Landmark Baseball Diamond being demolished to make way for new homes.
The ballpark opened in 1986 as spring home of the Brewers, replacing the team’s home in Sun City. It was only home to the Brewers until 1998, when the Brewers shifted spring operations to Maryvale Baseball Park.
Standard Pacific Homes — which has a dozen housing developments in the Phoeix market — is the builder for the Compadre site.
“We’re excited to move forward with creating the move-up community of Echelon at Ocotillo,” said Pat Moroney, Phoenix president for Standard Pacific Homes. “This is an important piece of land in the City of Chandler and we’re incorporating thoughtful details into the all-new home designs that cater specifically to the tastes and preferences of Chandler area home shoppers.”
Chandler Stadium Demolition Begins: Demolition is scheduled for July and construction is set to commence by early fall.
History of the Chandler stadium began in 1982 as Chandler mayor Jim Patterson first approached the Brewers about moving their spring training facility from Sun City to Chandler. Patterson was aware that the owners of the Brewers’ minor league ballpark in Sun City had sold the facility to private developers and the Brewers would soon need a new spring home. After leaving office, Patterson built a 2,700-acre (11 km2) development he named Ocotillo, in which he placed the ballpark.
Then, in April 1985, the Brewers agreed to move their spring training camp from Sun City, Arizona, to Chandler where local authorities planned to build a 20-acre (81,000 m2) complex in exchange for the Brewers signing a 10-year lease.
Finally, the Brewers departed Compadre after the 1997 season, and began Cactus League play the following year at the newly built Maryvale Baseball Park on the west side of the city of Phoenix, where the team holds spring training to this day.
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