Leasing agreements between Scottsdale, Phoenix and the San Francisco Giants for Papago Sports Complex are going to look a little bit different.
The Scottsdale City Council, at its July 1 meeting, approved on consent an amendment to an agreement in which Phoenix leases the facility to Scottsdale. The council also approved an amendment to its agreement to sublease the facility to the San Francisco Giants.
The amendment to the Phoenix agreement largely updates and clarifies responsibilities and timing of improvements to the facility. In turn, Scottsdale’s amendment with the Giants passes along obligations from the Phoenix agreement to the Giants.
Specifically, the Phoenix amendment included clarification on improvement to the perimeter trail, overflow parking, substitute fields and planned improvement to the facility itself.
The Giants amendment centered on the construction of the temporary overflow parking area and restoration to the area as needed; perimeter construction fencing, plant palette and newly modified detention basins; and the Giants’ use of the other overflow parking lot.
Both leasing agreements have been in place since 2018 with Scottsdale entering into a deal with Phoenix on Nov. 6, 2018. Scottsdale then turned around and subleased the facility to the Giants on Dec. 1, 2018.
The agreements allowed for the Giants to move their player development from Indian School Park to the Papago Sports Complex. In the past, the Giants have used both Scottsdale Stadium and Indian School Park during Spring Training. With the change, the Giants will use Papago Sports Complex and Scottsdale Stadium.
Major League Baseball canceled spring training in both Arizona and Florida because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While MLB hasn’t offered any word on what next year’s spring training will look like, the league plans to begin its regular season in April.