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Where to Go to Watch Baseball Spring Training

Watch Baseball Stars in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues

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The annual ritual of spring training, the precursor to Major League Baseball's long season, kicks off in mid-February in two sites: Arizona and Florida. Spring training lasts approximately six weeks, with the regular season starting around the first week of April.

The teams who conduct spring training in Arizona are collectively called the Cactus League, while those who warm up in Florida are called the Grapefruit League. All 30 of baseball's teams train in either Arizona or Florida, making both states a winter haven for baseball lovers.

Perhaps the best thing about spring training is that it gives spectators a chance to enjoy the game in a more intimate environment. For example, Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, the Grapefruit League spring training home of the New York Yankees and the year-round home of the Yankees minor league team, has a seating capacity of 11,000, while Yankee Stadium in the Bronx can hold more than 50,000. In fact, Steinbrenner Field is one of the largest stadiums used during spring training; most field range between a capacity of 5,500-7,500 persons. The smaller, more informal setting of the minor league stadiums also gives fans more opportunities to get close to the players, including the action on the field and during fan nights, which include meet-and-greets, autograph sessions, etc.

Learn more about where each team plays with the handy below. Visit MLB.com Spring Training for details on tickets and tours.

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