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April 2, 2013

Contact: Mike Sakal, Public Information Officer 
Office: 623-882-7053; 

        Spring Training in Goodyear concludes record-setting year 

        In another fun-filled spring training season for Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians fans, Goodyear Ballpark experienced its second straight record-setting year for attendance and revenue.

When the Reds and Indians concluded the spring training season on March 30, ballpark officials reported $4.7 million in overall revenue, a 6 percent increase from a year ago.

Goodyear Ballpark, which celebrated its 5th anniversary this season with the Cleveland Indians and the fourth for the Cincinnati Reds, entertained more than 145,000 fans, saw $1.9 million in ticket sales, which also was a 6 percent increase from last year. All of this came in addition to ballpark officials seeing a near 30 percent jump in ticket sales over the last two seasons.

“As we continue to build upon the city’s tradition of hosting both of Ohio’s Major League Baseball teams for spring training, we finished with another great record breaking season. We are meeting our goals while continuing to deliver a fan experience that is second to none, said Nathan Torres, Goodyear Parks and Recreation Director who oversees Goodyear Ballpark. Our Kids Zone, family fun and In-game entertainment are what set us apart.”

“When there’s an increase in ticket sales, we see an increase in everything else,” Torres added. “In addition to hosting fireworks nights after four night games, we added some new things this year. The fans received them well.”

Concession sales totaled $1.2 million, up 10 percent from a year ago and merchandise sales from the Team Shop nearly reached the $1 million mark – totaling $896,484, up 11 percent from a year ago. Parking sales were up 8 percent, bringing in $190,000.

Two of the season’s most memorable highlights were the record setting crowd on March 16 when 11,023 fans were on hand to see the Indians play the San Francisco Giants, the defending world champs.

More than 5,000 fans also were on hand for “Canada Night” when the Reds hosted Team Canada as an exhibition game on March 6 during the World Baseball Classic in a game filled with Canadian culture.

“Each year, we want to do better than the last,” Torres said. “We’re already looking forward to next year and grateful to our team of more than 200 volunteers who helped make this season a memorable experience and to the fans who attend the games and visit our city.” 

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