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2017 Spring Training Tickets In Goodyear Up In Price

Winter has just begun but cities around the Valley are already gearing up for spring, training that is.

Goodyear City Council recently decided to boost all spring training ticket prices, except for lawn seats, by $2. That means the cheapest ticket will cost at least $22 now. And, if you buy a ticket at the counter on game day, you’ll pay $1 more than last year.

The Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds, which play at the stadium, agreed to give Goodyear $1 per ticket sold to help the city pay for ballpark funding.

Parks and Recreation Director Nathan Torres said the ballpark had to stay competitive and help stave off a deficit in the Ballpark Capital Replacement Fund.

“Where we were positioned in the market and what some of the other facilities were doing in terms of ticket pricing and then what opportunities existed for us to try and capture additional dollars to help with our capital replacement program.”

Last year about 150,000 fans made it out to Goodyear ballpark, a record number.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.