|PHOENIX MUNICIPAL STADIUM|
|Year Opened||1965; renovated in 2005|
|Dimensions||345L, 410C, 345R|
|Ticket Prices||Field Box, $25; Lower Box, $24; Upper Box, $18; Outfield Reserved, $12. Prices can vary based on supply and demand.|
|Tickets on Sale||Friday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m.|
|Ticket Line||877/493-BALL (2255)|
|Ticket Web Site||oaklandathletics.com|
|Address||5999 E. Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ 85008|
|Directions||The ballpark is located northeast of I-10 Exit 153 (48th St.). Take HoHokam Expressway to Van Buren Street, right on Van Buren two miles.|
Oakland Athletics Spring Training: One Last Hurrah at the Muni
It is the oldest Phoenix-area facility in the Cactus League, a tenure that will end after 2014 when the Oakland Athletics move spring training operations to HoHoKam Park in 2015. This will be the last professional spring training at the Muni, as the Arizona State Sun Devils will take up residence here beginning with the 2015 NCAA season. It’s been a good run for Phoenix Municipal Stadium, spring home of the A’s since 1984.
It is a low-key venue, to be sure. But it may be one of the most beautiful venues in the Cactus League despite being one of the oldest, a ballpark tucked into the foothills of the Papago Park recreation area. What was once a dumpy, old ballpark with uncomfortable bleacher seating and minimalist approach to comfort is now one of our favorite places to catch a spring-training game, especially at night.
here’s a strong architectural tradition in Arizona going back to the days of adobe buildings, a style with an emphasis on natural building materials and integration with the buttes that dominate the area. In the case of Phoenix Municipal Stadium, accents made from decorative stones placed adorn the entryways of the stands, while the general feeling in the concourse echoes the Papago Park surroundings. As a bonus, embedded in the concourse are tiles illustrating the history of spring training in Phoenix, which dates back to 1929 and the presence of the Detroit Tigers on the local sporting scene. (That history, by the way, included the installation of Polo Grounds light poles when that landmark New York ballpark was torn down.)
Enjoy it now, friends, for the Oakland A’s are spending their final days training at Phoenix Municipal Stadium and Papago Park. Come 2015, the A’s will be training at a renovated HoHoKam Park and Fitch Park after the departure of the Chicago Cubs for a new training venue in 2014.
And it’s not as though Phoenix Muni is going away: beginning in 2015 the ballpark will be home to the Arizona State University Sun Devils baseball program. The program’s longtime home, Packard Stadium, is slated for redevelopment. The new lease means one of the most historic venues in the Cactus League will continue to host baseball.
Phoenix Municipal Stadium was the home of the Phoenix Firebirds until 1992, when the team moved to Scottsdale Stadium.
Spring Training History
The Oakland Athletics franchise dates back to the beginning of the American League in 1901. Spring-training sites have included: Philadelphia (1901, 1919); Charlotte, N.C. (1902); Jacksonville (1903, 1914-1918); Spartanburg, S.C. (1904); Shreveport (1905); Montgomery, Ala. (1906, 1923-1924); Dallas (1907); New Orleans (1908-1909); Atlanta (1910); San Antonio (1912-1913); Lake Charles, La. (1920-1921, 1938-1939); Eagle Pass, Texas (1922); Ft. Myers (1925-1936); Mexico City (1937); Anaheim, Cal. (1940-1942); Wilmington, Del. (1943); Frederick, Md. (1944-1945); West Palm Beach (1946-1962); Bradenton (1963-1969); Mesa (1969-1978); Scottsdale (1979-1983); Phoenix (1984-present).
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