Public Information Office
For Immediate Release:
Oct. 8, 2007
Building the ballpark’s team from the ground up
Stadium manager and turf supervisor hired for Goodyear’s Ballpark and Recreational Sports Complex
GOODYEAR, AZ – The city of Goodyear has hired Nathan Torres as the stadium manager and Sergio Lopez as turf supervisor for the soon-to-be-built Goodyear Ballpark and Recreational Sports Complex, Spring Training home of the Cleveland Indians.
Torres comes to Goodyear from the city of Peoria. He brings with him many years of experience in the area of stadium management. His responsibilities have included:
· Business operations and oversight of budget
· Developing the capital improvement budget
· Coordinating volunteer organizations
· Oversight of concession and service contracts
· Developing crowd management plans
· Coordinating city departments for stadium events
· Developing promotional campaigns, sponsorships and marketing efforts
· Managing amateur baseball programs and tournaments
· Negotiating and scheduling facility use agreements for events
Sergio Lopez is moving from Goodyear’s Community Park team to serve as the stadium’s sports turf supervisor. After conducting an extensive, nationwide search for the best candidate, Goodyear ultimately selected Lopez for the position because of his years of experience in baseball stadium turf maintenance.
Lopez, who joined Goodyear’s Parks Division more than two years ago, previously worked as head groundskeeper for the El Paso Diablos minor league team, where he was named “Head Groundskeeper of the Year” on two occasions. He was also head groundskeeper of the Los Angeles Angels minor league team in Mesa, where he earned a World Series ring. In addition to his regular responsibilities, Lopez has even filled in for the team mascot occasionally.
Lopez’s experience includes:
· All aspects of stadium turf maintenance
· Hiring full- and part-time groundskeepers
· Managing maintenance budgets, equipment purchases and maintenance
· Horticultural procedures
Quick facts about the Goodyear Ballpark and Recreational Sports Complex:
The $75 million Goodyear Ballpark and Recreational Sports Complex will serve as a year-round training facility for the Cleveland Indians. The Goodyear Recreational Sports Complex is expected to be completed in spring 2008. The ballpark will be ready for action in February 2009, just in time for Spring Training.
The ballpark and sports complex will be located south of Yuma Road and east of Estrella Parkway. The ballpark will be built on a 3-acre site, while the clubhouse and practice fields will be situated on a separate 52-acre site to the south.
The ballpark will seat up to 10,000 fans, including premium box seats and space for spectators on a grassy berm in the outfield. Goodyear’s ballpark will be the centerpiece of Ballpark Village, a $1 billion mixed-use development featuring offices, shops, restaurants, housing, hotels and a conference center. The ground-level concourse is a key design element for the stadium, linking the ballpark to the nearby businesses.
The Recreational Sports Complex will house a clubhouse and practice fields that will serve as a year-round training facility for the Indians. Goodyear residents will have access to four major practice fields 10 months of the year. The Indians will have exclusive use of the facilities during the two-month Spring Training season. The City of Goodyear will also use the ballpark and field area for special events and seasonal specials throughout the year.
For more information, please visit Goodyear’s website: goodyearaz.gov.
City of Goodyear
623.695.0846 – cell
623.882.7061 – direct
190 N. Litchfield Rd.
Goodyear, AZ 85338