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Surprise Stadium

Opened: 2003
Capacity: 10,500
Ballpark address:
15960 N. Bullard Ave.
Surprise, AZ   85374

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Surprise Stadium in Arizona
Replete will all the amenities of the modern ballpark, Surprise Stadium has been the Spring Training home of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers since its inaugural season in 2003.

Built on the site of a World War II pilot training field, the ballpark is the centerpiece of the 124-acre Surprise Recreation Campus, which includes six full practice fields and a half field for each team.

Designed by the ballpark conglomerate architectural firm of HOK Sport, Surprise’s Stadium seats 10,500 fans and has plenty of space on its wide 360 degree concourse to accommodate standing room only patrons on the rare occasions the ballpark is packed.

Fans approach and enter the stadium through gates in the outfield. The main entrance is behind center field, while smaller sections of turnstiles are located in left and right field. There is no way to access or enter the ballpark between the foul poles, as practice fields are directly behind the stadium and are fenced off to the pubic.

Surprise Stadium has a charming design that features plenty of seating options. The majority of seats are found in the main grandstand, which extends from foul pole to foul pole. A small upper deck overhangs a few rows of the lower level seating behind the dugouts. The second deck houses the stadium’s suites and press box, plus a half dozen sections of seats for regular fans.

Home Run Party Deck at Surprise Stadium A large grass berm extends the length of the outfield. The Home Run Party Deck is in right field. Fans who buy a ticket (priced $35 in 2008) to sit in the Party Deck get two drink vouchers and an all you can eat buffet, plus a canopy covering them. The only other seats in the ballpark with cover are in the upper deck; everywhere else is exposed to the Arizona sun.

Because Surprise Stadium has two Major League tenants it’s essentially split into two halves. Each team has a two-story, 37,000-square-foot clubhouse nestled in an outfield corner – the Royals in left, Rangers in right. Logos and banners for Kansas City are on the 3rd base side of the ballpark. Texas gets the same treatment on the 1st base side.

Two small souvenir shops cater to fans of both teams, one behind home plate and the other beyond center field.

Fans are able to keep up with the action on the field thanks to the large main scoreboard behind the berm in left. It features an electronic line score and video board. The scoreboard’s backside also serves as the welcome sign to the ballpark, with the words “Surprise Baseball” visible from the parking lot.

The playing field is symmetrical – 379’ in the alleys and a distant 350’ down the lines, where a bullpen is stationed next to each foul pole.

As much as any ballpark I’ve ever been to, the stadium in Surprise has an aroma of food in the air. That comes from the bevy of specialty concession stands, all of which are located down the left field line. Besides traditional ballpark fare, fans can choose from barbeque, funnel cakes, cheese steaks, and even fry bread (flat dough deep-fried in oil and served with toppings). You won’t lack options or go hungry here.

Kids are specifically catered to along the right field concourse, where a mini wiffle ball field and carousel provide in-game diversions. Both are free of charge.

Surprise Stadium is definitely a fan and family friendly venue. Adding to the atmosphere are the Surprise Sundancers, a volunteer organization of locals that help operate the ballpark on game day. Donning yellow shirts, they serve as ushers and are happy to answer your questions or look the other way if you want to sit in their section.

The Sundancers keep busy during the five week Cactus League season, as just about every day is game day at Surprise Stadium, a benefit of hosting two MLB teams (during the 2008 spring schedule there were only two non-game days).

Whether you’re a supporter of the Royals or Rangers, or just a fan of baseball in general, Surprise Stadium is worth a visit. The friendly staff will thank you for coming….and you’ll be glad you did.

Location and Parking

Surprise Stadium is, not surprisingly, located in Surprise, which is a fast growing city about 25 miles northwest of Phoenix. To get to the ballpark you'll need to traverse Bell Road, a busy street full of just about every type of commercial development you can think of. Traffic back-ups are the norm due to the high density of development, which was spurned by the building of the ballpark.

When you finally get past all of the restaurants and shopping centers on Bell Road you'll see the light towers of the stadium on Bullard Avenue. The only development on the road where the ballpark resides is a Holiday Inn Express.

Parking is free at Surprise Stadium. The parking lot is big enough to handle large crowds. There is a small paved lot directly behind the stadium, but the majority of the spaces are in a large grass field a short walk from the ballpark.

2015 Rangers and Royals Spring Training Schedule at Surprise Stadium
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 6 Friday 1:05 Giants at Rangers Tickets
 7 Saturday 1:05 Reds at Royals Tickets
 8 Sunday 1:05 Indians at Rangers Tickets
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10 Tuesday 1:05 White Sox at Royals Tickets
11 Wednesday 1:05 Padres at Royals Tickets
12 Thursday 1:05 White Sox at Rangers Tickets
13 Friday 1:05 A's at Royals Tickets
14 Saturday 1:05 Angels at Royals Tickets
15 Sunday 1:05 Brewers at Rangers Tickets
16 Monday 1:05 Indians at Royals Tickets
17 Tuesday 1:05 Dodgers at Rangers Tickets
18 Wednesday 1:05 Brewers at Royals Tickets
19 Thursday 1:05 Rockies at Royals Tickets
20 Friday 1:05 Mariners at Rangers Tickets
21 Saturday 1:05 Brewers at Rangers Tickets
22 Sunday 1:05 Giants at Royals Tickets
23 Monday 6:05 Reds at Rangers Tickets
24 Tuesday 1:05 Angels at Rangers Tickets
25 Wednesday 6:05 White Sox at Royals Tickets
26 Thursday 6:05 Rockies at Rangers Tickets
27 Friday 6:05 Mariners at Royals Tickets
28 Saturday 1:05 Padres at Rangers Tickets
29 Sunday 1:05 Cubs at Royals Tickets
30 Monday 1:05 Royals at Rangers Tickets
31 Tuesday 1:05 Cubs at Rangers Tickets
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Surprise Stadium

Surprise Stadium Facts, Figures & Footnotes

  • Construction cost: $48.3 million
  • Architect: HOK Sport
  • The ballpark officially opened on December 7, 2002.
  • First game: Oregon State shutout Oklahoma State 4-0 on February 14, 2003 before 311 fans in the first game of the inaugural Coca-Cola Spring Training College Baseball Classic, a four-team tournament that included Arizona State and Gonzaga in its field
  • First Spring Training game: The Royals beat the Rangers 6-3 on February 27, 2003 with 3,382 fans in attendance
  • There are no bleachers. All seats have seatbacks.
  • There are TVs on the concourse of the upper level.
  • A pair of ribbon scoreboards are on the facades of the upper level.
  • The playing field is named after Billy Parker, the first Parks and Recreation Director in Surprise and a former infielder in the 1970s for the Angels. Billy Parker Field is written on the facade below the press box.
  • Was named the best place to see a Spring Training game in 2004 Best of Phoenix voting.
  • The city's logo is emblazoned on the grass berm that makes up the hitter's backdrop and on the grass directly behind home plate.
  • Both the Royals (Davenport) and Rangers (Port Charlotte) moved their Spring Training camps to Surprise from Florida.

    City Info

  • Surprise was founded in 1938 and incorporated as a city in 1960.
  • Surprise's population was 30,848 when the 2000 census was taken. By 2008 that number had exploded to over 100,000.

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