Arizona Cactus League
Since 1947, the Arizona Cactus League Association has consisted of members with direct interest in the good of the league. The Association has provided a forum to share operational efficiencies, to establish and nurture business relationships with respective Major League Baseball franchises and to facilitate and participate in activities to promote and fundraise for the Cactus League. The Cactus League industry continues to grow and contributes nearly $600 million annually in economic impact in the state of Arizona. Currently, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers all call Arizona their spring training home. With ten facilities hosting 15 teams, the Phoenix metropolitan area holds claim to the greatest concentration of professional baseball facilities found anywhere in the United States. Some facilities offer volunteer opportunities and nonprofit partnerships that generate meaningful contributions to various programs, charities and scholarships throughout the state. The Arizona Cactus League Association is committed to continuing its work to strengthen and promote the industry while serving communities and contributing to the wonderful quality of life for all to enjoy in Arizona.
An Economic Force
The stats are in and they are good! According to a pair of studies released by the governor’s office and members of the non-profit Cactus League Baseball Association, spring training baseball has become a driving force in Arizona’s economy. The studies estimate that spring training generates $544 million annually in economic impact for the state of Arizona. Six out of every ten fans attending Cactus League games travel from out-of-town to visit and experience spring training baseball in Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise and Tempe.
Of course, it’s not just baseball though. Surrounded by the scenic landscape of the Sonoran Desert, the Greater Phoenix region’s neighboring cities provide the excitement of the old west within a thriving metropolitan area brimming with cultural and outdoor treasures.
Recognized worldwide for its broad range of outdoor recreational opportunities such as golf, biking and hiking, Greater Phoenix provides more than 330 days of sunshine each year. This is the perfect place to enjoy more than 200 picturesque golf courses and discover the adventurer in you. The options include guided tours, hot air balloon rides, horseback riding, rock climbing and so much more.
When it’s time for fun and relaxation, get out and see a show, symphony or ballet. Visit museums filled with Native American art and history and enjoy incredible culinary delights. Plus, as one the few U.S. metropolitan markets to field teams in all four major professional sports, the Greater Phoenix region is a sports haven even beyond spring training baseball. Additionally, a shopper’s paradise can be explored with fabulous malls, unique boutiques, art galleries, antique shops and outlet centers. And don’t forget dozens of luxurious resorts are scattered throughout the valley, many of which provide spectacular spas that offer special treatments native to Arizona.
With so many ways to watch sports, be active or simply relax, it’s easy to understand why visitors find themselves treasuring their time in Greater Phoenix.