Giants Spring Training
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Spring Training Info
| San Francisco Giants Spring Training
||Area Info - Scottsdale
Spring Training home of the Giants since 1992
7408 East Osborn Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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Scottsdale Stadium takes up 11 acres in the heart of the city's downtown and can rightfully make the claim as spring training's most urban ballpark. It stands on a busy city thoroughfare just three blocks from Old Town Scottsdale and directly across the street from the Scottsdale Healthcare Hospital.
Directions From Loop 101: Exit at Indian School Road (exit #47). Go west for roughly 1.7 miles on Indian School, then south on Drinkwater Boulevard. The stadium is at the intersections of Drinkwater and Osborn Road.
From Loop 202: Exit at Scottsdale Road (exit #7) and travel north approximately 3.3 miles. Bear right onto Drinkwater Boulevard and the stadium will be a half-mile ahead on your right.
The one true negative to Scottsdale Stadium's highly visible downtown location is parking. There is a small paved lot on the stadium's first base side, but it's not available on game day to the public. Many of the seemingly available spaces near the ballpark are actually reserved for hospital parking. An exception is the free public parking garage directly behind left field on Drinkwater Boulevard, but it fills up well before game time. Another good option is the Parking Corral, found in the heart of Old Town at the intersections of E 2nd Street and Brown Avenue. It's a free deck just a few blocks from Drinkwater and one past the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. More parking is scattered throughout downtown. The later you arrive the further away you will park. One way to avoid the hassle is to opt for Scottsdale’s free trolley service. Either the Downtown Trolley or Hospitality Trolley will take fans to the stadium. A map of park and ride stops is available online. And for those who need handicapped parking, there is a free paved lot behind center field, close to Gate A, where some spaces are available for those with the proper permit. Otherwise, that lot is reserved for accredited media.
Cost: Varies, from free to fee
The playing field at Scottsdale Stadium has resided on the same spot since 1955. But the stadium surrounding the field was gutted, rebuilt and reopened in 1992 thanks to the generosity of Scottsdale taxpayers, who approved the largest bond issue in city history to make sure the Giants, and spring training, remained in their city. The public's money was well spent as HOK Sport designed a gorgeous structure, highlighted by red brick and dark green wrought iron. Inside and out, the stadium is immaculately manicured. Over 200 trees provide a pleasing backdrop. Impressive views of the surrounding Camelback mountain ranges make a favorable lasting impression from most grandstand seats, especially on the first base side. Perhaps the only drawback to the stadium is its overabundance of aluminum. Half of the upper grandstand is filled with it, in the form of bleacher-style benches, and bleacher seats outnumber traditional plastic chairs. Other than that, Scottsdale Stadium is the perfect place to watch a ballgame.
Fast Facts Fans have the choice of entering the ballpark through one of six gates surrounding it. Gate A is behind center field, Gate B is behind first base, Gates C & D are behind home plate, Gate E is behind third base and serves as the stadium's main entrance, and Gate F is in left field, where it serves as the main lawn seating entrance.
Gate A is next to a col-de-sac that serves as a non-congested drop-off point for groups and other individuals.
Ticket windows are adjacent to Gates A, B and E. The ticket windows next to gate F are primarily for lawn seating.
The concourse is located behind the stadium and is partly covered by the grandstand. The covered portion is home to the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame and Scottsdale Sports Hall of Fame. Plaques for inductees of both are on the concourse's wall behind home plate. For those who want to see them, the plaque on wall Halls are adjacent to the entry portal for section 306.
The Giants’ bullpen is in right field, behind the fence and below the Charro Lodge. The visitors’ bullpen is behind the left field fence, adjacent to the foul pole.
The stadium's main scoreboard is behind the berm in left-center field. It has a video board, electronic line score, and is topped by a hand dial clock. A small scoreboard is attached to the façade of both the first and third base grandstand.
Fans are never far from a souvenir shop. The ballpark has many, including the main team store behind first base (near Gate B). There's also a more general sports memorabilia spot on the concourse, near the entry portal for section 305, where more often than not former players, like Gaylord Perry, will be signing autographs at an adjacent table for charitable donations.
Practice Fields The Giants' practice field is directly behind right field. They use it, a nearby half-field and the Scottsdale Stadium field for all of their workouts. The stadium's gates open around 10 a.m. for fans wanting to watch February practice sessions. Workouts on the adjacent practice field can be glimpsed from the stadium's concourse in the right field corner, although visibility is extremely limited there. That's still better than for the half-field, where workouts can't be seen at all.
The team's four-field minor league training facility is 1.8 miles away in Indian School Park, which is located at 4415 North Hayden Road.
To get to the Giants' minor league complex from Scottsdale Stadium, take East Osborn Road to North Hayden Road and drive until it intersects Camelback Road.
