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Albert Pujols Adds Extra Excitement To Tempe Spring Training

Albert Pujols Batting

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Beautiful weather, sunny skies, hotdogs, beer, and now, Albert Pujols, one of the most prolific players in the MLB over the last decade will be apart of Arizona’s Spring Training season.

Three-time MVP, and reigning World Series champion as part of the St. Louis Cardinals last season, Pujols signed a new contract with the Anaheim Angels who spend their Spring Training season at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

While the Arizona Cactus League brings in fans from all over to watch their favorite teams prepare for the upcoming season, the addition of Pujols adds even a bigger attraction for Angels and baseball fans alike.

And Pujols has told Enrique Rojas (ESPNdeportes.com) that he plans on arriving in Tempe a week earlier than position players are schedule to, which would be around February 19.

At 32-years-old, the first basemen signed a 10-year $240 million deal with the Angels after winning the world-series with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2011 season.

On top of the $240 million, if Pujols reaches 3,000 hits, he will receive a $3 million bonus. And if he breaks Barry Bond’s home run record of 762, he will receive a $7 million bonus.

While many questioned the Angels for giving Pujols such a long contract, that will conclude when he is 42-years-old, but Angels fans are more than excited about the new acquisition.

Since being drafted in 1999, Pujols was named the Rookie of the Year in 2001, MVP in 2005, 2008, and 2009, and won Golden Glove awards in 2006 and 2010.


The Angels will open up their Spring Training season at Tempe Diablo Stadium facing the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, March 6. Tickets are on sale now for through the Tempe Diablo Stadium box offices and range from $10-$40.

Tempe Diablo Stadium is located at 2200 West Alameda Drive Tempe, AZ 85282.

2012 Spring Training Schedule

Cactus League 2012 Spring Training Schedule

The tentative Cactus League 2012 Spring Training schedule for March is out!

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Cactus League 2012 Spring Training Schedule

 

Key:

AZ – Arizona Diamondbacks CWS – Chicago Red Sox OAK – Oakland A’s
CHI – Chicago Cubs KC – Kansas City Royals SD – San Diego Padres
CIN – Cincinnati Reds LAA – Angels Baseball SEA – Seattle Mariners
CLE – Cleveland Indians LAD – Los Angeles Dodgers SF – San Francisco Giants
COL – Colorado Rockies MIL – Milwaukee Brewers TEX – Texas Rangers

MARCH

MARCH 2-11

MARCH 12-20

MARCH 21-31

Friday, March 2

SEA @ OAK – PHOENIX

Saturday, March 3

CLE @ CIN – GOODYEAR
OAK @ SEA – PEORIA
AZ* @ COL – SALT RIVER
AZ* @ SF – SCOTTSDALE

Sunday, March 4

KC @ TEX – SURPRISE, NOON
CIN @ CLE – GOODYEAR
SF* @ MIL – MARYVALE
OAK @ CHI – MESA
SD @ SEA – PEORIA
SF* @ AZ – SALT RIVER

Monday, March 5

LAD @ CWS – GLENDALE
CLE @ CIN – GOODYEAR
OAK* @ CHI – MESA
SEA @ SD – PEORIA
LAA @ OAK* – PHOENIX
AZ @ COL – SALT RIVER
MIL @ SF – SCOTTSDALE
TEX @ KC – SURPRISE

Tuesday, March 6

SF @ LAD – GLENDALE
KC* @ CLE – GOODYEAR
OAK @ MIL – MARYVALE
COL @ CHI – MESA
CIN @ SEA – PEORIA
TEX @ AZ – SALT RIVER
SD @ KC* – SURPRISE
CWS @ LAA – TEMPE

Friday, March 16

TEX @ LAD – GLENDALE
SF @ CHI – MESA
LAA* @ SD – PEORIA
CWS @ AZ – SALT RIVER
MIL @ KC – SURPRISE
CLE @ LAA* – TEMPE
COL @ CIN – GOODYEAR •
SEA @ OAK – PHOENIX •

Wednesday, March 7

MIL @ CWS – GLENDALE
SD* @ CIN – GOODYEAR
TEX @ SD* – PEORIA
LAD @ OAK – PHOENIX
CLE @ AZ – SALT RIVER
COL @ SF – SCOTTSDALE
CHI @ KC – SURPRISE
SEA @ LAA – TEMPE

