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Maryvale Baseball Park
Spring Training home of the Brewers since 1998
3600 North 51st Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85031
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Maryvale Baseball Park is in the western-most city limits of Phoenix. The 56-acre complex is found amongst dense commercial development in the city's Maryvale neighborhood.
Take 1-10 to the 51st Avenue exit (#139) and travel north for two miles. The stadium will be on the left, in a highly visible spot after Thomas and before Indian School Roads.
The stadium has a sizable parking lot next to it. Paved spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are the domain of the early to arrive tailgate crowd. Once the large paved lot fills up, cars are routed to the grass field between right field and 51st Ave. And when really large crowds are expected, the nearby Wal-Mart shopping center sets aside some spaces in the eastern edge of its parking lot, which is staffed by Brewers personal.
Maryvale Baseball Park is elegantly simple and fan-friendly. Noted for its openness, the ballpark doesn't have a true exterior facade. Instead, white iron gates and beige stone form the perimeter. The ballpark's signature exterior sign sits high atop white iron staging, beckoning fans to the open plaza adjacent to its main entrance down the right field line. Plenty more white wrought-iron can be found inside. It's used to make up the trellised roof that covers the concourse. That roof is supported by white suspension bridge-style cables. Everything else is painted blue, including the sleekest looking press box you'll ever see. The recessed playing field is framed by the green grass of the outfield lawn and the palo verde trees that are behind the berm. Although it's the only Cactus League facility from which you can't readily spot a mountain range, it may be the most pleasant place to watch a ballgame in Arizona, where a few Milwaukee traditions have been brought west. Notable among them are the Klement's Sausage Race and the playing of "Roll Out the Barrel" following the 7th inning stretch. The ballpark was built on land donated by the area's developer, John F. Long, and named after the neighborhood it resides in. Mary was the name of Long's wife, hence the name Maryvale.
Fast Facts Fans enter the ballpark at street level. The main and easily most used entrance is Gate A in right field. Two other gates exist, but aren't open every game: Gate B behind third base and Gate C further down the left field line.
Ticket windows are on both sides of the ballpark, but the only ones that are always open are the half dozen to the immediate left of Gate A in right field. There are also two next to the barely used Gate B in left field.
A Will Call table is set up on the plaza next to the Gate A ticket office.
The concourse is above the seating bowl, where it's covered by a trellised roof, and is open to the playing field that it completely encircles.
Bullpens are cut into the berms down each outfield line - the Brewers in right, visitors in left. Both are fan accessible.
The stadium's only scoreboard is located behind the berm in left-center field and features a line score along with basic game information (balls, strikes, outs) and a panel that lists the name, number and position of the player at-bat.
Just like in Milwaukee, the Klement's Sausage Race takes place before the home half of the sixth inning. The five costumed sausages then sign autographs and pose for pictures a short time afterwards on the concourse near section 117.
Two small souvenir shops are set up on the third base side of the ballpark, one in a trailer, but the main team shop, called the Fan Zone, is in the right field corner, just inside the main entrance gate.
Practice Fields The Brewers' training complex and minor league facility is directly behind the ballpark, on the home plate side. Its official address is 3805 N. 53rd Ave.
The five practice fields within the minor league facility are numbered 4-8 and named after former Brewer greats, one each for Cecil Cooper, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, Don Sutton and Robin Yount.
The gates to the practice fields open early (circa 7:00 a.m.) to let the grounds crew in. Fans are welcome inside the complex early too, but there’s no point in getting there before 9:00 a.m. Show up prior to then and there is little to do other than watch the grass grow or, more precisely, get cut.
The Milwaukee Brewers use the Minor League Brewers' practice complex from the time they report to camp up until when Cactus League games begin. After then, the big leaguers use only the main stadium and the practice field behind its right field for batting practice. That practice field, which is numbered 2 and named for Hank Aaron, is off-limits to fans, although you can stand behind its windscreened right field fence and snare BP home runs.
On game days when the Brewers play away from Maryvale the ballpark's gates open at 9 a.m. That enables fans to watch the team take batting practice, which they do beginning around 10 a.m., prior to boarding their bus. So non-game days at Maryvale Baseball Park allow fans the access they lack when the team is actually playing at home, as the game day gate opening time comes after Brewers BP is over.