All of the fences at the minor league camp are windscreened, so visibility is extremely limited there.
Types of Seating Stadium seats: All 100 and 200 level sections.
Bleachers: The 300 level sections have seat backs. Sections A-H do not.
Berm: Extends from left field to right-center and is very popular among 20-somethings.
Bleacher seats outnumber stadium seats by a 4,500 to 3,688 count. The embankment used for lawn seating has a capacity of 3,812.
Notes about the seating The Giants dugout is on the first base side. To make sure you're on the home side of the stadium, buy your tickets in any even numbered section.
An aisle cuts through the middle of the grandstand. Lower, Line, and Outfield Box seats are below the cross-aisle, while Upper Box, Reserved Grandstand and Bleachers are above it.
Seats do not have cup holders.
Handicap accessible seating is available on platforms at the top of these sections: 101-106, 119-122, 129-130.
The protective screen behind home plate is small, in no way impedes views, and doesn't prevent foul pop-ups from landing in the sections (101-106) behind it.
The berm is unusual in that its concourse runs behind the left field portion, completely obstructed from the playing field, before it rises on the right field side, where it's above and open to the playing field.
Standing room is limited to the crest of the berm in left, the concourse behind it in right-center, and a small grassy area between the right field foul pole and Charro Lodge.
Ushers will let you move freely about the ballpark and upgrade your seat if better ones are available, which isn't often the case as the stadium is filled close to capacity for a majority of its games.
Sections and rows Rows for sections with stadium seats range as follows:
D to F in sections 101-102; A to F in sections 103-106; C to H in sections 107-116; A to H in sections 117-118; A to F in sections 119-122; A to H in sections 123-128; A to F in section 129; A to G in section 130; J to O in sections 200-216.
Rows for sections with bleacher seats range as follows:
1 to 6 in sections 300-304 and 306; 1 to 8 in sections 305 and 309-316; 1 to 15 in sections A-H.
Tickets Sections 101-122 are sold as Lower Box.
Sections 123-126 are sold as Line Box.
Sections 127-130 are sold as Outfield Box.
Sections 200-216 are sold as Upper Box.
Sections 300-306 and 309-316 are sold as Reserved Grandstand.
Sections A-H are sold as Bleachers.
Space on the outfield berm is sold as Lawn.
Children ages 2 & under get in free and do not require a ticket.
Seats to avoid
If you don't like bleachers, be forewarned there are plenty of them here and the freestanding sections (A-H) down each outfield line don't have seat backs. And whether you don't mind backless bleachers or not, avoid the first two rows in each of the eight specifically designated bleacher sections. If you don't opt for rows 3 & up in sections A-H, the foot traffic on the walkway in front of them causes frequent moving obstructions, as fans coming and going to their bleacher seats walk by at eye level for those sitting in the not highly enough elevated seats in rows 1 and 2, with the first row being the more affected of the two.
Seats in the shade
Rows 3 & up in Reserved Grandstand sections 300-306 and 309-310 are covered by the press box's awning and by 2:30 all rows in those sections have shade cast upon them, as the sun descends behind the grandstand. Your only other option is the left field berm, where many a fan is shaded by trees. But in general, not much shade is found here.
The split-level Charro Lodge in right field has a covered pavilion and large terrace patio. It's named after and operated by the Scottsdale Charros, the local civic organization that has run spring training for the city since 1964. There's also a picnic terrace next to the press box that can be reserved by groups. A private picnic area that wraps around the left field foul pole is available to all fans on days it's not booked by groups.
Gates open two hours prior to game time, which is earlier than most ballparks but still not early enough to watch the Giants take batting practice. And since most visiting teams take BP at their home ballpark before busing over to Scottsdale there's not much going on in the stadium until close to game time.
Food, drink and bag policy One sealed plastic bottle of water per person is allowed inside.
Small amounts of outside food, such as bagged peanuts, are allowed inside the stadium.
Small bags and backpacks are permitted following an inspection.
Within a half-hour of the game starting players from both teams begin to sign autographs next to their dugouts. Giants players frequent section 118 the most, while visiting players pick and choose spots down the left field line, especially the pitchers en route to their bullpen in left field. Since the tunnels to the clubhouses for both teams are located in the dugouts players don't sign during games. Postgame autographs are easiest to obtain from visiting pitchers, who once again have to walk close to the stands to get back to their dugout. The Giants' bullpen is in right-center, so their approach back to their dugout isn't as fan-friendly. Giants' fans do have one other option postgame but it's outside the stadium, where players exit their clubhouse via a door near Gate B. Fans can stand nearby behind a four foot tall green fence, where some players stop to sign as they head to their vehicles in the parking lot. You'll notice a blue sign that states "no spectators beyond this point" in close proximity to where autograph seekers are allowed to be.
