SABR Arizona Fall League Experience
The seventh annual SABR Arizona Fall League Experience — a new name, but same great experience — will be held November 5-7, 2015. The event will feature four AFL games showcasing baseball's top prospects, including games at Scottsdale Stadium and Camelback Ranch, our first trip to Glendale. We'll also have dinner at Don and Charlie's in Scottsdale, home to one of the great sports memorabilia collections you will ever see, and a ballpark dinner at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick with a special guest speaker.
On Saturday, November 7, attendees will join members of SABR's Flame Delhi Chapter for their regional fall meeting, with research presentations and guest speakers. The conference will conclude with the nationally televised Fall Stars Game on Saturday evening at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
The Arizona Fall League (mlbfallball.com) is baseball's premier player development league. In the first six years of the conference, attendees were treated to sneak peeks at Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Buster Posey, Stephen Strasburg, Nolan Arenado, Gerrit Cole, and Billy Hamilton before they hit the big leagues.
Learn more about Arizona baseball history by downloading Mining Towns to Major Leagues: A History of Arizona Baseball, SABR's 1999 convention journal that was recently republished as an e-book at the Flame Delhi Chapter's website, SABRAZ.org.
- Related link: 2015 AFL rosters packed with elite prospects (MLB.com)
All baseball fans are welcome to attend the SABR Arizona Fall League Conference.
Here are the details:
SABR Arizona Fall League Experience
November 5-7, 2015
Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Old Town Scottsdale
3131 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Conference room rate: $109/night (plus tax). Click the link above to book your room online or call the hotel at (480) 675-7665 and mention the "SABR Fall League Experience." Reservations must be booked by October 4, 2015, to get the SABR group rate.
Great hotel in a great spot, within walking distance to Old Town Scottsdale and Scottsdale Stadium. Every room is a two-room suite with two flat-screen televisions, free wireless and connected Internet, a refrigerator, and microwave. There is an airport shuttle which also is available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. for rides anywhere within a 3-mile radius of the hotel.
Note: In order to confirm a room assignment, Holiday Inn Express requires a credit card pre-payment of your first night's deposit, refundable up to 7 days in advance of your arrival date. Major credit cards are acceptable to establish pre-payment. All credit cards used to prepay will be charged immediately. The hotel will deduct any collected nonrefundable prepayment fees from the amount you may owe as performance or cancellation damages. The cut-off date for hotel rooms is October 4, 2015. The rate is $109 + tax per night. below. If there are any issues with booking reservations, please contact the Sales Department at (480) 603-2021 and ask for Melody.
Registration: $175 before October 4; $195 afterward
Your registration fee includes: all game tickets; an AFL Media Guide; dinner at Don & Charlie's; a special evening with Arizona Major League Alumni; and transportation to and from all events. Hotel registration includes breakfast and complementary happy hour each day. Questions: Contact Rodney Johnson at email@example.com.
Please note: Local or visiting members can purchase extra or optional tickets to the Thursday night ballpark dinner at Salt River Fields, the Don and Charlie's dinner on Friday night, or the Fall Stars Game on Saturday night. See prices below.
Please note: All events are subject to change. The price for an extra/optional ticket is listed below and can be added during registration.
Thursday, November 5
- 9:00-11:00 a.m.: Registration at Holiday Inn Express
- 12:35 p.m.: Peoria Javelinas at Scottsdale Scorpions
- 6:35 p.m.: Mesa Solar Sox at Salt River Rafters ($35 — includes pregame ballpark dinner, with auction and guest speaker)
Friday, November 6
- 12:35 p.m.: Mesa Solar Sox at Glendale Desert Dogs
- 6:30 p.m.: Don & Charlie's dinner with AZ Major League Alumni ($45)
Saturday, November 7
- 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Flame Delhi Chapter meeting, Holiday Inn Express
- 6:00 p.m.: Fall Stars Game at Salt River Fields ($7)
For stories and photos from past AFL Conferences, click on a link below: