Fan Guide : San Francisco Giants
I e-mailed Rich to find out whether he definitively knew if fans would be able to view the practices at Scottsdale Stadium. His response was :
I asked the Giants that very same question, but the response was, "We don't know ... check with us in Scottsdale." Indian School was nice in that regard -- you could get real close to the players. But with the new configuration at Scottsdale Stadium I guess they're not sure what to do. Maybe there's added expense with more security. I guess we'll find out when we get there. --RichSo.....even the guy who writes all of the articles for the Giants' website has no idea. I hope he is wrong about it being a "cost issue" though. I have never seen more than about 20-30 fans at Indian School Park at one time and that is only on weekends. I have never seen any problems of any kind at the practices (even though the Giants have 2 security people and usually Scottsdale PD has an officer there also). The practice sessions have always been very laid back. At 51 years old I am the YOUNG guy at the mid-week practice sessions.
So considering the Giants are now getting $23.00 per seat from me once the actual Spring Training games start (when I can remember paying $5), I sure hope that cost of a couple of security guards (who aren't needed anyway) won't be a reason for closing spring practices to the fans.
I guess Rich is right. We will find out when we get there.