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County Board Of Supervisors Chairman Responds To Diamondbacks Lawsuit

Maricopa County officials are responding to the lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Arizona Diamondbacks asking to be let out of their contract at Chase Field.

The suit, filed in Maricopa County Superior Court on Tuesday, claims the future of Chase Field is in jeopardy and that puts the team at risk. 

Board of Supervisors chairman Clint Hickman calls the team's assertion that the facility is in disrepair outrageous.

“There’s construction work going on in there right now, making the necessary fixes to keep the stadium in good shape all the way to 2028. That’s good planning, and that’s what we’ve been doing. There’s just a difference in what the county is obligated to spend versus what the Diamondbacks are obligated to pay for, for their wants versus the needs," Hickman says.

The team and the county have feuded over who should pay for roughly $187 million in stadium repairs needed.

The DBacks are currently obligated to stay at Chase Field through the 2028 season and can’t explore moving from downtown Phoenix until 2024.

Phil Latzman is an award-winning digital journalist and broadcast professional with over 25 years of experience covering news and sports on a multitude of platforms.