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Monday, January 28, 2002 - 12:00 a.m. Pacific

Meet the Mariners | About the stadiums | Things to do in Phoenix
Things to do in Tucson | Mariners' key dates | Tickets | Getting there
Resources | Packages & tours | Hotels


Meet the Mariners
The best places to get autographs from players at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Fan access — Red indicates areas open to the public during spring training.



The players' entrance to the stadium before and after exhibition games. Once the players are inside the stadium, the dugout areas are the best bets. During the game, fans can sometimes catch players along the right-field line.
The gate to the player parking lot, where players drive in in the morning and walk to the clubhouse.
The practice pitching mounds next to the batting cages. A good place to watch pitchers warm up and to get autographs. Players will occasionally walk to the pitching mounds to practice field No. 2, the only place in the complex where the actually mingle with fans.
Along the fence between the clubhouse and practice fields. Fans can obtain autographs when players are walking to or from practice.
Players walk from one practice field to the other behind a fence, but occasionally stop and sign autographs.

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About the stadiums



Peoria Stadium
Teams: Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres. Address: Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 North 83rd Avenue, Peoria. Directions: From downtown Phoenix or airport, take I-17 North to Belt Road. Go west to intersection with 83rd Avenue, left into complex. Seating capacity: 7,000. Dimensions: 340 ft. down foul lines and 410 ft. to center. For tickets: Online or by phone through Ticketmaster. Tickets are on sale now. Prices: $4-$21.
Maryvale Baseball Park
Team: Milwaukee Brewers. Address: 3508 West 53rd Avenue, Phoenix. Directions: I-10 to 51st Avenue exit, stay on 51st until Indian School Road, exit west. Stadium on the left. Seating capacity: 7,000, plus 1,000 more on lawn. For tickets: Online or by phone through Ticketmaster. Tickets are on sale now. Prices: $5-$13.
Tempe Diablo Stadium
Team: Anaheim Angels. Address: 2200 W. Alameda, Tempe. Directions: Take Broadway Street exit off I-10 (from either direction); travel west on Broadway to 48th Street; turn left; Tempe Diablo Stadium is one-half mile on the left. Enter ballpark by turning left on Alameda. Seating capacity: 9,785. Dimensions: 340 ft. to left, 360 ft. to right and 420 ft. to center. For tickets: Online or by phone through Ticketmaster. Tickets go on sale at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Feb. 9. Prices: $4-$13.
Phoenix Municipal Stadium
Team: Oakland Athletics. Address: 5999 East Van Buren, Phoenix. Directions: I-10 to 48th Street exit, north to Van Buren Street. Turn right to stadium. Seating capacity: 8,500. Dimensions: 345 ft. down foul lines and 410 ft. to center. For tickets: Online or by phone through Ticketmaster. Tickets are on sale now. Prices: $5-$13.
Scottsdale Stadium
Team: San Francisco Giants. Address: 7208 East Osborn Road, Scottsdale. Directions: Two blocks east of North Scottsdale Road at Osborn Road and Civic Center Drive. Seating capacity: 8,500, plus 2,000 more on lawn. Dimensions: 360 ft. down foul lines and 430 ft. to center. For tickets: Online or by phone through Ticketmaster. Tickets are on sale now. Prices: $7-$20.
HoHoKam Park Stadium
Team: Chicago Cubs. Address: 1235 North Center, Mesa. Directions: U.S. Hwy. 60 to Country Club exit, and north for 3 miles to Brown Road. Right at Brown Road to Center, turn left. Stadium is one block on the right. Seating capacity: 9,800. Dimensions: 350 ft. down foul lines and 400 ft. to center. For tickets: Online or by phone through Ticketmaster. Tickets are on sale now. Prices: $5-$14.




Tucson Electric Park
Teams: Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox. Address: 2500 E. Ajo Way, Tucson. Directions: I-10 to Country Club Road. North on Country Club Road to Ajo Way. West on Ajo Way. Seating capacity: 7,500. For tickets: Online or by phone through Ticketmaster. Tickets are on sale now. Prices: $3-$16.
Hi Corbett Field
Team: Colorado Rockies. Address: 3400 East Camino Campestre, Tucson. Directions: From I-10 take Broadway Road exit. East to Randolph Way, south 1 mile. Seating capacity: 10,000. Dimensions: 366 ft. to left, 348 ft. to right and 392 ft. to center. For tickets: Online or by phone through Ticketmaster. Tickets are on sale now. Prices: $2-$11. Box and home plate grandstand seats are sold out.

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Ten things to do in Phoenix

There's more to Phoenix in the spring than baseball. After you pick up your sunscreen, try any of these for fun:

1. Visit a museum. There are many to choose from, but here are three to get you started: The Heard Museum is the country's best for Native American art and culture. The Phoenix Art Museum is the largest visual arts museum between Los Angeles and Denver (edging the Blanding, Utah Art Museum, apparently). And for pop-culture weirdos, the Breck Girl Hall of Fame has pictures of Brooke Shields, Kim Basinger and other former "Breck Girls."

2. Sample the Mexican food. It's good. Anyone in your group who suggests going to Taco Bell should be put on the first bus back home.

3. See the animals at the Phoenix Zoo. The 125-acre zoo has warthogs, endangered Arabian oryx, meerkats and lots of other animals you haven't even heard of.

4. Take in a different sporting event. The NBA's Phoenix Suns and NHL's Phoenix Coyotes offer big-league action at America West Arena, and there's horse racing at Turf Paradise (dark on Wednesdays and Thursdays), college basketball at Arizona State, and the Copper World Indy 200 at the Phoenix International Raceway March 15-17.

