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Chase Field

Phoenix, AZ

Home of the Arizona Diamondbacks

4.7

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Chase Field (map it)
401 E Jefferson St
Phoenix, AZ 85004


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Year Opened: 1998

Capacity: 49,077

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Opened in 1998 as Bank One Ballpark, Chase Field has been the only home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. It has seen the Diamondbacks win five NL West Division titles, one National League pennant, and one World Series title in 2001 against the New York Yankees. It also played host to the World Baseball Classics in 2006 and 2013, and the MLB All Star Game in 2011.

Chase Field is the former home of the Insight Bowl (2000-2005), and was home to the first ever outdoor college basketball game, which was played between the Arizona State women’s team and Tennessee in December, 2000. There are also concerts, soccer matches, and supercross events during the Diamondbacks’ offseason.

One of the defining features of Chase Field is its retractable roof, which is composed of two halves that can move independently of each other and can close all the way in about four and a half minutes. The roof is very much needed during the Phoenix summers, where outside temperatures can stay above 100 for most of if not all of a night game. Chase Field was the first baseball stadium in the United States to have a retractable roof, and the first in the world to have natural grass along with a retractable roof.

In 2008, a brand new video board was installed as the center field scoreboard. It is one of the largest television screens in the country, and is known as DBTV. During the game, DBTV has more stats posted on it about every hitter and pitcher than any one person would ever need to know, but it is very interesting to read some of the stuff that gets put up there in between pitches.

4.7

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    5

Chase Field offers a huge variety of food throughout the entire ballpark. The concourse is lined with concession stands. There are permanent ones along the outside wall, and various carts that are right above the seating areas. You can find the locations of the various concession stands on their official website. You can also order food straight from your phone.

The traditional baseball concession stands, known as "Red Hot Grill" offer a value menu at most of the locations which includes hot dogs, corn dogs, popcorn and Pepsi products, all for just $1.50. These value items are a little smaller, but they are much cheaper than their full-sized counterparts, which are also available if you so desire.

On the concourse behind home plate is "Big Dawgs," where you can get heavily topped hot dogs. New to Chase Field in 2014 is the addition of the D-Bat Dog. For $25, you get a corn dog that's stuffed with cheddar cheese, jalapenos and bacon. It also comes with a side of fries. The Diamondbacks said that it was intended for a family of four to split, but people are eating them by themselves, and have caused the new food to be limited in supply because they take so long to make.

Throughout the concourse are several different food stands to go along with the traditional ballpark food. There are a couple Fatburgers located along the concourse, as well as Macayo's, Panda Express, TCBY Yogurt, Subway, Streets of New York Pizza, and Cold Stone Creamery. The Diamondbacks have their own flavor of ice cream at Cold Stone called D-backs Dugout Delight. You can get that at the ballpark or at any Cold Stone in Arizona. New in 2014 is the addition of Wetzel's Pretzels.

Joining the main concession stands are food carts everywhere. Several carts sell hot Italian sandwiches, and many carts offer the Diamondbacks signature $4 beer, billed as the cheapest beer in MLB.

One cart near the left field foul pole is Rey Gloria's Tamales. This cart is run by one of the Chase Field security guards, Rey Gloria, and his family. They sell homemade tamales, which are great and not too high priced.

But if that's not enough food variety for you, there's even more. Chase Field is also home to a few higher end restaurants. A staple of Chase Field since it opened is Friday's Front Row Sports Grill, where fans can purchase tickets and eat at TGI Friday's during the game. Located about 460 feet from home plate in left field, there is a slim chance of getting a home run ball if you buy a seat out on the porch.

Also available to all fans during the game is The Arizona Baseball Club, which is down the right field line. Even though you do not need to purchase a separate ticket to enjoy this sit down restaurant, a reservation is highly recommended, and it is required for parties of 6 or more. The Arizona Baseball Club offers deck seating in right field so you can still watch the game while enjoying your meal.

On the Diamond level is the All-You-Can-Eat section. From when the gates open through the 7th inning, you can enjoy all the hot dogs, chips, popcorn, peanuts and Pepsi products as you want for $34-$42.

The one problem I have with the food options? No real BBQ place.

