Cleveland Indians Player Development Complex (map it)
2601 South Wood Blvd
Goodyear, AZ 85338
Year Opened: 2009
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Official Review by Jason Bartel, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
During the summer months, all of the Spring Training Complexes in the Phoenix area host the Arizona League – MiLB’s Rookie League. While a lot of the teams that have older complexes play their games in the main stadiums, the newer complexes have the capability of hosting these games on side fields.
This is the case with the AZL Indians.
The Indians play their home games on “Field 2” of the Cleveland Complex in Goodyear, Arizona. The facility opened in 2009, and the Cincinnati Reds moved in to their new building alongside the Indians in 2010. The easiest way to figure out where you’re going is to look for the field that has lights on. Some days the Indians and Reds have home games on the same day, so there may be a team in the main stadium, but chances are they will be on a field next to their facility.
The Indians facility is the more north of the two. It’s located just south of Goodyear Ballpark.
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There is no food sold at an AZL Indians game. However, fans are more than welcome to bring their own meal with them to the game. There is no security check, and plenty of room to spread out and have a picnic. If you have it, I would bring a camping table with you because there are not very many picnic tables at the field, but there are a couple. When I went, the tables were taken over by the visiting Padres though.
This is by no means an ideal place to see a professional baseball game. It's similar to going to a high school baseball game. Chain link fence all around obstructs the view, and there is limited bleacher seating behind home plate.
The field itself is kind of tucked away in the back corner of the entire complex, so it is not possible to park next to it. You have to walk all the way around the Indians' main building to get there. There are some metal bleachers set up, but I would recommend bringing your own chair and setting up either right behind home plate or down the third base line. The first base line is closed off as that's how the Indians get to the field from the rest of the complex.
The Indians sit on the first base side and the visitors are on the third base side. One extremely unique thing about a game here is that the bullpen is actually located behind home plate, so when a pitcher and catcher head to the pen, they leave the dugout and run behind the fans to get to the practice mound. There is sort of a lookout stand on the third base side where you can climb up the stairs and get a better view of the field as well.
The scoreboard is located in left field. It shows the score and the count and outs, and that's it. The Indians don't have their last names on their jerseys either, so knowing the players is next to impossible. There is no PA announcer, and no music. The home plate umpire announces lineup changes loud enough for everyone to hear.
Beyond the outfield is Phoenix-Goodyear Airport, which leads to an airplane parking lot right next to the field. It's kind of cool and different that when you look out past the outfield, a whole bunch of airplanes are sitting there as part of the horizon.
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 also several 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.
Not too far away is Phoenix International Raceway. PIR hosts NASCAR usually in March and November though, so don't plan on combining a NASCAR race with an AZL game. But for Spring Training definitely try to do a doubleheader in the area.
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.
There are not very many people at these games, as should be evident by the fact that they play these things on a side field instead of the main stadium. In fact, most of the people that were in the stands were actually players that weren't scheduled to play that day. Not a place to go if you're looking for a rowdy crowd. But definitely a place to go if you're looking for some entertainment while having a nice dinner outside.
The Indians complex is located south of I-10 in between the Estrella Parkway and Bullard Ave. exits. Parking for the stadium can be found at the Indians building (which is clearly marked with the Cleveland "C") or on the road on Wood Blvd. It's more straightforward getting to the field by taking Estrella Parkway to Lower Buckeye Parkway, and then turning onto Wood and parking on the street. Parking is free all over the entire baseball complex though.
It's a short walk from the street 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 Indians' offices.
Everything is free. There is no charge for parking or tickets or anything like that. It's just that since they play on a side field where you're looking through a chain link fence the entire time, It's worth it to go to an AZL game but choose one where it is played in the actual stadium vs going to a see an AZL game in Goodyear.
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If you're looking to go to an AZL game for the night, I wouldn't recommend going out to Goodyear for it unless you really, really want to see one of the players that are playing that night. Otherwise, go to a place where they're playing in the main stadium and not on a practice field.
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