Glendale update expected soon

Glendale update expected soon

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- The Dodgers will know by March 19 whether a new baseball facility currently under construction in Glendale, Ariz., will be completed in time for the 2009 Spring Training.

"Representatives from the City of Glendale, the teams, the architect and the construction manager have been meeting for the past two days and have made significant progress toward resolving a number of open issues," Dodgers vice president Craig Callan said in a statement released by the club.

"The City has promised to provide final clarity on the Scope of Work and a firm date for substantial completion of the project by March 19, 2008, and we look forward to receiving that information. We greatly appreciate the City of Glendale's efforts to give us the information we need to make future plans."

The club plans to share the Glendale facility with the Chicago White Sox, however, the Dodgers have a contractual right to remain in Vero Beach for another season if the club provides timely notice to Indian River County.

The Dodgertown complex could be occupied by the Baltimore Orioles once the Dodgers leave. However, Indian River County cannot make a deal with another club until the Dodgers officially sever ties.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.