Goodyear Ballpark, the Cactus League home of the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians, opened its gates Thursday, Jan. 9, for fans to buy tickets, tour the facility and taste new culinary treats.
Fans of the teams and spring baseball lined up before the 4 p.m. opening to purchase tickets early, view the new upgrades to the park and try new food options offered on game days.
Among the new options offered by Professional Sports Catering are loaded corn dogs with cheese and bacon, garlic parmesan waffle fries, a chicken tender sandwich and a cheesy changeup (a half-pound cheeseburger with grilled cheese sandwiches as buns).
Another addition is the nacho helmet, 64 ounces of chips, cheese, salsa, jalapeños and other fixings stuffed into a replica helmet.
“It’s so much food,” said Carson May, a young Indians fan who said he is excited to watch games and cheer on his favorite player, shortstop Francisco Lindor.
“Yeah, I don’t think you could eat all that,” remarked his father, Tim May.
There is also a new loaded hamburger, the subject of a name-the-burger contest.
“It’s spicy so I’m thinking maybe there’ll be something related to that. But, that’s the fun part: the fans engage and someone will have their idea of a name on it all season,” said Bruce Kessman, the ballpark’s general manager.
Besides food and drinks, there are other new additions to the stadium. Among them are new padding on the home run fences, providing a cleaner look and better protection for the players, and a concrete slab on the first baseline allowing for better visibility.
And the star improvement of the 2020 season will be the new video board behind the fence in left field.
It will broadcast game updates and other content in higher definition on a considerably bigger screen than years past.
“As far as in-game production there are more options. You can have more stats, bring more of the elements of the game into the stadium, and then it’s good for our sponsors to have their business up there clearly, too,” Kessman said.
“It’s always exciting to kick off the start of Major League Baseball and we can’t wait to get started.”
The Reds and Indians face off on Feb. 22, to open the teams’ Cactus League seasons. Tickets range from $22-31 for single games, with discounted 15- and 30-game plans available.
For information or to purchase tickets visit goodyearbp.com or call 623-882-3130.