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$50.6 Million in Renovations on Tap for Scottsdale Stadium

Shortly after spring training ends, Scottsdale will begin renovations on its ballpark after years of discussion about updating the aging stadium in Old Town.  Scottsdale Stadium is the spring home for the San Francisco Giants.  The first phase of renovations are estimated to cost $50.6 million.  Read more here.

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Spring Training – Cactus League Tips

Spring training is about to start once again. Thousands of fans of all ages will flock to metro Phoenix baseball stadiums to get their baseball fix — along with a nice dose of gorgeous weather.  Read more here.

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Improvements Coming to Scottsdale Stadium

Looking to expand its offerings to residents and visitors alike, Scottsdale Stadium, the spring-training home of the San Francisco Giants, is embarking upon improvements to its iconic landmark facility in Old Town.  Read more and view project renderings here.

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New Food Items in the Cactus League

If you are planning to experience spring training in Arizona and love tasting new food items, azcentral.com has provided their foodie guide for the 2018 season, so you know what’s new and delicious at all 10 Cactus League stadiums.  Read more and view photos here.

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Brewers Poised to Stay Put in Renovated Spring Training Facility

After exploring Spring Training sites elsewhere, the Brewers are poised to stay put at Maryvale Baseball Park for another quarter century.  On deck is a significant overhaul of the 20-year-old complex.  The Brewers will reportedly foot the $41-$64 million cost for the project.  Read more here and here.

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Updating Scottsdale Stadium

The Scottsdale (AZ City Council this week voted to allow up to $900,000 from the stadium facilities capital improvement fund to reconstruct portions of Scottsdale Stadium, including Reconstruction of the stadium’s outfield parking lot, expansion of the east practice fields, modifications to the existing half-diamond and bullpen, and the addition of an agility field with a half-diamond.  City officials say the Sept. 12 changes approved is the first step in the ongoing master plan process under way at City Hall.  Read more here.

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Pima County Pitches Kino to Brewers

Pima County (AZ) officials sent a 17-page package to the Milwaukee Brewers last week, trying to sell Kino Sports Complex and Kino Stadium as the new spring training home for the team.  Read more here.

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Salt River Fields Sets Spring Training Attendance Records

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick — the spring-training home of the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks — has set attendance records for this year’s Cactus League games.  Read more here.

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Brewers Exploring Spring Training Options

Milwaukee Brewers LogoThe Milwaukee Brewers currently train in Phoenix at the Maryvale Baseball Park, but the team is reportedly exploring options for new digs, including the Vistancia development in Peoria, or possibly working with the Gila River Indian Community and Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation on a ballpark deal.  Read more here.

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No Sports Authority Money for Cactus League Complexes?

Cactus League LogoGlendale and Goodyear (AZ) may not receive any of the $100 million-plus in repayments the cities were promised for Cactus League baseball complexes, because tax revenue used to pay them continues to fall below original projections.  Read more here.

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Cubs Hire GM for New Spring Training Facility

Chicago Cubs LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Chicago Cubs have hired Justin Piper as general manager, Mesa Spring Training Operations, reporting to Mark McGuire, executive vice president, Business Operations. Continue reading

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Municipalities Using Suites to Woo Business

It’s not a suprise here, but cities with a Spring Training ballparks who have control of or agreements to use ballpark suites are using them to entertain business prospects and talk about economic development projects.  From our perspective, it’s pretty much a no brainer.  Read more here.

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Ballpark Visit ALERT: Goodyear Ballpark (Goodyear, AZ)

Digital Ballparks visits Goodyear Ballpark, the spring home for the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds.  Read more and view photos here.

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Packing Them In at Salt River Fields, Attendance Down at Other Spring Ballparks

Fans of Spring Training are packing the house at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the new spring home for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies, while attendance at the other Cactus League venues is down by 9 to 33 percent compared to last season.  About 8,50o per game were expected at Salt River Fields, but attendance has been averaging 10,334.  Read more here.

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Diamondbacks Spring Home: Made in the Shade

Arizona Diamondbacks LogoThe new spring training ballpark for the Arizona Diamondbacks being built by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community will provide shade for up to 85 percent of the 7,000-seat grandstand.  The $100 million spring training complex was designed by Dallas-based HKS Sports Design Group.  Read more here.

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