Pima-Maricopa making pitch for Diamondbacks

Phoenix, Arizona (AP) 3-09

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community reportedly is proposing to build a spring-training baseball complex for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies on the Salt River Indian Reservation east of Scottsdale .

With spring training fading in Tucson , the Diamondbacks are seeking proposals from six Phoenix metro-area entities that have expressed interest in building a baseball complex with a price tag that could exceed $100 million.

Those entities include the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Phoenix , Mesa and Casa Grande, and possibly other Phoenix-area Indian communities at Gila River and Fort McDowell .

Salt River has land and gaming revenue to bring to the table, but community president Diane Enos declined to say where a baseball complex could be built.

However, Enos said the details could come out as early as next week.

A complex on Salt River would be the first Cactus League facility on Indian land.

The Diamondbacks have asked interested groups to submit their plans for a two-team baseball complex by March 27.


“It is our hope that the complex could become the centerpiece of a much broader development project,” Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall wrote to potential bidder groups in a letter that was part of the team’s request for proposals.

A training facility could include a stadium for 13,000, 12 practice fields and clubhouses on up to 140 acres, according to Hall.

Casa Grande is asking voters in May to approve a sales-tax increase to fund a baseball complex.

The Diamondbacks’ document reveals that the team is seeking a 20-year agreement for use of the baseball complex, a stadium complex of 118,290 square feet with nearly 33,000 square feet for suites and a press box, two 55,000-square-foot clubhouses (one each for the Diamondbacks and Rockies) and assurances that the groups have funding in place to build the facilities.

The team also asked bidders what discounts they could offer to offset the buyout costs related to leaving Tucson before the team’s contract there expires in 2012.

The Diamondbacks and Rockies are the last remaining teams in Tucson . The Chicago White Sox moved to Camelback Ranch Glendale this season.