The Reds and Goodyear, Ariz. have completed the final step to clear the way for the club to move its Spring Training home for 2010.

In a unanimous 5-0 vote late Monday night, the Goodyear City Council agreed to a binding use agreement with the Reds that includes a 20-year lease and two five-year options.

The city has agreed to build a $32 million facility for the Reds, who will pay $100,000 in annual rent to Goodyear. It will include a 40,700-square-foot clubhouse, six full practice fields and two half fields. A 10,000-seat stadium will be shared with the Indians, who will move to Goodyear in 2009.

I understand why the Reds did it and agree that the city of Sarasota really dropped the ball, but it makes me sad to think of the Reds doing ST in Arizona. Just seems wrong to me.

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7 Responses

  1. justcorbly

    Works for me. No reason for the team to go where they aren’t wanted.

    Besides, a flight to Phoenix doesn’t cost all that much.

  2. Mark in CC

    Disappointing but I understand. Can’t imagine getting too fired up about going to Arizona for a late winter vacation so my Spring Training trips probably end after 2009.

  3. Mike

    It should help the Reds against the west coast teams because they will play them a lot in spring training. But will they then be able to beat the east coast teams?

  4. Justin Anderson

    I think it is great. The greater Phoenix area is about 10x cooler than the Retiree state of florida and Cincinnati south… aka Sarasota.
    Most importantly, yeah, they were just trying to jerk the reds around… didnt think they would actually leave. Now they are courting the Red Sox with a big fancy facility almost fully funded when they told the reds they had barely any money to throw their way. Screw the city of Sarasota… they can kiss the collective *ss of Cincinnati and like it.

  5. preach

    I was thinking of attending the fantasy baseball camp they run every year around spring training. Would that change locations as well?

  6. Bill

    My guess is that it would…I haven’t heard anything yet about the Reds Sarasota team and what’s going to become of it.

  7. justcorbly

    Mark, Justin is right: Spring in AZ is much better than spring in FL. It’s dry, the temps are in the 80’s and 90’s (feels like 70’s to midwesterners), and the sky is blue. Try it, you’ll like it.