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For Immediate Release:

 

Wed., Nov. 1, 2006

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

Cleveland Indians President Paul Dolan visits future Spring Training site

 

Cleveland Indians President Paul Dolan visited the team’s future Spring Training site Wednesday and said that the team’s partnership with the City of Goodyear is a perfect fit.

 

“We couldn’t be more excited than we are today to stand before you, on this site, with our partners in the City of Goodyear, and tell you how strongly committed we are to be here in the Spring of 2009,” Dolan said, speaking at the future field. “This location is superb, the development vision is extraordinary, and the City’s team of professionals is second-to-none.”

 

Mayor Jim Cavanaugh and members of the Goodyear City Council agreed and said the City is committed to bringing Cleveland Indians baseball to the Southwest Valley in 2009.

 

 “We are a city of opportunity,” Cavanaugh said. “Our plans for downtown will transform our community for decades to come, and this Spring Training facility will play a key role in showcasing the heart and soul of our community.  It will be the centerpiece of a multitude of expanded community recreational opportunities,”

 

Dolan met this week with members of the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, which is reviewing the city’s application to fund the stadium. Goodyear submitted a funding application in September to the STA.

 

The STA’s approval is the final step in luring a Grapefruit League team to the Valley and adding to the Cactus League.

 

Last week, eight West Valley mayors wrote the STA to support Goodyear’s bid.

 

“Bringing baseball to Goodyear will provide a critical balance in the County for Spring Training facilities,” Surprise Mayor Joan Shafer wrote the STA. “Surprise knows first-hand the long-term economic and community benefits Cactus League baseball has to a growing city.”

 

Goodyear’s Spring Training ballpark will be the centerpiece of a 60-acre mixed-use retail, commercial and urban residential “Ballpark Village,” adjacent to Goodyear’s future City Center. Goodyear has an agreement to secure the land from a local partnership that includes Goodyear-based developer Rose Properties Southwest, LLC, and the Wood family, the fourth generation farming family that owns the property.  Additionally, Rose Properties and the Wood family have agreed to maintain enough land to accommodate a two-team training facility for a least one year to allow the City to actively pursue another Grapefruit League team.

  

Time is of the essence, Dolan said. Goodyear’s written agreement with the Cleveland Indians expires at the end of 2006, at which time the team could begin negotiations with another city in either Arizona or Florida.

 

 

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