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Important Tips and Considerations for Spring Training Travel
- Avoid booking hotels through discount travel sites (Expedia, Priceline, etc.), hotels have a tendency to overbook and lowest priority of reservations and room assignments are given to those who use discount travel sites.
- Bring sunscreen and stay hydrated. Those of you who are not used to a desert environment will notice how quickly your skin and mouth dry up. Dehydration can lead to other complications, and will definitely ruin a vacation. Get yourself out of the sun if you feel yourself burning up or become nauseated, especially if have a headache or feel dizzy. Avoid drinking alcohol and sugary drinks in the heat, as they retain less water.
- Players are people too, and you might run into some in town while you’re out. Remember, there are appropriate places to ask for an autograph or a picture, like during stretches and warm-ups before a game. Interrupting a player during their meal might leave a bad taste in their mouth (pun intended), and could even get you removed from the restaurant.
- Utilize the Scottsdale Trolley for intercity travel. This free service is available and most shuttles run every 15-20 minutes, just make sure to plan out early enough in case service becomes congested. There is a special route/loop for Scottsdale Stadium, and those trolleys run 90 minutes before each game and 30 minutes after each game. For more information, click here.
- Have fun! Whether you’re taking time of off work or school, remember that this is your vacation. Scottsdale (and Arizona) has plenty to offer besides a baseball stadium, even if Spring Training is the highlight of your trip. Enjoy yourself!