Thursday, March 8

OAK @ LAD – GLENDALE
LAA @ CLE – GOODYEAR
CIN @ MIL – MARYVALE
SEA @ CHI – MESA
SF @ SD – PEORIA
KC @ COL – SALT RIVER
CWS @ TEX – SURPRISE

Friday, March 9

CHI @ CWS – GLENDALE
KC @ CIN* – GOODYEAR
CLE @ MIL – MARYVALE
AZ @ SEA – PEORIA
OAK @ COL – SALT RIVER
CIN* @ SF – SCOTTSDALE
LAD @ TEX – SURPRISE
SD @ LAA – TEMPE

Saturday, March 10

TEX @ CWS* – GLENDALE
CHI @ MIL* – MARYVALE
LAD* @ SEA* – PEORIA
CIN @ OAK – PHOENIX
MIL* @ SF* – SCOTTSDALE
COL @ KC – SURPRISE
SF* @ LAA – TEMPE
SD @ CLE – GOODYEAR, 2 PM
LAD* @ CWS – GLENDALE •
SEA* @ AZ – SALT RIVER •

Sunday, March 11

CHI @ LAD – GLENDALE
LAA* @ CIN – GOODYEAR
COL* @ MIL – MARYVALE
AZ @ SD – PEORIA
KC @ OAK – PHOENIX
CWS @ COL* – SALT RIVER
SEA @ SF – SCOTTSDALE
CLE* @ TEX – SURPRISE
CLE* @ LAA – TEMPE

Monday, March 12

OAK @ CWS – GLENDALE
AZ @ CLE – GOODYEAR
CIN @ CHI – MESA
TEX @ SEA – PEORIA
SD @ COL – SALT RIVER
SF @ KC – SURPRISE
LAD @ LAA – TEMPE

Tuesday, March 13

COL @ LAD – GLENDALE
TEX @ CLE – GOODYEAR
SEA @ MIL* – MARYVALE
CWS @ SD – PEORIA
MIL* @ OAK – PHOENIX
LAA @ AZ – SALT RIVER
CIN @ KC – SURPRISE
CHI @ SF – SCOTTSDALE •

Wednesday, March 14

LAA @ CWS – GLENDALE
SD* @ CIN* – GOODYEAR
MIL @ CHI – MESA
SD* @ AZ* – SALT RIVER
CLE @ SF – SCOTTSDALE
COL* @ TEX – SURPRISE
LAD @ CIN* – GOODYEAR •
KC @ SEA – PEORIA •
AZ* @ COL* – SALT RIVER •

Thursday, March 15

KC @ LAD – GLENDALE
CWS @ CLE – GOODYEAR
SD @ MIL – MARYVALE
AZ @ CHI* – MESA
CHI* @ COL – SALT RIVER
OAK @ TEX – SURPRISE
CIN @ LAA – TEMPE
SF @ SEA – PEORIA •

Friday, March 16

TEX @ LAD – GLENDALE
SF @ CHI – MESA
LAA* @ SD – PEORIA
CWS @ AZ – SALT RIVER
MIL @ KC – SURPRISE
CLE @ LAA* – TEMPE
COL @ CIN – GOODYEAR •
SEA @ OAK – PHOENIX •

Saturday, March 17

SEA @ CWS – GLENDALE
CIN @ CLE – GOODYEAR
CHI @ OAK* – PHOENIX
LAD* @ COL – SALT RIVER
OAK* @ SF* – SCOTTSDALE
AZ @ TEX – SURPRISE
MIL @ LAA – TEMPE
SF* @ LAD* – GLENDALE •
KC @ SD – PEORIA •

Sunday, March 18

LAA @ LAD – GLENDALE
AZ* @ CIN – GOODYEAR
TEX @ MIL – MARYVALE
CWS @ CHI – MESA
COL @ SEA – PEORIA
OAK @ AZ* – SALT RIVER
SD @ SF – SCOTTSDALE
CLE @ KC – SURPRISE

Monday, March 19

CIN @ CWS – GLENDALE
LAD @ CLE – GOODYEAR
CHI @ SEA – PEORIA
AZ @ OAK – PHOENIX
LAA @ COL – SALT RIVER
MIL @ TEX – SURPRISE

Monday, March 19

CIN @ CWS – GLENDALE
LAD @ CLE – GOODYEAR
CHI @ SEA – PEORIA
AZ @ OAK – PHOENIX
LAA @ COL – SALT RIVER
MIL @ TEX – SURPRISE

