Guest Editorial: Home Run for Scottsdale

By Scottsdale Pinetop

Many visit Arizona in March for its breathtaking desert sunsets, five-star resorts and upscale nightlife. But in recent years, it’s the month-long preseason spring training season that is making Scottsdale a leading economic and tourist destination. Selling out Scottsdale Stadium seats at for most Cactus League games, it’s time for Scottsdale to make long-term improvements to one of its leading economic epicenters.

Sitting in the heart of Old Town, Scottsdale Stadium is home to the San Francisco Giants and holds over 12,000 baseball fans. Looking to make improvements to the stadium, the Scottsdale City Council recently approved $5 million towards major renovations. The $5 million is expected to be paid by the city’s Tourism Development Fund.

The last time the stadium was renovated was in 2005. It’s fair to say that the stadium is in need of a few improvements. Potential renovations include additional stadium seating, enhancements to the clubhouse, upgrades in player facilities and creation of special event space.

If the city is able to implement its vision, the renovations will help promote the stadium’s position as a top-ranking spring training venue, our version of Fenway Park, and create a year-round multi-use event center that appeals to tourists and locals alike.

There’s no question that Scottsdale is a unique and attractive environment for tourist and companies alike. Scottsdale Stadium is a part of that success story. It is the only spring training ballpark in The Valley to provide the unique appeal of catching an afternoon game and then within walking distance have an array of restaurants, clubs, galleries and bars to enjoy. As Scottsdale winds down its spring break season, the city is smart to begin seeking opportunities and improvements to one of its most notable home runs that will provide long term benefits to local businesses and residents. As many wise baseball fans say, you can’t steal second base with your foot on first.