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Pick 5: The Best Places to Watch Spring Training

Baseball season is almost here! Before the official opening on March 31, you can catch your favorite teams in Florida (the Grapefruit League) and Arizona (the Cactus League) throughout March. Spring Training’s biggest appeal is that it gives spectators a chance to enjoy the game in a more intimate environment. Most stadiums seat 5,500-11,000 fans, and many feature grassy areas to relax, picnic, and enjoy low humidity and sunny skies prevalent in both states in the winter. If you’re planning a Spring Training getaway, skip the hassle of luggage shipping – use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and head to the ballpark the moment you land.

If you're planning a Spring Training getaway, skip the hassle of luggage shipping - use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and head to the ballpark the moment you land.

Glendale’s Camelback Ranch. Image courtesy Bryce Edwards via Flickr.

1. Camelback Ranch | Glendale, AZ
Glendale’s Camelback Ranch, which opened in 2009 and is one of the newest spring training facilities in the Cactus League, is also one of the most beautiful. The complex is features walking trails, landscaped grounds and an orange grove. Home to both the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers, the two teams share the stadium, whose colors reflect the Sonoran Desert and mountains that rise in the distance. Seating is elevated 12 feet above grade to provide unobstructed sightlines for great game watching. >> Find out more about Camelback Ranch

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Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. Image courtesy civilengtiger via Flickr.

2. Bright House Field | Clearwater, FL
Bright House Field in Clearater, Florida, is known for its cleanliness and fun, family-friendly atmosphere. The somewhat new stadium was completed in 2004, but the Philadelphia Phillies have had Spring Training in Clearwater since 1947. The outfield stands’ tiki bar is a hands-down fan favorite, but there are plenty of restaurants nearby you can visit after the game. Bring your own chair and enjoy the grassy berm seating. >> Find out more about Bright House Field

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Cubs Park in Mesa, Arizona. Image courtesy Al Yellon and BleedCubbieBlue.com.

3. Cubs Park | Mesa, AZ
The Chicago Cubs’ new stadium, Cubs Park, in Mesa, Arizona, is aleady receiving rave reviews. Fans can see the game from everywhere, even while in line for hot dogs and burgers. A steep berm provides great sightlines and a grassy perch behind the outfield. You can even watch Cubs pitchers warm up during the game with views down into the bullpen. >> Find out more about Cubs Park

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Champion Stadium at Walt Disney World® Resort. Image courtesy Debbie Summers via Flickr.

4. Champion Stadium | Lake Buena Vista, FL
Champion Stadium is a 9500-seat baseball stadium located at ESPN Wide World of Sports in the Walt Disney World® Resort. The stadium, built in 1997, is the Spring Training home of the Atlanta Braves. The facility is top-notch and parking is free, but the real draw is the theme parks. Fans can attend a game and then visit a park, all without leaving Disney property. >> Find out more about Champion Stadium

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Kids run the bases at Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. Image courtesy Dave Nakayama via Flickr.

5. Peoria Sports Complex | Peoria, AZ
Peoria Sports Complex is home to the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners. Fans love this Arizona Spring Training stadium because the players are accessible, every seat in the house feels close to the action, and grass seating is ample. Beverage offerings include more than a dozen beers on tap. Too tired to walk back to your car? Hop on the free golf cart shuttle! >> Find out more about Peoria Sports Complex

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Historic McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida. Image courtesy Jamie Wisner via Flickr.

Bonus pick: McKechnie Field | Bradenton, FL
McKechnie Field is the oldest stadium used for Spring Training. Opened in 1923, the park is a fan favorite, especially of baseball traditionalists. Considered Florida’s version of Fenway Park, it is often coined the best overall Spring Training park. White stucco grandstands and covered bleachers over the reserved seating section provide shade on sunny days. The Spanish Mission-style architecture nods to a bygone era. Visitors flock to see the Pittsburgh Pirates play here year after year. >> Find out more about McKechnie Field

Which Spring Training stadium is your favorite?