The protracted fight between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Maricopa County has reached a boiling point. The Diamondbacks announced tonight that they had filed a lawsuit in Arizona Superior Court against the Maricopa County Stadium District, the legislative body that operates their stadium, in an attempt to get out of their lease, which runs until 2028.
The stadium was built in 1998 with Maricopa County taxpayers covering $238 million of the $364 million price tag. By MLB standards, it’s middle-aged. The Diamondbacks and the county have been arguing for almost a year over who is on the hook for the $187 million that the building needs for repairs, and it got to the point that former County Supervisor Andy Kunasek allegedly told team owner Ken Kendrick to “take your stupid baseball team and get out” and go back to “fucking West Virginia.”