Camelback Ranch-Glendale Stadium is located in Glendale, west of downtown Phoenix and close to Westgate City Center, University of Phoenix Stadium and Jobing.com Arena. It opened in 2009. These photos will help you get a feel for Camelback Ranch-Glendale stadium before you buy your tickets and plan your day at the ballpark.
Camelback Ranch-Glendale Stadium TipsThese comments are based on my visit in February 2009 and March 2011.
- The stadium in Glendale seats more than 10,000 people in seats and 3,000 grass (berm). It is the largest Spring Training stadium in Arizona. The entire campus covers 141 acres.
- Parking at Camelback Ranch is not free.
- All seats at Camelback Ranch-Glendale have backs; there are no metal bleachers here. The seats have armrests and are wider than many stadium seats with adequate legroom. Very comfortable! My gripe: no cupholders.
- You will at once be struck by the designer touches at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. The water feature, colors and architecture along with the use of metal and stone make it feel like more than just a minimum/low budget ballpark design.
- While I like the way Camelback Ranch-Glendale is designed to fit the desert environment, I also note that inside the stadium gates there are no picnic areas or green areas in which children can play. Inside the stadium, aside from the berm and the field, is basically all concrete.
- There are a few, but not many, areas around the stadium where you can stand and eat. Generally, these areas don't offer a view of the field.
- There are four berm seating areas here: down the third base line, left field, right field and down the 1st base line. The preferable one, in my opinion, is in left field. The sun won't be directly in your eyes, and the view is more straight on than the grass down the baselines. The bull pens are in right and left field, down the respective baselines, with the grass seating areas on each side.
- The main scoreboard is the only place in the stadium where you can see who's at bat and the pitch count. The scoreboard is visible from all areas except the berm right under it. Each team has their own graphics. No players stats are provided on the graphics except their position.
- On a sunny day, the people sitting in the right field berm will have the sun in their eyes for most of the game. As a matter of fact, the orientation of the stadium is such that most of the seats will be in the sun for most of the game. The seats that will get the most shade are the higher rows on the first base side.
- You'll find a decent variety of ballpark food at Camelback Ranch-Glendale. My favorite big dogs were nowhere to be found, but I thought the Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches were good, the pastrami sandwiches and chicken sandwiches looked good, and the pizza slices were pretty large. Chicken strips with fries were popular, and of course Chicago hot dogs. Mexican food was also available. The gelato line was pretty long midway through the game, but it was an unusually hot day. Most unusual food I saw being sold but didn't try: turkey wraps, Fat Tire beer. Walk all the way around the concourse to see all he food offerings.
- You get a lid and straw for your soft drink. With no cupholders, that's a must! My drink got knocked over twice! Prices here are comparable to Chase Field during the regular season. What? No souvenir cups??
- The best place to try to get autographs at Camelback Ranch-Glendale is at the tunnels where the teams enter at the foul poles. Dugouts, before the game, are also a good choice.
- If you park at the lot closest to the intersection of Camelback and 107th Avenue, be prepared for about a 1/4 mile walk from the parking lot to the stadium, most of which is on gravel. Beware if someone in your party can't walk much or uses a walker! In 2011 I saw that they have golf cart-type shuttles for people that need a ride, but you might have to wait for one. If you are coming from the 101 Loop, drive past that parking entry to the west side of the stadium; it is not as far to walk.
- Camelback Ranch-Glendale feels larger than other Cactus League Stadiums in the sense that, although the views are good, I didn't feel as close to the ballplayers here.
Camelback Ranch-Glendale Stadium Seating Chart
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