Category Archives: Lease & Contracts

County Settles Lawsuit, D-Backs Can Now Seek New Ballpark Deal

This past week, the Maricopa County (AZ) Stadium Board of Directors voted 4-1 in favor of settling a lawsuit that will give the Arizona Diamondbacks a chance during the next five years to build a new ballpark somewhere else in the county and leave Chase Field by 2022.  In exchange, the D-backs have to manage and maintain the existing stadium as long as they remain there.  Read more here.

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Wingnuts Announce Final Season at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium

PRESS RELEASE – After 84 years, thousands of games, millions of fans and countless memories, the Wichita Wingnuts announced today that the 2018 season will be the last for Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

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D-Backs Strike Deal with County Over Chase Field Dispute

Maricopa County has struck a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks over Chase Field that allows the team to immediately begin looking for another home if it drops a lawsuit arguing the county should pay $187 million in repairs.  Read more here.

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SeaWolves Offer 10-Year Commitment to Erie with Ballpark Upgrades

The Erie SeaWolves (Double-A, Eastern League) and Erie Otters (Major Junior, Ontario Hockey League) are promising to make long-term commitments to Erie (PA) if the city’s long-pending request for a $12 million state grant to make improvements at UPMC Park is approved.  The Otters play next door to the SeaWolves at Erie Insurance Arena and stand to benefit from improvements to the entire Erie Events campus.  Read more here.

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Giants to Move Year-Round Training to Papago Park

In an effort to keep the San Francisco Giants training in the Valley, Scottsdale and Phoenix have hatched a plan to move the baseball team’s year-round training program to Papago Park.  The Giants will continue hosting home Spring Training games at Scottsdale Stadium, which is expected to undergo a $60-million makeover in the coming years.  Read more here.

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Effort to Bring MLB to Portland the Real Deal this Time?

The ownership group focused on bringing Major League Baseball to Portland has reportedly met privately with city officials to discuss downtown Portland stadium plans.  The report also indicates that the group is engaged in talks to secure two potential stadium sites.  Read more here.

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Heat Extend Ballpark Lease with Chico State

The Chico Heat (Summer Collegiate, Great West League) have announced they will be playing baseball in Nettleton Stadium on the campus of Chico State University in Chico (CA) until 2020.  The agreement extends the former two-year agreement the Heat had with the University Foundation from 2016 – 2017.  Read more here.

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