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Volume 21 No. 34
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What’s in play in Arizona

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Arizona Diamondbacks

Current home: Chase Field
Location: Downtown Phoenix
Venue owner: Maricopa County
Year opened: 1998
Aspirations: The MLB team wants a smaller, more modern ballpark. The club could look at redeveloping Chase Field or building another ballpark downtown or on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The Diamondbacks and Maricopa County have resolved a dispute over who should pay for $185 million in repairs to Chase Field. The deal makes the team responsible for repair costs but lets the club start looking for a new ballpark if MLB deems Chase Field unfit to play.
Roadblocks: The Diamondbacks are especially PR-conscious of the image hit they would take if they leave downtown. The team already has its spring training on Salt River land and would have to get the tribe to help finance a new stadium if it wanted one there.

 

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Phoenix Suns

Current home: Talking Stick Resort Arena
Location: Downtown Phoenix
Venue owner: City of Phoenix
Year opened: 1992
Aspirations: The Suns and the city of Phoenix are trying to work out a deal for a $450 million renovation of one of the oldest buildings in the NBA.
Roadblocks: The Goldwater Institute watchdog group has sued the city over a non-disclosure agreement the city has with the Suns and wants to see details of the proposed arena deal. Some members of the Phoenix City Council have supported the concept of building an entirely new arena that could be shared with the NHL’s Coyotes, but Suns managing partner Robert Sarver hasn’t shown interest in sharing a venue.

 

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Arizona Coyotes

Current home: Gila River Arena
Location: Glendale
Owner: City of Glendale
Year opened: 2003
Aspirations: The Coyotes want to move to a new arena still in the Phoenix market but either in a shared downtown building with the Suns or closer to Scottsdale and the East Valley suburbs. There is more wealth, businesses and hockey fans on that side of town, the team contends. A deal with the Salt River tribe — which operates two casinos — is also an option.
Roadblocks: The team tried to forge an arena deal in Tempe with Arizona State University. That fell apart when a special taxing district plan melted at the conservative Arizona State Legislature. The Suns have not been interested in sharing a new venue with the Coyotes.

 

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Phoenix Rising FC

Current home: Phoenix Rising FC Soccer Complex
Location: Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Venue owner: Phoenix Rising
Year opened: 2017
Aspirations: The USL team has Major League Soccer aspirations and has bolstered its ownership group to support that push. The Rising has plans for a 21,000-seat MLS-worthy stadium (above) designed by Populous and Phoenix architecture firm Gould Evans. The stadium would be privately financed.
Roadblocks: Rising COO Bobby Dulle said the team is still looking at potential sites and it could stay on the Salt River. A new stadium hinges on the team’s MLS bid.

— Compiled by Mike Sunnucks