City of Goodyear, Arizona
For Immediate Release: Nov. 7, 2008
Cincinnati Reds spring training complex groundbreaking
GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (Nov. 7, 2008) – Join VIPs and officials from the Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority and the city of Goodyear as they break ground on the team’s new spring training development complex at 2 p.m., Monday, November 17.
The Reds are the second of two Ohio teams to relocate their spring training facilities to the Goodyear Ballpark and Sports Complex, which will begin hosting Cactus League games in February. The Cleveland Indians moved into their new 42,000-square-foot clubhouse in August and thousands of people turned out in September for the grand opening of the adjacent Goodyear Recreational Sports Complex.
The Reds spring training complex will cost nearly $32 million and be similar in design and style to the Indians’ facility. It will be located south of the Indians’ complex on Wood Boulevard, just east of Estrella Parkway. Like the Indians, the Reds facility will feature six practice fields, two of which are for the exclusive year-round use of the team, and four of which will be used 10 months of the year by the public. The city also will use both the ballpark and practice field areas for special events throughout the year.
The Reds’ practice fields and spring training complex will be completed next year, and the team will become part of the Cactus League in 2010.
During the groundbreaking, the 45-piece Desert Edge High School Marching Band will play “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and other baseball-themed favorites as city officials and representatives from the Reds turn dirt and make way for construction of the state-of-the-art clubhouse and practice fields.
Renderings of the exterior design of the ballpark and of the Reds' team clubhouse will be unveiled in front of a mock-up ballfield and baseball diamond. The complex is being designed by sports facility designer HOK of Kansas City and built by Barton Malow, a national construction services company headquartered in Michigan, with an office in Tempe.
From Interstate 10, take Estrella Parkway exit and go south. Go east on Wood Boulevard, just south of Lower Buckeye Road.