Immediate Release: Sept. 25, 2008
Governor to Speak at Grand Opening
Goodyear/Indians Spring Training
DATE: Saturday, September 27, 2008
PLACE: Indians Spring Training Practice
TIME: 6 to 9 p.m.
6:15 p.m. speakers begin
6:20 p.m. Governor Janet
6:40 p.m. ribbon cutting
Governor Janet Napolitano will help celebrate
the opening of the Cactus League’s newest practice facility, the Goodyear
Recreational Complex which houses the year round Player Development Complex for
the Cleveland Indians.
The Complex features the Indians’
clubhouse, six full-sized practice fields, batting tunnels, half fields and a
concession stand. Four of the six practice fields are lighted.
The four lighted fields and the
concession stand can be used by the City of Goodyear whenever Spring Training
is not in session and is the site of Saturday’s grand opening ceremonies.
This complex is the first phase to open
of the $108 million Spring Training Ballpark/Development Complex Goodyear is
building for the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds. Fact sheet attached.
- Governor Janet Napolitano
- Indians President Paul
- Governor Janet
Napolitano, Indians President Paul Dolan, AZSTA CEO Tom Sadler and
Goodyear Council Council cutting the ribbon on the newest Cactus League
facility. Colorful balloon stanchions will add to the picture.
- Famous pitcher Bob Feller
will be there to sign autographs along with Dave Burba, formerly a pitcher
with both the Indians and the Reds.
- Children will be actively
involved in soccer, whiffle ball and baseball clinics for fielding,
batting and running bases from 6:40 to 7:20 p.m. on three of the complex’s
four lighted, full-sized baseball fields.
Take I-10 to Estrella Parkway exit. Go south on Estrella. Turn left on Wood Boulevard (south of Lower Buckeye Road) from Estrella Parkway. Media parking will be near clubhouse.
Goodyear Ballpark and Sports Complex Quick Facts
The Goodyear Ballpark
and Recreational Sports Complex
premium box seats
ballpark (stadium and shops)
acres – Goodyear Recreational
Phase I - 52-acre spring
training facility for Indians
Phase II - 50-acre
spring training facility for Reds
Spring training facility
for two Ohio teams –
Cleveland Indians – 2009
Cincinnati Reds – 2010
Indians moved into
clubhouse in early September 2008
Reds’ facilities will be
basically the same, just south of the Indians’ area
8 of the fields (4 in
Indians complex and 4 in Reds complex) will be used by the community for
tournaments and events for 10 months of the year. Each team will use their
other 2 fields for year-round training. During the two months of spring
training, the teams will be using all the fields.
For info, updates and
photos of the progress on the ballpark, visit www.goodyearaz.gov/ballpark
Public Information Officer
City of Goodyear City
623.695.0846 – cell 623-693-0006
623.882.7061 – direct 623-882-7820
190 N. Litchfield Rd. 190 N. Litchfield Rd.
Goodyear, AZ 85338 Goodyear, AZ 85338