The Cleveland Indians joined the Cactus League in 2009 when they moved their spring training operations from Winter Haven, Florida to Goodyear, Arizona. When the Indians came to Goodyear, it marked Cleveland's return to Arizona and the Cactus League, where they trained from 1947 to 1992.
The Cincinnati Reds made the move to Goodyear from Sarasota, Florida. The Reds took possession of their new development complex in October 2009, and hosted their inaugural season in Goodyear in the spring of 2010.
Hosting both Ohio teams provides synergy, additional advertising opportunities, and increased tourism possibilities.
$108 Million Project
This $108 million project includes Goodyear Ballpark, the Indians Development Complex, and Reds Development Complex. Each team has two practice fields for their own year-round use, while the other eight fields are for use by the City of Goodyear and its residents outside of spring training.
Renowned architectural firm HOK Sport of Kansas City designed the baseball complex, which includes 8,000 stadium seats, 1,500 lawn seats, six luxury suites, Terrace seating on the third level behind home plate, and more than 300 seats in the Right Field Pavilion.
Barton Malow, a national construction service company headquartered in Michigan with offices in Tempe, constructed the facility, which was completed in February 2009.Goodyear Ballpark is located on a 3-acre parcel south of Yuma Road and east of Estrella Parkway.
Goodyear Recreational Complex
Goodyear Recreational Complex was built on a 100-acre site east of Estrella Parkway, a quarter-mile south of Goodyear Ballpark.
The Indians Development Complex (northern half) was completed in August 2008. The Reds Development Complex (southern half) was completed in October 2009 and was immediately put to use by the team gearing up for their inaugural spring training season in Goodyear in 2010.
What Teams Control
Goodyear Recreational Complex includes a clubhouse for each team, which they control year-round. The teams use their clubhouses to both train and rehabilitate players. In addition to the clubhouses, the teams control pitching mounds, batting cages, tunnels, observation towers, two half-fields, one agility field, and two full-size practice fields.
Each team has exclusive use of six full-size practice fields during spring training season, from mid-February through March.
City Use of the Facilities
During the other 10 months of the year, eight of the recreational complex fields are available to the City of Goodyear for recreational leagues and special events. The citizens of Goodyear overwhelmingly approved a bond election in 2004 for $10 million to help build the recreational complex. The City of Goodyear's signature events - the Star Spangled 4th, Fall Festival and Home Plate for the Holidays - and many other sports activities and programs are also held at the ballpark.