City of Goodyear, Arizona
Public Information Office
For Immediate Release: July 14, 2008
Cincinnati Reds’ spring training deal approved by Goodyear
GOODYEAR, AZ – A 20-year lease with the Cincinnati Reds was approved unanimously by the Goodyear city council tonight. The agreement paves the way for the Reds to move its spring training facilities to Goodyear in 2010.
Goodyear will build a $32 million facility for the Reds, which will include a clubhouse, six full practice baseball fields, one half-practice field and one agility field. There will also be pitching mounds, batting cages and tunnels, and an observation tower.
The Reds will pay rent of $100,000 per year to the city of Goodyear. Goodyear will own the naming rights of the baseball stadium and sports complex, and will take a portion of ticket sales and advertising revenues.
The facilities must be finished by November 2009, and the Reds will begin spring training games in the Goodyear ballpark in 2010.
The Cleveland Indians were the first team to move its spring training operation to Goodyear. Work on the Indians’ clubhouse is nearly complete. The Indians will begin moving in this August, in plenty of time to throw out the first pitch for the 2009 Cactus League Spring Training season.
Goodyear’s $108 million Baseball Stadium and Recreational Sports Complex will offer seating at the main ballpark for 10,000 fans, including 500 premium box seats, 8,000 fixed seats and lawn seating for 2,000 fans. It will be the centerpiece of Ballpark Village, with offices, shops, restaurants, housing, hotels and a conference center.
Goodyear is located 20 minutes west of downtown Phoenix. In 2007, nine Major League teams trained in the greater Phoenix area and three trained in Tucson. In addition to the Indians, next year the Los Angeles Dodgers are scheduled to move their spring training headquarters to Arizona.