Tuesday, March 20

MIL @ LAD – GLENDALE
SEA @ CIN – GOODYEAR
TEX @ CHI* – MESA
CHI* @ OAK – PHOENIX
SF @ AZ – SALT RIVER
LAA @ KC – SURPRISE
COL @ SD – PEORIA •

Wednesday, March 21

SD @ LAD – GLENDALE
SF @ CLE – GOODYEAR
CWS @ SEA – PEORIA
MIL @ AZ – SALT RIVER
OAK @ KC – SURPRISE

Thursday, March 22

KC @ CWS – GLENDALE
CLE @ SD – PEORIA
CHI @ TEX* – SURPRISE
TEX* @ CIN – GOODYEAR •
SF @ COL – SALT RIVER •

Friday, March 23

LAA* @ MIL – MARYVALE
CHI @ COL – SALT RIVER
LAD @ KC – SURPRISE
AZ @ CWS – GLENDALE •
LAA* @ CLE – GOODYEAR •
CIN @ SD – PEORIA •
TEX @ SF – SCOTTSDALE •

Saturday, March 24

CLE @ LAD – GLENDALE
SF* @ CIN* – GOODYEAR
CWS @ MIL – MARYVALE
SD* @ CHI – MESA
CIN* @ SD* – PEORIA
COL @ SF* – SCOTTSDALE
LAA @ TEX – SURPRISE
KC @ AZ – SALT RIVER •

Sunday, March 25

SF @ CWS – GLENDALE
CHI @ CLE – GOODYEAR
LAD @ MIL* – MARYVALE
AZ @ SD – PEORIA
CIN @ COL – SALT RIVER
MIL* @ KC – SURPRISE
TEX @ LAA – TEMPE

Monday, March 26

CWS @ LAD – GLENDALE
MIL @ CLE – GOODYEAR
SD @ CHI* – MESA
CHI* @ AZ – SALT RIVER
KC @ SF – SCOTTSDALE
COL @ LAA – TEMPE
CIN @ TEX – SURPRISE •

Tuesday, March 27

CLE @ CWS – GLENDALE
CHI @ CIN – GOODYEAR
KC @ MIL – MARYVALE
LAD @ SD* – PEORIA
COL @ AZ – SALT RIVER
LAA @ SF – SCOTTSDALE
SD* @ TEX – SURPRISE

Wednesday, March 28

SD @ CWS* – GLENDALE
LAA @ CIN – GOODYEAR
AZ @ MIL – MARYVALE
CLE @ CHI – MESA
CWS* @ COL – SALT RIVER
LAD @ SF – SCOTTSDALE
TEX @ KC – SURPRISE •

Thursday, March 29

CWS @ LAD – GLENDALE
COL @ CLE* – GOODYEAR
CIN @ MIL – MARYVALE
CHI @ SD – PEORIA
CLE* @ AZ – SALT RIVER
KC @ LAA – TEMPE
SF @ TEX – SURPRISE •

Friday, March 30

MIL @ LAD* – GLENDALE
CLE @ CIN – GOODYEAR
LAD* @ CHI – MESA
AZ @ LAA – TEMPE
SF @ SD – PEORIA •
TEX @ COL – SALT RIVER •
CWS @ KC – SURPRISE •

Saturday, March 31

MIL @ SD – PEORIA, NOON
COL @ CWS – GLENDALE
LAA @ CHI – MESA
LAD @ AZ* – SALT RIVER
AZ* @ KC – SURPRISE
CIN @ SF – SCOTTSDALE, 3 PM
SD @ SEA – PEORIA, 6 PM
TEX @ CLE – GOODYEAR •

APRIL

Sunday, April 1

AZ @ LAD – GLENDALE
CWS @ CIN – GOODYEAR
SF @ MIL – MARYVALE
KC @ SEA – PEORIA
CLE @ COL – SALT RIVER
SD @ TEX – SURPRISE
CHI @ LAA – TEMPE

Monday, April 2

MIL @ CWS – GLENDALE, NOON
CIN @ CLE – GOODYEAR, NOON
COL @ SEA – PEORIA
CHI @ AZ – SALT RIVER

Tuesday, April 3

MIL* @ CHI – MESA, NOON
SEA @ COL – SALT RIVER
MIL* @ AZ – CHASE FIELD •

 

 

Wednesday, April 4

MIL @ AZ – CHASE FIELD
12:40 PM
SEA @ COL – SALT RIVER


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Glendale CVB - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

Glendale CVB Expands Its Mission, Scope By Serving Entire West Valley

Glendale CVB – Whether travelers are visiting for leisure or business, Glendale has blossomed from being considered a one-day destination to a highly sought-after travel experience both nationally and internationally in a single decade. And to successfully market Glendale’s increasing expansion as the host city of sporting and mega-events — as well as the entire West Valley — the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) was formed in July 2010.

