Maricopa County approves $3.75M contract for Chase Field repairs
PHOENIX — The Maricopa County Stadium District approved a $3.75 million contract Wednesday to fund repairs to Chase Field in the offseason.
The decision came the same day the Arizona Diamondbacks were scheduled to take on the Colorado Rockies in the National League Wild Card game.
“Right now, I think most people in the community want the playoffs at Chase Field to be the focus,” Denny Barney, the chairman of the stadium district board, said in a statement.
“What [Wednesday]’s vote does is reinforce the county’s commitment to handling our responsibilities as owners of the stadium so fans are safe and the team can concentrate on winning baseball games.”
The money will go toward steel and concrete repair work.
The county and team have been feuding over repairs at Chase Field for more than a year.
The sides were ordered to arbitration in August, but could not agree on how an arbitrator should be chosen. Instead, they agreed last month to meet with a different judge to settle their differences.
“We have always supported the team, even when we’ve had disagreements,” Daren Frank, the executive director of the stadium district, said in the statement.
“To date, the stadium district has invested more than $46 million on repairs and upgrades to Chase Field. The Diamondbacks agreed, as they have in the past, that the repairs approved by the board [Wednesday] should be priorities.”
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