Cincinnati Reds Player Development Complex (map it)
3125 S. Wood Blvd
Goodyear, AZ 85338
Year Opened: 2009
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Official Review by Jason Bartel, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
The AZL Reds are the summer occupants of the Cincinnati Reds Player Development Complex in Goodyear, AZ. In the spring months, all of the Reds organization is there while playing their Spring Training games in Goodyear Ballpark. The AZL team rarely makes the short trek over to the stadium and primarily stays on the grounds of the Reds complex.
The Reds organization moved to Goodyear from Florida in 2009, and share the area with the AZL Indians during the summer. The Phoenix area had been constantly expanding, but with the dip in the real estate market, Goodyear has not exactly developed into the bustling community that everyone involved in the move thought it would.
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There is nowhere to buy concessions at the Reds complex. You can bring in your own food and drink to enjoy during the game though.
The best part about AZL games in Goodyear may be the spectacular West Valley sunsets fans get each and every night. You will want to sit in the stands along the first base line to see the sun go down behind the game, or you can just walk over to a large grassy area along the third base line. There are also a bunch of planes sitting out just beyond the outfield wall, giving a unique backdrop to baseball.
The Reds team sits in the third base dugout, and the relief pitchers sit between the dugout and home plate. There are metal bleachers down each of the baselines with a large grassy area also available down the third base line. There are seats set up behind home plate, but signs on the area say they are only for players, coaches, and scouts. If you get there early enough, there are a couple picnic tables fans can claim that are closer to home plate.
Just like the rest of the AZL, there are no announcements. No music. Just baseball. There is a basic scoreboard located in right field. One unique thing is that the bullpen mounds for both teams are located behind home plate.
Goodyear is a very residential community, not a lot of entertainment in the area. A couple of restaurants can be found near the complex such as Taste of Italy Pizza, Native New Yorker, and Augie's Sports Grill. There are a few fast food options that you could pick up and take to a game with you like Subway, McDonald's, Jack in the Box, and Panda Express.
On the other side of I-10 at the Estrella Parkway exit are more actual restaurants. Some of the choices there are Rubio's Mexican Grill, Paradise Bakery, Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Barro's Pizza.
Several hotels are nearby. The Comfort Suites on Roosevelt Rd. is the closest to the Goodyear Stadium complex. The Best Western Plus Phoenix Goodyear Inn and the Towneplace Suites Phoenix Goodyear are good choices as well if you're looking to stay in the area.
In between all the food and lodging options and the ballpark is a lot of farmland, so nothing is exactly walkable in the Arizona summer. But it's not too long of a drive down Estrella Parkway.
The Reds have a small group of followers at their games. These fans provide some encouragement for the team, but forcing them to sit way down the left field line isn't exactly fan friendly.
The Reds complex is located south of I-10 off the Estrella Parkway exit. The parking lot and building are located almost at the corner of Estrella Parkway and Wood. The best parking for AZL Reds games is found directly next to their building. Signs say it is for staff only, but it is actually open to fans. Parking is free all over the entire baseball complex though.
It's a short walk from the parking lot back to the field. Just look for the lights and that's the easiest way to find where the game is. Once at the field, the one bathroom is located at the bottom of the lookout tower down the left field line. Handicap accessibility may be a little bit of an issue because the field is surrounded with gravel and pebbles. There is no security check anywhere, just don't try to go in the Reds' offices or workout facility.
Everything's free, and the area is very pleasing to the eye. The only problem for this field compared to some of the others in the Arizona League is the inability to sit behind home plate.
Nothing to note here as an extra bonus for going to an AZL Reds game.
The field and the views are above average for the Arizona League, but that's about it. If they let fans sit behind home plate, that would probably help this experience a lot. It's too bad that the area around the baseball complex hasn't been built up yet.
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3810 S Estrella Pkwy
Goodyear, AZ 85338
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