Peoria’s 26th season of Cactus League Spring Training in full swing

By TARA ALATORRE

PEORIA – Cactus League Spring training opened for the 26th season at the Peoria Sports Complex and will be the home for the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres as they prepare for the 2019 Major Baseball League (MLB) season.

Resident Rewards are back this spring.  Offered exclusively for local Peoria residents, the reward program allows locals to save 25 percent off every spring training game and receive free parking. In order to get the discount, you must prove you are a resident of Peoria, Ariz., and there is a limit of four tickets per game.

“We’re excited to bring back Resident Rewards for the third year in a row,” said Mike Hyland, Peoria Sports Complex Superintendent.  “We saw tremendous growth in fan participation of this program last year and are pleased to offer it again.”

The Peoria Sports Complex is offering upgraded experiences for fans too.

There is a new fully-loaded Burger Bar starting at just $10 with all beef patties, which is located just above the Team Store.

Also, back by popular demand, the Craft Courtyard upgrade, which is redeemable for four 12-ounce craft beers for just an additional $20.  The Craft Courtyard voucher is available when you purchase your ticket and has a variety of popular craft beers that you can enjoy during the game.

The spring training facility is also offering a variety of promotional days throughout the month of March.

Dog Days will happen at Peoria Sports Complex on March 6, 9 and 21, which allows fans to sit on the lawn and enjoy the spring weather with their dog at the game with a $5 dog admission ticket (only available at ticket office window).  All of proceeds from the dog tickets will benefit the Arizona Humane Society.

Dogs must remain on a leash and water troughs are provided during Dog Days.

The last Giveaway Day will be on March 7, where the first 3,000 fans through the gates will receive a keepsake Padres earbuds case with a key ring.

Little League Day is on March 10, where there will be a pregame parade in uniform on the field to celebrate all local little leaguers and other special activities throughout the game.

Education Night is on March 12, for the Peoria Unified School District to fundraise for the Peoria Education Foundation.

Kids Day is on March 20 and 23, where children ages eight to 12 can participate in special experiences on a first-come, first-served basis.  Families can visit guest services up to one hour before the first pitch on game day to register for an activity. Plus, every kid can run the bases after the game.

“Spring training is one of my favorite times of the year and I am excited to announce the opening of another great season of baseball,” said Mayor Cathy Carlat. “We’ve worked hard to make the fan experience the best that it can be, and I hope baseball fans from near and far take advantage of the fun to be had in our award-winning facility.”

Don’t forget to wear green at the game on St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, and take advantage of the Craft Beer Courtyard.

There will also be $1 admission to games on March 18 and 19, when the Mariners head to Japan for a special preseason series.  Fans can watch the top minor league prospects of the Mariners and Padres go head-to-head in the stadium.  The first 1,000 fans through the gates for these $1 admission games will receive a surprise giveaway item.

The final game to close out the Spring Training season at Peoria Sports Complex is an afternoon game on March 24, with the Mariners playing against the Chicago Cubs.

Peoria Sports Complex ticket office in-person ticket sales for all spring training games at Peoria Sports Complex located at 16101 N. 83rd Avenue will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. On game days the ticket office will be open until the end of the game. 

Peoria Sports Complex also offers group ticket sales and catering at The Colonnade, an indoor, air-conditioned event space with a patio down the third base line that features private bathrooms, TVs and more. The expansive Pavilion beyond the leftfield bullpen offers a classic ballpark barbecue menu for up to 400 people.

Tickets may also still be purchased at www.padres.com, www.mariners.com or by calling 800-677-1227. For more information about group tickets and catering call 623-773-8720.