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Mar 30, 2016

Upgrades to Phoenix’s Chase Field a Matter of Contention

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Both Maricopa County officials and officials with the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team agree that the big Chase Field stadium, which has a seating capacity of more than 45,000, is in need of upgrading.

Opened in 1998 with a total construction price tag of more than $364 million, the stadium is scheduled for the updating of its display boards and scoreboard panels, improved luxury seating suites, and a new heating and cooling system, among other items.

The cost for these projects, along with basic maintenance expenses, will equal some $187 million in the next decade.

But even though the Diamondbacks have a contract to play at the stadium, which is located in downtown Phoenix at 401 E. Jefferson Street, the team may sue if some of those expenses aren’t absorbed by the county.

Arizona Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall has even said that the team may be forced to move out of Phoenix altogether if the issue can’t be resolved.

Talks between the county and the team are expected to continue on the matter, although Maricopa officials have so far said they are against paying for any facility upgrades, noting that county taxpayers already paid more than $250 million of the $364 million to get the stadium built in the first place.

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