TEMPE, AZ--(Marketwired - Feb 6, 2014) - While much of the nation is still dealing with the wrath of winter, Arizona beckons with plenty of sunshine. The state has been hosting Spring Training since 1947, when just two teams used the Grand Canyon State to prepare for the regular season; today, 15 teams make up the Cactus League. To make getting to the game even easier, the city of Tempe is providing free shuttle service to two of the training camp facilities, and guests of the Residence Inn Tempe Downtown/University are just a 3-minute walk from the shuttle stop.
The free shuttle, just minutes from this downtown Tempe hotel, will service two facilities: the new Cubs Park, the Spring Training home of the Chicago Cubs, and Tempe Diablo Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Angels.
The Cubs kick off Spring Training against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Cubs Park on February 27th, while the Angels host their first home game the next day against the Cubs. Guests of this downtown Tempe hotel can easily spend their entire visit at Spring Training games, or combine their love of baseball with other activities and attractions. Tempe Town Lake offers the perfect setting for a romantic stroll or a fun day on the water with pedal boats. Major theater and musical productions are always hitting the stages at Gammage Auditorium, Tempe Performing Arts Center and Marquee Theater. The Desert Botanical Garden and Phoenix Zoo offer the chance to get up close to local flora and fauna. For dining and nightlife, Mill Avenue is the place to be with more than 100 restaurants and bars.
After a day at the ballpark and around the city, visitors can return to these Tempe suites, where weekday evenings host a complimentary social hour with beer, wine and snacks, and the rooftop pool invites one to take in the view between laps.
About the Residence Inn Tempe Downtown/University
From business travelers to potential college students, there are all types of visitors to Tempe, and whether guests are in town for a few days or a few weeks, the Residence Inn Tempe Downtown/University by Marriott offers a modern, stylish, comfortable and convenient stay. Accommodations include studio, one- and two-bedroom suites in downtown Tempe, and each features separate living and sleeping areas, a fully equipped kitchen, complimentary grocery delivery service, desk with ergonomic chair, free Internet and 32-inch flat-screen TV. With year-round sunshine and a location near Arizona State University, the hotel's 3,700 square feet of event space is perfect for meetings, graduation parties and corporate retreats. Take advantage of this hotel's location with a stroll along Mill Avenue, the area's hub for dining and nightlife, or enjoy a view of Tempe Town Lake from the rooftop pool. All guests enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast each morning and can mingle with others during the complimentary weeknight social hour. Stay in shape with a jog along the lake or in the fitness center.