Home to the San Francisco Giants and sold out weekend crowds, Scottsdale Stadium is located near both Tempe Diablo Stadium and Old Town Scottsdale. The stadium was built in 1992 by HOK, the same firm that designed the beautiful AT&T Park the club calls home during the regular season. True to its Bay Area inhabitants, the smell of garlic fries is prominent along the third base line.
Where To Sit:
The Giants are one of the top draws in the Cactus League and weekend games often sell out, but if you can get Line Box seats you will be as close to the field as possible for about $20 face value. Anchor Steam host an Anchor Corral out in right field for those looking to get a little loose. And, as always, there's some shade in right behind home plate.
There aren't any a fan can easily access. The stadium itself only has one practice field and the team does its actual training on the fields of a nearby school.
There is a VIP lodge in left field hosted by the Charro group of Scottdale, which benefits local charities. While game tickets sell out, you can sometimes find these VIP tickets available and they come with food and what are rumored to be great margaritas.
After The Game:
Downtown Scottsdale pretty much has it all. Food, drink, shopping, even an art walk. Staying in the immediate are of the stadium offers an abundance of choices. Or, just across the river in Tempe is Mill Avenue and the University area. You can't go wrong either way.
My Two Cents:
Scottsdale Stadium is a very nice stadium and I love all the brickwork. You can easily tell HOK designed it as it fits right in with Camden, Arlington, and AT&T. Avoid the bleacher seats if you can, people don't take the seat assignments seriously and they can get crowded. A day eating garlic fries and watching a game is hard to beat, though.
Your Two Cents:
What did I miss? What are your favorite watering holes and dining establishments in Scottsdale? Please share below.