As in the real world. the A's play in one of the oldest stadiums in the Cactus League. Built in 1977 and formerly home of the Cubs, HoHoKam has been recently refurbished for Oakland, the building's original tenant. However, due to recent renovations, HoHoKam is a very nice game experience.
The sight lines in this stadium are great and the renovations make this a very nice park that still has an intimate, old time Spring Training feel. Large HD video boards add to the updated look but the real winners are the patio areas down each baseline. There, fans can choose from a variety of beverages, plop them on chest high ledges and enjoy a great, shaded view of the game. With a wide grass berm that loops around the outfield and a solid food selection including Ike's Sandwiches, HoHoKam is a great place to catch a game.
Tickets are generally plentiful as the A's aren't a huge draw, but it can get a little full for a weekend game against a popular team.
Where to sit:
If you want some shade, go for the Terrace Box seats. They offer a great view of the game and will keep you cool. Autograph hounds will want the Infield Box Gold seats. And there's never anything wrong with paying $10 for a lawn ticket.
The A's do a great job of bringing former MLB players to games and making them available for autographs and pictures. Typically, a player will sign a ball for $20 (which goes to charity) and will take pictures and tell stories. Generally, they are on the concourse area.
Bonus tip: players will walk through a gate in right field to their clubhouse, often passing right through fans. If you have a kid who wants a picture or autograph, get there during warm ups and you'll probably score.
After The Game:
Mesa is home to a highly rated arts center as well as an Air Force Museum which allows you the opportunity to take a flight in a classic warplane. Of course, there are plenty of shopping options downtown.
My Two Cents:
I went to HoHoKam my first Spring Training trip and haven't been back since the remodel. The park had a nice old timey feel without all the pretense of some of the newer, larger parks. If they've kept that feel while adding some polish, this should be a great way to see a game without the huge crowds other parks see.
Your Two Cents:
Has anybody been there since the remodel? What did I miss? Any great stories to share? Let us know below.