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Cactus League kicks off in Arizona 2024

Baseball season is back. The Cactus League kicked off Thursday in Peoria with a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres. 

Founded in 1947, the Cactus League annually draws fans from across the country to Arizona in February and March.

According to Cactus League Executive Director Bridget Binsbacher, around 60% of fans attending spring training games in 2023 traveled from out of state. They generated $418 million for Arizona’s GDP, according to an ASU study. 

Binsbacher urges local fans to look to individual venues for potential discounts. 

“Look for what's happening at those facilities. Look for resident discounts. The first two weeks of the season are typically the lightest attended so that's the best opportunity for local residents to get great tickets before out-of-state visitors hit the Valley for spring break,” Binsbacher said.

The Arizona Diamondbacks' first matchup is Friday against the Colorado Rockies.

Jacob Suever joined KJZZ as an intern in January 2024. Suever is currently studying for his bachelor’s degree in sports journalism at Arizona State University. Previously, Suever has interned with PBS NewsHour West as a production intern, as well as with the San Francisco Giants as a scoreboard operator.Suever is currently the broadcast director and play-by-play voice for Phoenix College Athletics, and is aiming to broadcast more than 60 baseball and basketball games this season. Suever, an Atlanta native, has a huge passion for radio broadcasting. He says his inspiration throughout his childhood and early college career has been Steve Holman, radio voice of the Atlanta Hawks.Outside of the arena, Suever is also passionate about his community, and understands the importance that local news can play on the well-being, safety and health of a population.Growing up, Suever had a very unique educational experience. Suever transitioned from Atlanta Public Schools at the elementary level to attend the prestigious Ron Clark Academy, a school that gave Suever the ability to see the world in a different way. By age 14, Suever had traveled to more than 20 states, to five countries and to three continents. To this day, Suever employs some of the techniques he learned in middle school to communicate and connect with others around the globe.Suever hopes to use his opportunity with KJZZ to continue to expand his knowledge as a reporter and use his stories to make a positive impact in the community.