When The Rubber Hits The Road (Reds/Indians)

Trip Start Mar 07, 2012
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What I did
Goodyear Ballpark

Flag of United States  , Arizona
Monday, March 12, 2012

Goodyear Ballpark is the Cactus League home ground for the Cleveland Indians of the American League and the National League Cincinnati Reds. Given this need to co-exist, there is little call for the Battle of Ohio to occur in the Sonoran Desert.

On this day, the Indians were hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Goodyear Ballpark is located in the extreme southwest quadrant of the Greater Phoenix area. It is adjacent to the Goodyear Municipal Airport. To get there, take Interstate 10 in the direction of Los Angeles, turn south onto the Estrella Parkway and proceed down to South Ballpark Way. Follow the helpful signs and volunteers until directed into a lot. Parking is free. If you happen to drive onto the rather lengthy main runway of the airport nearby you have probably gone too far to the east.

When you leave the park and wish to head for home, access to the I-10 takes less than five minutes with normal traffic. Pretty impressive. If only the fine folk in Glendale could figure out a way of funneling traffic out from Camelback Ranch Ballpark with the same clarity and purpose as things seem to occur in Goodyear this would be quite an achievement.

This 10,000 seat ball park opened its gates in 2009. It is a very family friendly facility and offers inflatable attractions for kids plus a child sized Wiffle ball field on the first base concourse. A berm or lawn offers seating beyond the outfield fences. This berm covers most of the outside perimeter beyond the outfield fences.

Goodyear has an excellent seating configuration, unblemished sight lines and comfortable seats with backs. The seating arrangement is quite intimate. As a comfortable and modern complex, Goodyear is a great place to spend a warm and sunny afternoon watching both aspiring and seasoned professionals throw, hit and chase down fly balls.

The playing field faces northeast with the only covered stands along third base in front of the players dugout. A ticket to watch the game under the protection of the covered stands cost $27.00 on this Monday afternoon.

Field dimensions from left to centre to right field measure: 345', 380', 410', 380' and 345'.

Concession are well laid out and offer the usual non-diet but appetizing ball park fare. There are cheese dogs, baked potatoes with chili and cheese and even foot-long hotdogs to catch the attention of a sound appetite. Blue Moon and Fat Tire beer supplement the usual Miller/Budweiser standards. Diet coke seems to cost $3.50 which makes it about $1.00 cheaper than equivalent size containers at either Surprise or Camelback Ranch. Fat Tire at $7.00 for a US pint is very competitively priced.

The gift shop offers quite an attractive range of attire for the budding Indians or Reds fan. There is still plenty of 'stuff' for the neutral purchaser. A signed baseball (including the trademark signature of Reds manager Rusty Baker) sold for $10.00 (in its own protective case).

The public address announcer at Goodyear is quite up-beat, up-to-date and assertive without being a pain. Music is contemporary and played appropriately. It is both recorded and live.

The ball park has a talented organist who not only has great timing but has a good feel for what the crowd seems to require to be entertained.

Attendance for the Monday afternoon tilt was 5,324.

The Indians prevailed over the Arizona Diamondbacks 3 to 2.

Observations:
-A first-class stadium in which to watch a game.
-Very personable and helpful paid and volunteer staff.
-Unless one has seats above the dug-out on the first base side, bring along plenty of sun screen, a hat and a padded seat.
-Security is not heavy handed. Each fan can bring in a 500 ml (16.9 ounce) unopened bottle of water.
-Food costs seem to be more reasonable than in many other Cactus League parks with the selection of standard baseball food being fairly basic

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