D-backs, Rockies Courted by Casa Grande

February 4, 2009 by  

az_hardballIn a move that might not be too surprising to valley residents, the city of Casa Grande has expressed sincere interest in being the new Spring Training home for the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Although there appears to be no funding for the move of the teams, the city has approved to put an addition on their May 19th general election ballot for a tax increase that is expected to assist with the financing of the move for the teams. This move would potentially eliminate the presence of Spring Training Baseball in the city if Tucson, where both teams are currently located. This would also prove to be a potentially critical decrease to the city’s tourism revenue. Although the City of Tucson has voiced dissatisfaction of any move, regardless of the location, it appears that courting cities are coming into play.

The City of Casa Grande is located at the intersection if Interstates 8 and 10, 43 miles from Chase Field (perhaps 47 from the Phoenix city center). The city is aggressively planning for the future as they are currently planning for next year’s census and have a comprehensive General Plan outlined for the city for 2020. The city’s vision includes highlighting their downtown and its history, excellent transportation, focusing on industry and technology in addition to top-notch education and employment opportunity.

Although we are not yet aware that either team has expressed interest, we do know that the cities of Phoenix and Scottsdale have both expressed interest in the D-backs. We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more about the ever changing landscape of the Cactus League and Spring Training in Arizona.

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