|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||Dec. 18, 10 a.m. MST, online only|
|Ticket Prices||$10-$33; add $2 if purchased day of game|
|Ticket Web Site||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.|
Cincinnati Reds Spring Training: My Old Ohio Home
When the then-Cleveland Indians returned in 2009 for a second stint in Arizona, it was a return to roots: the Indians and the New York Giants comprised the beginnings of the modern-day Cactus League, so to speak, when Bill Veeck wanted spring operations closer to his ranch in the Tucson area and made arrangements accordingly.
And when the Cincinnati Reds arrived in 2010, it made for a unique all-Ohio training complex. There’s no other two-team training complex where the two teams are from the same state. Geography usually breeds competitive juices; one can’t imagine the Dodgers and Angels sharing a complex, or the Mets and Yankees sharing facilities. But it works here, where Ohio roots run deep.
When Goodyear Ballpark was first presented to city officials, it was envisioned as the centerpiece of a larger downtown-style complex that included retail, office space, and hotels. But the economic turndown caused problems for the developer, and as a result the associated development did not take place. That’s why there’s so much open land next to the ballpark; the downtown-style development was envisioned both south and north of the ballpark.
That’s why it feels a little like the ballpark is sitting in the middle of nowhere. It is. And that’s a shame, because Goodyear Ballpark is a nice, simple little facility with a unique industrial finish. The training facilities for the Indians and Reds sit south of the ballpark on South Wood Boulevard and represent the state of the art for spring training and rehab facilities.
Things are run in Goodyear pretty much the way the Indians and Reds ran things in Florida: low-key, with an emphasis on the game. (Although Goodyear Ballpark is also notable for something else: its own mascot, Zizzy.) The remote location may deter some spring-training fans from making the trip to Goodyear, but don’t be deterred: Goodyear Ballpark is an underrated facility and worth the drive.
Spring Training History
The Cincinnati Reds have trained in the following locations: Cincinnati (1901-1902); Augusta, Ga. (1903); Dallas (1904); Jacksonville (1905); San Antonio (1906); Marlin Springs, Texas (1907); St. Augustine (1908); Atlanta (1909); Hot Springs, Ark. (1910-1911); Columbus, Ga. (1912); Mobile, Ala. (1913); Alexandria, La. (1914-1915); Shreveport (1916-1917); Montgomery, Ala. (1918); Waxahachie, Texas (1919); Miami (1920); Cisco, Texas (1921); Mineral Wells, Texas (1922); Orlando (1923-1930); Tampa (1931-1942); Bloomington, Ind. (1943-1945); Tampa (1946-1987); Plant City, Fla. (1988-1997); Sarasota (1998-2008); Goodyear (2010-present).
Goodyear Ballpark opened in 2009 as the spring home of the Cleveland Indians, now the Cleveland Guardians. The Cincinnati Reds moved there in 2010.