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For Immediate Release:

 

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Groundbreaking for Goodyear’s Spring Training/

Recreational Sports Complex on Sept. 17 - REVISED

 

(GOODYEAR, AZ)  Baseball hall-of-famer and former Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller along with VIPs from the City of Goodyear and the Cleveland Indians will turn dirt on Goodyear’s Spring Training/Recreational Sports Complex on Monday, Sept. 17 at noon. The groundbreaking will be held south of Yuma Rd. and east of Estrella Parkway between the three-acre site of the ballpark and the 52-acre site of the clubhouse and practice fields. The public is welcome to attend.

 

At the groundbreaking, a rendering of the exterior design of the ballpark and of the Indians’ team clubhouse will be unveiled for the first time. The complex is being designed by HOK of Kansas City and constructed by Barton Malow, a national construction services company headquartered in Michigan. This one-of-a-kind sports complex includes an 8,000-seat ballpark with an additional 2,000 seats on a grassy berm plus a separate clubhouse/practice field area that will serve as a year-round training facility for the Indians and provide Goodyear’s residents with a grand $75 million recreational sports and events complex.

 

The ballpark will be the centerpiece of Ballpark Village, an innovative mixed-use development of office, retail, housing and hospitality being developed just southeast of Goodyear’s future City Center by local developer Rose Properties Southwest. The unique design of this Spring training ballpark distinguishes it from other spring training facilities in the Valley. 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 Cleveland Indians’ will house their Spring Training operation and year-round team development facility in Goodyear beginning Summer 2008 when the Indians’ clubhouse and practice fields are completed. The Indians’ year-round portion of the practice field area will consist of their Clubhouse, two major practice fields, 1 half field, and batting practice areas. The remaining four major practice fields will be for the use of Goodyear residents except during the two months of Spring Training when the Indians’ will have use of those four fields. The City expects to use the ballpark and practice field area for special events throughout the year.

 

For questions about the groundbreaking, call Melissa at 623-882-7059.

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