Camelback Ranch

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Camelback Ranch - Glendale
OutfieldView.jpg
View from Right Field, Camelback Ranch, Phoenix, Az.
Location 10712 W. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85037
Coordinates 33°30′51″N 112°17′45″W / 33.51417°N 112.29583°W / 33.51417; -112.29583
Built 2008-2009
Opened March 1, 2009
Surface grass
Construction cost US$121 million [1]
Capacity 10,000 seats, 3,000 berm (grass) seats.
Record attendance 13,583
March 27, 2010
Seattle Mariners vs.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Field size Left Field - 345 feet (105 m)
Left-Center - 380 feet (116 m)
Center Field - 410 feet (125 m)
Right-Center - 380 feet (116 m)
Right Field - 345 feet (105 m)
Tenants
Los Angeles Dodgers (MLB) (spring training) (2009–present)
Chicago White Sox (MLB) (spring training) (2009–present)
Arizona League Dodgers (Arizona League) (2009–present)
Glendale Desert Dogs (2013-present)
Press boxes and suites at Camelback Ranch.
This is a fish stocked lake that separates the White Sox and Dodgers training fields at Camelback Ranch, Phoenix, Arizona

Camelback Ranch - Glendale is a stadium in Phoenix, Arizona owned and operated by Glendale, Arizona. It is the spring training homes of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. The stadium holds 13,000 people.

Camelback Ranch replaces Holman Stadium in Vero Beach, Florida as the Dodgers' spring training home, and Tucson Electric Park in Tucson, Arizona as the White Sox spring training home.

The park is also home to the Arizona League Dodgers, who moved to Camelback Ranch with the Major League team in 2009. The Arizona League White Sox play there as of 2014, after the White Sox rejoined the Arizona rookie circuit.

The stadium name is derived from the longstanding name of the property it is built on.[2]

Roger Bossard, White Sox head groundskeeper, designed and put in all of the fields for the Dodgers and the White Sox. During the park's first year, Dodgers fans have noted and expressed their dismay at the absence of the Dodger Dog at the ballpark concession stands.[3] The following season, Dodger Dogs began to be sold at the ballpark.

History[edit]

Camelback Ranch opened on March 1, 2009 for the spring training home opener between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox. The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead into the top ninth until the White Sox came back to defeat them 3-2. (Attendance: 11,280)

Ranch Novelties[edit]

  • 10,000-plus seats, 3,000 bermed grass seating. There are 8 full suites, 4 mini-suites, 1 press box, 1 suite-level party deck, and a series of outfield terraces that create party areas.
  • A fish-stocked lake that separates the Dodgers and White Sox training facilities and offers aesthetic beauty and irrigation to complex landscaping and playing fields.
  • Over 5000 plants and trees.
  • Stadium playing field sunken 12 feet below grade to improve sightlines.
  • A mixture of architectural touches - natural stone veneers, tri-color faux staining, rusty metal panels,
  • Gabion (rock) retaining walls, earth-tone (caramel) stadium seat color, and other appointments - that blend with the natural desert colors of Arizona. Additionally, construction utilizes sweeps and angles instead of a big-box look.
  • Main entrance (Pavilion) in center field.
  • Asymmetrical team support buildings.
  • Orange grove.
  • Replica home fields (Dodger Stadium, U.S. Cellular Field)
  • Twelve practice diamonds and three practice infields
  • Access tunnels for players to enter the stadium from their clubhouses.
  • Bandstand for pre-game entertainment
  • Walk of Fame along the water feature.

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Preceded by
Tucson Electric Park
Home of the
Chicago White Sox Spring Training

2009 – present
Succeeded by
Current
Preceded by
Holman Stadium
Home of the
Los Angeles Dodgers Spring Training

2009 – present
Succeeded by
Current