Just got back from almost a week in Arizona watching the Az Fall League. Not a great group there for Reds. But did get my first glimpses of Greene and Puckett.
But I made a point to hit the 3 ballparks I've never seen, so that I could compare them. Here's my rankings of all the parks:
1. Rockies/DBacks. (Scottsdale - on Indian Reservation) Brand new facility, and it is awesome. The stadium itself is the crown jewel. With a huge HD screen, mutiple levels, luxury boxes, etc. The concourses are huge. I've never seen dugout like these. They must be 50 feet deep. One of the best non-ML stadiums I've ever seen. Maybe THE best.
2. Dodgers/White Sox. (Glendale) A close second. I didn't think anyone would top them, but the stadium itself isn't quite as grand as Rockies/DBacks. The surrounding training area is quite nice here with streams etc.
Fairly big gap........
3. Rangers/Royals (Surprise) - Really nice stadium, 2 levels, nice facades. I have a feeling the practice areas are more utilitarian then the best ones. Biggest complaint: You have to park behind CF and walk all the way around to Home Plate
4. Mariners/Padres (Peoria) - single level stadium but with nice facades. Park at home plate, training facilities are nice.
Fairly big gap......
5. Reds/Indians (Goodyear) - new single level stadium but it seems like it was done on a tight budget. For example, no facade. The inside walls are unfinished concrete block. Unlike all the other dual facilities, the two training camps are not on either side of the stadium. Instead the Reds offices, and training fields are down the road quite a way.
Fairly big gap.... (from this point the stadiums are older)
6. Angels - (Tempe). Nice looking outside of stadium, but inside is fairly plain, and has large sections of bleacher seats.
small gap..... these stadiums seem really old
7. A's Phoenix - Single level, many bleachers. A scoreboard that looks like it's from a High School with funding issues. I didn't even see where the training facilities were. Needs major update.
8. Giants (Scottsdale). Again an aging single level stadium, with many bleachers, training facilities elsewhere.
9. Cubs (Mesa) - I'll never go to another Spring Training game there. Traffic was murder, moderately crappy area, just to sit in bleachers. Didn't see where training facilities were.
10. Brewers (Maryvale). Bad area of town. A real "nothing" single level stadium, with tiny scoreboard, and bleachers.
Hoenestly 7-10 really need an upgrade. I think the Cubs are working on one.