Camelback Ranch

Camelback Ranch–Glendale is a stadium in Phoenix, Arizona owned by the city of Glendale, Arizona and operated by Camelback Spring Training LLC. It is the spring training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. The stadium holds 13,000 people.

Camelback Ranch replaced 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, Dodger fans 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.

Camelback Ranch-Glendale
Camelback Ranch

Camelback Ranch view from right field
View from Right Field, Camelback Ranch, Phoenix, Az.
Location10712 W. Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85037
Coordinates33°30′51″N 112°17′45″W / 33.51417°N 112.29583°W
Capacity13,000: 10,000 seats, 3,000 berm (grass) seats.
Record attendance13,583
March 27, 2010
Seattle Mariners vs.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Field sizeLeft 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)
Surfacegrass
Construction
Built2008–2009
OpenedMarch 1, 2009
Construction costUS$121 million [1]
ArchitectHKS
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)

History

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)

In 2015, the Dodgers drew 147,066 fans to their 15 spring training games at Camelback Ranch (an average of just over 9,804 per game), setting a new franchise spring training record.[4]

Prior to the 2018 Spring Training season, two separate roof panels were installed on the 1st base side to cover fans from the sun.

Ranch novelties

  • 10,000-plus seats, 3,000 bermed grass seating. There are 8 full suites, 4 mini-suites, a press box, a 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 5,000 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, Guaranteed Rate Field)
  • 12 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.

Gallery

3rdBaseView2
Press boxes and suites
RanchLake
The fish stocked lake that separates the White Sox and Dodgers training fields

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.azcentral.com/community/glendale/articles/2009/12/11/20091211gl-ballpark1211-ON.html
  2. ^ "Glendale's ballpark gets a name: Camelback Ranch". Arizona Republic. 2008-11-21.
  3. ^ Bill Plaschke (2009-03-08). "Dodgers' new spring home in Phoenix is a site to behold". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Stephen, Eric (May 31, 2015). "Dodgers set spring training franchise attendance record". truebluela.com. Retrieved April 1, 2015.

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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
Across the Years

Across The Years is a series of timed multi-day ultramarathons held from December 28-January 1 each year outside Phoenix, Arizona. It consists of a 24-hour race, a 48-hour race, a 72-hour race and a 6-day race. The 6-day race was reintroduced for the 2013-2014 edition.

All races are held on a 1.05 mile loop at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, AZ. The 6-day race begins on December 28 and ends on January 3. The 72-hour race starts at 9am on December 29 and ends at 9am on January 1. The 24-hour race is held in three sessions, one each day during the 72-hour race, from 9am to 9am. The 48-hour race is likewise held in two sessions, overlapping on the second day.

This race has become very popular in recent years and as a result, until 2010, hopeful participants must have been picked in a lottery to have an opportunity to participate. However, due to the increased capacity at Camelback Ranch, in 2011 the lottery was removed and registration was once again offered to all on a first-come, first-served basis.

Founded in 1983 by Harold Sieglaff, the race has changed over the years in location as well as organization. In its first year, 6- and 12-hour races were offered. In the 1999-2000 event, a 6-day race was offered and reintroduced in 2013-2014. Until 1993 the race was held at Washington High School in Phoenix, after which it was moved to different locations, including a 500-meter certified loop at Nardini Manor in Buckeye, AZ from 2003 until 2010. It has been held at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, AZ from 2011 onwards.

Arizona Fall League

The Arizona Fall League is an off-season league owned and operated by Major League Baseball which operates during the autumn in Arizona, United States, at six different baseball complexes. The Arizona Fall League attracts many of the top prospects in minor league baseball.

Arizona League

The Arizona League is a rookie-level Minor League Baseball league that operates in and around Phoenix, Arizona, United States, run by Major League Baseball since 1988. Along with the Gulf Coast League, it forms the lowest rung of the North American minor league system. Games are not marketed to the general public, and spectators may attend for free.

Games are played at the spring training complexes of the teams' parent organizations from mid-June until the end of August. Every Cactus League team fields an Arizona League team with the exception of the Colorado Rockies. Night games are commonly played in the spring training stadium, though games may be played at the team's practice fields.

The regular season is 56 games, with a 35-player roster limit. Players must not have more than three years of previous minor league experience to be eligible to play. Major league players on rehabilitation assignments have also appeared in the league.Teams primarily consist of players signed from countries such as the Dominican Republic and Venezuela along with recently drafted high school and college players primarily from the United States and Puerto Rico, and are owned by their parent clubs. Most of the players have just been selected in that year's entry draft, two to three weeks before the league begins its season. The league is also where major league players often go for their first rehab assignments. No official attendance records are kept as there is no paid admittance fee, and no concessions are sold.

Bob Richmond is the league president. The league offices are in Boise, Idaho.

Arizona League Dodgers

The Arizona League Dodgers are the rookie level minor league baseball affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. They were formerly known as the Gulf Coast League (GCL) Dodgers and played in Vero Beach, Florida, at Dodgertown (specifically on the historic Field One). Dodgertown includes Holman Stadium, which is also the former spring training home to the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers. The team was composed mainly of players who were in their first year of professional baseball either as draftees or non-drafted free agents.

