Major upgrades could take place at Scottsdale Stadium, as the San Francisco Giants and City of Scottsdale continue to consider the plan.
If the project moves forward, Scottsdale Stadium would be renovated in a way that affects both the fan and player experiences. Following a similar theme to other recent spring training facility upgrades, the Scottsdale Stadium renovation could result in improved shade, more viewing areas, upgrades to player facilities, and more.
The city is set to issue a request for proposal (RFP) for a $5 million design/build contract, with the project’s construction costs currently estimated to be between $40 million and $60 million. Formal approval of the final construction contracts and funding will need to be granted by the Scottsdale City Council down the road, but the first phase of construction at Scottsdale Stadium could begin once spring training 2019 has concluded. More from The Phoenix Business Journal:
“That process will review areas within the master plan, which calls for improved seating and shade at the stadium, additional viewing areas, plus expansions to the clubhouse, player training areas and special event spaces,” said city spokesman Mike Phillips.
Scottsdale Stadium first opened in 1956, was rebuilt in 1992 and had some renovations in 2005. It is one of the top draws in Arizona’s Cactus League and seats 12,000 fans. It also hosts Arizona Fall League games.
The Scottsdale City Council would still need to approve full spending and construction plans for stadium renovations. That could run between $40 million and $60 million.
“The proposed renovations will boost the stadium’s position as a premier spring training venue and add features to make it a year-round multi-use event center that takes advantage of its location in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale,” Phillips said.
If this proposal does move forward, Scottsdale Stadium would become the latest spring training venue to receive a major renovation. In Arizona, the Milwaukee Brewers recently broke ground on a major renovation to Maryvale Baseball Park that should be completed in 2019. Spring training in Florida could also be reshaped by a major renovation, as the Toronto Blue Jays continue to work with local officials to finalize renovations to Dunedin Stadium and the off-site Englebert Complex.
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