Mariners to open Cactus League on March 4
The 22nd annual Charity Game at the Peoria stadium will start at 1:05 p.m. MT, or 12:05 p.m. PT, as the first contest in the upgraded facility. That will be the first of four games next spring between the two teams that share the Peoria Sports Complex and proceeds will benefit several Peoria charities.
The Mariners will also host both 2014 World Series teams in Peoria, with the Royals visiting on March 26 and the Giants on March 28.
The 16-game Peoria home schedule includes three night games – March 19 vs. the Indians, March 25 vs. the Cubs and April 3 vs. the Rockies.
For the second year in a row, the Mariners will remain in the Phoenix area for their final spring games instead of playing exhibition games elsewhere prior to the start of the regular season. The club will close out Cactus League play with a pair of games against the Rockies on April 3 at Peoria and April 4 at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale before flying to Seattle for its April 6 opener against the Angels at Safeco Field.
Tickets for all Mariners spring training games in Peoria will go on sale Jan. 10.