Arizona Diamondbacks’ Derrick Hall addresses Vancouver stadium report, relocation concerns

Hall confirmed the report that his team looked into playing at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver and he expressed that it was the desire of the franchise to remain in Arizona.
/An aerial view of B.C. Place in Vancouver./(Photo: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

By Jeremy Cluff | The Republic 

Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall addressed relocation concerns involving his team during an interview with Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Thursday.

In the interview on the Doug & Wolf Show, Hall confirmed the report that his team looked into playing at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver and he expressed that it was the desire of the franchise to remain in Arizona.

The Athletic reported Wednesday that Diamondbacks officials had visited British Columbia twice over concerns with Chase Field.

“Any team that has a dome, in particular in a challenging weather atmosphere, should have at least a backup plan,” Hall told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I mean, if that (Chase Field) roof won’t close in the middle of summer, we can’t play here. Probably, the union wouldn’t allow it, we wouldn’t allow it.”

He continued about the Vancouver visits: “We were very impressed by the city obviously and the stadium. We did go back a second time but that was more for a concert.”

“We’re looking at downtown now and eventually we’ll look again around Maricopa County to see what we have to compare it to, but we have no intention of playing anywhere but Arizona..” 

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