|Spring Side Trips: College Baseball|
For the hardcore baseball fan, there's really never too much baseball in the spring, and there are a number of great college programs in Arizona and Florida. They also play many games at night, which makes for some wonderful day/night doubleheaders for the true baseball fan. Consider a trip to see a college game during your spring-training trip.
Arizona Sun Devils / Bobby Winkles Field at Packard Stadium
In Phoenix, the Arizona Sun Devils play at Bobby Winkles Field at Packard Stadium (201 S. Packard Dr., Tempe) on the ASU campus. To get there, take the 202 Loop to the Scottsdale Road/Rural Road Exit and go south on Rural Road. Cross the river and take a right at the first stop light (East Rio Salado Parkway) and then hang a left of Packard Drive. The ballpark is on the right (west) wide of Rural Road and the left side of Packard Drive; it's impossible to miss. Packard Stadium is a good facility, through a little spendy. ASU has a great program, however, so you're assured of seeing at least one MLB prospect on any given date.
Arizona Wildcats / Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium
In Tucson, the University of Arizona Wildcats play at Jerry Kindall Field at Frank Sancet Stadium (it's at the southeast corner of East Enke Drive and North Warren Avenue adjacent to McKale Center). It's been recently renovated: 2,000 seats have been removed, and the bleachers and concrete underpinnings are being taken out to accommodate grass berms down the left-field and right-field lines. The playing field will be completely graded and laser-leveled to improve low areas where water stood. The school would also like to add a new scoreboard and message board, covered seating, additional restroom and concession facilities and a renovated press box.