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02/17/09 4:46 PM EST
Goodyear: A visitors' guide
All fans need to know about the Indians' new spring complex
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
The Indians aren't the only ones getting used to their new spring digs at the Player Development Complex and Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Ariz. Fans who make the trek to the land of cacti will also go through an acclimation process. What follows, then, is a quick FAQ guide to get you better acquainted with the Tribe's new home away from home: Where is Goodyear, and how do I get there?
The city of Goodyear is located about 20 miles due west of the Phoenix airport and downtown Phoenix, and the Indians' Player Development Complex is easily accessible from Interstate 10. Take I-10 West to Exit 126 and head south on Estrella Parkway to Goodyear Blvd. Turn left on Goodyear Blvd., and the complex will be on your right-hand side.
Parking for individual games will be $5, and there are season-ticket parking lots surrounding the ballpark.
When are the workouts?
The first full-squad workout took place Tuesday morning. In these early days of camp, before the exhibition games start, the workouts generally run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MT.
Can I watch the team work out?
Fan access to the workouts is much more limited than it was at Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Fla., though there are viewing areas near Field Nos. 1 and 2, on the complex's north side, and Field Nos. 3 and 6, on the south side. Once games start, most of the morning workouts will take place at Fields 1 and 2. The Indians will hold a workout at the Goodyear Ballpark, a half-mile from the complex, on Saturday morning.
Where can I get autographs?
During the morning workouts, fans have had some luck in the fan access areas right outside Fields 1 and 2. Once the games start at Goodyear Ballpark, there will also be an area branded as "Autograph Alley" located along the right-field line where fans can seek autographs from their favorite Tribe players up until game time.
When do games start?
The Indians will hold an intrasquad exhibition on Feb. 24. The first Cactus League home game against the Giants will be Feb. 25 at 1:05 p.m., and the Cactus schedule runs through April 2. The Indians will play two extra exhibitions in Houston on April 3 and 4 before the regular-season opener in Arlington on April 6.
How do I get tickets?
Tickets for all Indians Spring Training games at Goodyear Ballpark can be purchased online at Indians.com.
Goodyear Ballpark holds up to 10,311 fans and includes roughly 8,000 stadium seats, 1,500 lawn seats, six suites, 500 seats in a party deck located above the clubhouses and batting cage in right field.
There will be plenty of food and drink options at the ballpark on game days. Everything from fish and shrimp, to grilled chicken, to burgers, to turkey burgers, to nachos, to breaded pickles, to Polish and Italian sausage, to corn dogs, to pizza. Oh, and don't forget the hot dogs, peanuts and Cracker Jacks, of course. Thirsty adults will have access to a little taste of home with Great Lakes Brewery bottles of beer, among other beverages.
Where can I get my Goodyear gear?
A 2,000-square-foot Team Shop is located right at Goodyear Ballpark on the main concourse behind home plate.
Where can I stay?
Hotels continue to sprout up in growing Goodyear and the surrounding area. For now, your best options are the Comfort Inn & Suites (15575 W. Roosevelt St., Goodyear, 623-266-2884), the Hampton Inn (2000 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, 623-536-1313), the Holiday Inn Express (1313 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, 623-535-1313), the Holiday Inn and Suites (1188 N. Dysart Road, Goodyear, 623-547-1313) and the Residence Inn by Marriott (2020 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, 623-866-1313).
What else is there to do in Goodyear?
Shopaholics can head out to Westgate City Center (6770 North Sunrise Boulevard, Glendale, 623-772-4000), which features of variety of stores, restaurants and a movie theater, in nearby Glendale.
The adventurous types can hike the hills or gaze at the stars at Estrella Mountain Regional Park (14805 West Vineyard Ave., Goodyear, 623-932-3811), which is just minutes from the complex. Also nearby are White Tank Mountain Regional Park (13025 N. White Tank Mountain Road, Goodyear, 623-935-2505) and the Wildlife World Zoo (16501 W. Northern Ave., Goodyear, 623-935-WILD).
Those who want to sit in the lap of luxury can head to the Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa (300 Wigwam Boulevard, Litchfield Park, 623-935-3811).
If you're into the type of action that makes your hair stand up on end, head to the Phoenix International Raceway (11901 W. Baseline Road, Avondale, 623-932-3651). Or visit Luke Air Force Base (www.luke.af.mil), which will hold its annual "Thunder in the Desert" event March 21-22, featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, aerial presentations and aircraft and ground displays.
Or maybe you're just coming here for baseball. If that's the case, the move to the Cactus League offers fans plenty of opportunity to catch other teams in action. The Indians' camp is within an hour's drive (traffic-dependent, of course) of 12 other clubs' spring sites.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.