View Full Version : Are the Reds Looking at Tucson?

Az Red
11-19-2006, 10:16 AM
From the Arizona Daily Star: I think it's just speculation.

Look to Cincinnati:
Reds likely replacement if White Sox leave town
If the White Sox ultimately bail out of their Tucson spring training commitment, the most likely replacement is the Cincinnati Reds, who, ironically, filled the White Sox's vacated spring spot at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., eight years ago.
The Reds have asked the Sarasota City Commission to build a $48 million stadium/complex or they will bolt that city when their lease expires in 2008. So far, politicians and developers in Sarasota have been unable to meet the Reds' requests. The Reds said they will sign a 20-year lease if the stadium is built.
Capacity at Ed Smith Stadium is a mere 7,500; the Reds fill it only if the Yankees and Red Sox make their one spring visit there.
No matter what happens with the White Sox, one issue remains: Tucson probably isn't yet large enough to fully support three spring training teams. The Rockies are often fortunate to draw 3,000 and until the White Sox won the 2005 World Series, they were often an afterthought and surely felt that way.

11-19-2006, 10:47 AM
There was a lot of talk about this last year, when the Reds were trying to get Sarasota to build them a new facility. Sarasota finally agreed.

The last media account I can find is below, which was posted in May. It says there was still one more hurdle to clear at that time.

ONE MORE STEP - In its last day in session, the Florida House on Friday approved an amended bill to help fund spring training facilities in the state.

The House last week had passed a bill that would allow municipalities including Sarasota, spring home of the Reds, to receive up to $15 million in tax rebates over the next 30 years. After the Florida Senate this week passed an amended version that would allow the Mets' spring base in St. Lucie County to apply for the funding, the House had to take another vote on the measure. It passed 114-2 on Friday.

The bill likely will be signed by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and become law, giving the Reds and other teams some long-awaited help in renovating their Grapefruit League facilities.

"This has been a three-year process for us," said Jeff Maultsby, the Reds' director of Florida operations. "This is farther than we've been the last two years and we are very, very happy down here."

The next step is for either the city of Sarasota or Sarasota County to apply for funding before the June 30 deadline, and awards will be made later this year. The Reds would prefer to use the state-supplied funds, which must be matched by the local government, to build a new complex (estimated cost: $50 million) on the current site of the Sarasota Fairgrounds, less than a mile from their current facility.

11-19-2006, 12:05 PM
I posted over in RedsLive. The Tucson writer doesn't have a clue.