As Brewers fans prepare for their journey to the desert to catch their up-and-coming club up close, here's some information that should help make it a great trip:
When do the Brewers arrive at camp?
Milwaukee's pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training on Feb. 17, with the first workout scheduled for the next day. Position players will report on Feb. 23, with the first full-squad practice set for Feb. 24.
When do games start?
The Brewers begin Cactus League play on Thursday, March 1, when they host the A's at Maryvale Baseball Park.
How do I get tickets?
Tickets are available in four seating areas: infield box ($19), infield reserved ($15), outfield reserved ($11) and lawn ($7). Tickets can be purchased online or by phone at 800-933-7890 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT. Tickets are also available at the Maryvale Baseball Park box ofice.
Information about Spring Training season tickets, group sales (25 or more) and skybox rentals can be obtained by calling the Brewers at 623-245-5527.
Maryvale Baseball Park has 7,000 seats; for a spot in the shade, choose one of the upper rows behind home plate. For a true Spring Training experience, bring a blanket and head to the outfield berm.
Where is the ballpark, and how do I get there?
The stadium is located at 3600 N. 51st Ave. in the Maryvale neighborhood on the western edge of Phoenix, and there are several ways to get there. From downtown, take I-10 west, exit at 51st Avenue and head north (right) to the parking lots. Or from I-17, exit at Indian School Road and head west, then turn left onto 51st Avenue to the parking lots.
The area around the ballpark is improving, but there are limited pregame lunch options. A better option might be to enter stadium parking lots (on 51st Avenue between Thomas Road and Indian School Road) early for a Wisconsin-style tailgate. Maryvale Baseball Park features ample parking.
How can I watch the team work out?
Because it features smaller crowds than the Giants' home in Scottsdale or the Cubs' home in Mesa, laid-back Maryvale Baseball Park is a great place to watch a Major League workout.
There is no admission charge to see the Brewers work out on their eight fields at Maryvale Baseball Park. The Major League squad typically takes the practice fields at 9 a.m. local time, and usually uses a quad of fields named after Brewers legends like Paul Molitor and Robin Yount. That means fans can quickly move from field to field to watch their favorite players take batting or fielding practice and can listen in on coaches' instructions. There is also a large bullpen where fans can stand just a few feet away from Derrick Turnbow fastballs.
Where can I get autographs?
The best-kept secret in the Cactus League is that Maryvale Baseball Park is one of the easiest places to get autographs. To get from the clubhouse to the practice fields each morning, Brewers players walk through a large parking lot scattered with autograph seekers. The best time to catch players is probably after the morning workout when they return to the clubhouse for lunch and typically have some time to sign.
Fans can also get autographs inside the main stadium. A tunnel from the clubhouse area opens in the right-field corner, and players walk down the first-base line to the dugouts. Many sign for fans along the way.
The Brewers' Minor League facility is also on-site, and those players are also accessible starting in March. The tough part can be identifying players with uniform numbers in the 80s and 90s.
What else is there to do in the area?
Besides lounging at the pool with a margarita? You could head to Maryvale Golf Course (59th Avenue and Indian School Road) for a round of golf, but most of the action is further east in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe.
The beauty of Spring Training in Arizona is that nine teams train within a short drive of one another -- the Brewers and A's (Phoenix), Giants (Scottsdale), Cubs (Mesa), Angels (Tempe), Padres and Mariners (Peoria) and Rangers and Royals (Surprise). Three others -- the White Sox, Diamondbacks and Rockies -- are about a two-hour drive south in Tucson. Any trip to see the Brewers in Spring Training should include a road game or two.
When do the Brewers open the regular season?
The Brewers open the season at home on April 2, when they host the NL Wild Card winners from last season, the Dodgers, at 1:05 p.m. ET.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less