Spring training with the Giants 

Next week, Cactus League spring training will return to downtown Scottsdale for the 2010 season. What does this mean for Giants fans? The team will be taking the mound at Scottsdale Stadium for
15 home games from March 3 to April 4.

Additionally, the Cactus League — which is made up of the Diamondbacks, Cubs, Brewers, White Sox, Indians, Rockies, Royals, Angels, Dodgers, Athletics, Padres, Giants, Mariners, Reds and Rangers — is just two miles from where the Oakland Athletics hold court at the Phoenix Municipal stadium.

For baseball fans, expect 70-degree highs, a chance to explore the Sonoran Desert, and during down time — spa treatments, Segway golf, fine dining and organic farmers markets. Tickets for games — which are scheduled every day in March — start at $5 per game.

Where to stay

For a complete list of spring training packages, visit www.playballinscottsdale.com. Below are some deals worth checking out:

• Baseball icons such as Ted Williams and Bob Fuller spent their spring training at Hotel Valley Ho, a modernized mid-century property at which you can stay three nights and book the fourth for free with the “Stay34Free” promotion. Room rates start at $199 per night, and visitors can also enjoy a 20 percent discount at the hotel restaurants and VH Spa with your game ticket stub. Valid in March.

• For spring training, those looking to enjoy baseball and the Sonoran Desert — as well as high-end service — book the “Stay Longer” package at the Four Seasons Scottsdale, Troon North. Offering a third free night with two paid consecutive nights, rates during spring training start at $525 per night. Note: the luxury resort recently completed a $1 million pool renovation last month; it also offers a nightly happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m.

• Within walking distance of the action, the W Scottsdale Hotel is offering a “Who’s Scored a Home Run” special — starting at $1,000 per night through April 1 — with suite accommodations, signed baseball gear, buy-one-get-one tickets and the chance to mingle with the players at a field practice.

• Located in the high Sonoran Desert, the Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa is offering through March a Winter Escape Package ($719 per night) that includes accommodations, breakfast for two and a $50 activity credit.

• Located five minutes from Scottsdale Stadium, FireSky Resort & Spa is bringing back its “Play Ball” special — rates starting at $239 per night throughout March — that features accommodations, a basket of baseball snacks for kids and a bucket of beer for the parents.

• Through April 15, the Scottsdale Resort & Athletic Club is offering a Spring Training Getaway — with rates starting at $179 per night — that includes a villa suite, $25 food and beverage credit, personal ticket concierge, 10-percent off services at Eurasia Spa and preferred tee times at area golf courses.


If you go

2010 Cactus League spring training


GENERAL INFO

Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau: www.experiencescottsdale.com

THE GAMES

Giants tickets:
www.sfgiants.com/spring

Athletics tickets: oakland.athletics.mlb.com/spring_training

Scottsdale Stadium: 7408 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale, (480) 312-2586, www.scottsdaleaz.gov/stadium
Charro Lodge at Scottsdale Stadium: www.springtraining.com

WHAT TO DO

Scottsdale Galleries: www.scottsdalegalleries.com
Woodjock: www.woodjock.com

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