The Milwaukee Brewers formally unveiled renovations to their Phoenix spring-training home and announced a new name for the complex: American Family Fields of Phoenix.
The naming rights announcement comes on the heels of an offseason announcement that Madison (WI)-based American Family Insurance will assume naming rights to Miller Park come 2021.
“Today we opened our new state-of-the-art Arizona facility, American Family Fields of Phoenix, and we are grateful for the commitment of the City of Phoenix, title sponsor American Family Insurance, the design and construction team and the many stakeholders who came together to make this a reality,” said Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio in a press statement. “We initially developed three significant goals for the complex: to develop a world-class facility for year-round player development and Spring Training, to create a dramatically improved fan experience, and to demonstrate a commitment to investing in the community. With the complex now complete, we believe we have fulfilled this vision.”
The Brewers launched renovations the day after spring training 2018 ended. The project includes a new 106,000-square-foot clubhouse building with locker rooms and improved facilities for all of the baseball operations functions, along with a wide array of fan enhancements from new concessions, retail stores, seating and a Daktronics videoboard. The complex features a new entry plaza, renovated space for sports science and psychological services, an eight-lane batting tunnel, an agility field, new pitching and catching mounds, a high-performance practice field matching Miller Park’s dimensions, and improvements to each of the seven playing fields.
We’ll be out for a tour before the Feb. 26 Brewers spring-training home opener.
Photo by Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers.