Padres, Mariners extend lease with Peoria

PEORIA, Ariz. — The Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres

announced jointly with the city of Peoria on Monday a 20-year lease

extension that will keep the teams in the Cactus League through 2034.

With

the agreement comes $48 million in city funds to upgrade the Peoria

Sports Complex, including new, state-of-the-art clubhouses for both

teams.

“It’s really an important day today for the city of

Peoria,” Peoria mayor Bob Barrett said at a morning press conference.

“We’ve had a partnership with these two teams for years, and I’m proud

to say we’re now going to continue that relationship into the future.

“We found a way to do this and make it fiscally responsible for all of us.”

The

initial clubhouse upgrades will cost $30 million. Additional work

planned for facilities includes stadium upgrades such as seating

improvement, a party deck and field enhancements.

“This is a

great facility, and I think we can make it even better,” Padres

president and chief operating officer Tom Garfinkel said. “Certainly,

our clubhouse after 18 or 19 years could use some upgrades. We’re

thankful we’re going to get to do that.”

Peoria Sports Complex

was completed in 1994 and was the Cactus League’s first two-team

facility. Since then, four more facilities have been built to house two

teams, including the newest, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, which

was finished last season and houses the Arizona Diamondbacks and

Colorado Rockies.

The Padres and Mariners use the Arizona complex

year-round for player development. It features 12 full-size practice

fields and a main stadium with a capacity of more than 11,000.

“We’re

proud to have called Peoria our home,” Mariners president and chief

operating officer Chuck Armstrong said. “This is where we want to be.

We’re happy to be here for another 20 years.”