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2008
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77,590
74,836
59,744
61,240
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87,383
4,496
4,564
4,677
3,734
4,374
5,338
5,826
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February 14

Position Players:
February 19

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Year Total Average
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2013
2012
2011
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2008
69,478
68,652
61,878
53,050
66,725
79,014
90,549
4,632
4,291
3,867
3,789
4,170
4,938
5,326
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Goodyear Ballpark


Spring Training home of the Indians since 2009 and Reds since 2010

Ballpark address:
1933 South Ballpark Way
Goodyear, AZ   85338

Opened: 2009
Capacity: 10,311

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Goodyear Ballpark

Location
Goodyear Ballpark is the centerpiece of the city's ambitious ballpark village master plan, a 240-acre mixed-use development that will one day include offices, shops, restaurants, and a hotel and conference center. But before all of that is completed the ballpark will be most notable for its proximity to the Phoenix Goodyear Airport, where numerous large commercial airliners sit idly by while waiting to be disposed of.

Directions
You have two options from I-10:

  • Take the Estrella Parkway exit (#126) and travel south for about two miles. The ballpark will be on your left, just past Yuma Road.
  • Take the Bullard Avenue exit (#127) and travel south for a little over 2½ miles. The ballpark will then be you can't miss it straight ahead.

    Exit 127 works best for those coming from the east (Phoenix), while exit 126 is a little quicker for those arriving from anywhere west of Goodyear on I-10. Estrella Parkway (#126) is certainly the more trafficked way, but is a straight shot to the ballpark; you just have to pass a lot of commercialized clutter to get there. Bullard Avenue (#127) is the undeveloped (farmland) route and certainly feels like the back way, as, although you never need to make a turn on it, the road curves and eventually features a 90-degree bend.

    Note: If going to the practice fields, you definitely want to take exit 127, as the Bullard Avenue way connects to Wood Boulevard, upon which the Cincinnati and Cleveland player development complexes are located.

    Parking
    The combination of paved parking lots and grass fields that surround the ballpark can hold up to 3,000 vehicles.
     Cost: $5


    Stadium Information
    Sprawling over 103 acres, the $108 million Goodyear Ballpark and Recreational Sports Complex is the most expensive spring training venue ever built and paid for by a municipality. It hosts two teams that hail from Ohio, as the Reds joined the Indians in 2010. In 2009, Cleveland had the Goodyear facilities to themselves while Cincinnati was finishing up a 12-year tenure in Sarasota, FL. Designed by HOK Sport, the main stadium seats 10,311 fans, many of whom enjoy fantastic views of the nearby Estrella and White Tank Mountains. Built on what was for over seven decades privately owned farmland, the ballpark blends in with its southwestern landscape thanks to its earth tone colors. Its most noticeable item of decor is the baseball spire that greets fans near the home plate entrance. Standing 60' 6" tall, the fiberglass and steel sculpture by artist Donald Lipski was designed and installed at a cost of $450,000 to the City of Goodyear, which owns, operates and retains naming rights to the ballpark.

    Fast Facts

  • Groundbreaking for the stadium took place on September 17, 2007. Bob Feller threw out the first pitch on ballpark property in a ceremony attended by more than 350 people.
  • Fans enter the ballpark at street level through one of four gates, each named after their location: home plate, first base, third base and center field (which is actually in left-center field).
  • Nine ticket windows are located next to the home plate gate, which is designed to be the ballpark's main entrance, and another four are located in the ticket booth adjacent to the center field gate.
  • A short distance from the main entrance, a pictorial and written display of Cactus League history can be found. Added in 2012, the historical exhibit was placed on the previously bare concrete wall next to the elevator tower.
  • The concourse completely wraps around and is open to the playing field. It's covered only where it runs beneath the press box and suites.
  • Both bullpens are in front of the left field berm, the Indians' closest to the foul pole.
  • The stadium's only scoreboard is located behind the berm in left-center field and has a video board and electronic line score.
  • The backside of the scoreboard serves as the stadium's welcome billboard and is positioned adjacent to the center field entrance gate.
  • A Kids Zone can be found in the right field corner and includes inflatable games and a mini baseball field.
  • Mini souvenir stands are scattered about the ballpark while the main team shop is found just inside of the main entrance behind home plate.