The first incarnation of the CVB was formed in 2007, with partners comprised of representatives from Glendale, Westgate City Center, University of Phoenix Stadium and Jobing.com Arena. This group was called the West Valley Events Coalition and eventually grew to 300 members. Its growth led to the creation of the CVB within three years.

“As a brand new CVB, one of our primary focuses is to increase awareness and exposure of our region through various activities that showcase the West Valley,” says Lorraine Pino, manager of the CVB.

The Glendale CVB promotes Glendale are through a regional visitors guide and sponsoring events to media buyers in national and international markets.

With venues such as the Phoenix International Raceway in Peoria, Jobing.com Arena in Glendale and spring training sites across the region, the Glendale CVB has successfully collaborated with businesses and West Valley cities to make these events possible and boost tourism.

According to Pino, the spring training facilities generate $328 million annually, and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in Glendale generates $200 million per year. In addition, there is revenue from concerts, Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Coyotes games and NASCAR events. As a result, hotel room count in Glendale alone has more than tripled from 400 rooms in 2007 to nearly 1,500.

“The West Valley is the real hub of spring training in Arizona, showcasing nine of 15 teams in the Cactus League,” says Frank Ashmore, director of sales and marketing for The Wigwam in Litchfield Park.

Because the CVB has been able to bring sporting events to the area, in turn attracting visitors, businesses in the region are benefiting.

The events have made a huge impact on all neighboringbars and restaurants, says Michelle Sniegowski, sales and marketing manager for The Shout! House in Glendale.

“The events bring in thousands of people; they fill our venue and in turn boost our economy,” she says.

One attraction vitally important to the Glendale area, according to Pino, is Westgate City Center. It generates tax revenue by drawing visitors from around the world.

Paul Corliss, director of communications for the Phoenix International Raceway, says “the West Valley certainly deserves attention.”

“It’s the quality of dining, shopping, hotel rooms, spas, convention space and more that keep (tourists) coming back,” says Nicole Traynor, director of public relations for Westgate City Center.

As West Valley tourism increases, The Wigwam is receiving a facelift from its new owner, the development company JDM Partners. Headed by former Phoenix Suns owner Jerry Colangelo and his partners Mel Shultz and David Eaton, JDM Partners is investing in the multimillion-dollar restoration, with Phase I recently completed.

It seems to be making a difference. “Group markets are up nearly 50 percent over the last year,” Ashmore says.

Arizona Business Magazine July/August 2011

Cactus League - Spring Training is Back

Cactus League Baseball Is Back In Arizona

February in Arizona means two things – gorgeous weather and spring training baseball.

What initially began as minor league exhibition game in the early 1900’s has evolved into Major League Baseball’s conglomerate of Spring Training stadiums within the Phoenix area.  A long-­standing tradition for the Grand Canyon State, MLB’s Spring Training begins again later this month as the Cactus League kicks off its 65th season in Arizona.

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As spring reveals itself, so do players from a four‐month baseball hiatus. More than 15 teams will compete within the coming months in 10 local fields — drawing over 1.5 million spectators, according to a 2009 study of the games.

2011 has the same expectation of past years and brings out potential  collegiate and minor league players the opportunity to showcase their skills, in hopes of generating talk around Major League management for upward promotion to the “big leagues.”

RBI’s, home runs, batting average, chin music and injury reports reenter the vocabulary of sports talk radio hosts and give vitality back to baseball geeks nation.

With several stadium locations throughout the Phoenix area, it’s easy to catch at least one of these 15 teams at a fraction of regular season ticket prices. With lawn seating available from $5, it’s a perfect excuse to call in sick from work and plan a family picnic in Arizona’s weather.

Diamondback News

Coming off a dismal 65 – 97 season, the Arizona Diamondbacks enter 2011 with hopes to compete with NL West rivals, 2010 World Champions San Francisco Giants.

