Originally Posted by Archie F. Swin
what does a ticket to a ST game cost? Are there opportunities to interact with players?
Generally, about $20-25 for good seats, mid to high teens for OK seats, and $5 to sit on the grass past the outfield wall. Lots of people bring a blanket or two and do that. The Surprise KC/TEX facility is actually one of the newer, nicer ones. The best facility, by far not even close, is Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (ARI/COL). Its not fair to compare to that though, its Arizona's spring park and they spent a ton on it. That place often sells out, especially the Arizona games. You must buy tickets way in advance for that, and even the $5 grassy "seats" fill up before the game. The SF Giants park and the Cubs park also sells out sometimes. One of my favorite places was the Angels park (Tempe Diablo), just because of the scenery past the outfield while watching the game. They do have a lot of bleachers, though. Other people might have their favorites, but if I had to pick only 3 parks to see, I'd go with Surprise, Tempe Diablo, and Salt River Fields.
Its a freaking desert, so don't be surprised if it gets a bit cool at night, and do not skimp on the sunblock during the day. (especially at the CWS/LAD facility. Everything reflects light at Camelback Ranch and there's almost no shade, you'll roast if you don't have sunblock) Also, if you've never seen the Grand Canyon, you might want to spend a day there, bring a jacket because Northern AZ can be a lot cooler than Phoenix.
edit: here's a picture in each of those parks