The Chicago White Sox announced today that the organization will move to its new spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz. in time for spring training 2009.
Todayâ€™s approval of an agreement by Pima County Supervisors enables the White Sox to immediately move to the new facility in Glendale, which will be shared with the Los Angeles Dodgers.Â The city of Tucson, located in Pima County, was the previous site of White Sox spring training.
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â€śWe are very pleased to be moving to our new facility in Glendale in 2009, and we are excited to start a long and successful partnership with the Dodgers and the city,â€ť said White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.Â â€śThe city of Glendale has done a tremendous job of creating a state-of-the-art spring training facility for the Dodgers and White Sox.Â Glendale has become a first-class, year-round sports destination that our fans will thoroughly enjoy.â€ť
For the first time, both Chicago and both Los Angeles-area baseball teams will train and play spring training games in the same league (Cactus League) and area.Â Glendale is located in the rapidly growing northwest part of the Phoenix metropolitan area.
â€śWith fans from Chicago wanting to see the White Sox, and fans from Los Angeles able to drive over to see the Dodgers, we believe Glendale will quickly become the most popular spring training site in the Cactus League,â€ť said Reinsdorf.Â â€śA large number of former Chicagoans now call the Valley home, and others spend the winter in the Phoenix area.Â Those fans will have the opportunity to enjoy White Sox baseball on a daily basis each spring.â€ť
The new facility and ballpark, under construction at Camelback Road and 107th Avenue, is set to open in February.Â The facility sits on a 125-acre site and includes two ponds with picturesque walking trails throughout the complex.
The Glendale facility also features the Cactus Leagueâ€™s largest ballpark â€“ with 10,000 fixed seats and capacity for an additional 3,000 people on the outfield lawn.Â The ballparkâ€™s modern amenities and design, which includes dramatic mountain views from within the park, will create one of the most inviting atmospheres in spring training baseball.
The facility boasts more than 118,000 square feet of major and minor league clubhouse space, four major league practice fields, eight minor league practice fields and two practice infields. In addition to spring training baseball, the facility and ballpark, which is a joint venture between the two baseball teams, will host a variety of sports and entertainment events throughout the year.
The White Sox will announce their 2009 spring training game schedule as soon as it is finalized.
The White Sox began holding spring training in Tucson in 1998 after the team moved from Sarasota, Fla. where it trained from 1960-97.
Source: Chicago White Sox