The Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear, Arizona.
Both my husband and I are baseball fans. My husband? He’s a diehard Orioles fan (don’t get him started on the time the Orioles played the Yankees in the 1996 ALCS). And as for me? I started off as a Dodgers fan since I was born in California, but because I practically grew up in Arizona, the Diamondbacks are my team. Because my husband and I are both baseball fans, we’ve try to catch a baseball game in different cities we visit. Or at least we did, before we had our son 😊
Tucson was the home of spring training baseball for the D-backs for quite a few years and there was nothing quite like catching (no pun intended) a game in person every March. It was a sad time for many of us when the remaining MLB teams left Tucson. Still, we try to catch a spring training game once a year in March in the Phoenix area. Because my son is still too young to sit still for an entire game, the spring training game is perfect for us. And because my father-in-law and mother-in-law live in the Goodyear area, we thought we’d try their ballpark first. In all fairness, I can’t compare it to the other spring training ballparks in Phoenix, but we love the kid-friendly atmosphere at the Goodyear Ballpark (which is the spring training home for the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians). We like it so much that we’ve chosen to go there for our annual spring training game the last two years. Today’s game was a double bonus – not only was it Kids Day, but the Reds played the D-backs 🙂
There are three main reasons we like the Goodyear Ballpark:
Parking at the ballpark is extremely easy. The parking lot itself is not far from the ballpark, but they still have people in carts available to pick up attendees and drop them off at the gate closest to their seats. We took advantage of this. I think my husband is trying to tell me in the picture below to hurry up and get into the cart (lol!).
The ballpark is also relatively new and as a result, it’s very clean. We also appreciated they had a family restroom for our son. Not only that, but there were plenty of open spaces for him to run around.
Every Sunday is Kids Day. They have tons of activities for children of all ages. For example, they have wiffle ball, a jumping castle, a rock climbing wall, and cornhole games. There is also a separate area for kids to play baseball and run the bases. Not only do they have games and activities, but a local dentist’s office had a booth set up and was handing out free t-shirts and toothbrushes.
Last year, I don’t remember any characters besides the Goodyear mascot, Zizzy. Zizzy still has a presence (see the photo below), but he now has company.
This year, not only did they have Luke Skywalker and Kylo Ren, but they also had Princess Leia and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Not to mention Princess Merida from the movie Brave. My son loves Star Wars but I think he was stunned to see Luke and Kylo in person 😉
At the end of the game on Kids Day, the kids are able to run the bases. My son has yet to sit through an entire game, but maybe next year will be different and he’ll be able to experience it 🙂
In the meantime, the Goodyear Ballpark, and today’s experience, is a grand slam in our book!