Surprise Stadium

The 10,500-seat Surprise Stadium opened in 2002 and features a spectacular lawn that wraps around nearly the entire outfield. The 124-acre site venue, which the Rangers share with the Kansas City Royals, routinely receives praise for its well-conceived design with lots of shaded seating.

Address: 15850 N. Bullard Avenue, Surprise. See it on a map.

Website: www.surprisespringtraining.com

Parking: Park at the stadium. The lot is huge and parking is free. Gates open 90 minutes prior to all home day games.

Tickets: $8-$30 (depending on opponent). Purchase at 800-745-3000, or kcroyals.com or texasrangers.com.

Best places to sit: Shade covers much of the stadium in the afternoon, but the infield upper-deck provides canopied seating. The lawn, too, is very spacious, often giving attendees plenty of room to spread out.

Concessions: Plenty of options, from cotton candy to brats to beer. Surprise also lets visitors bring in packaged food if it’s in a clear, sealed bag.

Best Pre-Game/Post-Game Spots

Get wild

The Wildlife World Zoo features an aquarium, an African safari and 400 exotic and endangered species.

Address: 16501 W. Northern Avenue, Litchfield Park
Website: wildlifeworld.com

Visit the deli

Locals love Archie’s Deli, known for its New York-style foods and desserts. Fresh breads and lots of fresh ingredients.

Address: 15332 W. Bell Road, Suite 101, Surprise
Website: archiesdeli.com

The final frontier

The Challenger Space Center allows visitors to explore the history of space exploration.

Address: 21170 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria
Website: azchallenger.org

Go way out west

Wickenburg is a testament to the state’s rugged frontier days and a great place for a day trip. Its historic downtown and numerous ranches make it quintessential Arizona.

Website: ci.wickenburg.az.us

Go downtown

Downtown Glendale, that is. The historic downtown features multiple restaurants and lots of unique antique shops.

Website: visitglendale.com

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