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American Family Fields of Phoenix


(formerly Maryvale Baseball Park)
Spring Training home of the Brewers since 1998

Ballpark address:
3600 North 51st Avenue
Phoenix, AZ   85031

Opened: 1998
Capacity: 10,000

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Maryvale Baseball Park

Location
The Brewers' spring training stadium is in the western-most city limits of Phoenix. The team's 56-acre complex is found amongst dense commercial development in the city's Maryvale neighborhood.

Directions
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 Osborn and before Indian School Roads, with the left turn to it made immediately after seeing the John F. Long Family Services Center.

Parking
The stadium has a sizable paved parking lot near it. As the large lot fills up cars get routed to the unpaved parking area that's next to the Brewers' main practice fields. Both parking lots are entered from 51st Ave. Those who park in the main (paved) lot walk past the Brewers' minor league fields to get to the ballpark while those who park in the smaller unpaved lot arrive at the ballpark by walking past the team's major league practice fields.
 Cost: $5


Stadium Information
American Family Fields of Phoenix, as it's fully branded, is elegantly simple and fan-friendly. Noted for its openness, the ballpark doesn't have a true exterior facade. Instead, see-through iron fencing forms the perimeter that fronts the ballpark's spacious desert-landscaped plaza, within which there's plenty of native plants. Hues of brown symbolic of the desert are used to color the stadium's various structures, including the sleekest looking press box you'll ever see. More useful to the masses is the brown-painted iron trellised roof that covers the concourse. That shade-casting roof is supported by suspension bridge-style cables that contribute to the interior's distinctive look. Just as eye-catching, 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 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 originally named after the neighborhood it resides in. Mary was the name of Long's wife, hence the name Maryvale, and it was Maryvale Baseball Park in which the Brewers played their home exhibition games from 1998-2018. In conjunction with a $60 million or so stadium and complex renovation unveiled in 2019 a new name came to grace the place, with Wisconsin-based American Family Insurance being the company that acquired naming rights to the spring training grounds of Wisconsin's major league team.

Fast Facts

  • Fans enter the ballpark at street level. The main entrance is at home plate, where the gates are adjacent to a large plaza. An additional, and lesser used, gate is located in the right field corner, although signage refers to it as the First Base Gate (it is on the first base side of the park).
  • Ticket offices are found near both of the ballpark's entrances. The home plate box office has 8 windows, while the box office in right field has 6 windows.
  • Will Call is available at any box office window, although there's a dedicated Will Call window (#7) at the home plate 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 is a full-screen video display model.
  • Just like in Milwaukee, the 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.
  • The main Brewers Team Store building is between the home plate gate and ticket office. For fans already in the ballpark the store can be entered from the concourse via double doors that are well back of section 101. An additional, but much smaller, team store is found behind the right field line berm, where it's fairly close to the entrance gate on that side of the ballpark.

    Practice Fields

  • Prior to games, the Brewers take batting practice and do other drills on practice fields 2 and 3, which are very close to the ballpark's gate in the right field corner. The Brewers' two practice fields are adjacent to the unpaved parking lot that is alongside 51st Avenue and that part of the complex can only be entered through a gate there, which may be locked if fans show up more than 1½ hours before game time. So only some of the Brewers' pre-game practice may be accessible, depending on when the gate for fields 2 and 3 is unlocked.
  • 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 on non-game days at American Family Fields fans have even better access than they do on the days when the team is actually playing at home, as the game day gate opening time comes much later in the morning.
  • The fields used by the Brewers' minor league players for their practices and games are close to the ballpark, on its home plate side. The four full-sized fields there are numbered 4-7 and they are easily accessed from the main parking lot.
  • Some of the fields in the minor league facility are named after former Brewer greats -- #5 is also called Rollie Fingers Field while #7 goes by Paul Molitor Field.
  • The gate to the minor league practice fields is open by the time fans are allowed to enter the stadium's parking lot.

    Types of Seating
    Maryvale Baseball Park seating diagram All seats in the grandstand are plastic chairs with backs and are painted blue. The large berm has a steep incline in the outfield.

  • Stadium seats: All sections, for a total of 7,000 fixed seats
  • Bleachers: none (bench seating was removed in 2019)
  • Berm: Extends from the end of the first base grandstand around the outfield to the end of the third base grandstand.

    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 spans from sections 100-112. That means the netting extends to the outfield end of each dugout. The net itself is made of thin squares that permit good visibility.
  • The bases are even with the end of section 109 (1st base) and end of section 110 (3rd base).
  • 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 Seating.
  • Children ages 2 & under get in free.

    Seats to avoid
    None. The stadium's design is simple, yet flawless. There are no obstructions.

    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.

    VIP seating
    Minimal, so Bob Uecker would be proud. There’s just a single suite up in the press box where Uecker himself sits during broadcasts.


    Game Day
    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.

    Getting autographs
    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 bratwursts. They're available throughout the ballpark, as are hot dogs, and a search along the concourse with also turn up cheese curds. So a taste of Wisconsin is well-represented at the standard concession stands, which have names like Ballpark Classics and Game Day Grill. Specialty food items, like barbeque, wok fired noodles and kettle corn, are generally found on the third base side concourse and in stalls set up along the outfield concourse. Coke is the soda of choice while beer options are more diverse. The Baseline Brew Bar, behind section 104, boasts the best concentration of beer variety within the ballpark, which always has something from Miller and Leinenkugel's available on tap somewhere.


    2020 Brewers Spring Training Schedule


    (only home games at American Family Fields are listed)
     February/March
    Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
    23
    Padres
    TBA
    Tickets
    24
    Angels
    TBA
    Tickets
    25
    Mariners
    TBA
    Tickets
    26 27
    Royals
    TBA
    Tickets
    28
    Dodgers
    TBA
    Tickets
    29
    1
    Reds
    TBA
    Tickets
    2 3 4
    White Sox
    TBA
    Tickets
    5 6
    Giants
    TBA
    Tickets
    7
    Rangers
    TBA
    Tickets
    8
    Angels
    TBA
    Tickets
    9
    Mariners
    TBA
    Tickets
    10 11 12
    Rockies
    TBA
    Tickets
    13
    Indians
    TBA
    Tickets
    14
    A's
    TBA
    Tickets
    15 16 17 18
    D-backs
    TBA
    Tickets
    19
    Dodgers
    TBA
    Tickets
    20 21
    22
    Cubs
    TBA
    Tickets
               

    * For 2019, single game tickets went on sale Monday, December 3. Links in calendar are to TicketNetwork inventory.
    See the full 2020 Brewers Spring Training schedule


    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.

    Nearby Hotels

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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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    Nearby Restaurants

    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
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    Nearby Airports

    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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