Recent management addition and legendary Los Angeles Dodger Kirk Gibson has full control of the team this year and brings a sense of urgency to the Diamondbacks office.

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Flashback to 1988; the Dodgers won their fifth title in the City of Angels and have yet to repeat since as the Dodgers later went on to defeat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 in the series. Gibson and the 1988 Dodger team were underdogs to say the least, disproving the expectation of failure.

Professional sports, now more than ever, demands pure physicality in a 162 game season.

Since the D-Backs World Series run in 2001, D-Back fans have been subjected to playing and management decisions far below par. It takes as much a mental toll as a physical one — and Gibson encapsulates experience in both. Gibson’s presence in Diamondback management will hopefully spark the same inspiration as it did in 1988.

Everyone begins the season undefeated and has the ability to prove sports analysts and naysayers wrong. Near rock bottom at all-statistical production, the D‐Backs need inspiration and who better to give it to them than manager Kirk  “Gibby” Gibson. Let’s hope Gibson can effectively command his troops  — or at least clean off the shame of 2010.

For more tickets and schedule information on Spring Training in the Valley, visit cactusleague.com

It appears the Chicago Cubs’ spring training facility will remain in Mesa - AZ Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010

A Threat By The Cubs To Leave Arizona Has Cactus League Sites Scrambling

Update:
It appears the Chicago Cubs’ spring training facility will remain in Mesa. Team officials recently notified a group from Naples, Fla., attempting to lure the Cubs to the Grapefruit League that they plan to continue to negotiate exclusively with the city of Mesa. Mesa, meanwhile, reportedly is looking at four sites for the new facility: Recker Road and the Loop 202; the Riverview area; a downtown site; and near the Gaylord resort, planned for the GM Proving Grounds site. According to published reports, the Riverview area appears to be the leading contender for the facility.Spring training baseball in Arizona, a cash cow for Valley communities, is in need of another source of revenue to build new stadiums and refurbish existing facilities. The estimated 1.47 million fans who attended games played by the 15 teams that trained in Arizona this year contributed more than $300 million to the state’s economy, according to Cactus League Association estimates.

That’s the good news. The not-so-good news is that owners of the Chicago Cubs, the biggest draw in the Cactus League, have threatened to move their spring home from Mesa to Naples, Fla., if they don’t get a new stadium and training facility.

Adding to the financial dilemma is that funding from the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, which among other things supports spring training baseball, has virtually dried up, due in some measure to the economic downturn. The agency receives most of its money from tourism-related taxes on hotels and car rentals.

A legislative proposal to add a surcharge to all Cactus League tickets to help pay for a new Cubs stadium was as welcome as a blazing fastball from Randy Johnson in his prime. Efforts to push House Bill 2736, sponsored by House Majority Leader John McComish, basically struck out.

“We need to find ways to not only keep the Cubs in Maricopa County, but use those creative funding mechanisms to preserve and expand other spring training facilities in the entire West Valley,” says Jack Lunsford, president and CEO of WESTMARC. “Keeping the Cubs is important, as well as making sure a funding mechanism for the Cubs can be applied, as necessary, in the West Valley.”

Stepping to the plate, Peoria officials proposed a possible solution — the creation of special bonding districts. John Schell, intergovernmental affairs director for Peoria, explains his city’s interest.

“Without much discussion with the other teams or other affected entities, they (key legislators) added a surcharge to tickets and rental cars,” he says. “The ticket surcharge got us more involved because of the adverse impact it would have to our revenue-sharing agreement with the two teams that train in Peoria, the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres. It was not feasible for us.”

The Peoria agreement, not unlike those of other Valley cities that host spring training teams, including Goodyear and Surprise, provides that if the state or some other entity puts a surcharge on tickets, Peoria would have to make up the difference.

“That would have cost us close to $300,000 a year to build a stadium in Mesa — with no ownership,” Schell says. “Imagine how the taxpayers in Peoria would have felt about that. So we were drawn into the discussion to try to identify some sort of funding solution.”

Schell notes correctly that the Arizona Legislature doesn’t have much of an appetite for new taxation, especially in the current economy. He and Peoria City Attorney Steve Kemp met with other host cities throughout the Valley and representatives of Major League Baseball to discuss options.

“It’s not a complete solution and it doesn’t involve any public funds,” Schell says. “We worked closely with the bond counsel for Major League Baseball and came up with a concept we called the revenue allocation authority.”

