MUSIC - Go to Hell by Alice Cooper
Photographed in 1988, 1991, 2001, 2002 and 2004 using film. Photographed in 2008 using digital.
Compadre Stadium opened in 1986 and closed in 1997. Still standing but abandoned since 1997. Now just rotting away in the hot Arizona sun.
Location - 1425 W. Ocotillo Road Chandler, Arizona. At southeast corner of Ocotillo Road and Alma School Road.
In the spring of 1985, the Milwaukee Brewers left their antiquated facilities in Sun City for the expanses of Chandler. Back in 1985, Chandler was rural, with farmlands. Now, it is housing, housing and more housing. Compadre stadium is located in an upscale area of Chandler. For twelve years, the Brewers called this their spring home. Then in 1997, they were on the move again. This time to the west part of Phoenix, as a brand new facility was built for them. The Maryvale Baseball park. While the Brewers moved to a brand new facility, Compadre stadium sat vacant. It has been 14 years since baseball was played here. The park is just a vacant shell of its former self. Weeds, graffiti, garbage and a decaying facility are all that remains. The diamond is no longer visible thru the grass and weeds. The dugouts are sprayed with graffiti and the scoreboard in left stands like a ghostly sentinel overlooking the rotting stadium. There has been talk of demolishing the park and putting up a hotel, but nothing has ever been conclusive. So Compadre sits, and decays in the hot Arizona sun. A onetime green field that had the likes of Robin Yount, Teddy Higuera, Paul Molitor, and Cecil Cooper, now has snakes, bugs and god knows what else. There is also talk that the Brewers may vacate Maryvale for another new park. Glad SOMEONE has money......
UPDATE...as of 2017, Compadre Stadium has been demolished and a new housing development has been built on the site.
Compadre Stadium at the corner of W. Ocotillo Rd. and S. Alma School Rd.
November of 1988 and Compadre awaits spring.
Compadre in the spring of 2008.
Once the parking lot of spring training cars. 4/08
Compadre looks more like a prison now, than an old ballpark. 4/08
What once was practice fields for the Brewers is now just a weed covered lot. 4/08
More views of the former practice fields. 4/08
Hard to believe that a team once trained here. 4/08
Spring of 2001, and the Brewers have been gone for 4 years.
You can see the ticket office directly in the middle of the photo. 3/01
The entrance to the main concourse. 3/01
It is spring 2001 and the backstops are still up behind Compadre stadium. They will be torn down in the next few years. This path will be gone too. 3/01
Spring 2002 and another year of neglect.
A volkswagen sits in the main concourse now. 3/02
A year later and the training fields are no longer visible. The backstops have been demolished. 3/02
Spring of 2004 and Compadre still sits.
The visitors dugout, graffiti has not yet set in. 3/04