Cactus League Spring Training

It is March and Phoenix local news is centered on Cactus League Spring Training. Major League Baseball training runs all month with 15 teams practicing in ten fields throughout the Phoenix area.

Spring training is estimated to bring in more than $800 million dollars to Arizona, mainly to the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Approximately 1.9 million fans attended games in 2015, according the non-profit Cactus League Baseball Association.

More than 220 games are offered during the spring training month with ticket prices starting at $8.00. Teams that don’t meet up during the regular season often play each other in training games.

Avilla Palm Valley is close to the Maryvale Stadium and Goodyear Ball Park. The Milwaukee Brewers practice at Maryvale Stadium at 3600 N. 51st street. Goodyear Ball Park at 1933 S. Ballpark Way, is used by the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds.

New Event Center at the Peoria Sports Complex

Phoenix local news has announced that the Colonnade, a new 3,300 square-foot indoor event space at the Peoria Sports Complex, is open and ready for spring training fans. This space will be used for special events such as conferences, weddings, private parties and other activities throughout the year.

The Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres train at the Complex.

Mural Paintings

Spray paint cans in the hands of teenagers can result in creative designs. The West Valley Arts Council started a project of painting murals on the sides of buildings in the Litchfield Park area in 2014. Three teenagers and a professional muralist are painting walls near the city pool area. The project should be finished this month.

The Surprise Youth Council has expanded the project with murals recently painted at Surprise Stadium, 16850 N. Bullard Ave, where the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers practice.

Historic Wigwam Hotel Tours

Free tours are offered during March, with advance notice, conducted by the concierge of the historic Wigwam Hotel in Litchfield Park at 300 E Wigwam Blvd. This popular resort dates back to 1929. The hotel opened originally for Goodyear executives and vendors. Today, it is a major resort with three golf courses on land originally purchased by Paul Weeks Litchfield in 1916 to grow cotton. (Goodyear Tire and Rubber needed cotton for the production of pneumatic tires.)

The tour includes the Fireplace room with the original mud and horsehair fireplace and the photo gallery of famous people who have visited the hotel over its 87-year history.