Judge rules in favor of district in Diamondbacks lawsuit over Chase Field

Posted at 11:50 AM, Aug 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-18 14:19:40-04

A judge ruled in favor of the Maricopa County Stadium District Thursday in a legal case involving the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chase Field. 

In January, the Diamondbacks filed a lawsuit against the District asking to be allowed to check out other options for stadiums. Their current lease with Chase Field is active until 2027. 

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According to Maricopa County officials, the case will be sent to arbitration. 

A media release states that the Diamondbacks filed the lawsuit "to preserve the status quo and prevent immediate and irreparable harm." However, the judge said the team must remain at Chase Field. 

"We are gratified that the court agreed with our arguments on all counts," said Grady Gammage, an attorney representing the Stadium District, according to the media release. "The Court did a complete review of the contract between the Diamondbacks and the County Stadium District and the ruling is a thorough analysis of the arbitration provisions. Resolving this dispute through arbitration is better for the taxpayers rather than using expensive litigation. We look forward to working through the issues as the arbitration proceeds."