The Arizona Diamondbacks recently announced that this will be their last season of spring training in Tucson. The team plans to move their spring training base to Phoenix next season. Is this a good idea? Some fans are asking why the Dbacks want to move. Tucson has been home to their training since the team formed in 1998. The Colorado Rockies have also decided to head to the Phoenix area, which would leave Tucson with no spring training teams and the entire Cactus League in the Valley. I feel for the fans in Tucson and the community as a whole. Many restaurants and shops in the Tucson area profit incredibly during the spring training season and will now lose a lot of business they relied on every year.
As a huge baseball fan, I’m really excited for this change and I think it IS a good idea, for many reasons. First, with so many teams that train in the Phoenix area, it makes sense that the Dbacks train where they play during the regular season. The Dbacks will be closer to their fans! The change in location also makes scheduling games easier because all of the teams will be in one major metropolitan area. Transportation will be easier and more cost effective because of all the teams will play close together. Finally, this is a great economic opportunity for the Valley. There is also talk of building a new spring training ballpark that the Diamondbacks and the Rockies would share. With so many teams in the area, I think this is a necessary move. What do you think?