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Dodgers, White Sox' Spring Training Facility Camelback Ranch Sees Decline In Revenue

Spring Training revenue at Camelback Ranch was down 20% from '09
Revenue at Camelback Ranch, the Glendale, Ariz., Spring Training facility shared by the Dodgers and White Sox, fell to $4.89M this past spring, a 8.6% drop from '10 and down 20% compared to $6.15M posted for the facility's first year in '09. The data was filed late yesterday as part of the Dodgers' ongoing bankruptcy case in Delaware. The revenue decline stems primarily from falling attendance at Camelback Ranch, as the Dodgers were down 17% in their per-game draw this past spring, while the White Sox were down 2.6%, according to Cactus League data. Every other Cactus League team this year also posted a per-game attendance decline with the exception of the AL Champion Rangers, and the D'Backs and Rockies, who jointly opened their new Salt River Fields at Talking Stick facility. Camelback Ranch, however, remains profitable as audited financials in the court filing showed $2.16M in net income for '09, $1.3M for last year, and then an unaudited sum of $3.44M this year (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal). In L.A., Bill Shaikin noted merchandise sales at Camelback Ranch “fell 30%, concession sales fell 18% and sales of premium tickets” fell 85% (LATIMES.com, 8/10).
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