Groundbreaking for Goodyear’s $75 Million
Ballpark and Recreational Sports Complex
WHAT: The groundbreaking of the one-of-a-kind $75 million ballpark and recreational sports complex, Spring Training home to the Cleveland Indians. The ballpark is being developed by the City of Goodyear and will be the centerpiece of Ballpark Village, a $1 billion mixed-use development of office, retail, housing and hospitality being developed by Rose Properties Southwest just southeast of Goodyear’s future City Center
A rendering of the exterior design of the ballpark and of the Indians’ team clubhouse will be unveiled for the first time.
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 17 at noon
WHERE: I-10, exit south on Estrella Parkway (follow the signs)
South of Yuma Road and east of Estrella Parkway between the three-acre site of the ballpark and the 52-acre site of the clubhouse and practice fields.
WHO: The Honorable Jim Cavanaugh, mayor, City of Goodyear
Paul Dolan, president, Cleveland Indians
John Ruggieri, president, Rose Properties Southwest
Erik Judson, JMI Sports
Margaret Wood, original property owner and fourth generation West Valley farmer
Bob Feller, Major League Baseball hall-of-famer and former Cleveland Indians pitcher
WHY: This ballpark will be truly unique among the other Spring Training facilities in either Arizona or Florida. Its ground-level concourse is being planned to ensure cohesive integration with surrounding restaurants, offices and a hotel/conference center. The ballpark will be completed by February 2009 in time for the 2009 Spring Training season.
The Indians’ year-round portion of the practice field area will consist of a clubhouse, two major practice fields, one half-field, and batting practice areas.
The City of Goodyear selected Goodyear Baseball LLC (made up of Rose Properties Southwest and JMI Sports LLC) as the development manager of the ballpark. Under the supervision of Goodyear Baseball LLC the complex is being designed by sports facility designer HOK Sport of Kansas City and constructed by Barton Malow, a national construction services company headquartered in Michigan with offices in Tempe.
This $75 million recreational sports complex is anticipated to include:
· An 8,000-seat ballpark with an additional 2,000 seats on a grassy berm;
· A separate clubhouse/practice field area that will serve as a year-round training facility for the Cleveland Indians.
· 4 practice fields available to Goodyear residents for recreational use outside of Spring Training season.
The ballpark will be a part of a dynamic 240-acre mixed-use development, presently called Ballpark Village at Wood Corporate Campus.
The Ballpark Village is anticipated to include:
· Two million square feet of commercial office space;
· 250,000 square feet of retail shops, restaurants and entertainment venues;
· 550 units of loft-style housing;
· Hotels with approximately 400-rooms and a 50,000-square-foot conference center;
The innovative public/private Ballpark Village project will honor the agricultural history of the Wood Family, who farmed on the property for generations, and create a four million square-foot master-planned development that will be a premier destination in the West Valley.
CONTACT: Paula Ilardo at (623) 882-7820 or (623) 693-0006 (cell)
Jolinda Nestor at (602) 957-8881 or (602) 481-0663 (cell)