|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.|
Cleveland Guardians Spring Training: Ohio in the Desert
Goodyear, located on the far western edge of the greater Phoenix area, isn’t the first place to come to mind when brainstorming for ideal spring-training locales. True, it’s growing like mad – the population rising from 18,911 in 2000 to an estimated 77,256 in 2016, along with a population of 82,881 in neighboring Avondale – and many large businesses, including Amazon and Macy’s and Lufthansa, have operations there.
And any city experiencing rapid growth in the Valley of the Sun sets their sights on one thing: spring training. For the Cleveland Guardians, a spring-training match was made in heaven: the city is named after the Ohio-based tire manufacturer, and the firm had operations in the city for decades.
So the historical ties between Goodyear and Ohio made a spring home for the Guardians — and the Reds in 2010 — a natural.
Spring Training History
The Cleveland Guardians have trained in the following locations: Cleveland (1901); New Orleans (1902-1903); San Antonio (1904); Atlanta (1905-1906); Macon, Ga. (1907-1908); Mobile, Ala. (1909); Alexandria, La. (1910-1911); Mobile, Ala. (1912); Pensacola, Fla. (1913); Athens, Ga. (1914); San Antonio (1915); New Orleans (1916-1920); Dallas (1921-1922); Lakeland (1923-1927); New Orleans (1928-1939); Ft. Myers (1940-1941); Clearwater (1942); Lafayette, Ind. (1943-1945); Clearwater (1946); Tucson (1947-1992); Winter Haven (1993-2008); Goodyear (2009-present).
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