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Chicago Cubs: Salt River Fields

On Friday, February 28, as the Cubs were set to take on the San Diego Padres in a night game, I had the opportunity to attend another day game at another stadium and had several choices. Though I had visited Salt River Fields in Scottsdale back in 2015, I decided to go again because I liked it so much.

The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks share this facility. This afternoon, the Diamondbacks were hosting the Seattle Mariners. Though getting to the stadium itself is easy, as it’s right off the 101, the parking situation isn’t great.

It took a long time for us to park our car, and though it was only $5, it was a long walk to the stadium, by far the longest we had to take during the trip. Getting out of the stadium took even longer. And then there was a security guard who gave me a hard time for wearing my Cubs gear.

Yet if you can get past all that, Salt River Fields is a great place to watch a game. It’s a modern-looking stadium, and it feels like a major league park despite its size. We had some great seats, just a few rows behind the Mariners’ dugout, and it gave us a great view of the stadium. There was excellent food selection, while there was lots of legroom in the seats.

It’s hard not to be biased when ranking the stadiums, as I am a Cubs fan and think that Sloan Park is great. However, I believe Salt River Fields is my favorite out of the ones that I have seen. Make sure you catch a game there if you are visiting.