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.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.