Maryvale Baseball Park renovation plan approved by Phoenix City Council

The Phoenix City Council today voted in favor of a plan to renovate Maryvale Baseball Park, which has served as the Spring Training home of the Milwaukee Brewers since 1998.

November 15th, 2017

The Phoenix City Council today voted in favor of a plan to renovate Maryvale Baseball Park, which has served as the Spring Training home of the Milwaukee Brewers since 1998. The plan keeps the Club in Maryvale through at least the year 2042, the second-longest commitment in the Cactus League. Construction is scheduled to begin in late March 2018 and be substantially completed by the start of 2019 Spring Training.

"The Milwaukee Brewers are excited to partner with the city of Phoenix and community of Maryvale in providing our fans a world-class facility in Arizona," said Executive Vice President - Finance & Administration Bob Quinn. "We thank all of the stakeholders and supporters of this initiative, including the city of Phoenix, civic and community leaders and private sector partners for their efforts in bringing this plan to fruition."

The improvements to the facility that will be made by the Brewers include a 65,000 square-foot clubhouse and office building, a wider first base concourse, new concessions and restrooms, a new kids play area, a new retail and ticketing building, and enhanced parking. A new practice field that mimics the dimensions of Miller Park will also be produced.

The Brewers will invest between $41 to $63 million for the project and assume operation and maintenance of the facility. The city of Phoenix will contribute $2 million a year for the next five years ($10 million total) for renovations. This marks the first significant renovation of a Cactus League facility primarily paid for by a team. The Club will have the option to acquire the property at an appraised value at the end of the 25-year term.

"This opportunity not only sets a new example of how sports teams and cities can come together to finance sports venues in a way that protects taxpayers, but also continues to encourage private investment in the west Phoenix community," said Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, who represents Maryvale in District 5. "I applaud the Brewers decision to continue to invest in our community by providing support for the city's youth programming, local tutoring, and schools within Maryvale."

Also part of the approved plan, the Brewers will partner with Grand Canyon University on a "Learning Lounge" at Maryvale Baseball Park, through which local students will have access to free tutoring. In addition, the Brewers have relocated a front office position to Maryvale to implement and manage Club-funded events with community schools and local community groups. Besides Spring Training baseball, community activities will continue at the facility throughout the year, including the city's annual Independence Day celebration.

"Maryvale Baseball Park represents so much more than just spring training baseball to the residents of this community," said Vice Mayor Laura Pastor, chair of the Parks, Arts, Education, and Equality Subcommittee. "The park is an access point for valued community celebrations, public service projects, and entertainment that all Phoenicians can take part in. Planned renovations of the ballpark will only expand these opportunities and make way for others for the surrounding neighborhoods and residents for years to come."

Maryvale Baseball Park opened in 1998. The facility is built on 60 acres of land donated by John F. Long Properties and is located off North 51st Avenue and Indian School Road in Phoenix, Arizona.