Atmosphere    5

The ballpark is just a great place to take in a baseball game. They designed everything with fan comfort in mind, and it definitely has paid off in making games very enjoyable. The color change also made the atmosphere of the park a lot better too. The old purple and turquoise is nice for a little while, but it gets hard to look at all the time. The new Sedona Red color scheme is perfect for Arizona, and just makes the stadium look better.

The roof is usually closed, so there aren't really any weather elements to worry about. The sun does shine through a gap in between the light stands and the roof, so if you sit in right field or down the first base line, you might have to deal with a glare during the afternoon.

When entering Chase Field, especially for a first-timer, you should go in through the main rotunda, which is on the southwest side near the main ticket office. The rotunda has a lot of artwork paying homage to the history of Arizona and the Diamondbacks. The 2001 World Series trophy is also on display here, along with memorabilia from that season.

All of the seats at Chase Field have cup holders, including the outfield bleachers. And really, the bleachers aren't that uncomfortable either. The Diamondbacks dugout is on the third base side, with their bullpen behind the left field foul pole. Before games, you can definitely sit wherever you want to watch batting practice. Once batting practice is over though, it's time to head to your actual seat.

Tons of suites are available, all for different price levels. The main suite level has options from foul pole to foul pole. There are also suites right on the field, and the pool is also considered a suite. In addition to the suites behind home plate, the lower level seats that surround them have food service to your seat.

The scoreboard is enormous. There's the main scoreboard in center field, and then two large video boards on each side of it that are primarily used for the lineups. During the game, the main scoreboard has all kinds of stats on the pitcher and batter, as well as random team stats throughout the game. One thing that is interesting is a constantly updated feed of how much the 50/50 raffle jackpot is. During the game, people are going through the stands selling 50/50 raffle tickets, and if you're thinking about buying one, you can just look up at the scoreboard to see what the pot is. The board does show replays of good plays in the field. There are also boards in the outfield that show the pitch count, and a scoreboard behind home plate with the score.

Chase Field has an organ player, which is great. Not a lot of recorded music is played during the game, just stuff from the organ player. One thing that has stood the test of time at Diamondbacks games is the playing of Emerson, Lake and Palmer's "Karn Evil 9" before the game. The lyrics "Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends, we're so glad you could attend, come inside come inside" is why that song is the theme song, and will hopefully be the theme song forever.

The Diamondbacks mascot is D. Baxter, who is a bobcat. When Chase Field was known as Bank One Ballpark, or BOB, a bobcat made sense. Now? Not so much. There are also a couple of on-field activities, like a hot dog race that features three kids in the third inning, and the Legends Race.

The Legends Race is like the Sausage race at Miller Park or the Presidents' Race at Nationals Park. Randy Johnson, Mark Grace, Luis Gonzalez and Matt Williams mascots race each other from the right field foul pole to home plate. Mark Grace never wins. Before the game, the mascots are on the two main concourses for photo opps, and then after the race they head to the playground area on the upper level.

Neighborhood    5

Chase Field is located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, and has a lot of places to go hang out before and after the game. Attached to the stadium is Friday's Front Row , which is open to the public every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas, and doesn't clear out the ticketed tables until about half an hour before the first pitch of Diamondback home games. They also offer burger specials in the 9th inning if you want to get a head start on your postgame celebration.

Located directly west of Chase Field is Game Seven Grill. It is a two story bar and grill that is in a perfect location for fans to grab a bite to eat before or after a game. Throughout the restaurant you can find some cool memorabilia from Diamondbacks history, including original stuff from the 2001 World Series. There's a patio for fans that are just looking to grab a drink, or you can go inside and get lunch or dinner.

Also located within a couple of blocks of Chase Field are Hard Rock Café, Majerle's Sports Grill, Alice Cooperstown Phoenix and many more grills, delis, Italian restaurants and other fantastic choices.

Downtown Phoenix also has several entertainment options, including the Arizona Science Center and the Capitol Building. The whole area can be turned into an entire day of family entertainment without having to drive anywhere.

All major hotel chains also have a building somewhere in the downtown area. With the addition of the light rail system, all of it is easily accessible from Chase Field.

Also part of the Legends Entertainment District is US Airways Center, which is located just a block west of Chase Field. So in April, you can combine a Diamondbacks game with a Suns game, or during the summer check out some Rattlers or Mercury action after a Diamondback day game.

