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Spring Training Fan Guide: D-backs

Spring Training Fan Guide: Diamondbacks

Armed with a rebuild rotation that features the return of Randy Johnson to Arizona, the Diamondbacks will begin their 10th Spring Training at Tucson Electric Park.

As Diamondbacks fans prepare for their quick trek south to camp in Tucson, here are some questions and answers that should help make it an enjoyable trip for fans heading in from Phoenix and more distant locales:

When do the Diamondbacks arrive at camp?
The Diamondbacks pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 15 with their first workout on Feb. 17. The rest of the position players report Feb. 21 with the first full-squad workout Feb. 22.

When do games start?
The Diamondbacks kick off their 2007 spring schedule with a three-game set against the White Sox, the D-backs' co-tenants at TEP. The March 2 game is considered Arizona's home opener for the Cactus League season.

The Diamondbacks' first trip to the Phoenix area will be March 6, when they take on the Padres in Peoria.

How do I get tickets?
TEP holds 11,500 fans, the second-most in the Cactus League with 8,000 seats and a capacity of about 3,000 for the outfield lawn seats.

Tickets are one sale now and can be purchased online, at the Tucson Electric Park box office or by calling 866-672-1343.

Where is Tucson and how do I get there?
Tucson is located in the southern part of Arizona, about a two-hour drive from the Phoenix area, depending on traffic. It's an easy drive -- just head east on I-10 from Phoenix and you'll stay on the freeway until the Ajo Way exit.

If you're coming from outside the state of Arizona, you can fly directly into Tucson International Airport, which is south of the ballpark.

After you take the Ajo Way exit, head east to the ballpark, which you'll be able to easily see from the freeway. Plenty of parking is available in the lots surrounding the ballpark.

How can I watch the team work out?
Before games begin, the Diamondbacks work out each day just across the street from the complex in the Kino Sports Complex. There is no parking or admission charge there, and fans can wander amongst four fields watching their favorite players hit or take infield.

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Workouts generally begin around 9:30 a.m. MST or so and last until 12:30 p.m., though the schedule could vary.

Once the games begin, the Diamondbacks typically will work out in the morning at a field on the west side of the stadium. There is parking in that area, and there is no charge for fans to watch.

Where can I get some autographs?
During workouts, players will occasionally sign autographs as they move between fields at the Kino Sports Complex.

Once the games begin, the best opportunities for autographs come when the team arrives on the field before games. Fans can hang out down the left-field line as the players walk from the clubhouse to the dugout.

What else is there to do in Tucson?
Tucson is home to the University of Arizona, which has a nice campus east of downtown. There are also plenty of hiking trails in the mountains surrounding the city, and the Desert Museum is always interesting. Not far away is Biosphere 2, and the city also boasts some very nice golf courses.

For more information on Tucson, visit www.tucsonaz.gov/visitor.html, the city's Web site.

When do the Diamondbacks open the regular season?
The Diamondbacks begin the 2007 season on the road in Colorado on April 2. The home opener comes a week later, on April 9, when they host the Reds at Chase Field at 6:40 p.m. MST.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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