The Milwaukee Brewers explore the idea of building a new spring training facility in Gilbert. The team currently trains in west Phoenix.
Developer proposes $90 million baseball facility, plus a $70 million hotel, office, retail village
The Milwaukee Brewers are exploring moving their spring training home 35 miles southeast to a new facility in Gilbert.
The Major League Baseball team wants Gilbert to build a $90 million baseball facility near Loop 202 at Lindsay and Germann roads, according to emails between consultants and town officials.
“We believe there may be a great deal of community support for the Brewers to relocate in the town of Gilbert,” Bob Quinn, Brewers executive vice president of finance and administration, said in a statement.
The Brewers currently train at Maryvale Baseball Park in west Phoenix. Quinn said the team also is working with Phoenix “on a long-term deal to stay in Maryvale.”
The Brewers have been in Maryvale since 1998 but are currently under a year-to-year contract with Phoenix.
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Gilbert officials are mum on the proposition. Spokeswoman Dana Berchman said in a statement that the town is not currently negotiating with the team, “so there isn’t anything to discuss at this time.”
“It’s our understanding that they are exploring Gilbert as an option for their new Spring Training facility and we have done some research and had discussions to understand the benefit they could bring to the community,” Berchman said.
Phoenix spokesman Gregg Bach confirmed that city officials are…
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