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D-backs' unique spring schedule announced

Club will start earlier than usual with Opening Series in Australia set for March 22-23

PHOENIX -- The D-backs' 17th edition of Spring Training will be nothing like the previous 16.

With the D-backs opening the regular season against the Dodgers in Sydney, Australia, on March 22-23, the team will begin Spring Training earlier than usual and play four exhibition games after the trip to Sydney.

The D-backs will play 28 games during Spring Training, including 15 home games and one "road" game against the Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, their spring home for the past three seasons.

Salt River Fields has been a huge hit with baseball fans. Last season, the D-backs sold out 12 home games and averaged a Major League-best 11,021 fans per game.

In addition, the D-backs will play a pair of exhibition games at Chase Field against the Cubs on March 28-29 before beginning a four-game regular-season series with the Giants at Chase Field on March 31.

Tickets for all games at Salt River Fields are priced from $9-28. General admission lawn seating that will hold 4,000 people will be $9, and tickets for 7,000 reserved seats in the seating bowl range from $19-$28. The D-backs Plan offers tickets for each of their 15 home games at Salt River Fields that range in price from $135-$420.

The two exhibition games held at Chase Field are not included in the Spring Training season ticket package but are available in the D-backs' regular-season ticket packages.

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community members and D-backs and Rockies season-ticket holders may purchase season-ticket plans for Spring Training games at Salt River Fields exclusively, between Dec. 16-18.

Season-ticket plans for the D-backs' 15 home games and all 31 Spring Training games at Salt River Fields featuring the D-backs and Rockies will go on sale to the public beginning Dec. 19.

Individual game tickets for all 31 games at Salt River Fields will go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. MST on Jan. 11. Tickets can be purchased in person at the D-backs Ticket Office at Chase Field, at or by calling 888-490-0383 or 480-362-WINS (9467).

Individual tickets for the two exhibition games at Chase Field will go on sale at a later date.

The D-backs will open their spring schedule Feb. 26 against the Dodgers at Salt River Fields.

The schedule includes nine games against National League West rivals. Arizona will face the Dodgers and Rockies three times each, the Padres twice and the Giants once.

There will be four night games at Salt River Fields, including March 1 against the Cubs, March 3 against the Rockies, March 10 against the Mariners and March 12 against the Rockies, which is technically an away game.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.
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