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Tempe Diablo Stadium / Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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It is the most scenic ballpark in the Cactus League, bar none. With buttes beyond the left-field fence, a striking Spanish-style exterior and a relatively remote location that paradoxically offers easy freeway access, Tempe Diablo Stadium is a gem, a must-visit for anyone hitting Phoenix in March.

Tempe Diablo Stadium

FAST FACTS

Year Opened: 1968; renovated several times since
Capacity: 9,558 (7,285 seats, plus berm seating)
Dimensions: 340L, 388LC, 405C, 308RC, 340R
Playing Surface: Grass
Home Dugout: First-base line
Address/Directions: 2200 West Alameda Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282, Take Broadway Street exit off I-10 (coming from either direction); travel west on Broadway to 48th Street; turn left; Tempe Diablo Stadium is 1/2 mile on the left. Enter ballpark by turning left on Alameda.
Written By: Kevin Reichard


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The two best things about the ballpark are its location and its layout. It’s easy to get to — get on I-10 south, take the Broadway Street exit, and follow the signs — and there’s plenty of cheap adjacent parking. Tempe is within 10 minutes of the Phoenix airport, which makes it easy to hop into the car and hit a game right after arrival. And, of course, Phoenix is an easy drive from Los Angeles, which allows passionate Angels fans the chance to see their team in action at a great, intimate facility. And those fans have responses. A few years ago it was easy to snare an Angels spring-training ticket, but these days the Halos are one of the hottest spring-training tickets in the Cactus League. Plan ahead; the days of walking up and snaring a good ticket 30 minutes before game time are gone.

The ballpark itself is very fan-friendly. Renovations in 1993 made the place a much more accessible venue, adding a concourse level above the bowl housing a wide variety of concession offerings, while a second set of renovations in 2006 expanded the training facility and provided a new entrance. Throw in easy accessibility to practice fields (located on the other side of the parking lot from the ballpark) and you have a great spring-training experience.

The original Diablo Stadium was built in 1968, but it was expanded in 1993 under the supervision of HOK Sport (now Populous). The original playing field, seating bowl and visitors’ clubhouse were incorporated into the new facility, which added a new clubhouse, enclosed batting tunnels, and more.

In addition, the renovation added five concession stands, a concourse-level plaza area, an observation deck, and a picnic area down the third-base line. It’s worth getting to the park early to snare one of these picnic tables, as they’re fairly close to the action; their usability is somewhat limited by the fact that the Angels don’t allow any outside food at all in the ballpark.

The latest round of renovations added more training fields to the mix (six full fields in total), practice facilities and a minor-league clubhouse, as well as a new entrance to the ballpark. Previously the Angels had practiced at an offsite facility, but the latest expansion allows all the major- and minor-leaguers to train at the same location.