Types of Seating Stadium seats: Sections 100-110
Bleachers: Sections 111-118
Berm: Extends from the end of the first base grandstand around the outfield to the end of the third base grandstand.
All seats have backs and are painted blue. The 7,000 fixed seats in the grandstand are comprised of traditional plastic chairs between the dugouts and bleacher benches beyond. The large berm has a steep incline in the outfield.
Notes about the seating The Brewers dugout is on the first base side. To make sure you're on the home side of the stadium, buy your tickets in any odd numbered section.
Seats do not have cup holders.
Handicap accessible seating is found in railed off areas on the concourse behind every section except 109 and 110. There is also a handicapped platform in right-center field.
The protective screen behind the batter extends from sections 100-104 but is barely visible to fans sitting behind it.
Lots of great standing room viewpoints are available on the 360-degree concourse and berm.
The ushers in Maryvale are as lenient as they come. On days that crowds are sparse you can sit where you like when you like regardless of what your ticket says.
Sections and rows Rows for stadium sections range as follows:
C to Z in section 100; A to Z in sections 101-106; F to Z in sections 107-112; A to Z in sections 113-118.
Rows I and O are skipped in all sections.
Tickets Sections 100-110 are sold as Field Box.
Sections 111-114 are sold as Infield Reserved.
Sections 115-118 are sold as Outfield Reserved.
Space on the berm is sold as Lawn.
Children ages 2 & under get in free.
Seats to avoid
None. The stadium's design is simple, yet flawless. There are no obstructions. But don't sit in the outfield berm if hearing the stadium's public address system is important to you. The sound doesn't travel very well out there.
Seats in the shade
Fans seeking relief from the always present Arizona sun should sit on the first base side of the ballpark. For the typical 1:05 start the berm above the Brewers bullpen down the right field line is completely in the shade thanks to the position of the sun and the trellised roof above the concourse. The upper half of every odd numbered section, plus sections 100 and 102, are a haven for shade from rows P and up. By 2:30 shade has enveloped most of the seats below the press box, which casts its shadow down upon sections 100-104. Much of the third base side of the ballpark remains sunny throughout the game, with shade finally creeping down its upper rows near game's end. The bottom line is sit in the upper half of any first base seating section and you won't have much need for sunscreen.
Minimal, so Bob Uecker would be proud. There’s just a simple, single skybox up in the press box where Uecker himself sits during broadcasts.
Gates open approximately an hour and a half before game time, occasionally earlier. The Brewers take batting practice on the field before the gates open and often the visiting team's bus doesn't arrive until about 45 minutes before first pitch. So there's not much point of being inside the stadium when gates officially open at 11:30 a.m. unless you like to watch the grounds crew do their job.
Food, drink and bag policy Unopened plastic bottles are allowed inside, cans are banned.
Food can be brought into the stadium so long as it's sealed inside a soft-sided cooler.
Bags and coolers (soft-sided only) up to a maximum size of 16" x 16" x 8" are permitted.
All players enter the field through a tunnel next to the Brewers bullpen down the right field line. That's an unfortunate setup, as it effectively serves as a barrier between player and fan. Pre-game autographs are often more plentiful from the visiting team. Many visiting players will sign down the left field line, between their dugout and bullpen. Visiting team fans should head to sections 114, 116 and 118 about 30 minutes before first pitch. Around that time, autograph activity on the Brewers' side of the stadium begins. Your best bet to snag one is by hanging out in the section (113) next to the home dugout, although some players will stop off first in section 117 to sign on their route to the dugout. Fans will often have more luck getting autographs during and, to a lesser extent, after the game. The reason you'll see a throng of people gathered on the concourse down the right field line near the clubhouse is because some players will sign at the fence there after they have been removed from the game. After it too that's a good place to be, as Brewers that spend many of their minutes autographing for fans have a tendency to do so for those assembled at the white wrought-iron fence that separates the fans' walkway from the players' path to their clubhouse. About 20-30 minutes following the game, but generally just early in the spring, a handful of Brewers will make their way from the Major League clubhouse to the Minor League clubhouse by walking through the crowd outside of the ballpark. They're not hard to miss, as they will be wearing cleats and carrying their equipment.
