Goodyear Ballpark Schedule
Each spring thousands of baseball lovers descend upon Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear,
Arizona just west of suburban Phoenix and nearby Glendale. The stadium is the Spring Training home of both the Cleveland Indians
and the Cincinnati Reds and offers a bevy of top quality baseball games featuring the best of both the American and National
Leagues. It can be a long wait from the end of the baseball season to the start of the next for devoted fans looking to get
a feel for what the next season may bring, and Spring Training finally gives these fans the exact opportunity they were waiting
for. Spring Training also lets baseball fans see their favorite players playing in smaller ballparks and often times gives
diehard fans the opportunity to talk with, get pictures with, and get autographs from their idols.
This year the Spring
Training schedule kicks off on February 26 with Goodyear Ballpark's two main tenants the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati
Reds facing off against one another in a two-game series. These could be the most exciting games of the preseason as there
will be fans of both sides in abundance feverishly cheering on their squad. The action continues almost every day for the
following month with the season closing on March 27 when the Arizona Diamondbacks take on the Cincinnati Reds.
Ground first broke in the construction of Goodyear Ballpark in March 2008, and by the time Spring
Training began the following year it was ready to go. In February 2009 the Cleveland Indians began using Goodyear Ballpark
as their home, replacing their previous Spring Training facility of Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Florida. The following
year the Cincinnati Reds decided to abandon Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida, which had been their Spring Training home,
and head to Goodyear Ballpark as well. Although the primary function of the ballpark is a home field for the Indians and Reds
during Spring Training, it remains active all year round. Some of the best concerts to come to town are held at Goodyear Ballpark
as well as a variety of other events. Goodyear Ballpark has become an important part of life in Goodyear, Arizona and it annually
hosts some of the biggest community events in the area including the City of Goodyear's Star Spangled 4th, Fall Festival,
and Home Plate for the Holidays.
There is tons to see and do in Arizona, but a trip
to the state would not be complete without a stop in Glendale. If you are in the mood to shop for some unique souvenirs or
gifts, Glendale is the place to go as it has earned the name of Arizona's Antique Capital. If NFL action is more your thing
then head over to the University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals. The stadium has also hosted big-time college
basketball games including the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight and huge college football games including the Tostitos Bowl,
which functions as the BCS Championship game. Glendale features numerous tourist attractions including the historic Manistee
and Sahuaro Ranches and the Ceretta Candy Factory. And if you happen to be in the area during the month of February, then
be sure to check out the Glendale Chocolate Festival, orcheck outGlendale Glitters in December, or the Glendale Jazz and Blues
Festival if you are looking to hear some great music.
In addition to the professional sports teams located in Glendale
you can always catch some premiere student athletes locked in competition whether they are playing for Glendale Community
College, nearby Arizona State University, or any of the other local colleges. Some of the best competition in all of sports
takes place at the collegiate level and nowhere is this more true than in Glendale, Arizona.
Having opened less than a five years ago, Goodyear Ballpark is one of the finest ballparks used in all
of Spring Training. It contains free-standing awnings along the baselines which also provide shade to shield fans from the
Arizona heat. Additionally there is a team store and plenty of concession stands. The concession stands along the first base
line are decorated with Indians' posters while those along the third base line are sporting Reds gear. There is only one single
tier of seating at Goodyear Ballpark which means there is not a bad seat in the entire stadium and you are always guaranteed
to be close to the action. There is a patio and terrace area that include a private bar. The whole area can both be rented
out for private events.
Goodyear Ballpark Trivia
Outside of the ballpark is a statue known as The Ziz
which was designed by Donald Lipski. Inside the stadium is a Wiffle Ball field on which children can play inflatable pitching
and batting games.