5. Go jump in a lake. Saguaro, Canyon and Roosevelt lakes are each just a short drive away, offering boating, fishing, water skiing, picnic areas and camping.

6. Check out Heritage Square. This downtown area is the only remaining group of residential structures from the original townsite of Phoenix. The jewel is the Rosson House, built in 1895, a spectacularly restored Victorian home.

7. Play golf. We don't have room to provide a list of the courses, but don't worry, you can't fall out of a cactus without hitting one in Phoenix. They range in price from expensive to, well, not quite so expensive.

8. Go hot air ballooning. It's a tranquil, beautiful, spectacular way to see Phoenix. As long as you stay in the balloon.

9. Take the kids to Rawhide Wild West Town in Scottsdale. Gun fights, bull riding, stagecoach rides and all types of 1880s fun. Not to mention some good grub at the Steakhouse.

10. Climb a mountain. Phoenix offers great hiking, with spectacular views. Try Camelback Mountain, which also features rock climbing opportunities for real daredevils.

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Things to do in Tucson

Old Tucson Studios. A Western theme park and film studio.

International Wildlife Museum. More than 400 mammals, birds, insects and prehistoric animals, displayed in their natural habitats.

Reid Park Zoo. More than 500 exotic animals, many endangered and threatened species.

Tucson Museum of Art. A local gallery.

Tucson Botanical Gardens. Everything you ever wanted to know about growing flowers in the desert.

The Saguaro National Monument: A beautiful drive — or hike — through the sentry cactus.

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Mariners' key dates

Jan. 26: Mariners' single-game regular-season tickets go on sale at 10 a.m.

Jan. 26-Jan. 27: Mariners' FanFest, at Safeco Field, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Feb. 14: Pitchers and catchers report to spring training.

Feb. 19: Full squad reports.

Feb. 28: Charity game, vs. San Diego Padres.

March 1: First spring-training game, vs. Anaheim Angels.

April 1: Season opener, vs. Chicago White Sox, at Safeco Field.

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Tickets

Tickets for Mariners spring-training games can be ordered through Ticketmaster, on the Mariners' Web site or in person at the Peoria Sports Complex box office.

Prices: Club seats $21, infield box $16, outfield box $13, upper box $13, bleachers $9, berm (outfield lawn) $4.

Ticketmaster: Phone 480-784-4444, 206-628-0888. Available from Ticketmaster online through www.seattlemariners.com.

Peoria Sports Complex: Box-office number is 623-878-4337 or 800-409-1511, but tickets must be purchased at the box office, not over the phone. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Group sales: Available for most games with $1 off for groups of 20 or more and $2 off for groups of 250 or more. Call the stadium box office for ordering information. Some games are subject to blackout of group discounts.

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Getting there

By air: Alaska Airlines, America West and Southwest offer direct flights to Phoenix. Alaska: www.alaskaairlines.com, 800-252-7522. America West: www.americawest.com, 800-235-9292. Southwest Airlines: www.southwestairlines.com, 800-435-9792.

By rail: Amtrak has departures daily from King Street Station, but there are a few problems with this plan. First, the trip goes through Los Angeles, then to Maricopa, which is 30 miles south of Phoenix. That's as close as you can get. And the train from Los Angeles to Maricopa runs on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. The trip would take about 48 hours. Round-trip fares range from $279 to $568. Phone: 800-872-7245. Web site: www.amtrak.com.

By bus: There are daily departures on Greyhound. The trip will take approximately 40 hours. Monday through Thursday, the regular round-trip fare is $155. Friday through Sunday, regular round-trip fare is $165. With seven-day advance purchase, the fare is $89. With three-day advance purchase, the first person pays full fare, the second is free. Phone: 800-231-2222. Web site: www.greyhound.com.

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Resources

Peoria Chamber of Commerce: 623-979-3601.

Peoria Sports Complex box office: 800-409-1511, 623-878-4337 (tickets cannot be purchased via phone from the box office. Tickets are available by phone through Ticketmaster, 206-628-0888, 480-784-4444).

Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau: 520-624-1817.

www.peoriaarizona.com. Useful sit with information about hotels, restaurants and entertainment in Peoria.

www.phoenix.linksee.com. Where to find it in Phoenix: Attractions, entertainment, shopping malls, information about local government — it's all here.

www.allaboutphoenix.com. Everything you need to know about the Phoenix area.

www.arizonaguide.com. Good spot for expanding your search to include other cities and areas in Arizona.

www.baseballarizona.com. Has information on all 10 Cactus League teams, with schedules and stadium details, player photos.

www.seattlemariners.com. The official Mariners Web site.

www.springtrainingmagazine.com. News about all the teams in Arizona and Florida.

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Packages and tours

www.springtrainingvacation.com  800-553-4108
www.springtrainingtours.com  800-892-7687
www.sportsworldtours.com  800-634-2555

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Hotels

Comfort Suites
8473 West Paradise Lane
Peoria, AZ 85382
Phone: 800-228-5150, 623-334-3993

Hampton Inn
8408 West Paradise Lane
Peoria, AZ 85382
Phone: 800-HAMPTON, 623-486-9918

La Quinta Inn & Suites
16321 North 83rd Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85382
Phone: 800-531-5900, 623-487-1900

Residence Inn
8435 West Paradise Lane
Peoria, AZ 85382
Phone: 800-331-3131, 623-979-2074

Extended Stay America
7345 West Bell Road
Peoria, AZ 85382
Phone: 800-398-7829, 623-487-0020

Grand Inn Hotel & RV Park
8955 NW Grand Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85345
Phone: 800-572-9295, 623-979-7200

Baymont Inn
16771 N. 84th St.
Peoria, AZ 85380
Phone: 888-888-8016, 623-933-1633

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