Finally! The Texas Rangers 2015 Spring Training schedule is released. I’ve been waiting for the schedule for what seems like forever. The Spring Training release gives me reassurance that baseball is just around the corner.
The Texas Rangers’ pitchers and catchers will report to Surprise, Arizona on or before February 20, 2015. The following day is the first day of workouts. Positional players will report on February 25, and the first full squad workouts begin on 2/26.
Rays Colored Glasses
The Rangers are scheduled to play 34 games in Spring Training, 30 of those are Cactus League games. They will play a 2-game series at the Alamodome in San Antonio against the Los Angeles Dodgers. To bring Spring Training to a close the Texas Rangers will host the New York Mets at home in Arlington.
The Texas Rangers begin the 2015 regular season on the road with a 4-game series (4/6-9) at Oakland Athletics. Texas Rangers home opener is a 3-game series versus the Houston Astros (4/10-12).
The Texas Rangers play their home games at Surprise Stadium. I went to Spring Training last season. I was amazed that fans are allowed to walk around the practice fields during training. The fields are open to the public free of charge February 17 thru March 26. The gates open at 10 a.m. daily, and although when I was there the line to enter never got too long, except when Russell Wilson made an appearance. If you intend on being at Spring Training and walking around the practice fields be sure to bring your baseball cards, baseballs, gloves, hats, and anything else you might want autographed the players are more than generous signing while they walk from field to field.
Surprise Stadium gates open 1.5 hours prior to game time Monday – Thursday, and 2 hours Friday – Sunday. The Stadium isn’t very big, but they do have a variety of of foods, three stores to buy Rangers and Kansas City Royals gear. From inside Surprise Stadium you can watch players take batting practice inside the cages.
I stayed in Phoenix which was only about a 20 minute drive to Surprise, but there are much closer hotels. Days Inn & Suites Surprise is 3.5 miles from Surprise Stadium. Windmill Suites in Surprise (Official Texas Rangers Spring Training Hotel) is located 3.3 miles away. If you are looking for a more centrally located hotel to all Spring Training stadiums then you may want to look at Best Western Inn & Suites of Sun City located in Youngtown, AZ.
You can purchase tickets by phone beginning January 3 at (623) 222-2222 or in person at the Surprise Stadium Ticket Office located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise, AZ 85374.
Ticket prices range from $8.00 (Lawn) – $28.00 (Lower Dugout), and parking is always FREE! The Texas Rangers also have travel packages available on their website.
SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE:
4 – vs. Kansas City Royals *Charity Game* 1:05 p.m.
5 – at KC, Surprise Stadium 1:05 p.m.
6 – vs. San Francisco Giants 1:05 p.m.
7 – at Milwaukee Brewers, Maryvale 1:05 p.m.
8 – vs. Cleveland Indians 1:05 p.m.
– at Chicago Cubs, Mesa 1:05 p.m.
9 – vs. Oakland Athletics 1:05 p.m.
10 – at Los Angeles Angels, Tempe 1:05 p.m.
11 – at Chicago White Sox, Glendale 1:05 p.m.
12 – vs. Chicago White Sox (Split Squad) 1:05 p.m.
13 – at San Francisco, Scottsdale 1:05 p.m.
14 – at San Diego Padres, Peoria 1:05 p.m.
15 – vs. Milwaukee Brewers (Split Squad) 1:05 p.m.
16 – at Los Angeles Angels, Tempe 1:05 p.m.
17 – vs. Los Angeles Dodgers 1:05 p.m.
18 – OFF
19 – at Cincinnati Reds, Goodyear 1:05 p.m.
20 – vs. Seattle Mariners 1:05
– at Los Angeles Dodgers (Split Squad), Alamodome, San Antonio 7:05 p.m. CT
21 – vs. Milwaukee Brewers 1:05 p.m.
– at Los Angeles Dodgers (Split Squad), Alamodome, San Antonio 1:05 p.m. CT
22 – at Seattle Mariners, Peoria 1:05 p.m.
23 – vs. Cincinnati Reds 6:05 p.m.
24 – vs. Los Angeles Angels 1:05 p.m.
25 – at Cincinnati Reds, Goodyear 7:05 p.m.
26 – vs. Colorado Rockies 6:05 p.m.
27 – at Oakland Athletics, Mesa 1:05 p.m.
28 – vs. San Diego Padres 1:05 p.m.
29 – at Los Angeles Dodgers (Split Squad), Glendale 1:05 p.m.
30 – vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
31 – vs. Chicago Cubs 1:05 p.m.
– at Arizona Diamondbacks, Salt River Fields 1:05 p.m.
1 – at Colorado Rockies, Salt River Fields 1:05
2 – OFF
3 – vs. New York Mets, Globe Life Park 7:05 p.m. CT
4 – vs. New York Mets, Globe Life Park 1:05 p.m. CT
*All times are Mountain Time except where noted. Surprise, AZ is one hour behind Texas time through March 7 and two hours behind beginning March 8*
I had a lot of fun last season meeting new people, watching the team practice, and getting a chance to watch Texas Rangers minor leaguers. I highly recommend traveling to Surprise to experience Spring Training, because it truly is the ultimate fan experience. I can’t wait to plan my trip and watch Texas Rangers baseball again. Will you be making the trip? Let us know in the comments below. Maybe we’ll see you there!