For several years, the beloved Arizona Diamondbacks and Maricopa County have been embroiled in a real estate dispute. Recently a judge with the Maricopa County Superior Court ordered the two entities to work out the issue in arbitration. The judge also urged both parties to reach a speedy resolution.
The dispute centers on Chase Field, the home of the Diamondbacks. Reportedly, the field is in need of repairs and improvements that could cost more than $185 million. The baseball team asserts that the county has neglected to provide repairs to the stadium. In turn, Maricopa County says it will pay for “significant capital repairs” but is not responsible for any cosmetic upgrades made to the stadium.
Arbitration offers many benefits such as reduced litigation expenses, but the news report indicates that the baseball team wanted the proceedings to be made public. Arbitration would keep the negotiations behind closed doors instead. However, the Diamondbacks do consider the ruling a victory as it will likely speed the resolution along.
In January, the team filed a lawsuit seeking to break its lease with Chase Field based on the neglected repairs. In response, the judge ruled that the Diamondbacks are still obligated to play its home games at Chase Field. The team does hope that the arbitration resolution will allow the Diamondbacks to seek a home elsewhere.
Most real estate disputes and landlord/tenant issues do not involve such well-known parties, but the same legal remedies are available. In all complicated legal matters involving a piece of real estate, attorney representation can improve the odds of achieving a good outcome.
Source: The Arizona Republic, “Judge: Diamondbacks must solve stadium dispute with Maricopa County,” Rebekah L. Sanders, Aug. 17, 2017