Peoria Sports Complex gets $30M makeover in time for spring training


by Tim Ring

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 22 at 1:00 PM

PEORIA, Ariz. – The spring training home for the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres has received a multi-million dollar makeover.

Though fans won't notice the $30 million in upgrades at the Peoria Sports Complex, the baseball players will benefit from them daily.

The upgrades include new clubhouses and weight rooms, as well as improved facilities for trainers and rehabilitation.

The Peoria Sports Complex became the model for other two-team ballparks in Surprise, Goodyear, Glendale and Scottsdale.

However, the shine on Peoria’s facilities began to fade, and the city had to renovate its stadium to keep both the San Diego and Seattle teams in town. The two teams signed 20-year extensions with the complex because of the upgrades.

Chris Calcaterra, the manager of the complex, said the renovations reflect how rehab and training have evolved.

Renovations to the stadium’s exterior will come next year, including new social zones, additional seating, a new souvenir store, and larger open spaces.

Those upgrades, Calcaterra said, will be “a complete overhaul and refreshment of the stadium identity.”

The first spring training game at the Peoria Sports Complex will take place Feb. 27, as Seattle acts as the home team against San Diego.

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