The Milwaukee Brewers and a local developer are promoting a plan for a new $90-million spring-training complex in Gilbert (AZ) that could also generate local development and an entertainment district.
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The Brewers currently train at Maryvale Baseball Park — the only Cactus League team to actually train in Phoenix. The team has been talking with Phoenix officials about upgrades to Maryvale Baseball Park, but there is only so much that can be done to the land-locked facility in terms of associated development.
In Gilbert, however, there is the potential for associated development at a new project near Loop 202 at Lindsay and Germann roads. While the talks are preliminary between the city, the team and developer LGE Design Build, some serious numbers are being thrown around: a $90-million complex with a 7,500-seat ballpark, six practice fields, 55,000 square-foot clubhouse and a 10,000 square-foot office, all done in time for 2019. As part of the deal, LGE Design Build is proposing an associated development with 220 hotel rooms, 85,000 square feet of office space and 50,000 square feet of retail.
Other similar developments have worked out next to spring-training venues like Peoria Stadium, but they’re not automatic (see Goodyear Ballpark and Camelback Ranch-Glendale).
Interestingly, the Brewers trained from 1986 to 1997 at Compadre Stadium in Chandler, some seven miles from the proposed Gilbert facility.