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Downtown Tempe + Spring Training = The Perfect Sunday Funday

Posted 03.10.16 by Aminda

My co-worker, Jesus, and I decided to try out one of these Spring Training games that are all the buzz this month.

I have to admit that I’ve never been to a Spring Training game, and I know very little about baseball in general, so I was very curious as to how the day would play out. Last Sunday we gave it a shot, and our quest went a little something like this.

11:30 AM I arrived Downtown and parked in the Hayden Square West Lot. I had some time to kill while waiting for Jesus, so I did a little shopping. I scored these earrings from The Henna Shoppe, 2 for $1!

12:30 PM Jesus and I met up at Sparky’s to grab some Hawaiian shaved ice before we headed to the game. I went with a coconut-watermelon combo…I highly recommend it!

1:00 PM We didn’t want to deal with driving and parking at the stadium, so we thought we’d give the trolleys a try. The trolley experience was extremely easy and convenient. The trolleys start circulating 2 hours prior to the start of home games and they run every 20 minutes. They pick up at the corner of 5th and Mill Avenue (you’ll see the “DT Trolley” sign right outside of Lotions and Potions!) and drop you off right near the entrance of the stadium! So easy!

The 10 minute trolley ride was super fun too. The other people taking advantage of the free ride seemed to have the same trolley-ride-agenda as us; sit back, relax, snap character-filled-trolley-selfies, and take note of the drink specials for post-game options that were highlighted near the ceiling. 

1:10 First thing's first when you get to a baseball game…hot dogs and an ice cold beer. Check!

The weather was perfect and we had a great view of all the action on field.

3:30 PM As the cheering and people watching drew to an end, we finally exited the stadium to find the trolley waiting in the same spot where it dropped us off. We hopped on and enjoyed free samples of yummy sweets from Delice Bistro on the way home. More selfies took place as well, obviously. 

3:45 PM We left the trolley and strolled on over to Pedal Haus Brewery. I paired a $4 spicy bloody mary with some poutine fries that were topped with chicken gravy, cheese curds and an egg…dangerously good!

Overall, an A+ of a Sunday! We had a blast at the ball game itself, as well as hanging out Downtown before and after.

Have you been to a Spring Training game yet? If so, share your photos (and your own trolley selfie) with #DowntownTempe ;)