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Hi Corbett Field
Spring Training home of the Rockies from 1993-2010
3400 East Camino Campestre
Tucson, AZ 85716
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Hi Corbett Field has a rather unique location for a baseball stadium, as it's within the confines of a 131-acre city park named after Gene C. Reid. In addition to the ballpark and Rockies' training complex, the park is home to a zoo, an aquatic center, a venue that hosts concerts and plays, and two municipal golf courses. Single story homes are on the opposite side of the street on which the ballpark resides.
Take 1-10 to the Broadway Boulevard exit (#258). Travel east on Broadway to Randolph Way and turn right. The stadium will be a short distance ahead on your right.
A small paved lot surrounds the grandstands but spaces within it are limited as many are reserved for season ticket holders. The rest fill up fast. Most fans arriving within an hour of game time are rerouted a half mile away to the El Con Mall, from which shuttle buses are available from two hours before first pitch until one hour after the last one. Shuttles depart from the Northeast corner of the mall, which is located at 3601 E. Broadway Blvd, and are operated by Sun Tran, Tucson's public transit system. For more information on the shuttle call Sun Tran at 520-792-9222.
Cost: Free (both options)
Historic Hi Corbett Field is the Cactus League's oldest ballpark, dating to 1937. It lured the Cleveland Indians to Tucson in 1947 and with the Giants moving to Phoenix that same year the Cactus League was unofficially born. The original grandstand behind home plate remains intact but as the stadium has expanded over seven decades of use the seating sections have become disjointed, varying in height and size. With more metal bleachers than actual seats and tall, angular outfield walls making for odd (and lengthy) playing field dimensions, Hi Corbett Field is definitely a nod to ballpark construction of another era. Fittingly, a classic-style clock tower was built into its attractive beige stucco exterior during renovations in 1999. Movie buffs will recognize the facade from the 1989 film Major League, which used Hi Corbett for all of its spring training scenes. The stadium was also host to the Tucson Toros of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League from 1969 through 1997. After a dozen years of dormancy the Toros were resurrected as members of the independent Golden Baseball League and returned to Hi Corbett Field in 2009. Originally called Randolph Park, the stadium was renamed in 1951 in honor of Hiram Steven Corbett, a Tucson baseball booster and five term Arizona state senator who was instrumental in bringing the Indians, and spring training, to town.
Fast Facts An everyday use two-lane road, Randolph Way, actually bisects the parking lot.
Fans enter the ballpark at street level through the two gates nearest home plate (4 and 5). The other gates that surround the stadium are only occasionally open.
The ticket windows are directly behind home plate.
The concourse is located behind the stadium and is covered by the grandstands everywhere except beyond first base.
Seventy-four members of baseball's Hall of Fame have played at Hi Corbett Field and each of those players' names is listed on the Wall of Fame that's posted on the concourse behind home plate.
Both bullpens are in foul territory down the outfield lines - the Rockies in right, visitors in left.
The stadium's scoreboard is located in left field and features an electric line score and basic game information (balls, strikes, outs, name and number of player at-bat) along with the time and temperature. A message board is in right center.
Friends and families of Rockies players watch the game from a fenced off grassy area down the right field line.
Two souvenir stands are set up on the concourse, one each behind first and third base, while the main Rockies team shop is behind home plate.
Practice Fields The Rockies' five field training complex is a short distance behind the ballpark's right field wall.
Gates to the practice fields open at 9:00 a.m.
Fans have superb access to watching morning workouts.
Types of Seating Stadium seats: Sections AA-GG and F-O
Bleachers: Sections A-E and P-T
All seats have chair backs and all bleachers have seat backs.
Notes about the seating The Rockies dugout is on the first base side. To make sure you're on the home side of the stadium, buy your tickets in sections A-J or AA-DD.
Almost all seats are above the stadium's interior aisle. Only the box seats in sections BB-GG are below it.
The Sandpile section is home to the cheapest seats ($4) in all of the Cactus League. Formerly occupying 15 rows of bleachers in the since removed section U, the Sandpile was relocated in 2009 to section T, where it has expanded to 24 rows.
Seats do not have cup holders.
Handicap accessible seating is found on the aisle behind sections DD and EE, both dugouts, and down both outfield lines.
The stadium employs a traditional-style backstop that extends from sections BB-FF. It has visible supports and a thicker netting than the protective screens found in modern ballparks, but is only mildly obtrusive to those sitting behind it.
Except for the field level box seats, the majority of seats in all sections have views of the surrounding Rincon and Santa Rita Mountains.
Standing room is limited to an open-air patio down the left field line, which is also where numerous umbrella covered picnic tables are found.
With the exception of the box seats in sections BB-GG, ushers will let fans roam freely about the ballpark.
Sections and rows Rows for sections with stadium seats range as follows:
1 to 5 in sections AA-GG; 1 to 30 in sections F-H; 2 to 30 in section I; 1 to 12 in sections J-K; 1 to 30 in sections L-O
Rows for sections with bleacher seats range as follows:
1 to 33 in sections A-D; 13 to 33 in section E; 1 to 24 in sections P-T
Seats to avoid
No seats are obstructed, but the upper portions of bleacher sections A-E are rather far from the field. The trade off is panoramic views of the mountain ranges in the distance.
