    1.4 Burger King 9680 W Camelback Rd Glendale, AZ 85305 623-877-2478
    1.4 McDonald's 3925 N 107th Ave Avondale, AZ 85392 623-877-6011
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    Distance Airport Airport Code
    15.4 miles Phoenix Sky Harbor International PHX
    124 Tucson International TUS
    146 Yuma International YUM

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