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Aug 11, 2017

New Stadium, Clubhouse, and Surrounding Mixed-Use Village Proposed for Milwaukee Brewers' Spring Training in Gilbert, Arizona

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Practicing annually from February to April at a baseball park in metro Phoenix, the Milwaukee Brewers have been rumored for several years to be interested in moving to a more updated facility.

Now, city officials in Gilbert are discussing the pros and cons of a new 7,500-seat ballpark for the Brewers, a project that would also see the construction of a 13-acre mixed-use village with office and retail space, as well as a 220-room hotel.

The Brewers have been practicing at the Maryville Baseball Park on the west side of Phoenix since 1998. But since 2012 stories have appeared in the press suggesting the club was not happy with the park’s training facilities, characterized as crowded and outdated.

A study recently released by the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce says a new stadium for the Brewers, along with a 55,000 square foot clubhouse and 10,000 square feet of office space for the team, could have a $278 billion economic impact for Gilbert.

The study, Economic and Fiscal Analysis of the Proposed Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training Facility and Mixed-Use Village, additionally notes that the new stadium could be used for such activities as concerts and festivals during the non-spring training parts of the year.

The Village, as proposed, would include up to 50,000 square feet of retail space, and 85,000 square feet of office space.

According to estimates, the stadium, which would be built at the intersection of S. Lindsay Road and E. Germann Road, would cost $75 million to build, with the village’s construction coming in at $70 million.

Although Gilbert officials have said construction of the new stadium and village would not be paid for with city revenues, they have expressed support for the overall idea and an interest in securing funding for it from other sources.   

 

By Garry Boulard

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