Reds finalize deal for new spring home

Reds finalize deal for new spring home

CINCINNATI -- The Reds and Goodyear, Ariz. have completed the final step to clear the way for the club to move its Spring Training home for 2010.

In a unanimous 5-0 vote late Monday night, the Goodyear City Council agreed to a binding use agreement with the Reds that includes a 20-year lease and two five-year options.

The city has agreed to build a $32 million facility for the Reds, who will pay $100,000 in annual rent to Goodyear. It will include a 40,700-square-foot clubhouse, six full practice fields and two half fields. A 10,000-seat stadium will be shared with the Indians, who will move to Goodyear in 2009.

Cincinnati's portion of the facility will break ground this fall. Goodyear is located approximately 20 minutes west of Phoenix.

Sarasota, Fla., has been the Reds' Spring Training home since 1998 but after unsuccessful efforts to negotiate a new deal with the city, the club began exploring other options.

On January 30, the Reds and the City of Goodyear entered into a 75-day, exclusivity period to negotiate an agreement. On March 12, the Goodyear City Council announced it had identified the funding for the project. On April 7, the Goodyear City Council unanimously approved the memorandum of understanding that led to the binding use agreement.

The Reds have three one-year club options that can keep them in Sarasota through 2011, if necessary. The team plans to hold Spring Training there in 2009.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.