Feb 25, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; A general view of the field during Chicago White Sox spring training at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

Dodgers Begin to Convene at Camelback Ranch


 

It is still technically winter, but Spring has sprung within our hearts. Pitchers and catchers report to Phoenix, Arizona today and Wednesday will begin their Spring Training workouts and practice. Our ace, Clayton Kershaw, has already thrown a bullpen session on Saturday in Arizona. Some other positional players have already made the trip, and the rest will report on the 27th with the first full squad workouts held on Tuesday, February 28th. The Chicago White Sox’s pitchers and catchers will report to duty tomorrow. Everyone should be reporting healthy aside from Blake Hawksworth who is recovering from elbow surgery.

Instead of the palm trees of Los Angeles, Camelback Ranch is nestled within the cactus of the desert. I’m still getting used to the idea that the Dodgers’ Spring Training home is not in Vero Beach, Florida any longer. This is the fourth year the Grand Canyon State has welcomed the Dodgers and the White Sox for their pre-season preparations.

The 31-game Spring schedule at Camelback Ranch begins on Monday, March 5th when the Dodgers and White Sox face each other at 1:05 pm. Baseball will be played every day through April 2nd.

Camelback Ranch opened on March 1, 2009 when the Dodgers and White Sox played the home opener. The White Sox won with a score of 3-2.

The $100 million Camelback Ranch encompasses 141 acres, and is the biggest facility in the Cactus League. The facility not only contains state-of-the-art playing fields, but also walking trails, an orange grove which includes some transplanted trees from Dodgertown Vero Beach, water fountains, and a 1,300 foot, 5-acre carp-stocked lake and river system that separates the two teams’ facilities and provides irrigation for the fields and landscaping. The baseball wonderland has 13 full baseball fields and 3 half fields. CB-R has the largest capacity in the Cactus League. There are 13,000 caramel-colored seats which include 3,000 lawn seats, 12 luxury suites, and a party deck. Two of the 12 practice fields are replicas of the home fields of the Dodgers (Dodger Stadium) and White Sox (U.S. Cellular Field) complete with identical dimensions.

Camelback Ranch got its moniker from the land it was built upon which long held that name (although there was never actually a ranch). Before baseball was played there, the land was primarily used to grow Brussels sprouts and broccoli.

Designed by the Dallas-based architecture firm HKS, Camelback Ranch is built as a campus setting and has contemporary southwestern desert architecture. Real stone veneer was used in construction of many of the buildings. The facades of the buildings are painted brown, and the interior retaining walls are interestingly made of wire mesh filled with stones known as Gabion walls. The playing field is sunken 12 feet below grade while the grandstand is elevated 12 feet above grade allowing for unobstructed views.

 

Camelback Ranch River

 

 There is less than two weeks until the first Spring game!

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You can check out the Camelback Ranch official website where ticket information and special promotions can be found.

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  • Native Angeleno

    Instead of phoning in these things by cutting and pasting Chamber of Commerce material from Camelback into your blog, make it worthwhile for the reader attracted to the headline by proofreading for errors. The Dodgers, unless you’re now also writing for White Sox fans, do have a day off. The unreadable schedule you reprinted in minute font is for both teams. The Dodgers day off is March 22.

    I case you don’t know what i’m referring to: > Baseball will be played every day through April 2nd. <

    And, as far as the Dodgers playing in AZ, where fans from LA can actually drive to see them, your refusal to let Vero Beach go, waaay over on the other side of the continent, has gotten old. Suggest you accept 4-yr old reality by now, and keep moving forward, not bemoaning the present that will not reverse. It's like reading old farts whining about the Dodgers leaving all those empty seats in Brooklyn O'Malley wisely escaped for a superior fanbase.

    • LasordasLair

      @Native Angeleno

      Native Angeleno,

      We have a zero tolerance policy for trolling on this site. You are danergously close to being banned. I am sick of you’re nagative comments. Your annoying and petty attitude brings nothing of value to this site. If you do not like what we write, then dont read. It is just that simple. but by you trolling and posting nasty petty comments like the small witted person that you are, only shows how stupid you look. This is the second time you have trolled, the third time you will be banned from commenting. In other words, go away troll.

    • organicallyrude

      @Native Angeleno First of all, I never said that there will be Dodger baseball played everyday through April 2nd, I said there will be BASEBALL played everyday. The Dodgers and White Sox SHARE CB-R, and to exclude them from the conversation is to not live in reality. Actually for them to mutually share CB-R is advantageous to both organizations since they can split the costs in half. This is a Dodgers blog, but we must write about the other teams in the MLB since in this case it’s totally relevant. Secondly, I never even utilized the Chamber of Commerce website. The only sites I used for information in this post was the official CB-R website which I have linked at the bottom of my post and an online architectural digest to learn more about the design elements of the facility. Not everyone is so knowledgable about every detail of CB-R, and I thought it useful to write a brief overview of the campus before Spring games begin. Lastly, I think I can speak for most Dodger fans to the fact that Vero Beach is forever part of the Dodgers’ history. To disregard its importance to Dodger culture is blasphemy in my opinion. Florida is not THAT far away. I also take offense to your “4-year old reality” comment. I have a 5-year old child who is quite intelligent. She recently learned to recite all the U.S. presidents in order by memory. Can you do that Mr. Native Angeleno?

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