Caption: Typical beautiful spring training day at Phoenix "Muni"
5999 E. Van Buren
Phoenix, AZ 85008
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Phoenix Municipal Stadium, the spring training home of the Oakland A's, is a state-of-the-art 8,000-seat stadium featuring:
- media facilities, party suites and media level patio
- concession stands
- locker rooms
- picnic area
- 8 restrooms
Caption: Atheletics dugout during Spring Training exhibition game
When the Oakland A's spring training season ends, the stadium facilities and parking lot are available for rent. Recently the stadium and its large public lot have hosted:
- Arizona Fall League (Desert Dogs)
- Men's Senior Baseball League World Series
- National Adult Baseball Association World Series
- Little League baseball
- College Baseball
- Diamondback Training Centers
- Basketball Tournaments (parking lot)
- Bicycle rallies (parking lot)
- Graduations (stadium)
- Car Shows (parking lot)
- Dog Shows (parking lot)
- Music Concerts (stadium)
Constructed in 1964, "Phoenix Muni" as it is known throughout the Valley, was christened by none other than Willie Mayes, who hit the first spring training home run at the park. The first tenant of Phoenix Municipal Stadium was the New York Giants Triple-A team, the Phoenix Giants. The team was later renamed the Phoenix Firebirds. When the New York Giants moved from the Polo Grounds in New York to San Francisco, they brought with them the light poles for Muni, which still stand today.
One of the many trademarks of the park is its accordion roof and stone-faced administrative building, which is known as "The Rock House". Muni also has the distinction as being the first air conditioned stadium. The original inner bowl seating was cooled through the floor from exterior evaporative coolers.
Immediately following the 2003 spring training season, Muni underwent a $6.4 million dollar renovation. Some of the new features are a new 7,000 sq. ft. press box, new dugouts, better signage, and improved concourse areas with benches, shading and a historical timeline.
The Oakland Athletics have been using Phoenix Muni for their spring training home since 1982.