Unique ballpark fare
It wouldn't be a Brewers game without Klement's bratwursts. They're available throughout the ballpark, along with Klement's hot dog, and a search along the concourse with also turn up Klement's chorizo, Italian and Polish sausages. So the taste of Milwaukee is well represented. Otherwise, there aren't too many specialty food items. Those that do exist can be found at tents set up on the concourse behind home plate, where the most unique offering in past years has been the wok fired soba noodles. Also a staple in the home plate food court is barbeque from Bill Johnson’s Big Apple, a family-run restaurant that is something of a Phoenix institution, having been around since 1956. Coke is the soda of choice and the beer is a no-brainer. Miller products reign supreme, with Miller Lite and the High Life readily available on tap. So too is another Wisconsin brew, Leinie's Sunset Wheat.
Ballpark Area Info
Maryvale was once a nice neighborhood. But those days are long gone. To be politically correct, the ballpark is now in an economically depressed section of Phoenix. Essentially, you go to Maryvale, watch the game and leave, although you do have the option of eating at one of the nearby restaurants. To be fair, Maryvale is nowhere near being a slum. It's just a neighborhood where inglés is a second language and you don't want to be after dark, not that a baseball fan ever has to be as the Brewers never play home night games.
Travelers' notes The closest Interstate, I-10, is 2 miles away.
The ballpark is a safe haven in an area noted for its safety concerns. There's a reason the Brewers' team hotel is 14 miles away in Glendale, although the string of hotels alongside the westbound lanes of the nearby Interstate are perfectly fine places to stay too, as being about two miles away is far enough away from any potential problem areas.
Hotels close to Maryvale Baseball Park
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|Distance ||Hotel ||Street Address ||City/Zip ||Phone
|1.7 miles ||La Quinta Inn ||4929 W McDowell Rd ||Phoenix, AZ 85035 ||602-595-7601
|1.7 ||Extended Stay America ||4861 W McDowell Rd ||Phoenix, AZ 85035 ||602-272-8571
|1.7 ||Motel 6 ||1530 N 52nd Dr ||Phoenix, AZ 85043 ||602-272-0220
|1.8 ||Red Roof Inn ||5215 W Willetta St ||Phoenix, AZ 85043 ||602-233-8004
|7.5 ||Courtyard by Marriott ||1650 N 95th Lane ||Phoenix, AZ 85037 ||623-271-7660
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Restaurants close to Maryvale Baseball Park
|Distance ||Restaurant ||Street Address ||City/Zip ||Phone
|0.35 miles ||Presto Pizza ||5127 W Indian School Rd ||Phoenix, AZ 85031 ||623-247-6368
|0.35 ||Subway ||5127 W Indian School Rd ||Phoenix, AZ 85031 ||623-247-0056
|0.35 ||Senaduria Mariscos Altata ||5005 W Indian School Rd ||Phoenix, AZ 85031 ||623-846-8070
|0.35 ||Sizzler ||5060 W Indian School Rd ||Phoenix, AZ 85031 ||623-247-5524
|0.35 ||Peter Piper Pizza ||4105 N 51st Ave ||Phoenix, AZ 85031 ||623-247-5100
|0.35 ||Golden Nugget ||4955 W Indian School Rd ||Phoenix, AZ 85031 ||623-245-0313
|0.4 ||Tokyo Express ||4105 N 51st Ave ||Phoenix, AZ 85031 ||623-245-1166
|0.4 ||New China Buffet ||4105 N 51st Ave ||Phoenix, AZ 85031 ||623-245-3535
|0.4 ||Denny's ||4120 N 51st Ave ||Phoenix, AZ 85031 ||623-247-4195
|0.4 ||Wendy's ||5225 W Indian School Rd ||Phoenix, AZ 85031 ||623-247-6037
|0.6 ||El Taco Taxi (Food Truck) ||5369 W Indian School Rd ||Phoenix, AZ 85031 ||602-512-5744
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Airports close to Maryvale Baseball Park
|Distance ||Airport ||Airport Code
|8.3 miles ||Phoenix Sky Harbor International ||PHX
|119 ||Tucson International ||TUS
|152 ||Yuma International ||YUM
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