Scottsdale Stadium

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Scottsdale Stadium
Scottsdale Stadium - 2004-03-12 - View from lawn seats.JPG
Scottsdale Stadium during a SF Giants spring training game.
Location7408 E. Osborn Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Coordinates33°29′18″N 111°55′16″W / 33.48833°N 111.92111°W / 33.48833; -111.92111Coordinates: 33°29′18″N 111°55′16″W / 33.48833°N 111.92111°W / 33.48833; -111.92111
OwnerCity of Scottsdale
Capacity12,000
Field sizeLeft Field Line: 360’
Right Field Line: 330’
Center Field: 430’
Outfield Fence Height 10’
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke groundApril 1991
Built1956; rebuilt 1991
OpenedMarch 12, 1992
ArchitectPopulous
Tenants
San Francisco Giants (MLB) (spring training) (1984–present)
Scottsdale Scorpions (AFL) (1992–present)
Phoenix Firebirds (PCL) (1992–1997)
Valley Vipers (WBL) (2000)
Arizona League Giants (AZL) (2005–present)
Arizona Centennials (FPBL) (2012)
Arizona United SC (USL) (2015)[1]

Scottsdale Stadium is a baseball field located in Scottsdale, Arizona, United States. The new stadium was built in 1992 and holds 12,000 people. It has been the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants since 1984, when the capacity was just 4,721.

The stadium hosted three games of the 2006 World Baseball Classic.

History[edit]

The stadium was built on the site of the old Scottsdale Stadium, which opened in 1956. The Baltimore Orioles (1956-58), Boston Red Sox (1959-65), Chicago Cubs (1967-78) and Oakland Athletics (1979-83) used old Scottsdale Stadium as their spring training base before the Giants moved here in 1984.[2] [3] The new stadium cost $7 million to build and was completed in under a year.[4]

In 1992, Angels pitcher Matt Keough was struck by a foul ball while sitting in the dugout during spring training and was critically injured. His life was saved in part because the stadium is across the street from a hospital.[5]

The stadium underwent a $23.1 million renovation in 2006. In return, the San Francisco Giants agreed to play at the stadium for an additional 20 years, through 2025, with an option to extend the lease to 2035.

Tenants[edit]

The Giants hold their major league and minor league training operation at the two facilities. Scottsdale Stadium is consistently one of the top attended venues in Arizona's Cactus League. The Scottsdale Charros organize and promote San Francisco spring training in the city.

Scottsdale Stadium was the home of the Phoenix Firebirds of the Pacific Coast League from 1992 until 1997, who had moved from Phoenix Municipal Stadium after the new stadium was completed. The Firebirds moved to Fresno, California, and became the Grizzlies, in order to make room for the National League's Arizona Diamondbacks, who began play in 1998. Scottsdale also hosted the Valley Vipers of the independent Western Baseball League in 2000, the only season of that team's existence.[6] Arizona United SC of the United Soccer League played at Scottsdale in 2015.

The stadium is also host of the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League, and hosts the Fall League's championship game at the end of November. During the summer the stadium is home the Arizona League Giants of the Arizona League.

World Baseball Classic[edit]

In March 2006, the stadium hosted three games from Pool B of the World Baseball Classic.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arizona United Soccer Club Moving To Scottsdale Stadium". Arizona United SC. December 16, 2014. Archived from the original on December 25, 2014. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
  2. ^ Johnson, Rodney. "The Cactus League: A Brief History". Society for American Baseball Research.
  3. ^ Clancy, Michael (September 2, 2014). "Scottsdale Stadium work underway". Arizona Republic.
  4. ^ "Lawsuit accuses Mets' Cone of lewd behavior in bullpen National League notes". Balitmore Sun. March 27, 1992.
  5. ^ Elliott, Helene (March 19, 1992). "Keough Expected to Make Full Recovery : Baseball: Condition upgraded to fair. Neurosurgeon says Angel should wait three months before pitching". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ "Valley Vipers vie for baseball fans". Phoenix Business Journal. April 9, 2000. Retrieved April 4, 2016.

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