Scottsdale Stadium improvements commence following municipal blessing

The Scottsdale City Council approved funds for construction to expand concession areas at Scottsdale Stadium. (Independent Newsmedia/Arianna Grainey)

Scottsdale City Council has authorized the use of up to $80,000 to construct decking in the left-field area at Scottsdale Stadium, in addition to other slight improvements.

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the City Council unanimously approved the action on a consent agenda at City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

In total, the action approved construction of decking in the left-field area and south of the building at Gate A of Scottsdale Stadium to expand the concession area and improve pedestrian flow. The city will also assess the design during the upcoming spring training season.

Secondly, the council authorized a fiscal year 2018-19 General Fund operating contingency budget transfer of up to $80,000 to a community services division operating budget to be funded by the Stadium Capital Improvement Fund.

The city of Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Charros and the San Francisco Giants all contribute to the Stadium Capital Improvement Fund, a city staff report states.

The construction of the deck south of Gate A will extend the concession area serving the Charro Lodge and the right-center field area, while construction in the left-field area will extend the concession area and improve flow of traffic, the staff report states.

Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Road. (Independent Newsmedia/Arianna Grainey)

“The construction of the deck will provide the city and the Giants time to assess the improvements during the 2019 spring training season to determine what, if any, refinements of the configuration of these deck improvements should be included within the Phase II Design of the stadium that will be brought before council at a later date,” the staff report penned by Community Services Director Bill Murphy states.

“This decking and assessment period are needed to develop the scope and dimensions of this portion of Phase II of the proposed stadium improvements and thus are an integral part of that capital improvement project.”

A master plan for the stadium was completed in 2018. The staff report states that the city’s community services staff has been working with the Giants and the Charros to develop a plan to improve pedestrian flow and continue to provide an “exceptional fan-experience” as a part of the master plan process.

Scottsdale Stadium, which opened in 1956, is the only Cactus League venue apart a downtown setting, at 7408 E. Osborn Road. In 1992, it underwent a complete rebuild and was last renovated in 2005.

The stadium is mainly utilized in the spring and fall for baseball games.

The San Francisco Giants have called the Scottsdale Stadium their home for spring training for several years, while the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League utilize the facility in the latter part of the year, including the championship game at the end of November.

The stadium seats 12,000 for baseball games, but an emerging master plan includes framework for making space available for more year-round-type events and uses, Scottsdale Charros Executive Director Dennis Robbins said in December.

Northeast Valley News Editor Melissa Rosequist can be e-mailed at mrosequist@newszap.com or can be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/mrosequist_.

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