The city of Scottsdale, San Francisco Giants and the Scottsdale Charros, partners in the city’s spring training venue, are advancing a plan that will modernize the facility to improve the baseball experience and increase the stadium’s usability for non-baseball events and activities.
The stadium was last updated in 2005. It anchors Old Town Scottsdale during the busiest month of the year and consistently draws spring training crowds near the top in Cactus League in attendance, with those fans filling city hotels, resorts, restaurants and shops. Outside spring training, the stadium hosts summer and fall league baseball in addition to an array of other events and programs, activity the city is seeking to boost through these facility upgrades.
For the past two years, Scottsdale and the Giants have developed a detailed master plan for the stadium and a cost sharing strategy to complete the construction of phase one and address maintenance and upgrades moving forward.
The City Council is scheduled March 19 to discuss the construction contract required to begin building improvements at the city-owned facility.
The construction plan
A new flexible-use building that will serve as the team clubhouse during spring training and as a multi-use event venue the rest of the year is at the center of the proposed improvements. The project will also expand and add shade to the Charros Lodge area in right field, modify the left field berm areas and completely renovate the main entry plaza adjacent to Drinkwater Boulevard.
Upon approval, materials will be ordered, and construction will begin immediately upon the conclusion of spring training in April 2019 and continue through completion of phase one in February 2020.
What about phase two?
The stadium master plan calls for additional improvements, primarily an extended deck area off the left field berm and expanded shade and other fan amenities. Once phase one is underway, the city and the Giants will revisit these plans and develop options and proposals for future phase two improvements.
The current baseball facilities agreement between the city, the Giants and the Scottsdale Charros that governs long-term use of Scottsdale Stadium for spring training will expire in 2025. The parties are negotiating an extension to this agreement that would guarantee that the Charros will host the Giants for spring training at Scottsdale Stadium through at least 2044, with two possible 5-year extensions.
Once negotiations are complete, the agreement will be brought to the Scottsdale City Council for discussion and possible approval.
In 2018, Scottsdale, the Giants and the city of Phoenix completed an agreement that has the team moving their player development activity from Indian School Park in Scottsdale to Papago Park in Phoenix, on McDowell Road just west of the Scottsdale border at 64th Street.
By moving, the Giants gain full use of an expanded facility to meet their needs, and Scottsdale regains year-round use of a city park and facilities for the community. The Giants will assume the costs for the relocation, facility improvements and maintenance at the Papago Sports Complex.
The move will allow the city to consider options for the baseball facilities at Indian School Park.
In addition, the Giants practice facility will add an important anchor for revitalization efforts in at the west end of the McDowell corridor; the team will continue its commitment to a certain number of Scottsdale hotel room nights as part of their year-round player development presence in the city.