I haven’t gotten a chance to take in any Cactus League action in a while, so I haven’t been here yet. I’m planning to go to Arizona for a full week in 2018. The consensus seems to be that Sloan Park fits the Cubs very nicely, but didn’t really attempt to outdo Camelback Ranch or Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in terms of innovation, amenities, or architecture.
If I were to tentatively remark on something that hasn’t been touched upon in other reviews, it would be how simple the ballpark is in terms of premium seating options. You can’t get any information online on their 1st and 3rd base party areas or comparatively small inventory of luxury suites. In fact, corporations can’t even rent luxury suites; they are reserved for team officials and sponsors. Remember the days of spring training when new ballparks routinely had 6-12 luxury suites, club seating, and even home plate clubs? (Camelback Ranch tried the latter in 2009, with all inclusive food and beverages and scented towels, then quickly scrapped it) Perhaps the big league premium seating model in spring training is a thing of the past, as even big markets like Boston and Chicago are shying away from premium seats at their new spring training facilities. Or perhaps these two clubs just wanted to emulate the old fashion feel of their respective major league parks.NEXT - Setting