Fans    3

Since a lot of people retire to the Phoenix area, there are a lot of fans for the visiting team, no matter who it is, and you can always hear the visiting team chants during a game. The team has done all it can to make it as affordable as possible for more local people to show up on a regular basis, but it takes the Diamondbacks being in first place to start getting bigger attendance numbers. Chase does hold about 49,000 people, so even when there are 30,000 at a game, it still looks pretty empty.

Access    5

Chase Field is located in between 3rd and 7th Streets on Jefferson Ave. 7th Street is the easiest way to get there from the north or south. Jefferson is a one way street that goes east, so if you are coming from the east, it is best to take Washington to 7th St. Sky Harbor International Airport is in the immediate area as well, so if you are flying in, you are not too far away.

There is ample parking around Chase Field, both in garages and in surface lots. During the summer, you definitely want to park in a garage if you can afford to do so (runs $10 close to the stadium). If you get there early enough on a week day, you won't have to pay for parking since the garages are free during the day. Weekends are a different story. I like the 7th St. Garage at the corner of 7th St. and Jefferson because it feeds right to a gate on the third base side without having to cross any streets or walk in the sun for too long.

The Valley Metro light rail is a very affordable and convenient way to get to the games, costing just $4 for a day pass. There are several stops as it goes along Jefferson Ave., giving you the ability to get off near one of your favorite restaurants or right next to the ballpark. The light rail runs from Downtown Phoenix to Arizona State in Tempe. With stops at the airport, and in several places in Tempe, there are many options on how to get to the game.

The concourse is completely covered with either concession stands or bathrooms, so lines are generally not a problem. Since there are food stands on both sides of the concourse, if there are even medium sized lines, it makes it a little difficult to walk through the concourse. But this doesn't happen very often. The walkway is so wide that getting around is almost never a problem.

Return on Investment    5

The Diamondbacks ticket prices are one of the most affordable in MLB, ranging from $10-$145. The food prices are high, but that is to be expected at a big league ballpark. There are a lot of specials that fans can take advantage of, including a value pack for outfield bleacher seats, and value items located at the various concession stands.

Parking prices are reasonable. The main Chase Field garage, which is located just south of the ballpark on the 3rd St, costs $10. Surface lots in the same area cost $4-$5. There's plenty of parking, so it's not very difficult to get in and out of any of the parking garages in the area. Or, you can just take the light rail, which drops you off at the stadium.

Also, if the team records 10 Ks in a game, everyone gets a coupon for a free drink at Circle K. And if the Diamondbacks score six runs, the next day, you can get three free tacos with the purchase of a large drink at Taco Bell from 4-6 PM throughout Arizona.

Extras    5

Chase Field has a lot to offer as far as entertainment goes during the game. Most people know about the swimming pool in right-center field, and if you reserve it far enough ahead of time, that could be you doing the backstroke during a baseball game. The pool is treated just like any other suite at Chase Field, meaning that anyone can rent it out for a game. It does cost $3500 for the night, but you can have a group of up to 35 people and the pool opens two hours before first pitch, and includes food and beverage.

A good feature for the kids at Chase Field is the "Sandlot," which is located on the upper level down the left field line. This is a place that parents can take their kids if they're getting a little antsy sitting in their seat. The Sandlot has a miniature wiffle ball field, a batting cage, and a playground. It also has the Diamondbacks organ player, and the legends mascots from the legends race come up and hang out during the 7th inning stretch.

In 2012, Chase Field opened a full-sized fitness center behind the centerfield scoreboard called Mountainside Fitness. It is the first public fitness center to be opened at a professional stadium.

Air conditioning is huge for Arizona during the summer. And you can feel it too. There are some places where you can sit and it feels like a windstorm; that's how strong the air flow is. Particularly in right field, I felt a lot colder than I did anywhere else in the stadium. One thing that I found odd was walking along the top row; there is absolutely no A/C up there, so it gets really, really hot. So don't sit in the top four rows or so if you can avoid it.

All along the concourses you can find artwork and other random historical pieces from all of baseball, not just the Diamondbacks. It's kind of cool to look at some of the paintings on the walls as you walk around just to see what they have. The local baseball fields that the Diamondbacks have built for communities throughout the state are pictured in the outfield concourses.

