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Goodyear Ballpark

Goodyear, AZ

Home of the Cleveland Indians Spring Training

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Goodyear Ballpark (map it)
1933 S. Ballpark Way
Goodyear, AZ 85338


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Year Opened: 2009

Capacity: 10,000

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Chief Wahoo in Goodyear

Opened in 2009, Goodyear Ballpark is the Spring Training home of the Cleveland Indians, as well as the Cincinnati Reds.  The Indians moved to Arizona from Florida in 2009, with the Reds coming the following year. The Indians had been a part of the Cactus League from 1947-1992 before they moved to Winter Haven, Florida for 17 years.

Goodyear is located in the far west area of the Phoenix Metro Area.  Goodyear is one town east of Buckeye, which as its name suggests, was created and mostly inhabited by Ohio State alumni.  Having both the Ohio MLB teams in one park near Buckeye presents many interesting advertising options for the clubs and other Ohio-based organizations.

Goodyear Ballpark seats 10,000.  The Goodyear Recreation Complex is located just south of the main stadium, where the Indians and Reds clubhouses are, as well as 12 full-sized practice fields where fans can go watch their favorite players in the morning before a day game at the stadium.  During the rest of the year, the City of Goodyear uses the fields for all kinds of city-sponsored baseball activities, as well as the AZL Indians and AZL Reds during Rookie League season.

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The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

The food options available at the ballpark are very disappointing. Behind home plate is Hot Dog Nation, where you can buy a regular hot dog for $4.25, or a specialty dog for $5.25 like Chicago style, New York, Arizona, and of course Cleveland and Cincinnati Dogs.

Down each base line is another concession stand. The one down the third base line is called Tamales, but there isn't anything Mexican about it. It's just a normal burger, chicken and hot dog stand, with the option to buy a burrito. The same thing occurs down the first base line. The snack bar is called Pizzaiolo, but nothing Italian about it besides the ability to buy personal pizzas.

Around the concourse are several carts set up, including a mini food court on the third base concourse. This offers barbeque, frybread, Italian ice, and ice cream. Along the first base side is a Macayos stand in case you actually want Mexican food, but all it has is mini-chimis and nachos. In center field is another snack bar, but it was not open when I was at a Reds/Indians game, so I'm not sure when it's actually open.

There is a right field pavilion area, where you can pay extra to have access to a full bar, and your own concession stands. There are picnic tables and bar tables out on a patio area where you can sit, enjoy the game, and eat your food at the same time.

You can bring in sealed bottles of water, and individually wrapped snacks.

Atmosphere    3

The stadium itself is all below ground level, similar to Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tucson, giving fans a nice, unobstructed view of the nearby mountains, as well as the palm trees that are all around the stadium. This also hides all the parking lots and desert that surround the stadium. The main building behind home plate is brick and metal, giving it a very modern look.

The Indians' dugout is down the first base line, with both bullpens out beyond the left field wall. This can be a problem for Indians fans that don't want to sit in the sun, because all of the seats on that side are in the sun for pretty much an entire day game. The third base side however has a big shade structure built above it that shields all of the seats in the infield on that side.

Some seats on the third base side also have food service, where servers wander around and take orders for those people who don't want to get out of their seat. That's a very unique feature for Cactus League stadiums. The limited amount of suites at Goodyear probably forced them to do this to bring in the more well-off fans. The seats themselves are very comfortable, and all of the seats at Goodyear have cup holders.

The outfield lawn area is very small compared to other Cactus League stadiums. There's more seating area in right field than left field because of both of the bullpens out in left, and a brick wall that separates the concourse from the berm.

One of the things that stood out is that the scoreboard has white numbers and letters compared to the typical red ones. That made the line score and various stats pop more in the sun, making it way easier to read. The sound system is sort of disappointing; the PA announcer is static-y and hard to hear sometimes, even in the seats just beyond the infield.

Neighborhood    1

There's not too much as far as entertainment goes in that area of Goodyear. Right when you get off I-10 there is a shopping center that has a couple of options like Papa Murphy's Pizza, and Native New Yorker. NNY is good if you're looking for a sports bar before and after the game. Augie's Sports Grill has some good happy hour specials for fans to enjoy after the game. On the other side of I-10 is Rubio's, Olive Garden and Red Lobster.

The nearest hotel is the Comfort Suites that is located on Roosevelt St. near Estrella Parkway. It's just about a block from the interstate.

Fans    3

Since the far west valley has a lot of transplanted Ohioans, the Indians and Reds draw fairly well, but not great. The fans that are there are the typical Spring Training crowd, just hanging out, getting some sun, and watching some baseball. There's a grassy area on each baseline where a lot of parents and kids go and don't really watch the game at all; they just hang out and play a little T-ball.

Access    4

Goodyear Ballpark is located just south of I-10 between the Bullard and Estrella Parkway exits. Both of those exits take you straight to the parking lots. There is tons of parking both behind home plate (south parking lots) and beyond the outfield (north parking lots). Parking does cost $5.

Entrance gates are found behind home plate, down each base line, and in center field. There's also a ticket office in center field in addition to the main one behind home plate, allowing people to buy their outfield tickets right there instead of having to walk all the way around the stadium. All of the gates are near a parking lot, so wherever you park is where you should go in and out.

The main concourse gets very congested during the game. All of the concession stand lines spill out into it, and it's not very wide, especially right behind home plate. The concourse does go all the way around the stadium, with a lot of concession carts along each base line. The most popular cart when I was there in spring, 2013 was the snow cone cart, and that line took up almost the entire first base side of the stadium.

Handicap access is very easy because the main concourse is at ground level, with the entire seating area below it. There's a lot of standing areas and handicap areas all along the infield. The standing areas have a ledge for people to eat and watch the game as well. The entire concourse is open to the field of play, so even though it is hard to move around behind home plate, you can still see all the game action.

Return on Investment    3

Tickets for the Indians and Reds are fairly cheap, anywhere from $5 to $30. The expensive tickets get you the food service, which can be worth it on those crowded days. The stadium is different from most Phoenix area ones, which makes it worth the short trip west to go see once. Food prices are pretty good for stadium food, with most things costing just $5 or $6, but the trade-off is that there aren't a lot of options. $5 parking is also the new norm in the Cactus League, but with the proximity of the parking lots and how much room there is, it's a good thing that it's just $5.

Extras    2

Down each base line is a grassy park area, and the one on the first base side even has its own diamond, for kids to get a game of their own going during the actual game.

The thing that Goodyear Ballpark is known for is the interesting statue out in front of the main entrance behind home plate. Known as "The Ziz", it is a 60' 6" fiberglass statue surrounded by fountains right in front of the stadium. Designed by Donald Lipski, it won an award as one of the "Best Public Art Projects in the U.S."

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Native New Yorker  (map it!)

530 North Estrella Parkway

Goodyear, AZ 85338

(623) 882-0022

http://www.nativenewyorker.com

Augie's Sports Grill  (map it!)

15605 West Roosevelt Street

Goodyear, AZ 85338

(623) 932-0001

http://www.augiessportsgrill.com

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Comfort Suites  (map it!)

15575 West Roosevelt Street

Goodyear, AZ 85338

(623) 266-2884

http://www.comfortsuites.com

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