The Indians will conduct spring training camp in Arizona for the first time since 1992. Finishing touches are being applied to the new ballpark and complex in Goodyear, where several players are already working out. Whether you have been attending Tribe spring training for years or interested in going for the first time, here's some helpful hints on the new home, located 20 miles west of Phoenix.
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Anyone who watched the Indians during spring training in Winter Haven, Fla., (1993-2008) or Tucson, Ariz., (1947-92) will find things quite a bit different from those old ballparks.
Goodyear Ballpark, the new spring training and player development home for the Indians and Cincinnati Reds (beginning in 2010) eventually will be the central feature of a fan-friendly “village” with residential, office, retail, restaurant and hotel components. The park seats 10,311, has a 360-degree (that's view, not temperature in the Arizona sun) concourse with a constant field view, six luxurious suites, numerous party/group pavilions, club seating and lots of lawn seating.
All seating is lower bowl. The premium and club seating sections include extra-wide, cushioned seats and in-seat service for food and beverages.
On February 21 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), the Indians are conducting a free tour. Fans can watch the Indians practice, get autographs, play catch on the field, participate in interactive activities and select seats for upcoming games.
2009 SINGLE GAME SPRING TRAINING TICKET PRICES
* Terrace: $35
* Right Field Pavilion: $30
Club Seating: $27
Premium Field Box: $27
Infield Box: $23
Outfield Box: $18
Outfield Reserved: $12
* Tickets in these areas include all-inclusive food package and seat.
Berm discount: $1 for groups of 20+; $2 for 100+.
Right Field Pavilion discount: $2 for groups of 20+.
Outfield Box & Outfield Reserve discount: $5 for groups of 20+.
There are no discounts on Club Seating, Premium Field Box or Infield Box tickets.
The Terrace, located on the rooftop behind home plate, is a private, covered area that can accommodate parties up to 90. This is an all-inclusive food and beverage location and great place to take great pictures.
The Right Field Pavilion accommodates up to 500 fans through a combination of seating. All-inclusive tickets for this area provide unlimited buffet and fountain drinks. This partially shaded area also has a private bar and restrooms.
Luxury Suites are roomy indoor lounges and large outdoor terraces, for up to 15 people or can be combined to provide room for 30. They include a food package, parking passes, staff, souvenir programs, plasma TV and a group welcome on the video board.
Premium Field Box seats are wider, cushioned, at field level and include in-seat food and beverage service.
Club Seating on the third base side offers wider, cushioned seats and in-seat food and beverage service.
Season ticket packages are available for all 18 games
$450 – Club Seating & Premium Field Box
$360 – Infield Box
$270 – Outfield Box
Tickets are available by mail or fax at the Goodyear Ballpark box office:
2601 S. Wood Blvd., Goodyear, Ariz., 85338
(phone: 623-243-6653; fax: 623-243-5172).
Mail or fax tickets have a $4 handling charge.
The Goodyear box office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There is no handling charge for purchases there.
Tickets are also available in Cleveland at the Progressive Field box office and Indians team shops (call 866-48TRIBE) . For more information, go to Indians.com
Goodyear Ballpark Phone Number
(623) 882 7525
1933 South Ballpark Way, Goodyear, AZ 85338
20 miles west of downtown Phoenix. From I-10 West: Exit 126 (Estrella/PebbleCreek Pkwy.) south 2 miles, just past Yuma Road.
There will be parking in and around the ballpark for both cars and RV's. Cars and trucks will be charged $5. RV's will be charged $10.
2009 SPRING TRAINING REPORT DATES
Pitchers and catchers report on February 12
Physicals, February 13
First Workout, Feburary 14
Remainder of squad reports, February 15
Physicals February 16
First Workout, February 17
INDIANS' 2009 EXHIBITION SCHEDULE: http://indians.scout.com/2/801840.html