Dodgers Spring Training in Arizona | What it’s Like at Camelback Ranch

So I have been kicking myself ever since 2008, when the Dodgers left Florida and began having Spring Training in Arizona. I had heard that seeing the games in the small stadiums was great, but just never pulled the trigger on going – until last week (thanks to a late Christmas present from my awesome wife). And, man, I am so glad I made the almost 4 hour drive from the Coachella Valley to Glendale see Dodgers Spring Training at Camelback Ranch.

Here are some reasons why:

It’s Cheap

At face value, tickets to Dodgers Springs training games go for $10 to $24. We shopped around a bit on Stub Hub, Vivid Seats, and such and then grabbed tickets to a Thursday afternoon game on Seat Geek for $4 a piece – and these were not outfield grass seats. This was our view:

Seats a few rows up from home plate during Dodgers spring training at Camelback Ranch in Arizona

Not bad at all for four bucks (plus a few extra dollars on fees) and the parking for Dodgers Spring training was free.

Pro tip: almost every seat is in the sun. If you are looking for shade, get seats on the first base side in the top half of the stadium. We ended up moving there after a couple of innings to get out of the sun’s rays.  The view was still awesome.

The view from the 1st base side during Dodgers Spring Training at Camelback Ranch in Arizona
The view from the 1st base side of Camelback Ranch (Kristen Dolan)

Seeing Dodgers Spring Training at Camelback Ranch is fun!

Enjoy a nice cold beer during the games at Camelback Ranch in Arizona during Dodgers Spring Training

Camelback Ranch is a chill stadium and offers up a variety of craft beers (every concession stand has a different beer to choose from), some decent food, and the environment is much more relaxed during these Arizona Spring Training games than seeing those games that count in Dodger Stadium.

A huge hot dog served at Camelback Ranch during Dodgers Spring Training

And, as long as you are cool about it, you can even head up close before the game and maybe even between innings and snap a few photos, like these taken by my wife:

Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers in the on deck circle during Spring Training at Camelback Ranch (Kristen Dolan)
Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers in the on deck circle during Spring Training at Camelback Ranch (Kristen Dolan)
The field at Camelback Ranch about about an hour before game time
The field at Camelback Ranch about about an hour before game time (Kristen Dolan)
Home plate at Camelback Ranch
Another shot of the field (Kristen Dolan)

Camelback Ranch is Beautiful in the Spring

The complex serves as the Spring Training home for both the Dodgers and the White Sox.  It is quite extensive.  Be sure to take a walk around, because it is beautiful and has some cool photo ops.

Some cool water features can be found at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona
Camelback Ranch (Casey Dolan)
A Tommy Lasorda lifesize Bobblehead at Camelback Ranch
A Tommy Lasorda lifesize Bobblehead at Camelback Ranch (Kristen Dolan)
The view across the water into the stadium at Camelback Ranch
Camelback Ranch (Casey Dolan)

Dodgers Players are Really Accessible

This is the really cool thing about Spring Training.  If you go, get there a few hours early to watch the players practice and, when they are done, sign a few autographs for their fans.  Here’s manager Dave Roberts greeting fans and signing some items, which he must have done for at least 10 minutes while I was there.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts signs autographs in Glendale, Arizona
Manager Dave Roberts of the Dodgers signing autographs for fans at Spring Training (Kristen Dolan)
Players signing autographs in Glendale, Arizona
(Casey Dolan)

Spring Training also gives you a chance to not only see veterans like Clayton Kershaw and Adrian Gonzalez, but also is a nice preview of prospects like Cody Bellinger and Alex Verdugo before they make it to the show.

It’s Not That Bad of a Drive From Southern California to Glendale, Arizona

Barring any accidents or construction, you can get from the Palm Springs area to Glendale in about 3 1/2 hours.  If you were headed to Dodger Stadium, you might spend that same amount of time just trying to get off the Stadium Way offramp.

Give yourself a little extra time and grab a taco or burrito at Albertacos in Blythe on the way.

A couple other things:

  • Hotels can be expensive during Spring Training.  The wife and I stayed in a casita 5 minutes out of downtown Phoenix through Airbnb for $60.
  • Grab breakfast at Matt’s Big Breakfast in Phoenix
Five Spot breakfast sandwich from Matt's Big Breakfast in Phoenix, Arizona
The Five Spot from Matt’s Big Breakfast
  • If you like craft beer, head to The Whining Pig.  It doesn’t look like much, but man oh man, what a beer selection and the prices are cheap.
  • If you like BBQ, go to Little Miss BBQ.
  • The stadium allows you to bring in your own food and snacks, though be sure to read the rules so you do it correctly.
  • Have fun.  It’s a blast!
Camelback Ranch Directions Sign
(Casey Dolan)

All in all, we had a blast during our visit to Dodgers Spring Training at Camelback Ranch.

Have you been? Would love to know how your experience was in the comments.


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