Goodyear, Arizona

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Goodyear (O'odham: Valin Thak) is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. According to 2006 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city was 47,359.[2] Goodyear was the third fastest-growing place among all cities and towns in Arizona of any size between 1990 and 2000.

The Cleveland Indians of baseball's American League moved their spring training facility to Goodyear from Winter Haven, Florida and rejoined the Cactus League in February 2009, after a 15-year absence. Before that, the Indians held spring training for many years in Tucson.

On April 7, 2008, Goodyear's city council unanimously approved a memorandum to fund a new $33 million baseball spring training complex for Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians. This includes a 10,000-seat park, Goodyear Ballpark. The Reds and the Indians will have separate offices, clubhouses and practice fields. The Indians, who had held their spring training in Tucson, Arizona for many years until moving to Winter Haven, Florida in 1993, agreed to return their spring training location back to Arizona on December 21, 2006.

On June 6, 2008, Goodyear won the All-America City Award, sponsored by the National Civic League.

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History

Goodyear was established in 1917 with the purchase of 16,000 acres (65 km2) of land by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company to cultivate cotton for vehicle tire threads. Goodyear became a town in November 1946 and reached city status in 1985.

In the 1980s, the remaining 10,000 acres (40 km2) of the original Goodyear Tire acreage was sold for development.[3]

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