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Scottsdale Stadium

Scottsdale, AZ

Home of the Scottsdale Scorpions

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Scottsdale Stadium (map it)
7408 E. Osborn Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251


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Year Opened: 1992

Capacity: 12,000

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Scorpions at Scottsdale Stadium

Since Scottsdale Stadium opened in 1992, the Arizona Fall League Scorpions have occupied it every October and November.

The Scorpions brought in a lot of national attention in 1994 when Michael Jordan played for the team as he was preparing for the 1995 season. In 2011, the Scorpions featured an outfield that included Mike Trout and Bryce Harper.

In addition to hosting the Scorpions, Scottsdale Stadium is also the host of the Arizona Fall League Championship Game each year. During the spring, the San Francisco Giants call the stadium home for Cactus League play, and during the summer, the AZL Giants play their games in the stadium.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    2

The food is more expensive than it should be probably, and at least during my visit, was not very good.

There is one concession stand open. It is located directly behind home plate. Hot dogs, Coke products, nachos, peanuts and pizza slices all cost $5, while brats cost $6. There are also a few beer options for around $9.

The hot dog I had had a stale bun, and the meat was a little cold. For five dollars, you'd think it would be good-sized too, but it was small. The nachos were a better value, but some of the chips were a little stale as well.

I would say that if you plan on going to a Scorpions game, definitely get to Downtown Scottsdale before the game and eat at one of the great restaurants in the area instead of eating at the ballpark.

Atmosphere    3

For the non-Giants portion of the year, fans are only allowed to enter through the gate on the first base side along Osborn Rd. This works out for the Scorpions because there is more shade on the first base side for fans during the day, and the Scorpions sit in the first base dugout.

There's also a souvenir stand set up on the first base concourse, selling gear for all six AFL teams.

The stadium seating is sort of divided up into three sections. All AFL games are general admission, so you can sit wherever you want. The upper level is all metal bleachers, and the two lower levels are somewhat comfortable seats. There are no cup holders for any of the seats.

Before the game, fans can get autographs from players and coaches on both teams. The Scorpions sign autographs along the right field line, with the visiting team hanging out in left field. Above the Scorpion bullpen in right field are banners of the many Hall of Famers that have played for the organization.

The scoreboard is in left field, and only gives basic stats during Arizona Fall League games. It does not show the names of the players, which is a little frustrating. The musical selections are interesting (mostly Herman's Hermits), and there are no walk-up songs for any of the players.

Neighborhood    5

It doesn't get a lot better than Downtown Scottsdale.

You can find a complete listing of restaurants, shops and hotels here. Some of the closest restaurants to the stadium include: Los Olivos Mexican Patio, The Mission, Karsen's Grill, AZ88 and Bucca di Beppo. All of these are good options for lunch or dinner, depending on if the Scorpions play an afternoon or night game that day.

Right across the street from the stadium is the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Make sure to check their websites for details on business hours for when you are planning to visit.

Old Town also has many hotels, many within walking distance of Scottsdale Stadium. The Courtyard Scottsdale Old Town is the closest.

Fans    3

The game I went to at Scottsdale Stadium was probably the second-most attended AFL game I've seen behind a night game at Salt River Fields for the Salt River Rafters. I would think the Scorpions benefit from stadium location, as well as having the team there for the entire lifetime of the Arizona Fall League. There aren't any special chants or anything, but the fans were very into the game the whole way through.

Access    4

Scottsdale Stadium is located at the corner of Drinkwater Blvd. and Osborn Rd. in Downtown Scottsdale. The best streets to take toward this area is Scottsdale Rd. or Indian School Rd. depending on which direction you're coming from. None of the major highways in Phoenix go near the stadium. The Loop 101 Pima Fwy is easily the closest, and it's a few miles to the east of Scottsdale Stadium.

Once at the stadium, you may find the parking lot near the gate and ticket office full. The closest public parking area is the Scottsdale Library Garage, which is located next to the ballpark on Drinkwater. The top level has a three-hour parking limit, so it may benefit you to drive down to the lower level and park there. That garage is free all the time.

Since most AFL games draw less than 1,000 people, getting around the ballpark is easy.

Scottsdale Stadium has a main concourse behind the seating area, and a walkway in the middle of the seats that takes you all over the park as well.

Bathrooms are open along both baselines, and there are separate handicap seating areas near the tunnels that take you from the main concourse to the field-view walkway.

Scottsdale also offers free trolley services for people looking to get to the Downtown Area without walking or driving.

Return on Investment    2

All Arizona Fall League games have the same ticket pricing: $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and children. And they all have free parking.

What makes this less worth it to go is the pricing for food, and the quality of food you get for the money. They charge Major League prices for Developmental League games.

Extras    5

Scottsdale Stadium is full of extras though. Since it has been around since the inception of the Arizona Fall League in 1992, it is home to the AFL Hall of Fame plaques. You can find these plaques on the wall of the main concourse near the bathrooms on the first base side. There's a lot of great baseball history on that wall.

On the third base side, the 2010 and 2012 Giants World Series Championships are commemorated with banners in the concourse.

I give the neighborhood an extra point here as well. Old Town Scottsdale is one of those places where you could spend an entire day without having to drive anywhere, and still see a wide variety of things and have great meals while doing it.

The Scorpions' long history is also evident in the Hall of Fame banners hanging in right field. Nomar Garciaparra, Dusty Baker, Shawn Green, Troy Percival, Terry Francona and Albert Pujols all have their names out there.

You can also find the Scottsdale Sports Hall of Fame in the main concourse. Here you can read about some of the local legends that have come out of the Scottsdale area.

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Local Food & Drink

The Mission  (map it!)

3815 North Brown Avenue

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 636-5005

http://www.themissionaz.com

AZ88  (map it!)

7353 East Scottsdale Mall

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 994-5576

http://www.az88.com

Karsen's Grill  (map it!)

7246 E 1st St

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 990-7660

http://www.karsensgrill.com

Los Olivos Mexican Patio  (map it!)

7328 E 2nd St

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 946-2256

http://www.losolivosrestaurants.com

Local Entertainment

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts  (map it!)

7380 East 2nd Street

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 499-8587

http://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art  (map it!)

7374 East 2nd Street

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 874-4666

http://www.smoca.org

Lodging

Courtyard Scottsdale Old Town  (map it!)

3311 North Scottsdale Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 429-7785

http://www.marriott.com

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