The GCL Dodgers originally played from 1983–1992 and folded, but were reactivated by the franchise in 2001. In 2009, the Dodgers' announced that the team would move to the Arizona League and assume its new name. The team plays its home games at Camelback Ranch, the Dodgers' spring training facility.

Arizona League White Sox

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Dodger Dog

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Glendale Desert Dogs

The Glendale Desert Dogs are a baseball team that plays in the West Division of the Arizona Fall League located in Glendale, Arizona. They play their home games at Camelback Ranch, the spring training home of the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. Prior to the 2013 season, the team was known as the Phoenix Desert Dogs, playing home games at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The Desert Dogs won five AFL Championships in a row from 2004 to 2008.

Holman Stadium (Vero Beach)

Holman Stadium is a baseball stadium in Vero Beach, Florida, built in 1953 from an abandoned Naval base, to accommodate spring training for the Brooklyn Dodgers as part of a complex now called Historic Dodgertown. In addition to the Dodgers' spring games, it was also the home of the Vero Beach Devil Rays, previously the Vero Beach Dodgers, of the Florida State League, through the 2008 season. Official seating capacity is 6,500.

Jim Slaton

James Michael Slaton (born June 19, 1950) was a pitcher with a 16-year career from 1971-1986. He played in the American League with the Milwaukee Brewers from 1971–1977 and 1979–1983, the Detroit Tigers in 1978 and 1986, and the California Angels from 1984-1986.

Slaton played high school baseball at Antelope Valley High School and then played college baseball at Antelope Valley College.He is the Brewers all-time leader in Wins (117), Innings Pitched (2025.3), Games Started (268), and Shutouts (19), and he is third in Strikeouts, trailing Teddy Higuera and Ben Sheets, and Complete Games, trailing Mike Caldwell.

He represented the Brewers and the American League in the 1977 All-Star game and was the winning pitcher for the Brewers in the 4th game of the 1982 World Series against St. Louis.

After his playing career ended, he started coaching in the minor leagues. He coached in the Oakland Athletics organization from 1992–1994 and then became the pitching coach for the Class A Daytona Cubs (1995–1996), Lancaster JetHawks (1997–98) and the Tacoma Rainiers (1999–2003). In 2004, he was a special assignment coach for the Seattle Mariners and from 2005-2007 he was the Mariners bullpen coach. Before coaching in the minor or major leagues, Jim coached an all-star team for the Monte Vista Little League, while pitching for the Angels.

He was the pitching coach for the Las Vegas 51s in 2008, also serving briefly as the bullpen coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers when Ken Howell temporarily left the team for medical reasons. After the season, the Dodgers announced that Slaton would be the pitching coach in 2009 for their new Triple-A affiliate, the Albuquerque Isotopes, a position he held through 2010. In 2011, he was named the pitching coach at Camelback Ranch.

Jody Reed

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The Dodgers selected Kemp in the sixth round of the 2003 MLB draft. After four seasons in the minor leagues, he made his major league debut in 2006. He did not become a full-time player until 2008, when he took over as the starting center fielder for the Dodgers. In 2011, Kemp led the National League in runs scored (115), total bases (353), OPS+ (171), WAR (7.8), home runs (39), and runs batted in (126). Additionally, he became the first player to finish in the top two in both home runs and steals since Hank Aaron in 1963.

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Sloan Park

Sloan Park is an American baseball park in Mesa, Arizona, which opened in 2014. The primary operator is the Chicago Cubs and the ballpark serves as their spring training home and is also the home of the Arizona League Cubs of the Arizona League and the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League. Sloan Park was built and paid for by residents of the City of Mesa, approved by ballot measure. It was primarily built to house spring training operations for the Chicago Cubs, who had previously played at nearby Hohokam Stadium. The stadium design was led by Populous. The dimensions of the playing surface closely match those of the Cubs' regular home stadium, Wrigley Field.

With a capacity of 15,000, Sloan Park is the largest spring training stadium by capacity in Major League Baseball, surpassing Camelback Ranch in Glendale (coincidentally, spring training home of the Cubs' in-city rival the Chicago White Sox) by 2,000 seats.Formerly known as Cubs Park, on January 8, 2015, it was announced that Sloan Valve Company had signed a naming-rights deal to the ballpark, giving it its current Sloan Park name.

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Spring training

In Major League Baseball (MLB), spring training is a series of practices and exhibition games preceding the start of the regular season. Spring training allows new players to try out for roster and position spots, and gives established players practice time prior to competitive play. Spring training has always attracted fan attention, drawing crowds who travel to the warm climates of Arizona and Florida to enjoy the weather and watch their favorite teams play, and spring training usually coincides with spring break for many US college students.

Spring training typically starts with "truck day", which is when equipment trucks for each team leave their hometowns to drive down to spring training. This usually happens in the last week of January or the first week of February. In mid-February, pitchers and catchers report, and within a week of that, the rest of the team reports. Exhibition games start in the later part of February, and continues until just before Opening Day of the regular season, which falls in the last week of March, or the first week of April. In some years, teams not scheduled to play on Opening Day will play spring training games that day. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training first because pitchers benefit from a longer training period. A few days later, position players arrive and team practice begins. Exhibition games usually begin in late February.

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