The MLB’s Milwaukee Brewers have opened their new Spring Training and Arizona player development complex – American Family Fields of Phoenix.
The project includes a new 106,000ft2 clubhouse building with locker rooms and vastly improved facilities for all of the baseball operations functions, along with a wide array of fan enhancements from new concessions, retail stores, seating and a Daktronics video board.
The complex features a new entry plaza, renovated space for sports science and psychological services, an eight-lane batting tunnel, an agility field, new pitching and catching mounds, a high-performance practice field matching Miller Park’s dimensions, and improvements to each of the seven playing fields.
The Brewers oversee the operations and maintenance of the facility, which was designed by HKS and built by Mortenson. International Facilities Group served as the Owner’s Representative.
On November 15, 2017, the Phoenix City Council voted in favour of a plan to renovate the team’s Spring Training complex, formerly known as Maryvale Baseball Park.
Four months later on March 20, 2018 – near the completion of Spring Training – the Brewers, along with the city of Phoenix and community partners, broke ground and construction was underway to completely rebuild the facility.
The Brewers invested $60-plus million in the construction phase of the program. The city of Phoenix is allocating $2 million each year for the next five years for renovations, and the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority will contribute approximately $5.7 million.
Brewers chairman and principal owner Mark Attanasio said:
Today we opened our new state-of-the-art Arizona facility, American Family Fields of Phoenix, and we are grateful for the commitment of the City of Phoenix, title sponsor American Family Insurance, the design and construction team and the many stakeholders who came together to make this a reality.
We initially developed three significant goals for the complex: to develop a world-class facility for year-round player development and Spring Training, to create a dramatically improved fan experience, and to demonstrate a commitment to investing in the community. With the complex now complete, we believe we have fulfilled this vision.
In partnership with Grand Canyon University, the Brewers have created a Learning Lounge, an area inside the clubhouse building where local students will have access to free tutoring on nearly every school day from Grand Canyon University students.
The Brewers began Spring Training this week.
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