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Discussion: Ceasar CVhavez fields in Phoenix

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Sept. 5, 2008
Michigan Vet
Men's 55
230 posts
Ceasar CVhavez fields in Phoenix
The 50+ AAA just got moved from Mesa to Ceasar Chavez
Park. Anybody know anything about this park?

Chuck #8
Mike Valerio/ Pinnacle
Sept. 5, 2008
Dbax
Men's 60
1264 posts
In my opinion, this is the worst complex of all being used. It is in a poor part of the city, and I do not believe there is any snack bar. For a World tournament, it does not measure up. You guys drew the short straw. Good luck.
Sept. 5, 2008
Boog34
Men's 50
21 posts
These fields are not as good as the Mesa fields. Not much shade. Not in a real good area.
Sept. 5, 2008
4x4
Men's 65
595 posts
After seeing those fields last year coupled with the lack of available nearby lodging + the behavior of some of the co-users of that park it is less than thrilling to know we are going to be there this year. There has to be another area available for use.

It does not even feel safe to park in the lot. Even Freedom in LV had a better vibe to it.

SSUSA........

Any possiblity of removing this facility from the "play list"?
Sept. 5, 2008
boston
297 posts
When I was playing AA I thought Desrt West was a bit rough. Especially, when one of our teammates used to live in Phoenix and stated he had seen dirve-bys in the neighborhood. Sounds like these fields are worse. Now that I am playing AAA i may bring up to the team to just pull out of the worlds and go to the Texas Half Century Triple Crown. these types of decisions are what keep teams away from Phoenix. Do they use Victory Lane anymore?
Sept. 5, 2008
Dbax
Men's 60
1264 posts
I live here. Desert West is much nicer than Caesar Chavez. It's not that the fields are in that bad of shape, it's just the general area and lack of facilities.

Don't know why they don't get Victory Lane. And the new Big League Dreams in Gilbert is suppose to be the best in the country. Guess it takes some money out of Terry's wallet.
Sept. 7, 2008
leftie
Men's 50
41 posts
I'm new to your message board and I play in 50+AAA.
Isn't the 50+AAA division the largest represented division in Senior Softball?
If that is true, then why do we get the worst fields?
For that matter, why does anyone have to play on those fields?
Sept. 7, 2008
Rhinos33
5 posts
the coors light team has played there 2 different times. we were warned by local umpires NOT to linger in the parking lots after games and to leave the area quickly.
Sept. 7, 2008
Joncon
289 posts
I think the umpires were exaggerating a bit.

I think Desert West is worse.

Chavez neighborhood seemes less populated but DW has a police station a block away.
Sept. 7, 2008
mad dog
Men's 60
3929 posts
now i've never had a prol at either west or chavez and i had my rv last yr and parked at both fields over-nite.we had west for our seeding games thur and i stayed there wed nite and moved over to chavez and was there fri-sun with no prols(in the rv).now field conditions and lighting a diff story,mostly the lighting was a prol for our older eyes
Sept. 7, 2008
Dbax
Men's 60
1264 posts
Guys, rest assurred you are not in danger playing at these parks. I'm referring to Chavez being in a poor location and not the best part of town. Hard to get to, no hotels or restaurants, and limited facilities.
Joncon is wrong, there is nothing wrong with Desert West. Wouldn't a police station next to it be a good thing?
Sept. 7, 2008
Dbax
Men's 60
1264 posts
And the reason AAA is there is because they rotate the divisions around. AAA was at Papago and Rio Vista last year.
Sept. 8, 2008
curveball
Men's 65
400 posts
Like Mad Dog, I RV'd it for several nights there., no problems at all, in fact, it was a quiet place to stay. Shade and concessions are non existant, fields are fine, lighting sucks like Bob said for night games.............we are there again this year with 60 Major, glad to know it's RV friendly.
Sept. 8, 2008
JoeD20
Men's 50
1 posts
After reading this I'm real disappointed with this decision. Especially since I contacted a Senior Softball representative a few weeks ago so we could (and did) make lodging arrangements so we'd be close to Mecca (Riverview) based on his input.
Sept. 8, 2008
F.O.G.
Men's 40
105 posts
The 40+ division played there 2 years ago. I agree with most of what is being said except they did have a snackbar set up for us. We had no problems there but that was a real "ratty" side of town.

Bring your "Easyup" awnings!!
Sept. 10, 2008
Michigan Vet
Men's 55
230 posts
Thanks guys for responding. I am staying with a friend in Gilbert, the rest of the team is staying at the Crowne plaza!
Good Luck to all teams!!

Chuck #8
Mike Valerio / Pinaccle 50+ AAA
Sept. 10, 2008
Joncon
289 posts
"""Wouldn't a police station next to it be a good thing?"""



Unless you don't like cops :)

I am going to drive out to Chavez tonight and will report back tomorrow.

If you don't hear from me in 24 hours, please notify my next of kin...and my coach.
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