Going to Goodyear?

On Tuesday I received an e-mail from Scott, a Reds fan living in New York. Scott is planning an extended weekend in Arizona to see the Reds in Goodyear and had lots of good questions. Some of them I have answered in the past. And some of them can be answered by clicking here on a Spring Training section of Reds.com.

Here are few tips that I gave to Scott that might prove useful to you if you are planning a trip out to Goodyear:

*Workouts are held usually in the mornings, seven days a week. The rare exception is if there is a night game, the one scheduled day off on March 21 and on the reporting days of Feb. 19 and 24, when they will be in the afternoon. There is no published set time for the public, but they can generally start as early as 8:30-9am and end around 12:30-1pm…especially before the Cactus League schedule begins.

*The workouts are NOT held at Goodyear Ballpark, which the Reds share with the Indians. The workouts are held just under a mile away at the Reds player development complex. There is on-street parking and it is free. There is also no admission fee to see the Reds workout.

*A walking path from the street will take you to the back fields of the complex. The players rotate to “stations” at four or five different fields to work on skills like fielding, bunting, calling fly balls, etc.

*There is no formal autograph signing process except that fans must stay behind the gates or fences that have been set up. Players might sign in between going from one field to the next, but many don’t because they need to keep moving. Some might sign after workouts.

*The Reds usually take batting practice before home and away games at the player development complex. They rarely take BP inside Goodyear Ballpark or at road game sites. For most games, they hit at the complex and then take busses or their own cars to the stadium for the games.

*Reds Minor League players are due to report to camp on March 1. Even when the big leaguers are playing games, the Minor League guys are often working out on the back fields at the complex.

I hope this helps you if you’re headed out to Arizona. Soon, I will try to break out the dining guide.

5 Comments

Intend to come out to AZ to watch the Reds during Spring Training next yr. So, this is all good info to store away. Can’t believe what detailed info you provide for the club’s fans. You really do your job well. Thanks.

Thank you so much for this information. It’s just what I wanted to know. Very useful, and I haven’t seen it anywhere else.

ANY ONE HAVE AN IDEA TO TELL ME HOW TO GET TO GOODYEAR FROM THE AIRPORT?…..FIRST TIMER TO GOODYEAR FOR A GAME…..CAN NOT GET A RENTAL CAR ANYWHERE……ANYONE KNOW HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE TO GET TO GOODYEAR FROM DOWNTOWN OR THE AIRPORT????????
SOMEBODY …PLEASE REPLY. SOMEONE SURELY KNOWS THE ANSWER TO THIS.
THANKS. GO REDS..SINCE 1948!!!!!!!!!!

Michael — Goodyear is 25 minutes due west on I-10 from PHX airport. It’s a $60 cab ride or so. Are there no rental cars at the Sky Harbor airport? That stuns me.

I just checked, and there are plenty of rental cars available. IME, if you wait until a couple of weeks before you need it, the price will be lower. Though of course you risk there not being any cars.

But I’ve never had that problem in Phoenix, and right now, there doesn’t seem to be any car shortage. Is there some other reason you can’t rent a car?

You really need a car in Phoenix. All the spring training parks are fairly close together – easy drives compared to Florida. But you need a car.

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