Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said the state would be open to the idea of hosting all 30 teams should Major League Baseball push forward with an idea to play its season in empty spring training parks later this year.
“Two words that would allow the country and the state of Arizona to know that things were headed back to normal would be, ‘Play ball,’” Ducey said during a news conference on Tuesday afternoon.
Baseball has been exploring a number of possibilities for how to proceed with its delayed season once the coronavirus pandemic subsides. One idea is to quarantine all 30 teams in the Phoenix area while playing games at a variety of venues in the Valley, which features 10 spring training facilities, Chase Field, Phoenix Municipal Stadium and Brazell Field at Grand Canyon University.
Public health experts say the idea would constitute a massive logistical challenge in order to keep players, coaches and other personnel healthy while also keeping the local community safe. To that point, Ducey stressed that Arizona wouldn’t be ready to move forward with such an idea until the time is right.