The Diamondbacks offer stadium tours three times a morning, Monday-Saturday all year long. You get a tour of some of the behind the scenes stuff at Chase Field, and get to go in the Diamondbacks dugout. The tour lasts a little over an hour, and only costs $7 per person. I highly recommend doing it if you have the chance.

Final Thoughts

While there's not a lot that changes year-to-year at Chase Field, not a lot really needs to change. The overall baseball experience is still one of the best there is. As things need to be replaced or upgraded, the Diamondbacks do it. You're not going to run into something that doesn't work or looks outdated at Chase Field.

Enough can't be said for how nice everyone is there as well, from the ushers all the way up the organization. The team is definitely run by the right people, and it shows in the game day experience.

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Chase Field-Home of the Arizona Diamondbacks

Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

When this stadium was built in 1998, it was known as Bank One Ballpark but was renamed Chase Field in 2005. Back in the BOB days, the Diamondbacks found early success winning the 2001 World Series in only their fourth year as a franchise.

Chase Field has hosted more than just Diamondbacks baseball games. In 2006, Chase Field hosted a World Baseball Classic game between USA and Mexico, as well as Challenge at Chase games in 2006 and 2007 between the Arizona State University and University of Arizona baseball teams. Most recently Chase Field hosted the 2011 MLB All-Star game which included the 2011 Homerun Derby and the 2011 Celebrity All-Star Game.

Chase Field was home to the Insight Bowl (2000-2005), several women's college basketball games, bull riding, monster truck rallies, Supercross races, and concerts.

But this stadium was built for baseball, and out of all the teams that have played here, the Diamondbacks know how to put on the show.

Chasing Baseball- A Review of Chase Field

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

Taking in an Arizona Diamondbacks game at Chase Field is more than just watching a baseball game. The stadium is almost as big an attraction as the on-field product. Built in 1998, Chase Field has been the home for the Diamondbacks since their inception.

Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the ballpark is easily accessible by two freeways that connect Phoenix to the surrounding suburbs. Located just a block from US Airways Center where the Phoenix Suns play basketball, Chase Field shares many of the parking structures in the surrounding area.

Parking is available all around the stadium with prices ranging from $4 to $20 depending on the garage and the opposing team. Besides driving, you can also take the new Phoenix train which has a stop directly adjacent to Chase Field.

The stadium has been designed to have an old ballpark field with a brick facade and exposed steel. One of the first things you notice is the large retractable roof that opens in just over four minutes. On days when outside temperatures are below 95 degrees they will play with the roof open. During the hot desert summer the roof is closed during the game and the stadium is air conditioned to a comfortable 78 degrees.

With a seating capacity of 49,075 the park looks massive from the inside. The seats have all been angled towards home plate making it quite comfortable to watch a game without having to rotate and sit on the side of your seat to see the game action.

Chase Field has several unique features besides the retractable roof. There are large mosaic panels above the outfield that can be opened to provide more air flow and give the fans a view of downtown Phoenix and the surrounding mountains.

The playing surface is natural grass and the park is relatively symmetrical although there are several nooks and crannies that come into play quite often. Beyond the right field wall in center is a swimming pool that can be rented on a per game basis. When Diamondbacks players hit a home run fountains shoot off spraying water into the pool area.

Above center, Chase Field is the home to the largest scoreboard in baseball with a high definition screen measuring 144 feet wide by 55 feet high. During the game the scoreboard shows crowd images and messages that are amazingly clear and life-like.

Food selection is rather varied and at several price points. There are three sit-down restaurants in the stadium. Above the left field bleachers is Friday's Front Row Grill and above right field is the Arizona Baseball Club which offers gourmet food with the menu changing for each opponent. The third restaurant is actually located under the seats behind home plate, a unique perspective.

There is the standard baseball fare with some local offerings including homemade tamales and freshly made sausages. The Diamondbacks also offer an all-you-can-eat section in the second deck which always seems to be filled to capacity.

In the upper deck is a children's area featuring a replica of Chase Field where kids can play wiffleball. There is also a high speed batting cage for the older kids. There are playgrounds with equipment in the upper deck and an arcade beyond the centerfield wall making it a very family-friendly venue.

