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|Posted: Mon 3/27/17 9:02 pm Post subject: Diamondbacks Chase Upgrades
|This is a story that goes back to the beginning of this year--almost three months now--but seeing as it's not been posted about yet, thought I would do so.
The Diamondbacks are suing Maricopa County, AZ over repairs to Chase Field, in an effort to break their lease. It seems there's a bit of disagreement about just who is responsible, with each party pointing the finger at the other.
From CBS Sports:
|A deal with potential private investors, who proposed to purchase and renovate Chase Field, fell apart last year. Diamondbacks managing general partner Ken Kendrick told Sanders the lawsuit doesn't impact the team's operations and "for 2017, Chase Field is completely safe."
The larger issue here is that the Diamondbacks are already trying to secure a new ballpark, before Chase Field hosts its 20th season. This is a disturbing trend in baseball. The Braves are leaving Turner Field after only 20 seasons and moving into brand new SunTrust Park in 2017. The Rangers recently received approval for a new $1 billion ballpark. Globe Life Park in Arlington opened in 1994.
Of course, building a new ballpark after only 20-something years wouldn't be such a big deal if it didn't cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Plenty of studies have debunked the theory that a new stadium spurs significant local economic growth, such as this one and this one, yet municipalities continue to pay huge dollars for ballparks with an increasingly short shelf life.
Whatta ya think, Cathy? Fans will want to replace Petco Park by 2024?
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