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Visiting the Mariners at Spring Training in AZ

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The Peoria Sports Complex is the spring training and player development home of the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres. Cactus League games begin on March 2 and run through April 4. When it’s raining in Seattle, spring training fans will be enjoying 80 degree weather, ice-cold beer and jumbo dogs at a Cactus League Spring Training game.

Getting There:

An easy way to know pretty much where you are in the Phoenix area is to know that Phoenix is laid out like a grid. Central Avenue is the North-South dividing line. As you head EAST from Central Avenue, the STREET numbers get higher. The numbers are counted in city blocks. So 16th Street is 16 blocks East of Central. As you head WEST from Central Avenue, the AVENUE numbers get higher. So 35th Avenue is 35 blocks WEST of Central.

The Peoria Sports Complex is located at:
16101 N. 83rd Ave.
Peoria, AZ 85382
http://www.peoriasportscomplex.com

Peoria is about 45 minutes NW of Phoenix. The Peoria Sports Complex is conveniently located off the Loop 101 (Agua Fria Freeway) in the northwest valley. It is 30 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

By car: Take either I-10 or I-17 to Loop 101 (Agua Fria Freeway). Take Loop 101 West, if traveling on I-17, or Loop 101 North if traveling on I-10. From Loop 101, exit Bell Road east (exit 14). From Bell Road, turn south on 83rd Avenue. Peoria Sports Complex is approximately one-quarter mile down on the east side of 83rd Avenue.

For the Mariners Practice Fields, Mariners Clubhouse, Stadium seating and Complex Operations Office, turn left at Mariners Way (3rd light).

Once you’re there:

There are plenty of accommodations within walking distance of the Peoria Sports Complex, or within a short drive. Stay at Marriott’s SpringHill Suites Glendale, with free WiFi and a must for Arizona – an outdoor swimming pool. Or try Hilton’s Hampton Inn Peoria, with a pool and a short walk to lots of shopping at Arrowhead Towne Center. Look for more hotel options at http://www.peoriasportscomplex.com.

If you want to grab a bite, you can head to In N Out Burger (8285 West Bell Road; Peoria, AZ 85382), Mimi’s Café (7450 West Bell Road; Glendale, AZ 85308), locally owned and award-winning Dillon’s BBQ Restaurant (20585 North 59th Avenue; Glendale, AZ 85308) or Mi Cocina Mi Pais for locally owned good Mexican/South American dishes (4221 W. Bell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85053). Other eating options are found on the website at http://www.peoriasportscomplex.com .

Things to do:

Challenger Space Center AZ
21170 N. 83rd Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85382
623.322.2001
http://www.AZChallenger.org

Challenger Space Center AZ is your premiere destination for space and science education and fun in Arizona. Kids and adults will enjoy the Museum-quality displays, exhibits, Planetarium shows and Stargazing nights. Open Monday – Saturday.

Rio Vista Park and Recreation Center
8866 W Thunderbird Rd.
Peoria, AZ 85381
http://www.peoriaaz.gov

Home to a number of firsts in Peoria: the first public gymnasium, the first indoor racquetball courts, the first climbing wall and so much more. Purchase a day pass to take advantage of the state of the art facilities. Or head to the fun and free outdoor park and playground with water features and plenty of paths for walks or jogs, lighted sand volleyball courts and more.

City of Wickenburg, AZ
http://www.ci.wickenburg.az.us

Named as one of the top “True West Towns in America”, Wickenburg is 60 miles northwest of Downtown Phoenix in the Northern reaches of the great southwest’s Sonoran Desert. Take a walking tour of this old west town, or head to Rancho de los Caballeros, a historic guest ranch resort, spa and golf club for horseback riding, golf or spa treatments.

City of Litchfield Park, AZ
http://www.litchfield-park.org

Recognized by “Phoenix Magazine” as “one of the 8 best places to live in Arizona,” the City of Litchfield Park is a beautiful small city of approximately 5,000 residents located 15 miles west of Phoenix. Head to the Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa to visit an Arizona landmark and Historic Hotel of America. Exceptional golfing, spa treatments and dining await.

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