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Arizona Diamondbacks Sue Maricopa County, Explore Leaving Chase Field

The Arizona Diamondbacks recently sued Maricopa County, the location of their home Chase Field, to explore other options including the possibility of renovating their ballpark.

According to azcentral, the team may not talk to outside groups for seven more years and are required to stay in Chase Field until 2028.

 

The team and Maricopa County have had several arguments recently over who should pay for the $187 million in upgrades to the ballpark.

 

D-Backs Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick told azcentral, “We have made a promise to our fans, who have been partners with us on the building of this stadium and our franchise, to provide the best experience in all of baseball in a safe and welcoming environment," he said in a written statement. "The inability of the Maricopa County Stadium District to fulfill its commitments has left us with no other option.”

 

Kendrick, who has a reported net worth of around $450 million, does not want to use his team’s money to pay for the upgrades, and instead will hope to rely on the taxpayers of Maricopa County.

 

Chase Field, which was opened in 1998, holds a capacity of just over 49,077.

 

The Diamondbacks will continue litigation with Maricopa County in hopes of resolving payment issues on upgrades and the potential of a new stadium. It is worth noting that over the past 40 years, there has only been one relocation of an MLB team, when the Montreal Expos moved to Washington, D.C. and became the Washington Nationals.


D-Backs fans would love to see this issue resolved as soon as possible to keep their favorite team in town.

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