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The team has been playing in downtown Phoenix since 1998, but Chase Field has become a contentious ballpark as of late considering the Diamondbacks sued Maricopa County in 2017, looking to break its lease based on the argument that the county hadn’t set aside enough money for stadium upkeep. By , The Denver Post

After the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to end a 16-month legal fight with the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, the team will now be allowed to leave their current ballpark for a shiny new stadium as early as 2022, five years before their 30-year agreement to play in their current ballpark was set to expire. By Patrick Redford

The Arizona Diamondbacks can leave Chase Field to find a new home by 2022 without penalty following a vote by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. The Diamondbacks reached an agreement with the Maricopa County Stadium District last week to allow the team to leave Chase Field up to five years early if it drops a lawsuit demanding $187 million in upgrades. By Associated Press

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If the Diamondbacks left Arizona after 2022, the team would have to pay penalties of between $5 million and $25 million. County Supervisor Clint Hickman, R-Litchfield Park, voted against the deal.

Hickman said he believed the 30-year contract with the original Diamondbacks owners should be binding. He also worried about an extra $20 million the county would likely have to reimburse the team for stadium repairs under the deal, as well as an “out clause” that could allow Major League Baseball to move the team even earlier. By , The Republic


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