Giants in Their Field
Baseball is a big draw in Scottsdale, Arizona. An estimated 147,000 fans generate $16 million in revenue every year during San Francisco Giants spring training; the Rookie League Arizona Giants are in town year round, contributing an additional $1.1 million to the economy.
With numbers like that, the recent building program had immense significance. Along with the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority and Maricopa County Stadium District, the City of Scottsdale funded major improvements to the Giants’ training facilities, and the team will maintain its local presence at least through 2025.
When the city selected Barton Malow to work with designers HOK Sport+Venue+Event, the timeline was considered aggressive, to say the least. With 60% of fans coming from out of town, opening day was an absolute commitment.
A principal issue: the need to relocate utilities without knowing precisely where they were, and then to tie them into existing systems. Without as-built drawings, the construction team had to proceed cautiously, maintaining schedule but not disrupting the neighborhood. Now, on 75th Street, where utilities once ran, there is a new practice field.
Facilities include a spacious new clubhouse with excellent exercise/training amenities and a hydrotherapy room, a new full practice field and one half practice field at the stadium site, four full and one half field at the minor league Indian School Park site, new batting tunnels, and bullpens.
Fans cheer the new ticket booth, new entry gate, large retail store for souvenirs, updated scoreboard, additional berm seating in the outfield, and new terraced deck. In addition, a walkway now encircles the field, so everyone can view the action from every possible angle.
A win / win project for the Giants and the community. Play ball!