Unique ballpark fare
At the main concession stands, you'll find but a pedestrian selection of food. The place to find culinary variety is along the outfield lines, where behind each side's bleachers some temporary stands are spread out in a food court of sorts. Always available highlights include barbeque and something San Franciscans will recognize and appreciate: garlic fries. Beer on tap is plentiful, with different selections available at different concessions, ranging from microbrews to the big company breweries. Offerings found along the concourse range from San Fran's Anchor Steam to Milwaukee's Miller Lite. Fountain drinks are the domain of Coca-Cola.
2014 Giants Spring Training Schedule
(only home games at Scottsdale Stadium are listed)
* Single game tickets went on sale Thursday, January 9. Links in calendar are to TicketsNow inventory.
See the full 2014 Giants Spring Training schedule
Ballpark Area Info
The city of Scottsdale refers to itself as "The West's Most Western Town" and Exhibit A of that moniker is Old Town Scottsdale, which is just a short walk away from the stadium. Shops, restaurants, arts and crafts can all be found in Old Town, which is designed to look like a classical western outpost. Barely outside of Old Town is Don & Charlie's, a restaurant definitely worth a visit if you like American food and America's pastime, as its walls are covered with a treasure trove of sports memorabilia, much of it baseball-related. As the stadium is located in a recently revitalized downtown, surrounding dining and destination options are plentiful and include the nearby Scottsdale Fashion Square, the largest shopping mall in the entire American Southwest. All in all, Scottsdale is tops in the Cactus League among cities to hang out in after the game.
Travelers' notes Two major highways are nearby - the Loop 101 and 202.
The stadium is just 5 miles from the Arizona State University campus.
All of Scottsdale is safe. The downtown stadium area is no exception.
Hotels close to Scottsdale Stadium
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|Distance ||Hotel ||Street Address ||City/Zip ||Phone
|0.1 miles ||Comfort Suites ||3275 N Drinkwater Blvd ||Scottsdale, AZ 85251 ||480-946-1111
|0.3 ||Courtyard Old Town ||3311 N Scottsdale Rd ||Scottsdale, AZ 85251 ||480-429-7785
|5.7 ||Pima Inn & Suites ||7330 N Pima Rd ||Scottsdale, AZ 85256 ||480-948-3800
|6.3 ||Hampton Inn ||10101 N Scottsdale Rd ||Scottsdale, AZ 85253 ||480-443-3233
|6.6 ||Holiday Inn Express ||7350 E Gold Dust Ave ||Scottsdale, AZ 85258 ||480-596-6559
|9.2 ||Country Inn & Suites ||10801 N 89th Place ||Scottsdale, AZ 85260 ||480-314-1200
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Restaurants close to Scottsdale Stadium
|Distance ||Restaurant ||Street Address ||City/Zip ||Phone
|0.25 miles ||Denny's ||3315 N Scottsdale Rd ||Scottsdale, AZ 85251 ||480-946-4754
|0.25 ||Olive Garden ||3380 N Scottsdale Rd ||Scottsdale, AZ 85251 ||480-874-0212
|0.25 ||Red Lobster ||3360 N Scottsdale Rd ||Scottsdale, AZ 85251 ||480-675-9733
|0.25 ||Los Olivos ||7328 E 2nd St ||Scottsdale, AZ 85251 ||480-946-2256
|0.3 ||Pepin Restaurante Español ||7363 E Scottsdale Mall ||Scottsdale, AZ 85251 ||480-990-9026
|0.3 ||Oregano's Pizza Bistro ||3622 N Scottsdale Rd ||Scottsdale, AZ 85251 ||480-970-1860
|0.3 ||Jewel of the Crown (Indian) ||7373 E Scottsdale Mall ||Scottsdale, AZ 85251 ||602-840-2412
|0.3 ||Blue Moose Sports Bar ||7373 E Scottsdale Mall ||Scottsdale, AZ 85251 ||480-949-7959
|0.3 ||Orange Table ||7373 E Scottsdale Mall ||Scottsdale, AZ 85251 ||480-424-6819
|0.35 ||Tokyo Express ||3530 N Goldwater Blvd ||Scottsdale, AZ 85251 ||480-949-1004
|0.35 ||Karsen's Grill ||7246 E 1st St ||Scottsdale, AZ 85251 ||480-990-7660
|0.35 ||Port of Subs ||3737 N Scottsdale Rd ||Scottsdale, AZ 85251 ||480-874-0541
|3.7 ||Voltaire French Restaurant ||8340 E McDonald Dr ||Scottsdale, AZ 85250 ||480-948-1005
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Airports close to Scottsdale Stadium
|Distance ||Airport ||Airport Code
|7.4 miles ||Phoenix Sky Harbor International ||PHX
|110 ||Tucson International ||TUS
|165 ||Yuma International ||YUM
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