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Donors elevate the game-day experience for baseball fans

Baseball fans in the Valley of the Sun will enjoy a better game–day experience at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, home to ASU Sun Devil baseball, thanks to $4.8 million in capital improvements funded entirely through philanthropic support.

Built in 1964 as a home for the San Francisco Giants spring training games, the stadium — known to locals as Phoenix Muni — is the Valley’s oldest stadium. For years, it hosted the Giants’ former affiliate Triple – A Pacific Coast League Phoenix Firebirds. The Sun Devils began playing there in 2015.

Private support will fund a state-of-the-art batting facility, which includes three indoor hitting bays and a soft toss area. A viewing deck with a hospitality area is designed to enhance the fan experience.

Other improvements, due to be completed in November, in-clude changes to the dimensions of the park, installation of a new outfield fence, and relocating home and visiting team bullpens.

Since moving to the site, which is two-and-a-half miles from ASU’s Tempe campus, ASU and Sun Devil Athletics have made a number of capital improvements, including a clubhouse redesign, academic center, nutrition room, weight room and training room.

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