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Spring Training Stadium Tour: Peoria Sports Complex

The Dodgers were in the first base dugout in Peoria, for the first time this spring.
The Dodgers were in the first base dugout in Peoria, for the first time this spring.
Eric Stephen

Our third Cactus League stadium review brings us to the Peoria Sports Complex, where the Dodgers played the Seattle Mariners on Saturday afternoon. This stadium is the farthest north of all 10 Cactus League stadiums, just a tad farther north than the facility in Surprise. It is the second-closest stadium to Camelback ranch (Maryvale is closest), at roughly 12 miles away.

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The Peoria Sports Complex is home to both the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres. This is the 19th year in Peoria for the Padres, and 20th for the Mariners.

Ticket range from $6 to $23, and parking is $5. Stadium capacity is 11,000, which includes 3,000 in outfield lawn seating. There were 8,507 in attendance for Dodgers vs. Mariners on Saturday.

Previous Tours: Phoenix (A's); Surprise (Rangers/Royals)

The Mariners' offices are down the right field line...


Here is the right field entrance into the stadium...


...and the first base entrance and ticket counter.


There is also a souvenir store just outside the home plate entrance.


There concourses are fairly wide open behind home plate...


...and especially so down the lines. This is down the right field line...


...which also includes several alternative concessions options...


...noodles, anyone?


...or the occasional autograph booth, with the Fergie Jenkins Foundation raising more money with autographs from Jenkins, Mudcat Grant, and Pete LaCock. Other than being the son of Hollywood Squares host Peter Marshall, LaCock was also famous for being the second-to-last batter Hall of Famer Bob Gibson ever faced. LaCock, then with the Cubs, hit a grand slam off Gibson, who remarked something to the effect of, "once you give up a grand slam to Pete Fucking LaCock, it's time to hang 'em up."


There is also a statue of Humma...


Behind home plate near the entrance there is a white board with the day's lineups...


...and near that is the traditional concession stand.


There are boxes behind home plate...


...and on the outside of those are listed the names of the Padres/Mariners spring training rookie of the year. Since 2002, the winners have been Sean Burroughs, Xavier Nady, Khalil Greene, Jeremy Reed, Josh Barfield, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Chase Headley, Matt Tuiasosopo, Kanekoa Texeira, and Cedric Hunter.


In right field there is something called the Kona VIP deck:


Here is the left field scoreboard


A nice view of the field


The city name is painted onto the grass behind home plate.


And finally, Ichiro taking his position, leading the Mariners onto the field: