Capistrano can have its swallows, farmers can have their almanac, and Punxsutawney can have its groundhog, but baseball fans everywhere know that the surest sign that spring is in the air is when Cactus League and Grapefruit League tickets go on sale.

The mere mention of Spring Training will put most baseball fans into a trance. They are whisked away from the frozen landscape and accumulating snow and transported to places with perpetual sunshine and blue, cloudless skies.

Soon, they will smell the fresh cut grass intertwined with roasting hot dogs and ice cold beer. They will hear the vendors offering ballpark delights while walking through the capacity crowds of ballparks throughout Arizona and Florida.

For Arizona Diamondbacks fans, the long wait is finally over. The team announced that single-game tickets go on sale Monday, January 17 at 10 AM. For the first time Cactus League fans will be able to enjoy Diamondbacks baseball without having to travel to Tucson.

The Arizona Diamondbacks along with the Colorado Rockies open the newest Spring Training stadium, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, in late February and, for the first time, all the Cactus League teams can be found within the Valley of the Sun. No more long road trips; instead fans are within 30-45 miles of all Spring Training venues.

Tickets to Spring Training Opening Day at Salt River Fields will be hard to come by, as everyone wants to see the new stadium. The Diamondbacks and Rockies will offer not only single game tickets to specific games but will also put together packages to allow fans to experience several games at the new complex.

And while I have Spring Training season tickets, I’ll be anxiously waiting on the phone for the operator to assist me in getting a few “extra” tickets so that family and friends can enjoy the weather and baseball in Arizona.

Tickets can be ordered online at or by phone by calling 480-362-WINS (9467) locally or toll-free at 888-490-0383. Seat prices range from $25 for Infield Box seats to $8 for Lawn seats, making it affordable to all fans.

So, while it may not be time to put away those snow shovels and parkas in most of the country, in Arizona the sun is shining and the skies are a brilliant blue with temperatures forecast to be in the low-70’s; a perfect day for baseball.

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