Since 1947, the Arizona Cactus League Association has consisted of members with direct interest in the good of the league. The Association has provided a forum to share operational efficiencies, to establish and nurture business relationships with respective Major League Baseball franchises and to facilitate and participate in activities to promote and fundraise for the Cactus League. The Cactus League industry continues to grow and contributes an estimated $644 million annually in economic impact in the state of Arizona.
The Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers all call Arizona their spring training home. With 10 facilities hosting 15 teams, the Phoenix metropolitan area holds claim to the greatest concentration of professional baseball facilities found anywhere in the United States. Some facilities offer volunteer opportunities and nonprofit partnerships that generate meaningful contributions to various programs, charities and scholarships throughout the state. The Arizona Cactus League Association is committed to continuing its work to strengthen and promote the industry while serving communities and contributing to the wonderful quality of life for all to enjoy in Arizona.
Cactus League games don’t count. The money they generate for Arizona’s economy does.
The 2018 Cactus League season generated an estimated economic impact of $644.2 million, an 11% increase on the 2015 output estimate in real terms, according to a study by Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business. The study, which surveyed only out-of-state visitors, also found that the Cactus League generated $373 million for Arizona’s Gross Domestic Product. The study found that the median spring training visitor spent four days in Arizona and that the median traveling party spent $405 per day.
Generations of baseball fans from across the country have fallen in love with spring training, and its popularity shows no sign of waning. In 2017, the Cactus League drew a record 1,941,347 fans.
Spring in the desert is not just about baseball. Surrounded by the scenic landscape of the Sonoran Desert, Greater Phoenix’s neighboring cities provide the excitement of the old west within a thriving metropolitan area brimming with cultural and outdoor treasures. Recognized worldwide for its broad range of outdoor recreational opportunities such as golf, boating and hiking, Greater Phoenix provides more than 300 days of sunshine each year. This is the perfect place to enjoy more than 200 picturesque golf courses and discover the adventurer in you. The options include guided tours, hot air balloon rides, horseback riding, rock climbing and so much more.
When it's time for fun and relaxation, get out and see a show, symphony or ballet. Visit museums filled with Native American art and history and enjoy incredible culinary delights. Plus, as one the few U.S. metropolitan markets to field teams in all four major professional sports, Greater Phoenix is a sports Mecca. Additionally, a shopper's paradise can be explored with fabulous malls, unique boutiques, art galleries, antique shops and outlet centers. And don't forget dozens of luxurious resorts are scattered throughout the Valley of the Sun, many of which provide spectacular spas that offer special treatments native to Arizona.
With so many ways to watch sports, be active or simply relax, it's easy to understand why visitors find themselves treasuring their time in Greater Phoenix.