Tempe Diablo Stadium

Tempe Diablo Stadium

DestinationTempe, Arizona … location of the Tempe Diablo Stadium … Spring Training home for the Los Angeles Angels … celebrating their 20th year at this location. The 75-acre complex includes 6 1/2 practice fields plus the main stadium that seats 9,558.  There is berm seating (up to 2,300) but is only on the left field side – right field is a parking lot and the entrance for the visiting team. The stadium sits at the base of the Twin Buttes and one provides a beautiful backdrop behind left field. Tempe Diablo Stadium also hosts the night games for the Arizona League’s Tempe Angels.

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History – Tempe Diablo Stadium was opened in 1968 and was the Spring Training home of the Seattle Pilots 1969-1970; the Milwaukee Brewers 1971-1972; and the Seattle Mariners 1977-1993. Similar to Scottsdale Stadium, this facility had extensive renovations in 2006 ($20 million) and (like the Giants) the Angels signed a lease extension through 2025.

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PeopleFans were plentiful – even on a weekday when the weather was a bit cooler than normal for Spring Training. With All-Stars like Albert Pujols (9x), Josh Hamilton (5x), Jared Weaver (3x), CJ Wilson (2x), Mark Trumbo, and Mike Trout … the fans have a lot to be optimistic about in 2013!  There is a picnic area above the third base outfield with a great view of the game. It includes numerous picnic tables, round tables with umbrellas, and even a party zone area. Of course, there are many food stands along that zone as well … I personally tried the pulled pork sandwich and thought it was excellent.

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Between the practice field accessibility and the plentiful autographs along the first base line, Tempe Diablo is a pretty fan-friendly complex and one that I encourage you to visit.

The Baseball PHD

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The Baseball PHD visited Tempe Diablo Stadium on two consecutive days:

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 – Diamondbacks @ Angels:  concluded in a 7-7 tie with 3,094 in attendance.

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013 – Giants @ Angels: concluded in an 8-8 tie with 4,042 in attendance.

Ballpark address:
2200 West Alameda Drive
Tempe, AZ 85282

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