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08/14/08 3:35 PM ET
Tribe's spring facility said to be on track
Goodyear, Ariz., manager assures club of park's readiness
By Andrew Gribble / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- Goodyear, Ariz., city manager John Fischbach reaffirmed in a statement on the city's Web Site on Wednesday that the Indians will, indeed, arrive to a fully constructed $108 million complex for the start of Spring Training. "Because of issues that have arisen during the course of this project, all of which are unrelated to the city," Fischbach and the city grew concerned that the infrastructure surrounding the complex would not be completed by its required deadline, he wrote. Most of the infrastructure near the ballpark is complete, but the area surrounding the complex needs the majority of the work, Fischbach wrote. According to a report in the Arizona Republic on Monday, Fischbach and Goodyear sent a cancellation notice to MPK Enterprises, Civica Development LLC and other parties involved in the development of the stadium site. There was a concern over who should receive city payments for road and sewer construction around the 10,000-seat ballpark. The infrastructure in question does not involve the Indians development complex or ballpark, Fischbach wrote, as those facilities are controlled and financed by the city. The Indians have already taken control of the clubhouse and practice fields. On Aug. 1, the city gave notice to MPK and Civica that it intended to assume control of the project, effective Monday. But, after continued meetings with the involved parties, it has yet to do so, "but still reserves that right." "Regardless of whether MPK or the City controls the project," Fischbach wrote, "I simply want to assure you that all necessary infrastructure will be completed for opening day of Spring Training in February 2009." The Indians will be the sole occupants of the new facility in 2009. The Cincinnati Reds will join them in 2010.
Andrew Gribble is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.