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  • Cactus League lunch tickets available in Surprise

    Surprise will be hosting the 2016 Cactus League Lunch at the Surprise Recreation Campus at 11 a.m. Feb. 24.Catch a preview of the 2016 Spring Training season as Cactus League staff and committee members provide exciting and exclusive insight into what is to come this season for fans and the state of Arizona.The cost to attend is $50 for an individual seat or $500 for a corporate table of 10. Space is limited, so get your tickets now by completing an order form.For information, please contact the Community and Recreation Services Department at 623-222-2000, or visit www.surprisespringtraining.com.

  • Surprise schedules spring training ticket presale Dec. 12

    The 14th season of spring training in Surprise will kick off Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at the Surprise Recreation Campus – The Campus of Champions – featuring Surprise’s home teams: the Kansas City Royals – 2015 World Series Champion and Texas Rangers – 2015 American League Western Division Champion.There will be a special online pre-sale at http://www.surprisespringtraining.com starting at 8 a.m. Dec. 12. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone with Tickets.com at 888-755-2583. Service charges may apply to online and phone orders.Individual tickets and season packages will be available. Individual game ticket prices range from $8 in the lawn to $30 in the premium lower dugout and include free parking.Four premium games have been designated with individual ticket pricing ranging from $13-$35. These games are:• March 16 - Chicago Cubs vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.• March 22 - Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Kansas City Royals 6:05 p.m.

  • Peoria, Surprise solidify 2016 spring training schedules

    Tuesday, Peoria and Surprise released the 2016 spring training schedule for Cactus League games taking place at their respective ballparks.“We are eager to welcome back our fans and hear the words ‘play ball,’” said Chris Calcaterra, Peoria's sports facilities manager. “We have added hundreds of shaded seats plus a fantastic indoor group and event area replete with air conditioning, televisions, and a private bar, and restrooms and patio in our second phase of renovations. We are committed to fostering a great fan experience at Peoria Sports Complex.”Games are as follows, though both schedules are subject to change:Peoria Stadium: 16101 N. 83rd Ave., PeoriaMarch 2 San Diego Padres vs. Seattle Mariners 1:10 p.m.March 3 San Diego Padres vs. Seattle Mariners 1:10 p.m.

  • Surprise swept up in Kansas City Royals' coronation

    If last year's World Series made the Kansas City Royals a curiosity, lifting the crown last night may have turned this small market team into a big time draw.The Royals' 4-1 victory over the New York Mets featured three late-inning  comebacks by Kansas City and a pair of late-night extra inning games. The team bookended its first title in 30 years with a 5-4 triumph in 14 innings in Game 1 and a 7-2 comeback victory in 12 innings Sunday.More than a title, the Rallying Royals will bring a never-say-die identity with them when they play their Cactus League games in Surprise and the rest of the Valley next spring."I think people are falling in love with the way the Kansas City Royals play baseball," said Mark Coronado, Surprise Community and Recreation Services director.That should translate into the franchise becoming one of Arizona's top draws two years after it was an afterthought. And the championship "bump" has a good chance of being more than a one-year phenomenon.Coronado is also the president of the Cactus League. He enjoyed the Royals' ticket sale boost last year and sees even more on the way.

  • Peoria spring training season sets records

    Peoria hit it out of the park during spring training, both on and off the field.This year, 238,847 fans enjoyed spring training, resulting in a 24 percent increase over last year and a new record for overall attendance. Some of the attendance milestone games were the Dodgers vs. the Mariners on March 15 (13,055), the Diamondbacks vs. Padres on March 21 (11,474) and the Cubs vs. Mariners on March 25 (11,224).Peoria emerged as the second-highest two-team facility in the Cactus League for attendance this year, behind the Diamondbacks and Rockies. Climate, a renovated stadium and the addition of key stars to the roster played a contributing role.“The phase-two improvements were completed prior to the season starting, which helped build the momentum leading into the season,” said Chris Calcaterra, manager of Peoria Sports Complex. “More than a thousand seats were added, every seat was replaced and better angled to home plate, a new team shop and second-floor concession/patio area was constructed and a new pavilion was added to the mix to name a few of the projects. We are currently starting on phase three, which will include a new interactive kid’s zone and third base seating expansion with enclosed social space for special events overlooking the field.”The new team store, which is four times the size of the previous one, saw a 56 percent increase in revenue due to additional inventory and increased attendance. Concessions saw a 33 percent increase over last year. Nearly 54,000 hot dogs and sausages were sold.“There was such excitement for the teams and spring training this year," said Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat. “It is great to see that across the Valley spring training attracted more fans to the area. Having a month of high visitation is a huge boost to local economies. Our area hotels also experienced a bump up in hotel occupancy.”

  • Budweiser Clydesdales trot to spring training stadiums Sunday

    The iconic Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to Phoenix for MLB spring training.To celebrate their 82nd anniversary with Anheuser-Busch this year, the Budweiser Clydesdales will make multiple community appearances.The hitch team and red wagon will appear at various MLB spring training events in the Phoenix area, including stops at Salt River Fields, Sloan Park and Camelback Ranch, where attendees can interact with the hitch team.The Budweiser Clydesdales will make their final visit on March 29 at Tempe Diablo Stadium.SCHEDULE:Wednesday, March 25, 5 to 7 p.m. – Full hitch at Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave., PeoriaThursday, March 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Full hitch at Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Road, ScottsdaleFriday, March 27, 5 to 7 p.m. – Full hitch at Camelback Ranch, 10710 W. Camelback Road, PhoenixSaturday, March 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Full hitch at Sloan Park, 2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway, MesaSunday, March 29, 10 a.m. to noon – Full hitch at Tempe Diablo Stadium, 2200 W. Alameda Drive, Tempe

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