BY SPNW Staff 04:18PM 11/23/2011

Mariners spring training games begin March 2

Dreary holiday weather already have you dragging? The Mariners’ spring training schedule is out. Dream on.

Mariner spring training, Peoria, AZ

The Mariners play their first spring training game of the 2012 season March 3 at the Peoria Sports Complex. / Photo by Julia Akoury Thiel

Must be Thanksgiving. Just in time for the worst weather of the year, the Seattle Mariners spring training schedule is out.

Their 25-game Cactus League schedule begins with a pair of contests against the Oakland Athletics March 2-3. The opener will be held in Phoenix, training site of the A’s, and the second game will be played in Peoria, training home of the Mariners.

The Mariners will take a break from Cactus League play March 22, when they travel to Japan to commence the 2012 major league season March 28-29, also against Oakland. Both games will be held in the Tokyo Dome and will start at 3:05 a.m., Seattle time. The Mariners will return to Arizona and resume Cactus League play.

This year will mark the 19th spring that the Mariners have trained at the Peoria Sports Complex (36th overall in Arizona).

Pitchers and catchers will report to spring training Feb. 11 (physicals) and hold first workouts Feb. 12. Position players will report Feb. 17 and the first full-squad workout will be Feb. 18.

The Mariners will hold a workout April 5 at the Oakland Coliseum. The regular season resume for the Mariners April 6 at Oakland against the Athletics.

Mariners Spring Ticket Information

Single-game tickets: Tickets for Mariners games at the Peoria Sports Complex will go on sale at 9 a.m. Saturday, January 7, 2012. Tickets may be purchased via phone at 800-677-1227, online at, or in person at the box office at 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ 85382. Individual game tickets are priced from $6 to $23.

Group ticketing: Group ticket discounts include $1 off tickets for groups of 20 or more and $2 off tickets for groups of 100 or more on seats in the Upper Box, Outfield Box, Bleachers or Lawn. Some games are subject to blackout. For more information, contact the Box Office Group Sales Coordinator at (623) 773-8719.

Spring season tickets: Three season ticket packages are available. To become a season ticket holder, contact the Box office at (623) 773-8720.

Spring training tour packages: Official travel packages to spring training in Peoria include tickets, lodging and ground transportation. For further information, call 1-800-8WARMUP or visit

Seattle Mariners 2011 Cactus League Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time
Friday, March 2 at Oakland Athletics Phoenix 1:05/12:05
Saturday, March 3 Oakland Athletics Peoria 1:05/12:05
Sun. March 4 San Diego Padres Peoria 1:05/12:05
Mon. March 5 San Diego Padres Peoria 1:05/12:05
Tues. March 6 Cincinnati Reds Peoria 1:05/12:05
Wed. March 7 at Los Angeles Angels Tempe 1:05/12:05
Thurs. March 8 at Chicago Cubs Mesa 1:05/12:05
Fri. March 9 Arizona Diamondbacks Peoria 1:05/12:05
Sat. March 10 Los Angeles Dodgers (ss) Peoria 1:05/12:05
at Arizona Diamondbacks (ss) Scottsdale 7:10/6:10
Sun. March 11 at San Francisco Giants Scottsdale 1:05
Mon. March 12 Texas Rangers Peoria 1:05
Tues. March 13 at Milwaukee Brewers Maryvale 1:05
Wed. March 14 Kansas City Royals Peoria 7:05
Thurs. March 15 San Francisco Giants Peoria 7:05
Fri. March 16 at Oakland Athletics Phoenix 7:05
Sat. March 17 at Chicago White Sox Glendale 1:05
Sun. March 18 Colorado Rockies Peoria 1:05
Mon. March 19 Chicago Cubs Peoria 1:05
Tues. March 20 at Cincinnati Reds Goodyear 1:05
Wed. March 21 Chicago White Sox Peoria 1:05
Thurs. March 22 Travel To Japan
Fri. March 23 No game scheduled
Sat. March 24 No game scheduled
Sun. March 25 Exhibition game — TBA Japan TBA
Mon. March 26 Exhibition game — TBA Japan TBA
Tues. March 27 OFF DAY
Wed. March 28 at Oakland (regular season) Tokyo Dome 3:05 a.m.
Thur. March 29 at Oakland (regular season) Tokyo Dome 3:05 a.m.
Fri. March 30 Return From Japan
Sat. March 31 San Diego Padres (ss) Peoria 6:05
Sun. April 1 Kansas City Royals Peoria 1:05
Mon. April 2 Colorado Rockies Peoria 1:05
Tues. April 3 at Colorado Rockies Scottsdale 1:05
Wed. April 4 TBA TBA TBA

— All times are local
— Daylight savings time begins March 11


  • Gregb

    The best are often overlooked

  • Gordon

    What a great article!  What I remember about Kitna was he was always a good gentleman as well as a quarterback.  He seemed to make the most out of what gifts he was given, and will be able to walk away from the game with his head held high.  I’m sure his family is proud of him, as well as all the State of Washington football fans should be for him.  All the very best to you and your future Jon Kitna!

  • Seattlehawk94

    Wrong on a point…A Port Angeles born Pullman raised QB product threw for more yards than Kitna, Bledsoe, and Chandler…Nane: John Elway..

  • dingle

    Nice article, although I think that ranking Warren Moon above Kurt Warner is an error.