Every March, Scottsdale’s warm temperatures and friendly residents welcome baseball fans from around the world for a month of Spring Training fever. With 15 Major League Baseball teams and more than 200 games scheduled at 10 stadiums throughout the area, Scottsdale is the best place to be for baseball lovers everywhere. If you are planning on coming to Scottsdale to experience Spring Training excitement, The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch is the perfect destination resort for a luxury baseball vacation.
The Cactus League, as it is called, has had roots in Arizona for nearly 70 years. After vacationing in Mesa during the 1940s, New York Giants owner Horace Stoneham realized that the warm desert climate provided the perfect conditions for pre-season training. After convincing Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck to join him, both teams moved their training from Florida to Arizona in 1947. Over the next few years, the Chicago Cubs joined them, and the Cactus League has been expanding ever since.
In 1956, the Baltimore Orioles were the first team to play at the original Scottsdale Stadium, which is now the Spring Training home of the San Francisco Giants. Today, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies both share Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, and 12 other MLB teams make up the rest of the Cactus League at ballparks throughout the greater Phoenix area.
In between exhibition games, you can live the history of Spring Training in Arizona by following the Cactus League Legacy Trail. This self-guided tour will take you to the landmarks, restaurants, taverns and ballparks that your favorite players have been visiting for decades. With 10 stops in Scottsdale and three others in nearby Mesa, Tempe and Goodyear, you can retrace the steps of Hall of Famers like Ernie Banks, Dizzy Dean and Willie Mays.
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch is just 15 minutes from Scottsdale Stadium and five minutes from Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, making it the perfect destination resort for your Spring Training getaway. Featuring a relaxing spa, fine dining, and luxurious accommodations, it is truly a desert oasis that will keep you and your family relaxed and pampered between games under the warm Arizona sun.