|PHOENIX MUNICIPAL STADIUM
One of the oldest Phoenix-area facilities in the Grapefruit League, in the past Phoenix Municipal Stadium was known for its uncomfortable bleacher seating and minimalist approach to comfort. As a result, this ballpark got a reputation as a bad place to watch a baseball game.
But this reputation changed in 2005, when Phoenix Municipal Stadium opened as one of the spiffier ballparks in the city after undergoing an $8 million remodeling. Some of the renovation items are more for the comfort of the team and the press corps, but many of them will directly benefit fans through more comfortable seating and access to amenities like concessions, a gift shop and access to the ballpark.
Phoenix Municipal Stadium was the home of the Phoenix Firebirds until 1992, when the team moved to Scottsdale Stadium.
Spring Training History
The Oakland Athletics franchise dates back to the beginning of the American League in 1901. Spring-training sites have included: Philadelphia (1901, 1919); Charlotte, N.C. (1902); Jacksonville (1903, 1914-1918); Spartanburg, S.C. (1904); Shreveport (1905); Montgomery, Ala. (1906, 1923-1924); Dallas (1907); New Orleans (1908-1909); Atlanta (1910); San Antonio (1912-1913); Lake Charles, La. (1920-1921, 1938-1939); Eagle Pass, Texas (1922); Ft. Myers (1925-1936); Mexico City (1937); Anaheim, Cal. (1940-1942); Wilmington, Del. (1943); Frederick, Md. (1944-1945); West Palm Beach (1946-1962); Bradenton (1963-1969); Mesa (1969-1978); Scottsdale (1979-1983); Phoenix (1984-present).
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