    Practice Fields

  • The Recreational Sports Complex contains a dozen full-sized practice fields. The Indians and Reds have year-round use of two apiece, with the other eight controlled by the City of Goodyear outside of February and March.
  • While not next door to the ballpark, the development complexes for both teams are within walking distance of it. The separate complexes are where the Indians' and Reds' major leaguers practice and minor leaguers train.
  • The actual addresses for the teams' complexes are 2601 S. Wood Blvd. for the Indians and 3125 S. Wood Blvd for the Reds. The Indians' complex is closer to Goodyear Ballpark and plenty of dedicated parking spaces are on each side of Wood Blvd., ensuring a short walk to each.
  • Practice field gates open at 9:15 a.m. Prior to the beginning of Cactus League games, the teams generally practice from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Types of Seating
    Goodyear Ballpark seating diagram Stadium-style seats (plastic chairs with backs) make up all of the seating in the grandstand. The rest of the stadium's patrons sit in the outfield, either on the berm or in the Right Field Pavilion party deck.

  • Stadium seats: 8,007
  • Bleachers: none
  • Berm: Up to 1,530 people are able to sit on the lawn that extends from the left field foul pole to right-center
  • Party deck: 504

    Notes about the seating

  • The Indians dugout is on the first base side. To make sure you're on the Cleveland side of the stadium, buy your tickets in sections 112-123.
  • The Reds dugout is on the third base side. To make sure you're on the Cincinnati side of the stadium, buy your tickets in sections 101-111.
  • All seats in the stadium are below the concourse and have cup holders.
  • Handicap seating is available on the concourse, in row Z, above every seating section except 101, 112 & 118. There are a total of 176 accessible seats.
  • The protective screen behind home plate is easy to see through for those sitting behind it. It extends from dugout to dugout, which is the mid-points of sections 107 to 117.
  • The further down and higher up the outfield lines you sit the better your view of the nearby mountain ranges, the Estrellas from left and the White Tanks from right.
  • Standing room is plentiful on the 360-degree concourse, which includes food and drink rails behind the last row of seats in many sections.
  • Ushers are not restrictive when it comes to moving about the ballpark’s grandstand.

    Sections and rows

  • Rows for stadium sections range as follows:
    R to Z in section 101; A to Y in sections 102-105; A to M in section 106; Q to Y in sections 106A, 106B and 107A; E to M in section 107; E to Y in sections 108-109; A to Y in sections 110-111; A to Z in section 112; A to Y in sections 113-114; E to Y in sections 115-117; A to Z in section 118; A to Y in section 119; A and D to Y in section 120; A to B and D to Y in section 121; F to Y in section 122; T to Y in section 123.
  • Rows I and O are skipped in all sections.

    Tickets

  • Sections 106-118 are sold as Infield Box.
  • Sections 106A, 106B & 107A are sold as Club.
  • Sections 103-105 and 119-121 are sold as Outfield Box.
  • Sections 101-102 and 122-123 are sold as Outfield Reserved.
  • Space on the lawn is sold as Berm.
  • Children under the age of 3 do not need a ticket.

    Seats to avoid
    The beauty of a newer ballpark is that there's generally not a bad seat in the house. That holds somewhat true in Goodyear, where some of the best seats in the house - those directly behind the dugouts - have an annoying protective screen in front of them. Try to sit above row G in sections 108-109 and 115-116 to minimize the annoyance. Additionally, Outfield Box and Reserved ticket holders will not be able to see into the outfield corner closest to them, as the grandstand curves in such a way that it obstructs views of the playing field near the foul pole. While that's only a potential nuisance a couple times per game, the tarp that's stationed in front of section 105 is a nine inning issue for fans in the first two rows there. As a result, the seats in rows A and B in section 105 are the worst in the ballpark, even though they are padded and at field level.

