As winter rages across the country with record cold temperatures and blizzards, countless baseball fans
stare at their calendars, willing the days to fly until pitchers and catchers can report and Spring Training can begin. Spring
Training Baseball is a sign not only the return of our beloved teams, but also a sign that warmer weather is on its way. For
the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, excitement is always a part of Spring Training because two of the biggest stars in the
game don their jersey. Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton are two of the most exciting players in Major League Baseball and when
Hamilton signed with the Angels from their American League West rival Texas Rangers before the 2013 season, it was clear to
the rest of the league that the Angels are all in for winning the World Series.
The quest for redemption for the Los
Angeles Angels of Anaheim begins at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. Tempe Diablo Stadium has been the home of the
Angels since 1993, and they have extended their stay at the stadium through 2025 thanks to some very impressive renovations
that greatly increase the fan experience. Tempe Diablo Stadium now houses not just the Spring Training field of the Los Angeles
Angels of Anaheim, but all of the organizations Spring Training operations. Before becoming home of the 2002 World Champion
Angels, Tempe Diablo Stadium was the home to the Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers and Seattle Mariners. With over six different
fields as a part of the complex, the playing field itself was dedicated as Gene Autry Field in 1999 in honor of the late Angels
owner. Spring Training can't come soon enough for Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim fans who are counting the days until they
can make the trek out to Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Located in the East Valley suburb of Phoenix,
Arizona, Tempe Diablo Stadium has been hosting Spring Training Baseball since 1968 when it was the home of the Seattle Pilots.
The franchise from the Pacific Northwest relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and became the Milwaukee Brewers in 1970, and Tempe
Diablo Stadium became the Brewers home for Spring baseball until 1972. When Seattle was given a new Major League Baseball
franchise is 1977, the Seattle Mariners, they moved back to their original Spring Training home, Tempe Diablo Stadium. The
Mariners remained the home team at the Stadium until 1993 when Seattle moved across town to the brand new Peoria Sports Complex
to start the 1994 season, where they share the impressive complex with the San Diego Padres.
After losing the Seattle
Mariners, Tempe Diablo Stadium welcomed their new franchise, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, known then as the California
Angels. In 2006, Tempe Diablo Stadium underwent an extensive $20 million renovation, making Tempe Diable Station one of the
best in the Cactus League. During Cactus League play every Spring, the Angels match up against teams like the San Francisco
Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. The warmth and sunshine of the Arizona
desert is a welcome sight for those suffering through the cold of winter, making Spring Training Baseball one of the most
anticipated trips of the year for many sports fans.
Besides being one of the top college
towns in the country as the home of Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona is just an all around fantastic place to live
and to visit. The Tempe Buttes mark the Tempe skyline and are also what gave the city its name. Phillip Duppa, and English
pioneer who settle Tempe, likened the buttes and the Salt River to the Vale of Tempe in Greece. Arizona State University is
truly the heart of the city, with a downtown area full of restaurants and nightlife that caters to the thousands of students
that overtake the city every year. Sun Devil Stadium is the venue for the university, famous for being built into the side
of Tempe's famous butte. Tempe is also the Spring Training home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who thrill thousands
of Angels fans every Spring.
At Tempe Diablo Stadium, one might be surprised to know that
bleacher seats outnumber seats throughout the stadium. Baseball fans love seeing a game at this completely renovated stadium,
which boasts incredible views of the rugged buttes of Tempe. With capacity just above 9,500 fans, Tempe Diablo Stadium has
seats that will please everyone. All of the bleacher seats have backs and cupholders, and there are even suites for large
parties to enjoy the game. Catching a Spring Training game at Tempe Diable Stadium is an excellent family vacation or bucket
list trip for baseball fans of all ages.
Tempe Diablo Stadium Trivia
Just like Major League Baseball ballparks
all over the country, part of the fan experience is the stadium food that fans flock to. Did you know that Tempe Diablo Stadium
is famous for its fare? They serve the "Blazin' Burger", famous for its heat. The burger is topped with jalapenos, pepperjack
cheese, spicy mayo and served with a size of garlic fries. Now how can you think of watching baseball in the desert without
a Blazin' Burger?