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.”