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Chase Field in Phoenix, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, is far from what you’d think of as a “traditional” ballpark. It’s a giant airplane hangar in the desert, one with a retractable roof and air conditioning but also natural grass (at least until 2019, when the team finally gave in to the elements and installed an artificial turf surface).

The ballpark is also a cavernous one capacity-wise, which makes it easy to score tickets typically but difficult for the D-backs to fill the place on a regular basis. As a result, the team is exploring building another ballpark elsewhere in the Phoenix area, and Chase Field’s days could be numbered very soon.

In the meantime, it remains one of the more interesting parks in baseball to visit, from the wide and spacious sections and concourses to the pool in the outfield.

And it has seen a lot in its relatively short history — after beginning life as Bank One Ballpark for the expansion season of 1998, it hosted one of the great World Series Game 7s and a D-backs championship in 2001 (Year 4 of the franchise’s existence), and was also host of the MLB All-Star Game in 2011

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  •   The Approach

    Thanks to its location in central Phoenix, Chase Field is easy to get to — and easy to spot, as an unmistakable part of the skyline of the city. It’s also close to major points of interest in the downtown area, including Talking Stick Resort Arena, home of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns.

    Phoenix’s downtown is surrounded by Interstates 10 and 17, which intertwine and create a de facto border around the central area. From either route, drivers can exit at 7th Street, a north-south street that runs by the ballpark, then make their way toward the skyline. 

    Once nearby, there are numerous lots and structures for fans to use, including two large garages — one just north of the ballpark on Jefferson Street called the East Garage, and one on the venue’s west side known as the Jefferson Street Garage. Gameday rates begin at $10, and advance purchase permits are available to buy online here.

    Public transportation is available via Valley Metro, the region’s light rail service, which runs between north Phoenix and the eastern suburb of Mesa. Get off at the 3rd/Jefferson station (traveling eastbound) or 3rd/Washington station (traveling westbound) for closest access to the ballpark.

  •   The Build-Up

    Especially if it’s the height of summer and temperatures are hovering around 100 degrees — a routine occurrence in Phoenix throughout baseball season — you’ll probably want to duck inside where there’s air conditioning, or at least get underneath a mister. Fortunately there are plenty of places to hang out in the blocks surrounding the ballpark before first pitch.

    A good starting point is the bar attached to the west side of the ballpark, known as the Game 7 Grill, which typically has good crowds and sometimes live music both before and after games. For more options, venture west on Jefferson Street toward Talking Stick Resort Arena, where there’ll be several bars and restaurants that cater to sports fans, including a Hard Rock Cafe.

    Majerle’s Sports Grill, a popular hangout owned by former Suns player Dan Majerle, is located one block north of Talking Stick Resort Arena on Washington Street.

    Another restaurant that was ultra-popular with sports fans, Alice Cooper’stown (owned by the shock rocker who lives in the Phoenix area), closed in 2017 to much sadness.

  •   The Ambiance

    Once you step inside (and enjoy the blast of air conditioning that greets you), you’ll start to get a sense pretty quickly of the size of the place. The main concourse is wide in most spots and easy to navigate. The lower and upper seating tiers seem to have endless numbers of rows (this is important to know if you have tickets high in the upper deck, as you’ll have to be prepared for quite a bit of stair-walking to get to your seats). And the uppermost rows will feel very high as far as ballpark views go, at least in comparison to many other ballparks around the majors.

    The sight of the roof, the large videoboard that hangs over center field (for a time, the largest video display in Major League Baseball) and the panels that open up like windows to let air in during games adds to the feeling of size.

    For games played under an open roof, the D-backs to make a production out of it. Typically within half an hour of first pitch, the roof will open to blaring music; it takes less than five minutes for the roof to open fully. The team will also post roof status for upcoming home games on their website.

    As for that most unique of Chase Field features, the pool in right-center field, the area is considered a premium seating option, not unlike getting luxury suite tickets. For more information on the pool suite, click here.

    Take some time to check out the concessions options at Chase Field as well, since they’ve made headlines in the past with some of their audacious offerings. You can find the Churro Dog — a churro served in a bar donut sliced in half and topped with ice cream, whipped cream and chocolate sauce — at several stands around the park. Also, visit the Big Dawgs stand on the main concourse for colossal items such as the “All Day Breakfast Dog,” an 18-inch hot dog topped with hash browns, bacon, fried eggs and more.

    Chicago favorite Portillo’s also operates stands featuring its Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches, and more conventional ballpark fare can be found at stands labeled Double Headers and Red Hot Grill. The Gonzo’s Grill stand in left field is a tribute to D-backs legend Luis Gonzalez, a former left fielder who was part of the 2001 championship team.

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The Particulars

Home Teams
Arizona Diamondbacks

Address
401 E. Jefferson St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Year Opened
1998

Capacity
49,033

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Thursday, December 26, 2019
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Saturday, March 28, 2020
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Atlanta Braves at Arizona Diamondbacks
Sunday, March 29, 2020
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Monday, March 30, 2020
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