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City Council adopts second Scottsdale Stadium amendment

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San Francisco Giants Spring Training at Scottsdale Stadium in Old Town.
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Scottsdale Stadium continues evolution to modern ballpark

By Jill Adair | Digital Free Press

Scottsdale City Council voted on and approved another amendment to the Scottsdale Stadium project at this week’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

As part of the consent agenda, council members adopted resolution No. 12555, which authorizes and approves contract No. 2019-039-COS-A2, second amendment to baseball facilities agreement with the San Francisco Giants Baseball Club and the Scottsdale Charros, relating to Phase II of the stadium project.

The Scottsdale Stadium is at 7408 E. Osborn Road, in the middle of the city’s scenic downtown and a short walk from a wide selection of hotels, restaurants, shops and galleries.

The original stadium was built in 1956. Over the years the stadium has served as the former Cactus League home of the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Oakland A’s, and the San Francisco Giants, which have conducted Spring Training activities as well as minor league player development activities at Scottsdale Stadium and Indian School Park since 1982.

Previously, Scottsdale voters approved a bond sale to finance design and construction of a new Scottsdale Stadium as well as improvements to the Indian School Park facilities, which were completed for the 1992 Spring Training season, the report states.

According to the city of Scottsdale website, the stadium, which holds 12,000 people, was renovated in 2005 to include a new team store, expanded clubhouse, baseball training and treatment room, batting tunnel, centerfield entrance, Charro Pavilion and one and a half practice fields to the east of the stadium.

On June 11, 2019, the City Council approved Contract No. 2019-039-COS, Baseball Facilities
Agreement among the City of Scottsdale, San Francisco Giants Baseball Club LLC, and the Scottsdale Charros, Inc. for the operations of Major League Baseball training facilities at Scottsdale Stadium, which superseded the 2005 agreement Contract No. 2005-034-COS, related to the renovations and operations of Major League Baseball facilities at Scottsdale Stadium and Indian School Park. The current agreement expires on Dec. 31, 2044, and can be extended for two additional five-year periods by the San Francisco Giants, according to the city council report.

The report further states:

“On May 5, 2020, the City Council approved the First Amendment to Baseball Facilities
Agreement, Contract No. 2019-039-COS-A1, relating to Phase I of the Stadium project, the
use of the Giants’ and Charros’ funds for bonds issued to support the Stadium Project, and
updating certain provisions regarding Major League Baseball documents and approval of
amendments.

This Second Amendment to Baseball Facilities Agreement, Contract No. 2019-039-COS-A2, addresses issues related to the Phase II of the Stadium Project relating to the completion date and capital contributions by the city.

This amendment also authorizes the parks and recreation manager overseeing the stadium as the authorized city representative.

According to city officials, the “Scottsdale Stadium Renovations Phase 2 capital project is included in the FY 2022/23 adopted budget with sufficient funding to support this amendment.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ms. Adair is chief copy editor at the Arizona Digital Free Press.

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