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County Supervisor: Partnership Between County, D-Backs Has Deteriorated

Chase Field in downtown Phoenix
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Chase Field in downtown Phoenix.

Maricopa County’s efforts to sell Chase Field to private developers has stalled after the prospective buyers pulled out of the deal this week.

In a letter to the County Board of Supervisors, a company representative said the stadium’s main tenants, the Arizona Diamondbacks, who are the third party in the deal, had been unresponsive and unreasonable.

The county has been has actively shopping the 18-year-old ballpark after the team shocked them earlier this year with a request for $187 million in stadium repairs and upgrades.

Supervisor Andy Kunasek says the partnership between the county and the Diamondbacks has deteriorated to the point of needing outside help.

“Maybe Major League Baseball can be brought in to help mediate come in and somehow repair a relationship that at least from this half of the relationship, we can’t figure out
what went wrong," Kunasek said.

The Diamondbacks have threatened to leave Phoenix once their lease expires. But their deal with the county isn’t up until 2028.

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