Spring training: What to know before you go


by April Warnecke

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Posted on February 24, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 9:40 AM

VALLEYWIDE -- When you factor in the cost of tickets, parking, food and drinks, the cost of taking your family to a spring training game can quickly climb. But there are some ways to save a few bucks.

Joe Connor, author of "A Fan's Guide to the Ultimate Spring Training Experience," has been to all 10 of the ballparks in the Cactus League. His best advice for families looking to save a buck is to head to Maryvale.

The spring training home of the Brewers has some of the cheapest tickets in the league at $23 on the high end and $8 for lawn seats.

Connor also says that stadium can be easier for families because it doesn't draw the crowds that other stadiums do.

Lawn seats are cheapest in Peoria  -- just $7.

Two of the 10 ballparks -- Surprise Stadium and Camelback Ranch in Glendale -- also have free parking.

Regardless of where you go, Connor says your money is wasted if you don't get there in time to get to your seat on time. The best players often only play the first few innings, and if you get stuck in line outside, you could miss that.

Connor advises fans to buy their tickets at home, print them out yourself and then skip the lines at the ballpark.

Connor's book is updated yearly and is available for download her at www.modernerabaseball.com.