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06/27/07 12:00 AM ET
Spring Training move makes progress
McCourt calls Phoenix City Council approval 'significant step'
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- Development of a new $80 million Spring Training facility to be shared by the Dodgers and White Sox moved closer to reality on Tuesday night with unanimous approval by the Glendale City Council. "It's another milestone in our attempt to move Spring Training to the Glendale-Phoenix area," said Dodgers chairman Frank McCourt, who represented both clubs at the council meeting, as White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf focused on the NBA draft for his Chicago Bulls. The two clubs would move in for the spring of 2009 under 20-year leases. McCourt said the Phoenix City Council will act on the plan next week and the state Sports and Tourism Authority must also approve the details of financing in August, but he said has "no reason to believe" the project won't be approved or finished on time. "It's more than likely, but I don't want to give it odds," he said. "This is a very significant step."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.