Planning to catch a Los Angeles Dodgers or Chicago White Sox spring training game at the Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., this year? Wondering what the best seats and eats are? Maybe you're also wondering what the best way to get there is.
I've got you covered on all accounts.
Here are my suggestions:
Autograph hounds would do well to show up for the teams' morning practice sessions and hover between the two practice areas near the outfields. In most cases, the stadium staff will let you into the practice areas after 9 a.m. The Los Angeles Dodgers tend to practice on the east side of the stadium, and the Chicago White Sox tend to practice on the west side.
One way to ensure that you are in prime autograph seeking position is to purchase a seat in sections 119 through 122 for Los Angeles Dodgers access. Chicago White Sox fans will want to aim for seats in sections 110 through 113. Either way, just make sure that you choose a seat that is at least in row 16 or higher. Doing so will keep your sight line free of fellow fans, as well as some shade from the press box.
When it comes to ballpark fare, there is not a lot to brag about here. At least that's my opinion. You are allowed to bring in a 16' x 16' x 8" soft cooler, with limited bottles of water and whatever foods you can fit into a one gallon, clear plastic baggie. I'd suggest that you do that and then high-tail it after the game to one of the area's restaurants.
The only exception is if you attend a game on Sunday with the kids. The ballpark typically runs a $1 hot dog special that day and lets the kids run the bases after the game. The hot dogs and the pleasure that the kids get from the experience is well worth a buck. Those looking for a more substantial meal may want to make the 10-minute drive to Shane's Rib Shack on West Westgate Boulevard. Its open daily, and you can call your order in from the stadium so it'll be ready when you get there. Four large barbecue sandwiches will cost you a mere $20. You may also opt to go more extravagant and splurge on some ribs.
Best Way to Get There
The best way to get to the Camelback Ranch is to take the Loop 101 to the Camelback Road exit and head west to Ball Park Boulevard. Turn right onto Ball Park Boulevard and head toward the west gate. It will bring you into the stadium near first and third bases, which is great if you were able to secure the seats I mentioned. You won't have to walk all that far to find them. That parking lot also has the lightest traffic flow problems. Speaking of parking, it's usually free. So that's one less expense that you'll have to worry about.
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