Brewers dedicate Spring Training facility and American Family Fields of Phoenix
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – The Milwaukee Brewers held a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony at the team’s new Spring Training and Arizona player development complex, which also included an unveiling of the official name of the facility: American Family Fields of Phoenix.
“Today we opened our new state-of-the-art Arizona facility, American Family Fields of Phoenix, and we are grateful for the commitment of the City of Phoenix, title sponsor American Family Insurance, the design and construction team and the many stakeholders who came together to make this a reality,” said Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio. “We initially developed three significant goals for the complex: to develop a world-class facility for year-round player development and Spring Training, to create a dramatically improved fan experience, and to demonstrate a commitment to investing in the community. With the complex now complete, we believe we have fulfilled this vision.”
In partnership with Grand Canyon University, the Brewers have created a Learning Lounge, an area inside the clubhouse building where local students will have access to free tutoring on nearly every school day from Grand Canyon University students.
The project includes a new 106,000 square-foot clubhouse building with locker rooms and vastly improved facilities for all of the baseball operations functions, along with a wide array of fan enhancements from new concessions, retail stores, seating and a Daktronics video board. The complex features a new entry plaza, renovated space for sports science and psychological services, an eight-lane batting tunnel, an agility field, new pitching and catching mounds, a high-performance practice field matching Miller Park’s dimensions, and improvements to each of the seven playing fields.
The Brewers begin Spring Training this week as pitchers and catchers report to camp. Position players have a report date of Monday, February 18 and the team will hold its first full workout on Tuesday, February 19. The exhibition schedule consists of 34 games, including the first game at American Family Fields of Phoenix, on Tuesday, February 26 against the San Diego Padres.