If you’re really into baseball, you already know that 2018 Spring Training is underway. Even if you’re new to the sport, you’ve probably heard about this preseason period and want to know more. This is an exciting time of the year where teams get ready for the regular season through a series of practices and exhibitions. If you want to make the most of the March warmups, follow this guide to the Spring Training leagues, team locations, and the remaining schedule.

The Leagues

2018 Spring Training is divided between two leagues: the Cactus League and Grapefruit League. Each league has 15 teams, with the former hosting Spring Training in Arizona and the latter performing in locations throughout Central and Eastern Florida.

Cactus League Locations

For Arizona Spring Training, the Cactus League has games and practices scheduled in and near Phoenix. These are the ballparks and their home teams:

  • Camelback Ranch, Glendale: Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear: Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians
  • Hohokam Stadium, Mesa: Oakland Athletics
  • Maryvale Baseball Park, Phoenix: Milwaukee Brewers
  • Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria: San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners
  • Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale: Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamond Backs
  • Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale: San Francisco Giants
  • Sloan Park, Mesa: Chicago Cubs
  • Surprise Stadium, Surprise: Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers
  • Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tempe: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Camelback Ranch baseball fields in Glendale, Arizona.

These locations are central to Phoenix, so a stay at DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Phoenix or Sheraton Grand Phoenix will put you near all the action. Pizzeria Bianco and The Arrogant Butcher are two of the best restaurants in this area, and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is just down the road off I-10.

Grapefruit League Locations

The Grapefruit League has games and practices scheduled in ballparks throughout Central Florida and along the state’s east coast, including Disney World’s Wide World of Sports Complex. The MLB spring training locations in Florida are:

  • Champion Stadium, Lake Buena Vista: Atlanta Braves
  • Charlotte Sports Park, Port Charlotte: Tampa Bay Rays
  • Dunedin Stadium, Dunedin: Toronto Blue Jays
  • Ed Smith Stadium, Sarasota: Baltimore Orioles
  • First Data Field, Port St. Lucie: New York Mets
  • George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa: New York Yankees
  • Hammond Stadium, Fort Myers: Minnesota Twins
  • JetBlue Park, Fort Myers: Boston Red Sox
  • Joker Marchant Stadium, Lakeland: Detroit Tigers
  • LECOM Park, Bradenton: Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter: St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins
  • Spectrum Stadium, Clearwater: Philadelphia Phillies
  • The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach: Houston Astros and Washington Nationals

These spots are spread throughout the state, so finding a central location is a bit harder in Florida. For an affordable 3-star option in Orlando, check into a Rosen Inn. Marriott’s Lakeshore Reserve is a classier choice, and it’s also closer to Orlando International Airport. The Palm Orlando and Zaza New Cuban Diner are two of the best restaurants in the city.

Remaining Schedule

Exhibitions are scheduled every day for the remainder of Spring Training. With a few exceptions, each team is scheduled to play every day from Saturday, March 17, through Saturday, March 24.

Whether you want to follow your favorite team or you’re new to the sport and are curious about all the preseason commotion, Spring Training is a wonderful time to be a sports fan.