Swimming Pool.........

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 3

When I went to Chase Field I enjoyed myself, Hard Rock Cafe (a personal favorite restaurant of mine) is within walking distance, parking is cheap and easy to find and not far from the stadium. However.... you're in Phoenix. It's hot and unless there's a ball game at either stadium (the Suns play next door), you're going to be bored.

Chase Field

Total Score: 4.57

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

I had an amazing time when I was at chase field. I have a few fans in that area and they made my experience alot better. A woman by the name of Paula Vaughnn gave me her season tickets. They were two rows up from the vistiors dugout. Another woman named Karen arranged for me to have a tour of the park from Nanette who is the disabilites director. They showed me around and I had a great time. I really loved the pool. The roof was open that night which I like because I don't like indoor parks. In my opinion baseball should be played outside not inside.

Chase Field - Home of the Arizona Diamondbacks

Total Score: 3.86

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 4

Opened in 1998 as Bank One Ballpark, Chase Field has been the only home to Major League Baseball in Arizona. It has seen the Diamondbacks win 5 NL West Division titles, one National League pennant, and one World Series title in 2001 against the New York Yankees. It also played host to the World Baseball Classic in 2006, and the MLB All Star Game in 2011.

Chase Field is also the former home of the Insight Bowl (2000-2005), and was home to the first ever outdoor college basketball game, which was played between the Arizona State women’s team and Tennessee in December, 2000. There are also many concerts, soccer matches, and supercross events during the Diamondbacks’ offseason.

One of the defining features of Chase Field is its retractable roof, which is composed of two halves that can move independently of each other and can close all the way in about four and a half minutes. The roof is very much needed during the Phoenix summers, where outside temperatures can stay above 100 for most of, if not all of a night game. Another unique feature is the swimming pool area located just beyond the right-center field fence. The pool is treated just like any other suite at Chase Field, meaning that anyone can rent it out for a game. It does cost $3,500 for the night, but you can have a group of up to 35 people and the pool opens two hours before first pitch, and includes food and beverage.

In 2008, a brand new video board was installed as the center field scoreboard. It is one of the largest television screens in the country, and is known as DBTV. During the game, DBTV has more stats posted on it about every hitter and pitcher than any one person would ever need to know, but it is very interesting to read some of the stuff that gets put up there in between pitches.

Baseball, desert and Air Conditioning

Total Score: 3.86

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

Pretty good ballpark which caters to comfort amidst heat. Sitting in the upper deck in with a comfortable temperature while looking up seeing the roof open knowing the extreme heat was right outside. That might have been a rare occurence that the roof was off that night, but pretty cool. Wide concourses where you can vie the game as you explore are great, not sure why all new ballparks don't have field view (i.e. St. Louis). Don't forget a stroll by the pool in right center field. You really feel like you get your money's worth seeing a Diamondbacks game.

Chasing Down the Diamondbacks

Total Score: 4.43

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 5

Opened in 1998 as Bank One Ballpark, Chase Field has been the only home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. It has seen the Diamondbacks win five NL West Division titles, one National League pennant, and one World Series title in 2001 against the New York Yankees. It also played host to the World Baseball Classics in 2006 and 2013, and the MLB All Star Game in 2011.

Chase Field is the former home of the Insight Bowl (2000-2005), and was home to the first ever outdoor college basketball game, which was played between the Arizona State women’s team and Tennessee in December, 2000. There are also many concerts, soccer matches, and supercross events during the Diamondbacks’ offseason.

One of the defining features of Chase Field is its retractable roof, which is composed of two halves that can move independently of each other and can close all the way in about four and a half minutes. The roof is very much needed during the Phoenix summers, where outside temperatures can stay above 100 for most, if not all, of day games, and even night games. Chase Field was the first baseball stadium in the United States to have a retractable roof, and the first in the world to have natural grass along with a retractable roof.

In 2008, a brand new video board was installed as the center field scoreboard. It is one of the largest television screens in the country, and is known as DBTV. During the game, DBTV has more stats posted on it about every hitter and pitcher than any one person would ever need to know, but it is very interesting to read some of the stuff that gets put up there in between pitches.

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