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SBD/February 28, 2011/Facilities
Acclaimed Salt River Fields Spring Training Complex Hosts First Game
Published February 28, 2011
JEWEL IN THE DESERT: In Denver, Jim Armstrong wrote Salt River Fields at Talking Stick "isn't just a pretty face with a preposition," and it "isn't just a state-of-the-art baseball facility, either." Armstrong: "The Rockies have joined the 21st century, thanks to a seemingly bottomless vault of cash fueled by the casino at the Talking Stick Resort." The Maricopa and Pima tribes spent approximately $130-170M on the facility, and the "sheer opulence and attention to detail are almost comical" (DENVER POST, 2/27). SI.com's Tom Verducci wrote the facility "redefines state of the art by leaps and bounds." Verducci: "Nothing else comes close to Salt River Fields when it comes to design, functionality, resources, luxuries and sheer size" (SI.com, 2/25). YAHOO SPORTS' David Brown wrote Salt River Fields "appears to be worth every bit of the $130 million it cost to build." It "already has been referred to as the 'Ninth Wonder of the World,' a 'modern marvel' and the 'Versailles of spring training facilities.'" D'Backs P Clay Zavada: "This place is frickin' unreal. It's better than a lot of big league places, you know? The quality of the playing field's even pretty nice. This has everything. They give you everything here" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 2/27). In Phoenix, Scott Bordow wrote under the header, "Salt River Fields Lives Up To Billing" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 2/27).