It was too late to be introduced at the Legislature this year, but Schell says there likely will be discussions on the topic even before lawmakers reconvene next January. It calls for the establishment of a district to issue bonds to pay for improvements or new construction of spring training facilities. Each district would have to be approved by voters living in the district and would not have taxing authority, Schell says.

“It’s a very strong tool,” Schell says. “It would use increment financing. It would capture the growth in the district. It would not become a general obligation of the city, and it won’t affect property taxes. People won’t feel the impact. It’s a unique way of financing.”

Schell says Major League Baseball, which helped prepare the proposal, is supportive.

Baseball insiders say they don’t think the Cubs will follow through with their threat and move to Florida. Although relocating to an Indian reservation, which is what the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies will do next spring, is an option, the Cubs have not expressed an outward interest in going that route. Others say if a deal with Mesa falls through, other Valley cities will make their pitch for the popular Chicago team.

Peoria Mayor Bob Barrett bluntly says the ticket surcharge proposal was a disaster and that he is adamantly opposed to such a scheme. On the possibility of the Cubs leaving Arizona, Barrett says he hopes they remain.

“They ought to talk to the tribes,” he says. “But, if they do leave, the world will continue to turn and the Cactus League will not disappear. The 14 other teams will survive.”

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Arizona Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010

Two new spring training stadiums

Two New Spring Training Stadiums Set To Debut In The West Valley

With football, hockey, baseball and possibly USA Basketball joining the mix, the West Valley is becoming an active sports mecca for the rest of the Valley. Recent additions to this bustling hub of game activity are new Cactus League training facilities in Glendale and Goodyear that will come online for the 2009 spring training season.

This year, the Cactus League set a record when 1.3 million fans (60 percent from out of state) attended spring training games. The Cactus League’s contribution to the state’s economy is more than $200 million a year.
“Spring training is a big draw and a great experience,” says J.P. de la Montaigne, Cactus League president. “We call it our Super Bowl every year.”

Glendale’s new facility will be the spring training complex for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. The state-of-the-art baseball stadium will have seating for 13,000, four major league practice fields, eight minor league practice fields, two practice infields and 118,000 square feet of major and minor league clubhouses for the two teams. Down the road, the 151-acre site will also have residential, restaurant and retail development, a four-star hotel and an 18-hole golf course developed by Rightpath Limited Development Group.

The Arizona Sports & Tourism Authority is funding two-thirds of the complex, and the city of Glendale is contributing one-third of the $90 million project, which is under construction on 111th Avenue west of the Loop 101 between Camelback Road and Glendale Avenue. Stadium construction started in November 2007 and will be finished in time for the 2009 spring training season.

Tom Harrison, construction executive for Mortenson Sports, a division of Mortenson Construction which is building the complex, says planning the facility took longer than anticipated, so they added a night shift in August to keep construction on schedule.

“This is an exciting project and we have the right team to get it accomplished on time,” Harrison says. “I’ve been involved in five other spring training facilities in the Valley, but this is truly the most unique. The Glendale facility will be more than just a place to watch the game.”

Harrison says the Glendale stadium will have a 1,400-foot-long lake as part of the facility. The lake will have an aesthetic function as well as serve as the irrigation source for the lush landscaping that will create a park-like setting at the stadium.

“This is not going to be a standard practice area,” Harrison says. “It’s going to be an aesthetically pleasing setting with benches so fans can enjoy their surroundings.”

Based on a 2006 economic impact study conducted by Economic Research Associates for the city of Glendale, the economic impact of moving the Dodgers and White Sox to Glendale could be as much as $19 million per year for the region.

“The new spring training facility fits well in our sports and entertainment district,” says Jennifer Liewer, senior marketing and communications manager for the city of Glendale. “The Dodgers and White Sox want to make this something that will last and be part of the community, so we know that when they get to Glendale it will become their home as well.”

The Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds will play at the Goodyear Ballpark, which will be located on a 3-acre parcel south of Yuma Road and east of Estrella Parkway. The ballpark will open in March 2009 for spring training for the Indians. The Cincinnati Reds will move their spring training operations to Arizona in 2010.

HOK Sport of Kansas City designed the baseball complex, which will have 8,000 lower-bowl fixed seats, 500 premium seats, 1,400 berm seats, six luxury suites, 3,000 parking spaces, and a state-of-the-art scoreboard and public address system. It will also have two group event areas: an outfield pavilion and bar with berm seating for 400 and a third-floor party deck behind home plate that will hold 150 people. Barton Marlow, a national construction services company out of Michigan, is building the ballpark complex.

