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Salt River community bids for D-Backs spring home

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Posted: Monday, March 9, 2009 12:32 pm | Updated: 2:39 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is bidding to build the new spring training home for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.

Currently, those teams are the only Cactus League participants to play their games in Tucson. Because of the long drive to the Valley, home to the league’s other 12 teams, the Diamondbacks and Rockies have said they want to move north.

Last week, the Diamondbacks asked communities whether they would be interested in building a two-team training complex – and the Salt River Community Council voted to explore the feasibility of such a project, the tribe announced Monday.

One proposed location is adjacent to Scottsdale, within the corridor west of the Loop 101, north of Indian Bend Road and south of Via de Ventura. That property is near the Casino Arizona Resort and Spa, opening next year, and the Talking Stick Golf Club.

Other locations also are under consideration, the tribe said.

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