Seats in the shade
A small roof attached to the press box covers all of the seats in sections J and K. But only rows 6 & up are shaded in those sections at game's start. That's because home plate faces the sun, a factor not taken into consideration when the stadium was built in the 1930s.
Not here. The stadium predates the skybox concept by a few decades.
Gates open at 11:00 a.m. Fans arriving early can usually watch batting practice, as the drive from Phoenix to Tucson is long enough that visiting teams opt to do their hitting in Tucson rather than in their home park, a common practice for teams training in the Valley.
Food, drink and bag policy One factory sealed bottle of water per person is allowed to be brought inside the stadium.
Food items in small clear plastic or vendor bags are allowed.
Bags up to a maximum size of 16" x 16" x 8" are permitted.
This is not a good ballpark for fans wanting to get autographs. Tunnels to the clubhouses are in the dugouts and screens behind each dugout thwart fans in their attempts there. Occasionally a player will sign for those gathered down the outfield lines near the bullpens. But the best place to snag a pregame autograph is outside of the home team's clubhouse door that is at the end of the first base grandstand. Rockies players use that entrance when coming into the stadium from their practice facilities and will often walk the same path as fans in the narrow aisle running parallel to section A. On that aisle a small section is partitioned off opposite the clubhouse door and that's where players will sign. But other than that you're generally out of luck and opportunities after the game are virtually nonexistent.
Unique ballpark fare
The Rockie Dog, smothered in grilled peppers and onions, and Coors in plastic bottles will make fans feel like they're in Colorado. Other neat eats come from separate concessions featuring barbeque and Mexican food. A good selection of beer is found on tap. Among the choices are Dos Equis, Killian's and Blue Moon. Fountain drinks come from Coca-Cola.
Ballpark Area Info
The Rockies' spring training complex is the only one in the Majors located within a city park. As such, it's a year-round destination for Tucsonans. The Reid Park Zoo and Edith Ball aquatics center are just beyond the left field wall. Youth fields, picnic areas, the Demeester Outdoor Performance Center, the Randolph Golf Course and the Reid Park Golf Course, both open to the public, are all within Reid Park, where Hi Corbett Field finds itself located in the northeast corner. Tucson Electric Park, spring home to the Diamondbacks, is just five miles away.
Travelers' notes The closest Interstate, I-10, is about 5 miles away.
Safety is not a concern as the area is well monitored due to the multitude of kid and family offerings within the park.
Tucson is about 60 miles north of the Mexico border.
Restaurants close to Hi Corbett Field
|Distance ||Restaurant ||Street Address ||City/Zip ||Phone
|0.45 miles ||McDonald's ||7202 E 22nd St ||Tucson, AZ 85710 ||520-885-2410
|0.6 ||Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill ||3421 E Broadway Blvd ||Tucson, AZ 85716 ||520-326-1530
|0.6 ||Tacos Don Juan ||3601 E Broadway Blvd ||Tucson, AZ 85716 ||520-323-6287
|0.7 ||Las Brasas ||2928 E 22nd St ||Tucson, AZ 85713 ||520-881-6077
|0.75 ||Elle Wine Country Restaurant ||3048 E Broadway Blvd ||Tucson, AZ 85716 ||520-327-0500
|0.75 ||Claim Jumper ||3761 E Broadway Blvd ||Tucson, AZ 85716 ||520-795-2900
|0.75 ||Mariscos Chihuahua ||2902 E 22nd St ||Tucson, AZ 85713 ||520-326-1529
|0.75 ||Golden Phoenix Restaurant ||2854 E 22nd St ||Tucson, AZ 85713 ||520-327-8008
|0.75 ||Arcos Del La Irvington ||202 N Country Club Rd ||Tucson, AZ 85716 ||520-795-5256
|0.8 ||Jack in the Box ||3950 E 22nd St ||Tucson, AZ 85711 ||520-571-8070
|0.8 ||Jorgie's Cafe ||2900 E Broadway Blvd ||Tucson, AZ 85716 ||520-795-0888
|0.8 ||Subway ||3827 E Broadway Blvd ||Tucson, AZ 85716 ||520-323-7010
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Hotels close to Hi Corbett Field
|Distance ||Hotel ||Street Address ||City/Zip ||Phone
|0.6 miles ||Doubletree ||445 S Alvernon Way ||Tucson, AZ 85711 ||520-881-4200
|0.95 ||Clarion Hotel ||102 N Alvernon Way ||Tucson, AZ 85711 ||520-795-0330
|1.1 ||Lodge on the Desert ||306 N Alvernon Way ||Tucson, AZ 85711 ||520-325-3434
|1.3 ||Palm Court Inn ||4425 E 22nd St ||Tucson, AZ 85711 ||520-745-1777
|1.6 ||Sam Hughes Inn ||2020 E 7th St ||Tucson, AZ 85719 ||520-861-2191
|1.9 ||Adobe Rose Inn ||940 N Olsen Ave ||Tucson, AZ 85719 ||520-318-4644
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Airports close to Hi Corbett Field
|Distance ||Airport ||Airport Code
| 6.5 miles ||Tucson International ||TUS
|107 ||Phoenix Sky Harbor International ||PHX
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