D-Backs said Chase Field badly needs repairs, but have made almost none

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By Rebekah L. Sanders | Arizona Republic

Corrections & Clarifications: A previous version of the story incorrectly reported the amount Maricopa County transferred to the Diamondbacks upon signing the stadium deal. The county transferred $13.5 million and may transfer an additional $1.5 million in three years. 

The Arizona Diamondbacks have completed hardly any stadium repairs since they took control of Chase Field last year, despite previously insisting nearly $8 million in upgrades would be necessary during the 2018-2019 off-season, records obtained by The Arizona Republic show.

The team took responsibility for all stadium maintenance and event booking last May as part of a deal with Maricopa County to settle a long-running feud over how to pay for roughly $187 million in projected stadium renovations over the next decade. The county still owns the building and the land.

The Diamondbacks say they are spending slowly to conserve money for future repairs.

Two county supervisors said they were surprised not to see more repairs by now, but the county chairman said he is confident the team is prioritizing renovations correctly.

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