By Lorraine Longhi, Katelyn Reinhart | Arizona Republic
Residents near Papago Park have raised concerns about the renovation and expansion of a baseball complex that will soon house the San Francisco Giants’ year-round training program, saying the construction encroaches further into the surrounding desert than originally promised.
The Papago Baseball Complex soon will host the Giants as part of a deal made between the MLB team and the cities of Phoenix and Scottsdale. The team will still play its spring training games in Old Town Scottsdale, but the Papago Park facility will be used year-round for player development.
The baseball complex has sat mostly empty since the Oakland Althetics moved to Mesa six years ago from its spring training home at nearby Phoenix Municipal Stadium and the year-round training site at Papago Park.