Wednesday, March 21, 2012

FIELDS OF DREAMS - Surprise Stadium, Surprise, Arizona

Surprise Stadium
Surprise, AZ
Opened: 2003
Surface: Grass
Capacity: 10,500
Field Dimensions: Left-350 feet, Center-400 feet, Right-350 feet
Home Teams: Kansas City Royals (MLB Cactus League Spring Training) 2003-Present, Texas Rangers (MLB Cactus League Spring Training) 2003-Present, Surprise Rafters Arizona Fall League, (AFL) 2007-Present
Events Attended: Texas Rangers game versus the Angels a few years ago.

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Surprise Stadium is in...Surprise!...Surprise, Arizona, a suburb to the west of Phoenix.  It's the Spring Training home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals.  Driving over from the big city at game time can be quite a challenge as the freeways don't quite go far enough.  Public transporation has yet to really connect with this area.

Wheelchair access throughout the stadium is very good.  The seating is mainly around the rim at the top of the field level.  There is very good shade can get pretty hot here. 

If you come before the game to buy tickets, there are a few handicapped parking spaces near the ticket office.  At game time, hang your placard on the mirror or point out your plate to the parking usher and you will be guided to proper handicapped parking.

At the Game in Surprise

Ticket prices are reasonable from around $7 up to $25.  We got the best seats we could get at $19.  For this, we had great seats about 2/3 of the way to 1st base from home plate.

Although the capacity (above) is listed at 10,500, the day we were there when the then red-hot Angels took on the Rangers, the facility set an all time record of over 12,000 fans.

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-Darryl (with help from Tim)
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