Posted By Visit Mesa Team
January 18, 2024
Spring Training in Mesa
Every year fans come from all over to enjoy Mesa's gorgeous spring weather and, of course, baseball!
The Cactus League
Fitting to its name, the Cactus League is Arizona's MLB Spring Training league, bringing half of the MLB's 30 teams to Arizona to train each season. The league’s popularity began decades ago when it began hosting so many teams in one central area. With gorgeous weather and less than a half-hour car ride between each park, it’s no wonder why this league thrives in Arizona’s desert. Nestled among the cactus and the valley of the sun, Mesa's very own Sloan Park and Hohokam Stadium are respectively home to the Chicago Cubs and Oakland A's.
Get ready, because Spring Training in Mesa is a complete home run! Bring yourself, your family and friends this season and get ready to make a day out of it. Fans tailgate before the game, but you can also expect great food and beverages at concessions inside each Mesa stadium. During the game, you can check out the stadium merchandise and grab yourself a memento to remember your awesome day. If you're looking to continue the fun after the game, you can head over to Mesa Riverview, Downtown Mesa or come back to either stadium for batting practice or another game.
Mesa Breweries to Check Out After the Game:
Oro Brewing Company (210 W Main Street)
Serves six “Core Beers” including its “Inside the Park” Blonde Ale with eight seasonal and specialty beers on rotation such as the recently released “I Wish I Was A Cool Kid” Kolsch style ale.
Mesa hosts some of the best authentic Mexican food and it's to choose one place to stop at. Topping off the list are three long-standing locales: The Original Blue Adobe Grill (144 N Country Club), Los Dos Molinos (260 S Alma School Road) and Los Sombreros (1796 W Sothern Ave.)
Oro Brewing Company (left) and Los Sombreros (right)
You cannot stay any closer to Sloan Park than the Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West or Courtyard Mesa at Wrigleyville West. Both properties are located adjacent to the ballpark and practically share their parking lots. Let us just say you will not have to drive to the game and pre-game tailgating is possible there on site. Both hotels also offer seasonal packages that include highly sought-after tickets to games at Sloan Park while supplies last.
Where to get Breakfast:
Laying a solid breakfast foundation is an important part of having a successful spring training game day some local favorites include:
What’s Crackin’ Café (6663 East McDowell Rd #101) Featuring traditional home style breakfast classics like country fried steaks, eggs benedict variations, and New Mexican influenced favorites.
Other Spring Training Attractions:
The Mesa Historical Museum, located in the Old 1880s Lehi School building (2345 N Horne, Mesa AZ 85203-1823) celebrates Spring Training year round with the Play Ball: The Arizona Spring Training Experience, chronicling the history of the Cactus League and baseball in Mesa through numerous photographs and artifacts.
Click here to learn more about spring training history!
Reggie Jackson, on the left and Hank Aaron, on the right at Mesa’s Rendezvous Park, April 4, 1970. Photo Credit: Larry Ward, Mesa Tribune