    Seats in the shade
    There are plenty, as the press box casts a shadow upon many of the seats in sections 111-114 (and most of them by the end of the game). But for a sure thing, sit in the three sections of Club seating, compromised of sections 106A, 106B and 107A, where all seats are covered by a roof. If opting for the slightly less expensive Infield Box seats behind the plate, shade is guaranteed at the beginning of a 1:05 p.m. game in rows X & up in section 111, rows S & up in section 112, rows R & up in section 113, and rows Q & up in section 114 (except for seats 1-4).

    VIP seating
    Six suites make up the ballpark's only upper level seating and include all you can eat ballpark food, just like the Right Field Pavilion party deck does. Tickets in the party pavilion, which has tables on a tiered balcony, are sold individually while the cost to rent a suite is borne by groups. Atop the suites is the Terrace, a rooftop area that can hold up to 90 people and was designed for groups, but if space is available day of game tickets are sold to individuals. At field level, the first row of seats in sections 102-106 and 118-122 are sold as Premium Field Box.


    Game Day
    All gates open an hour and a half before game time.

    Food, drink and bag policy

  • Only a single factory-sealed water bottle is allowed inside. If the bottle has already been opened you can't bring it in. Unopened juice boxes are allowed to be brought inside for children.
  • The only food permitted is unopened snacks and baby formula.
  • Bags can be brought inside, provided they are smaller than 16" x 16" x 8".
  • Full details are available at the City of Goodyear's Web site.

    Getting autographs
    Because players enter the field through doors in the right field wall they don't have to walk close to the fans in the stands, which isn't a good setup for those wanting to get autographs. Furthermore, the protective screen attaches to the ends of the dugouts, effectively serving as a barrier there between fans and players or coaches. Despite these obstacles not all hope is lost. When Cleveland is playing in Goodyear, before the game begins some Indians players will sign down the right field line. Visiting players who sign do so down the left field line, near the tarp. When the Reds play at home, the inverse is true, meaning Cincy players sign down the left field line and the visitors in right. The pattern here is the right field line is a much more bountiful place to get autographs than the left field line.

    Unique Ballpark Fare
    There's plenty of food options, but not much that is out of the ordinary. The most original choices actually involve an old standby, the hot dog. Visit Hot Dog Nation behind home plate to select from a jumbo, New York, Chicago, Arizona, Cleveland or Cincinnati-style wiener. A Mexican grill is in the third base plaza, a pizza place on the first base plaza, and freestanding carts can be found near each serving up stuff like Philly cheesesteaks. Other eating options of interest abound down the outfield lines, where BBQ of some variety is served yearly in right field and Cincy's favorite chili (Skyline) is served atop a Coney from a concessionaire along the left field line. Beer on tap is plentiful in both location and variety, with the tried and true (Coors and Miller Lites) mixing in with the new (Firestone, New Belgium and Pyramid brews). The soft drink of choice is Coca-Cola.



    2015 Indians Spring Training Schedule


    (only home games at Goodyear Ballpark are listed)
     March/April
    Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
          4
    Reds
    1:05
    Tickets
    5 6
    Royals
    1:05
    Tickets
    7
    Dodgers
    1:05
    Tickets
    8 9 10
    Cubs
    1:05
    Tickets
    11 12
    Royals
    1:05
    Tickets
    13
    D-backs
    1:05
    Tickets
    14
    15
    Padres
    1:05
    Tickets
    16 17
    Reds
    1:05
    Tickets
    18 19 20
    Angels
    7:05
    Tickets
    21
    Rockies
    1:05
    Tickets
    22 23
    A's
    1:05
    Tickets
    24
    Giants
    7:05
    Tickets
    25 26
    Reds
    1:05
    Tickets
    27 28
    29
    White Sox
    1:05
    Tickets
    30 31
    Mariners
    1:05
    Tickets
    1 2 3
    Brewers
    1:05
    Tickets
     

