It’s been an adventure getting here, but MLB 2022 Spring Training is finally here.
Major League Baseball and the players’ association have settled their differences enough to end the lockdown and allow Cactus League to start, albeit later than normal.
Spring training will also be a bit shorter this year — teams will play 17 to 22 games in Arizona, down from the usual 30 — between March 17 and April 5. Opening day is April 7.
Here’s everything fans need to know about the spring training games at Surprise Stadium.
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Which spring training teams play in Surprise?
The Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals play at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Arizona.
How to Get Texas Rangers Spring Training Tickets
Buy Rangers tickets at https://www.mlb.com/rangers/tickets/spring-training.
How to Get Kansas City Royals Spring Training Tickets
Buy tickets for the Royals at https://www.mlb.com/royals/tickets/spring-training.
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Surprise Stadium Spring Training Ticket Discounts
Military personnel and first responders get 50% off Sunday games in select sections with military ID or proof of box office eligibility, or with the online promo code MILITARY.
Check the stadium’s website for details on other promotions that may be announced.
Where is the Surprise Stadium?
The ballpark is at 15930 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise. 623-222-2222, https://www.surprisestadium.com.
How much is parking at Surprise Stadium?
Parking is free and there are over 1,600 spaces.
Surprise Stadium Insider Tips
This year marks the stadium’s 20th anniversary. The Surprise Stadium Concourse Hall of Fame gets nostalgic with quotes from Babe Ruth, George Will, Bobo Lemon, Bryant Gumbel, Red Smith and even Humphrey Bogart.
Food and drink at Surprise Stadium
Look for Tex-Mex souvenir helmet nachos, new this year. Also new this season is the signature Cactus Corn Dog, a beer-battered smoked sausage corn dog with a nice kick of a healthy drizzle of honey-jalapeño mustard.
Hometown Dog Booth debuts ⅓ pound gourmet dogs displaying gear that pays homage to Texas (queso blanco and Texas chili), Kansas City (pulled pork, homemade coleslaw and pickles), California (tomatoes, cucumbers and tzatziki sour cream) and Arizona (pico de gallo cactus and homemade spicy mustard).
Quench your thirst with something from KC’s Boulevard Beer line or sip new Cherry Blossom from Arizona-based Huss Brewing Co..
Continued: Where to Eat Near Spring Training at Surprise Stadium
Stadium surprise seats
Bring a blanket and relax on the grass berm overlooking the outfield. Or take a seat on the Michelob Ultra Legends Deck and score a game day package including catered meal, drink voucher, private bar and flat-screen TVs. Tickets start at $45 and include a premium club-level seat with access to the Legends Lounge.
The Sunday Funday Family Four Pack makes it easy to join the game and snacks. For $44, get four lawn tickets, four drinks, four hot dogs and four servings of popcorn. Stay till the end and the kids can run the bases and receive a prize for their efforts.
Meet the players
Autograph sessions and other player interactions have yet to be announced.
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