Milwaukee Brewers unveil details of Maryvale Baseball Park renovation, expansion

22 February 2018

The Milwaukee Brewers released details of their $56 million to $60 million investment in renovating and expanding of their spring training home Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix.

The city of Phoenix will allocate $2 million per year over the next five years for the project that starts in late March. The Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority will contribute about $5.7 million to the project.

HKS is the architect for the project that is scheduled for completion by the start of Brewers’ spring training in February 2019. The firm also worked on Camelback Ranch in suburban Phoenix that opened in 2009 as the spring training facility for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox.

The Brewers in November 2017 reached an agreement with the city of Phoenix to remain at Maryvale for another 25 years. Maryvale Baseball Park opened in 1998 on more than 60 acres.

The existing Major League and minor league buildings total about 41,000 square feet. The comparable space in the new construction and renovation will approximately double that at 82,000 square feet.

Elements of the project the Brewers revealed Wednesday:

• New entry plaza: The plaza will be created behind home plate and will feature the primary ticket office and gates to the stadium. The east side of the plaza area will include a lobby entrance to a new clubhouse building. Also in the plaza area will be an entrance to a new retail store that will be open during non-game times as well as on game days.

• New clubhouse building with locker rooms, concessions, restrooms, retail, ticketing and support areas: A stand-alone, two-story building will be constructed from the updated home plate gate plaza to a connection with the existing Major League clubhouse.

The new building will house locker rooms, training spaces and support functions for the Brewers Major League and minor league teams, a flagship retail sales store and a new primary ticket office. The north side of this building will house new concession stands and restrooms. The first base concourse will be widened to accommodate pedestrian traffic.

A second floor will be added to house offices for baseball operations. It will feature a walkout patio with views of training facilities to the south.

The existing minor league building will be demolished, as will the structure that ran along the first base side of the stadium.

• Renovated Major League clubhouse: The existing Major League clubhouse will be renovated to include facilities for psychological services, sports science, maintenance, grounds, a new right field gate, ticket office and vendor commissary. The existing upper level will become business operations offices and will get new finishes.

• New Major League batting tunnels: A new eight-lane, Major League batting tunnel will be constructed immediately south of the renovated Major League clubhouse. Two of the tunnels will be fully enclosed and air conditioned.  

• New agility field: The high-performance agility field will be constructed south of the new clubhouse. The surface will be primarily natural grass.  

• New covered Major League practice mounds: New pitching and catching mounds will be provided to accommodate eight pairs of players. The mounds and home plate areas will be partially covered to provide shade for the players.