ARIZONA NEWS

D-backs reach deal with Maricopa County to drop Chase Field suit

May 2, 2018, 3:22 PM | Updated: May 3, 2018, 10:35 am
(KTAR News Photo/Carter Nacke)...
(KTAR News Photo/Carter Nacke)
(KTAR News Photo/Carter Nacke)
LISTEN: Monica Lindstrom, Arizona Sports & KTAR News legal analyst

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks reached an agreement with the Maricopa County Stadium District to drop their Chase Field lawsuit.

The agreement was revealed Wednesday with the release of a binding “memorandum of understanding” that changes the original deal between the baseball team and Maricopa County.

Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick said the deal paves the way for his club to secure its future in Arizona.

“We are hopeful that this proposed memorandum of understanding will lead to the end of the long, arduous negotiation regarding the future of Chase Field,” Kendrick said. “We believe this will provide the best opportunity for the D-backs to remain in Arizona for the long term.”

According to the memorandum, the county would pay no new public money toward stadium upkeep. The Diamondbacks would take control of the Chase Field, keeping revenue from all events at the stadium, and immediately be allowed to explore relocation or rebuilding.

The baseball team must play at Chase Field through the 2022 season. Then they’d be permitted to move to another facility in the county without penalty.

There would be penalties assessed between $5 million and $25 million if the team left the county before 2027.

In the original 30-year deal, which ran through 2027, the Diamondbacks couldn’t start exploring alternatives until 2023.

The Diamondbacks filed their lawsuit last year, seeking to break their lease at Chase Field because the county refused to pay for $187 million in repairs and upgrades to the stadium.

The team and the county were at odds for the last two years over the condition of the stadium.

In 2016, it was reported that the D-backs were considering ending their lease so they could find a newer, more updated ballpark. The team has called Chase Field home since its debut season in 1998.

Arizona News

Phoenix Fire Department photo...
KTAR.com

Firefighters rescue injured hiker on South Mountain in helicopter

A man who fell six feet during his hike on South Mountain got transported via a helicopter to a local ambulance.
1 day ago
Near 12th Street and Northern Avenue, Phoenix. (Twitter Photo/@Crossfire923)...
SuElen Rivera

Parts of Valley sees light showers, more chances of rain this weekend

As monsoon season wraps up, parts of the Valley received some rain Friday evening heading into the weekend.
1 day ago
A woman gets a COVID-19 Pfizer booster shot in the "Im Lauesch" nursing home of Strasbourg, eastern...
KTAR.com

Arizona reports 2,916 new COVID-19 cases, 69 more deaths Saturday

Arizona health officials on Saturday reported 2,916 new COVID-19 cases and 69 additional deaths from the disease.
1 day ago
Office Kyle Trouton (Peoria Police Department Photo)...
SuElen Rivera

Peoria police officer catches man who jumped from 2nd story of burning home

Police in Peoria said one of their own rescued a man who jumped from the balcony of a burning home.
1 day ago
(Pixabay Photo)...
Data Doctors

Here’s how to get into geocaching, an outdoor and virtual treasure hunt

If you love the outdoors and treasure hunting or want a high-tech way to get the kids outside, geocaching is worth checking out.
1 day ago
(Photo courtesy of FuelFest)...
KTAR.com

FuelFest announces rescheduled date for Chandler event

The automotive celebration hosted by Tyrese Gibson and Cody Walker of the "Fast and Furious" franchise will come to Chandler on December 4.
1 day ago
D-backs reach deal with Maricopa County to drop Chase Field suit