Dodgers Spring Training Facility Update

November 11, 2008 by  

As many of us baseball fans are aware, the Dodgers will be leaving Dodger Town in Vero Beach, Florida for a closer, more convenient, location. The Associated Press had reported earlier this year that the Los Angeles Dodgers’ move to Glendale, Arizona was on track as scheduled. The Chicago White Sox also have a vested interest in the completion of the project due to the fact that they are planning on sharing the facilities with the Dodgers.

The spring training complex sits on the northwest corner of 107th Avenue and Camelback Road in Glendale and stretches all the way to 111th Avenue. The vast property expands both Glendale and Phoenix borders. The facility is composed of a 10,000 seat stadium with over 118,000 square feet of major and minor league clubhouses. There plans to be four major league practice fields and eight minor league practice fields. There will also be two practice infields and enough parking to accommodate 4,000 vehicles.

After one of our Fall League outings, we decided to take a look at the progress of the stadium and the neighboring grounds. Before we did that, we spoke with some fans. We were told, during some conversations with some of Arizona’s winter visitors, that things were looking bleak and that the Cleveland Indian’s facility had made more progress than its Glendale counterpart. We decided to check out the schedules for the teams that have been released and noticed that there are no games scheduled to take place in Glendale for either the White Sox or the Dodgers until the month of March.

While that is no indication of the completion date of the facility, it does make the fans begin to wonder. One fan said, “It’s not like they are the Yankees. I don’t know why they are being so secretive about the progress.” Well as a matter of fact Mr. Baseball Fan the Dodgers are just as rich in history but, anyhow. In a mid October MLB.com report, it stated that the White Sox would not be making and news on their move to Glendale for another month or two. Filled with anticipation, we decided to go see for ourselves.

After driving through a torn up Camelback Road, we approached 107th Avenue to see nearly 152 acres of uncompleted land. What looked to be the main office and what was definitely the stadium were slabs of concrete and spires of iron. On this weekend, workers were working as diligently as the tractors which were moving earth and making progress. There were hundreds of contractors that we could see and it looked as if the practice fields were nearing completion, if not already completed.

Unfortunately, held back by a fence, we were unable to get a closer look at was going on but, there was definitely much work being done and much work left to do. We are not licensed stadium architects, nor do we claim to be, but it looks like it will be cutting it close. The City of Glendale has done an amazing job in the past with the University of Phoenix Stadium and organization so close to this past year’s Super Bowl. The city has a huge interest in completing the project on time as they estimate that it will bring the city an estimated 19 million dollars annually. As they have done before, in impressive fashion, the City of Glendale and Mortenson Construction are looking like they will be able to pull this off in time.

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2 Responses to “Dodgers Spring Training Facility Update”

  1. Insider on November 12th, 2008 12:39 pm

    I understand that at first glance it looks like there is a lot of work to be completed, and let there be no mistake, there is. However, what you need to understand is that everything you see out here has been accomplished since early 2008. The contractor for the Indians stadium has had more time to complete a one team stadium (until 2010 at least, when the Reds arrive). With a less compressed schedule and a smaller project they absolutely should be in good shape. In reality, if we both have our facilities ready for spring training ’09 everybody wins!

    Being personally involved in the happenings of the Glendale Spring Training Complex I see the day to day progress and the aggressive measures being taken to maintain schedule. I believe that this project will be a success and look forward to seeing two of the MLB’s classic teams on site for Spring Training 2009.

  2. AZ Hardball on November 12th, 2008 12:44 pm

    Thank you for your comment Insider. As we mentioned: “As they have done before, in impressive fashion, the City of Glendale … are looking like they will be able to pull this off in time.”

    We are as excited as anyone but, know fans want an update. Thanks for helping.

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