Baseball has a rich history and tie to Arizona. The Cactus League was formed in the early 1900’s and currently is comprised of 15 teams. Peoria, Arizona is home to the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners, who were the first two Major League Baseball clubs to share a Spring Training complex. Last year marked the 20th anniversary of the Peoria Sports Complex and, with it came 20 year renewals for both the Padres and Mariner organizations. This season, both ball clubs will have new clubhouses, as the Peoria Sports Complex began implementing the Complex Master Plan and began renovating the facilities.
It’s All In The Game is a 40,000 square foot, elite sports training facility located on the grounds of the Peoria Sports Complex. Although our company is privately owned by a local orthopedic surgeon and experienced team doctor, It’s All In The Game operates in partnership with the City of Peoria. Included with our medical, rehabilitation and physical therapy services, we blend everything else required to create a true baseball one-stop for the amateur and professional athlete alike. Hosting a Spring Training Logo Design Competition each year is a natural for us, because we also house an impressive sports cards and memorabilia store that sells and displays collectibles from all sports - though baseball is clearly the focus.
Started last year (which was also our first year of business), It’s All In The Game introduced a commemorative design competition for the upcoming Spring Training season and will feature the logo during the 5 weeks the 29 pre-season games are played. The season opener in 2014 will be held on Thursday, February 27th and the season closes at the end of March.
The plan is to produce and offer a limited edition run of items produced for 2014, making use of the winning design logo. These items will be sold by It’s All In The Game through a retail store display where the winning artist bio will also be prominently featured. This year we will also be offering a tourism marketing bag that contains information about the local area because nearly 75% of those who attend spring training games are visitors from out of town.