    * Single game tickets go on sale Saturday, December 6. Links in calendar are to TicketsNow inventory.
    See the full 2015 Indians Spring Training schedule



    2015 Reds Spring Training Schedule


    (only home games at Goodyear Ballpark are listed)
     March/April
    Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
        3
    Indians
    1:05
    Tickets
    4 5
    Indians
    1:05
    Tickets
    6 7
    8
    Mariners
    1:05
    Tickets
    9
    Angels
    1:05
    Tickets
    10 11
    Royals
    1:05
    Tickets
    12 13 14
    Rockies
    1:05
    Tickets
    15 16
    Giants
    1:05
    Tickets
    17 18
    White Sox
    1:05
    Tickets
    19
    Rangers
    1:05
    Tickets
    20 21
    22
    A's
    1:05
    Tickets
    23 24 25
    Rangers
    7:05
    Tickets
    26 27
    Brewers
    7:05
    Tickets
    28
    Cubs
    1:05
    Tickets
    29 30
    Padres
    1:05
    Tickets
    31 1
    D-backs
    1:05
    Tickets
    2
    Indians
    12:05
    Tickets
       

    * Single game tickets go on sale Saturday, December 6. Links in calendar are to TicketsNow inventory.
    See the full 2015 Reds Spring Training schedule



    Ballpark Area Info
    Although it is the smallest city in the Cactus League, Goodyear is one of the fastest growing cities in Arizona, expanding from just 18,911 residents in 2000 to 65,275 in 2010. The land on which the spring training complex was built was for many decades privately owned farmland. Now it is being transformed into an area rich with commercial, recreational and residential development. Many nearby homes and shops have already been completed, but the area will be a construction zone for years to come.

    Travelers' notes

  • The closest Interstate, I-10, is 2 miles away.
  • The entire city is safe, befitting of a place that was named as one of just 10 All-America cities for 2008.

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    Distance Hotel Street Address City/Zip Phone
    3.2 miles Best Western 55 N Litchfield Rd Goodyear, AZ 85338 623-932-3210
    4.7 Residence Inn 2020 N Litchfield Rd Goodyear, AZ 85395 623-866-1313
    4.8 Super 8 840 N Dysart Rd Goodyear, AZ 85338 623-932-9622
    4.9 Quality Inn & Suites 950 N Dysart Rd Goodyear, AZ 85338 623-932-9191
    5.1 Holiday Inn 1188 N Dysart Rd Goodyear, AZ 85338 623-547-1313
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    Nearby Restaurants

    Restaurants close to Goodyear Ballpark

    Distance Restaurant Street Address City/Zip Phone
    2.0 miles Los Altenos Mexican Food 1088 S Litchfield Rd Goodyear, AZ 85338 623-925-2894
    2.0 Hoot & Howl Grub & Pub 55 N Litchfield Rd Goodyear, AZ 85338 623-932-3580
    2.1 Raul & Theresa's Restaurant 519 W Main St Avondale, AZ 85323 623-932-1120
    2.1 Taco Bell 251 N Litchfield Rd Goodyear, AZ 85338 623-932-4926
    2.1 Tony's Cafe 301 W Main St Avondale, AZ 85323 623-932-0411
    2.2 Jack in the Box 520 N Estrella Pkwy Goodyear, AZ 85338 623-925-5521
    2.2 Blue Parrot Pizza 525 N Estrella Pkwy Goodyear, AZ 85338 623-925-9401
    2.2 Subway 525 N Estrella Pkwy Goodyear, AZ 85338 623-882-8181
    2.2 Native New Yorker 530 N Estrella Pkwy Goodyear, AZ 85338 623-882-0022
    2.2 Jennifer Pizza 419 W Western Ave Avondale, AZ 85323 623-925-8691
    2.4 Chili's 1371 N Litchfield Rd Goodyear, AZ 85338 623-535-4222
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    Distance Airport Airport Code
    20.5 miles Phoenix Sky Harbor International PHX
    124 Tucson International TUS
    138 Yuma International YUM

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