Taking a Look at the 2018 Spring Training Schedule

SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 04: Alex Gordon
SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 04: Alex Gordon /

The full squad doesn’t report until Sunday, but Royals spring training is upon us. With games just one week away, they’ll be here before you know it. Have any questions related to when, where or who the Royals play this spring? We’ve got answers below. 

There are plenty of things to look forward to once the regular season begins, but what about in the meantime? Spring training from Surprise, Arizona will be in full swing very soon. The spring is a great chance to get a firsthand look at some of your favorite players and prospects. Do you plan on attending? Even if you won’t be there, there are still plenty of ways to watch/see your Boys in Blue. We’ve outlined the entire Royals schedule over the next month-plus for you.

The rundown

DateTime (CST)Home/AwayOpponent
2/24/182:05 PMHomeDodgers
2/25/182:05 PMAwayAthletics
2/26/182:05 PMAwayGiants
2/27/182:05 PMHome Mariners
2/28/172:05 PMHomeReds
3/1/182:10 PMAwayMariners
3/2/182:10 PMAwayPadres
3/3/182:05 PMHomeWhite Sox
3/4/182:05 PMAwayReds
3/6/187:05 PMHomePadres
3/7/182:05 PMHomeBrewers
3/8/182:05 PMAwayWhite Sox
3/9/182:05 PMHomeDiamondbacks
3/9/182:05 PMAwayDodgers
3/10/182:10 PMAwayDiamondbacks
3/11/183:05 PMHomeIndians
3/12/182:05 PMHomePadres
3/12/188:05 PMHomeRangers
3/13/183:05 PMHomeAthletics
3/14/183:05 PMHomeCubs
3/15/183:05 PMAwayDodgers
3/16/183:10 PMAwayPadres
3/17/182:05 PMHomeRangers
3/17/188:05 PMAwayRangers
3/18/183:05 PMAwayCubs
3/20/188:05 PMHomeGiants
3/21/188:05 PMAwayCleveland
3/22/183:05 PMAwayBrewers
3/23/183:05 PMHomeDodgers
3/23/183:05 PMAwayGiants
3/24/183:10 PMAwayDiamondbacks
3/25/182:05 PMHomeCubs

There’s a lot to digest here. The club plays 32 games in 30 days, alluding to the fact that there are many split-squad games on the schedule. The Royals also travel to Omaha to face their AAA-affiliate Storm Chasers on March 26. The team will be quite busy during this one-month stretch. All home games will be played at Surprise Stadium. If you’re in Arizona or plan on being there, you can purchase tickets by clicking here.

Games to look forward to:

February 24 vs. Dodgers: The first game of the spring is always a great one. The Royals will be tested against one of the best teams in the MLB and the defending National League champions.

March 6 vs. Padres: This one is only an important game if Eric Hosmer signs with the Padres. If he returns to Kansas City, it’s just another game. It’s included in this list just in case!

March 11 vs. Indians: Yes, division rivalries are still a thing in spring training. Take the outcome of this game with a grain of salt, but it’s never a bad thing to square off against a divisional opponent.

March 25 vs. Cubs: This is a great game to close the spring. Not only will fans get to see former Royal Ben Zobrist, but they’ll also get to watch stars such as Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo play. Another matchup against one of the best teams in baseball.

Closing remarks

This spring should be a great one. The Royals have plenty of young talent competing for spots all across the diamond. There are many great teams coming to Surprise. Whether you’re enjoying the 70+ degree climate of Arizona or watching from the comfort of your own home, baseball will be back as soon as you can say “Raised Royal.”

What do you think, Royals fans? What are you most excited for this spring? Which game(s) are you looking forward to? Let us know what you have to say!