GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- City officials here signed a memorandum
of understanding Friday with a development company to build a new
spring training facility for the Cleveland Indians.
The complex will include a 10,000-seat ballpark, which is
expected to cost $75 million and be completed by Feb. 1, 2009.
The Indians have said they plan to use the Goodyear complex as a
year-round facility for rehabilitation, teaching and training.
Cleveland trained in Tucson from 1947 to 1992 before relocating
to Winter Haven, Fla. The Indians announced last September that it
would be moving its spring training home to the Phoenix suburb of
Officials said the memorandum of understanding with Goodyear
Baseball LLC was the final major agreement to bring the Indians
back to the Cactus League.
Goodyear Baseball LLC, an entity jointly owned by Goodyear-based
development company Rose Properties Southwest and San Diego-based
JMI Sports LLC, will manage the design, development and
construction of the planned ballpark and spring training complex.
The complex will anchor a larger, 240-acre private development
that is expected to include office space, retail shops,
restaurants, loft-style housing, a hotel and a conference center.