Scottsdale, Arizona (Diamondbacks and Rockies)

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Arizona Diamondbacks share the home of the first Major League Baseball (MLB) spring training facility built on Indian land in the nation, known as Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

 

The 11,000-seat capacity ballpark was a product of the partnership between Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the two MLB teams.  The 140 acres shared in the partnership contains 12 practice fields, office buildings, major and minor league clubhouses, training facilities, offices for each team, and endless views of the surrounding mountains including Camelback, McDowell, Four Peaks, Red, and Superstition.

The spring training facility is special because both teams are working hand-in-hand with the surrounding Native American community.  The field shows diversity and the culture and values of Pima and Maricopa Indian tribes shine through.  In fact, Salt River Fields is the first Major League Baseball spring training facility to be built on Indian land in the whole nation.  Hopefully the training facility won’t be the only thing standing out this season.

Located in the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale is annually rated among the nation’s most desirable communities to live in visit and do business in, according to ScottsdaleAZ.gov.

Some of the local attractions of Scottsdale are Scottsdale Fashion Square, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, AZ on the Rocks, which is Arizona’s largest indoor climbing gym. Other attractions include Casino Arizona, Dave & Busters, Queen Creek Olive Mill and Octane Raceway, which offers go-karting, billiards, arcades, rock-climbing walls and restaurants.

Kiara Catanzaro and Casandra Nguyen

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