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Royals Spring Training: The Essentials To Know

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For those baseball fans lucky enough to escape the ice and snow and lower temps for Southwestern pastures, we want to make sure you're up to speed on everything you need to know for visiting the Royals spring training complex and taking in a few preseason games. For the true baseball fan (and if you've're stuck with the Royals, then you definitely count), little compares to this wonderful time of year where players start to report, predictions are made, and everyone is tied for the division lead.

The great thing about spring training is the great fan-friendly atmosphere, cheap prices, player accessibility and the feeling of yet another year of America's Pastime being birthed once again. To take in Royals games, you'll be flying (or driving) into Phoenix and heading to the Northwest side to Surprise, AZ -- home of Surprise Stadium, the home field for both the Rangers and Royals. It's a fairly new stadium (built in 2003) that houses just over 10K and is called "one of the most pleasant venues in the Cactus League."

The Rangers will be the initial opponents for the first two games, which begin on February 27. Tickets range from $7 to $24, so it's affordable for the whole family. Parking is also free. You'll have most of the month of March to hit games, with the final Royals game wrapping up against the White Sox on March 29 at Surprise Stadium. If you're interested in more information on the Royals spring training, check out Spring Training Online and tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets.