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Spring in Arizona is official when the fans of Major League Baseball flock to the state to catch their beloved Cactus League teams in exhibition games and practices. Which means, for the loyal game followers, the season begins on March 1st, 2016!
Whether travelers to these warmer parts of the United States are looking to escape the winter chills or to snap a selfie at a state-of-the-art ball park, Arizona cities hosting any of the fifteen Cactus League teams come alive in a whole different way.
Mesa, Arizona serves as the spring training home of the Chicago Cubs at Sloan Park and the Oakland Athletics at Hohokam Stadium. Within 15 miles away, in neighboring cities of Scottsdale and Tempe, games are held at Scottsdale Stadium (San Francisco Giants), Tempe Diablo Stadium (Los Angeles Angels) and Salt River Fields (Arizona Diamondbacks). Hence, being in close proximity to the areas training sites and central to popular tourist sites, Mesa’s events calendar is filled with a wide range of activities. Save this handy Cactus Leagues Schedule to help plan your travel time!
A Day at the Diamond celebrates baseball in a way that brings together fans of all ages. A kid zone, baseball card show, Chicago Cubs team shop are just a few of the happenings on February 27th from 12:30 to 5:30 at Sloan Park.
Another exciting and long awaited showcase is the “Play Me, I’m Yours” in Downtown Mesa. An international tour which brings artists and local communities engaging art pieces on pianos, Street Pianos Mesa gives the public a place to play, listen, see, and explore their creative side! Don’t miss these brilliant pieces of art by visiting all 24 pianos (for free!) between February 27th to April 9th. For a map of piano locations, more details about the project by Luke Jerram, and to share pictures please visit Street Pianos Mesa 2016.
For grown-ups (who really are kids in bigger bodies) and children (who will need to keep an eye on those bigger people), visit the i.d.e.a. Museum for the fun and inspiring Underwater FantaSEA exhibit. From February 12th through May 29th see paintings, sculptures, photography and more as you connect to the ocean miles away from it in Mesa, Arizona. With live webcams see the life in the Atlantic Ocean, swim in the make-believe ocean designed to make you feel a part of the underwater world, and be inspired by the deep sea! For hours, tickets and more information visit www.ideamuseum.org.
These are just a few things to do in Mesa when you’re not cheering your favorite spring training team. Stay in-the-know about all the happenings by checking out the Downtown Mesa Calendar (i.e. the March 5th Mesa Brewfest) and Visit Arizona Spring Training.
Book your hotel stay soon as baseball training is peak season for the Phoenix area. Contact the Mesa Mezona Hotel located at 250 W Main St. or visit the reservation site for rates and availability. To be alerted about on-going area activities, be sure to connect at Facebook Mesa Mezona.
Booking website: www.mesamezonahotel.com
See you at the ballpark fans!