Name of new Diamondbacks spring training facility is announced

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SCOTTSDALE -- The Valley will be getting two more teams come spring training, including our own Diamondbacks.

If you've driven along the Loop 101 in Scottsdale off of Indian Bend Road, you've probably seen the cranes and construction vehicles.

Just this morning, the teams announced the name of the new complex -- Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

According to a news release, the name defines the location of the new baseball spring training complex and speaks to the community's cultural heritage.

"Salt River Fields" alerts baseball fans that they are visiting the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The word "Fields" refers to the 12 practice fields located within the facility and also the community's rich agricultural history while the term "Talking Stick" is a historical reference to the traditional Pima calendar stick on which carvers recorded significant events and milestones.

The logo is based on a concept by local Pima artist and calendar stick carver Royce Manuel. Manuel chose to incorporate a rattlesnake to symbolize the D-backs and a mountain to symbolize the Colorado Rockies.

The logo also emphasizes the scenic mountain ranges that surround Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and illustrates the role of the rattlesnake in southwestern Native American legends.

For more information about the project, visit www.saltriverfields.com.