|Capacity||8,000 fixed seats, 500 premium seats, 1,600 berm seats, 400-seat party area, 6 suites|
|Dimensions||345L, 410C, 345R|
|Tickets on Sale||Saturday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. MST.|
|Ticket Web Site||reds.mlb.com|
|Address||933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, AZ 85338|
|Directions||Goodyear is located in the southwest corner of the greater Phoenix area. From I-10, take Estrella Parkway South. Continue on Estrella Parkway; you’ll see the ballpark on your left after you pass Van Buren.|
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If you came to Arizona to escape Ohio…well, you picked the wrong spot to watch a ballgame. The legendary Skyline Chili dog is available, just like it is at Great American Ball Park, and you can top other dogs with Bertman Ballpark Mustard, just like you can at Progressive Field.
All of these and more are available at Hot Dog Nation, located behind home plate. In all, six kinds of hot dogs are served at this stand, including a passable Chicago-style red hot. Other stands offer barbeque, Mexican food, cheesesteak, pizza, and standard ballpark fare. The offerings may vary depending on the size of the crowd expected: a big crowd will bring out portable concession stands in the outfield berm area.
The beer selection is OK: mostly MillerCoors corporate brews, with some pretty decent crafts beers thrown in, including offerings from New Belgium, Pyramid, and Firestone Walker.
The southwest corner of Phoenix – especially the communities along I-10, including Goodyear and Avondale – tend to be dominated by planned communities, big-box retailers, and plenty of chain developments. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but you don’t travel hundreds of miles to do what you can do at home.
So your choice is simple: stay in the area and make the best of things, or hunker down in Phoenix or a more centrally located area and drive out to games. If staying in Phoenix is not sufficiently alluring, you may want to check out a resort like the Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa (300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, 623/935-3811; wigwamresort.com), a 400-acre, 331-room complex with three 18-hole championship courses. The resort dates back to 1929 but has been seriously upgraded in recent years.
Where to Stay: There are no hotels within walking distance of the ballpark, but there are plenty as you get close to I-10.