The Goodyear Recreational Sports Complex, which will house the Cleveland Indians’ clubhouse/player development facility and two practice fields, is under construction on a 52-acre site east of Estrella Parkway about a half-mile south of the Goodyear Ballpark. It will be completed this month, at which time the Indians will begin using it. The Indians will use the clubhouse and two practice fields year-round. Besides the clubhouse, the Goodyear Recreational Sports Complex has six full-baseball practice fields, two half-baseball practice fields, a 36,000 square foot agility field, six covered practice batting cages and tunnels, three open practice minor league batting tunnels, six pitching mounds for the major league and six for minor league, an observation tower for the major league fields and a scoreboard.

Goodyear citizens approved a bond election in 2004 for $10 million to help build the recreational sports fields, so the city will be able to use the four minor league fields 10 months of the year. Regis Reed, Goodyear’s senior project manager, says the city plans to use the fields for city events, youth programsand high school tournaments since the fields are lighted to high school standards.

Ticket prices at the Goodyear Ballpark will be comparable to other Cactus League facilities, which are $8 for a lawn seat and up to $27 for a club or premium seat.

Nathan Torres, stadium manager for the Goodyear Recreational Sports Complex, says that based on a 2007 Cactus League survey, the economic impact of the Cleveland Indians moving to Arizona in 2009 will be more than $23 million. That number will grow to more than $47 million when the Cincinnati Reds are introduced in 2010.

Janet Napolitano

Gov. Janet Napolitano Is The Public Face Of Super Bowl XLII

Head Coach

New governors often inherit their predecessors’ programs and initiatives — the good and the bad — when they take office. So it was when Gov. Janet Napolitano officially took the state’s helm in 2003. But at least one of those programs already had her stamp of approval.

Governor Janet Napolitano

Proposition 302, which provided funding for the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, other sports-related programs and authorized the creation of the Arizona Sports & Tourism Authority, was passed by voters two years before Napolitano took office. She says it has been money well spent.

“The voters decided to spend the money on the stadium and I think it’s proven to be a good decision,” she says. “We’ve been able to attract a lot of different events to Arizona because of that new venue and the Super Bowl is a great way to showcase Arizona.”

Napolitano, along with Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs, then-bid committee chairman Gregg Holmes and retired ABC newscaster Hugh Downs, presented the bid to host Super Bowl XLII to National Football League team owners in 2003.

“They had already put together a good presentation. I just added my two cents worth as governor of the state that we were very supportive of the bid and we would do everything we could to support the Super Bowl,” she says.

The team’s efforts paid off, as did Prop. 302’s goal. And, Napolitano points out, other items funded by Prop. 302 have been successful as well.

“It’s not just the Super Bowl and the stadium, but the Cactus League venues, which are growing by leaps and bounds, the playing fields for young people and their teams, and all the other things that got wrapped into that funding for 302,” she says.

Short term, she says the Super Bowl will produce a lot of fun activities for the state and will generate an estimated $400 million in revenue. Long term, she expects the Super Bowl will generate interest among developers and investors to support Arizona.

“I’m hopeful that we can use this as an opportunity to show this state as a growing, vibrant economy,” Napolitano says. “A state that has a lot of things going on beyond sports and beyond some of the common stereotypes about Arizona.”

That includes construction, new laboratories, high-tech companies and medical schools, all of which she describes as the “foundation for our economy as we move forward.”

In 2008, Napolitano will focus on improving education, dealing with growth and transportation issues and protecting open space.

Arizona Business Magazine December-January 2008“We’re really looking to enrich, grow and diversify the economic performance here,” she says. “We’re going to have a good, fiscally sound budget that keeps investment where it needs to be, so that when we come out of the housing downturn, we haven’t cut off our nose to spite our face with respect to the state budget. Long term, the key thing is going to be education. None of this happens in terms of economic performance, generation of wealth … unless you have a sound education system underlying it, so we need to continue to keep our focus there.

“Being governor is a great honor. It’s the ability to try to set the agenda for the state — to try to enunciate our vision for this new Arizona we’re building and strategies on how to get there that are pragmatic and fit within our pocketbooks that keep us moving forward. I’m proud to say that I think we’ve done that over the past five years and we’re going to continue to.”

 

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