11/20/08 6:08 PM EST
Dodgers give name to new spring site
Joint facility with White Sox will be called 'Camelback Ranch'
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
"The name 'Camelback Ranch' inspires the pioneering spirit of the Dodgers' original move west in 1958 and with our relocation this spring to Arizona, that move is now complete," Dodgers chairman Frank McCourt said in a statement issued by the team. "We believe this facility will be the best in all of Major League Baseball and will provide our team with an unparalleled place to prepare year-round for championship-caliber baseball."
"Camelback Ranch in Glendale soon will be known as the crown jewel of the Cactus League," White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. "Starting this spring, baseball fans will be able to enjoy a world-class complex that features the Cactus League's largest ballpark with state-of-the-art amenities and one of the most scenic environments in all of sports and entertainment."
The 141-acre site is located on Camelback Road just west of the Loop 101. The $80 million baseball facility includes more than 118,000 square feet of Major and Minor League clubhouse space, 13 full baseball fields and three half-fields. The site will feature walking trails, landscaped grounds and an orange grove. There will also be two ponds and a fully stocked lake between the Dodgers and White Sox facilities.
The shared stadium, which will be the focal point of the complex, is the largest in the Cactus League with a capacity of 13,000, which includes 3,000 lawn seats, 12 luxury suites, a party deck and a center-field rotunda entrance.
The Dodgers and White Sox announced plans to move to the Glendale site two years ago, but the White Sox received final clearance only earlier this week when they bought out the remaining three seasons of a contract to train in Tucson, Ariz., for $5 million. The White Sox had been sharing a complex with the Arizona Diamondbacks since 1998 after relocating from Sarasota, Fla.
"It is my sincere hope that generations of families will create lifelong memories at Camelback Ranch," Dodgers president Jamie McCourt said. "This idyllic setting -- only five hours by car and a one-hour flight from Los Angeles -- could not come at a more perfect time for Dodger fans, many of whom have waited a long time to take part in the Spring Training experience."
In addition to serving as the Spring Training home of the White Sox and Dodgers, the campus will become the home for all Dodger Minor League operations throughout the year, including the team's Arizona League entry and Fall Instructional League team. The White Sox also will use Camelback Ranch in Glendale as the home for their Fall Instructional League.
Camelback Ranch will become a multiuse facility, available to host concerts, sporting events, and corporate outings, in addition to Spring Training baseball.
The 2009 Spring Training schedules will be released shortly for each team, while the joint venture offers six different season ticket options: Home Plate Club, dugout field box, baseline field box, premium infield box, infield box and baseline reserved, along with day-of-game lawn seating. Fans interested in purchasing season tickets should call 623-877-8585.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.