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Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Scottsdale, AZ

Home of the Colorado Rockies Spring Training

4.7

4.5

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (map it)
7555 N Pima Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85258


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Year Opened: 2011

Capacity: 12,800

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The Colorado Rockies have called Salt River Fields at Talking Stick their Spring Training home since 2011.  They share the facility with the Arizona Diamondbacks.  When the Chicago White Sox moved from Tucson Electric Park (now Kino Stadium) to Camelback Ranch in 2009, it left the Diamondbacks and Rockies as the only teams remaining in Tucson.  This forced the D-Backs and Rockies to start looking for new homes, and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community gave them the best deal with a 20-year lease.  The Rockies played their final season in Tucson in 2010 at Hi Corbett Field, which has now been taken over by the University of Arizona.

Salt River Fields is the only one Cactus League facility built on a Native American Reservation.  Capacity for the stadium is 12,800, and it has been sold out nearly every day over its three-year history.  The complex boasts 12 full-size practice fields (six for each team), state-of-the-art clubhouses and workout facilities for the teams, and is also one of the most fan-friendly stadiums in the Cactus League.  It also plays home to the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the AZL D-Backs, and many events throughout the year.

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

Salt River Fields has a very southwestern feel in regards to most of the food available. There are several different types of Mexican and southwestern stands found throughout the stadium, including a Salty Seńoritas stand down the first base line, and a bigger Mexican food stand right behind home plate and down the third base line. All the meals at these are right around $8-$9.

At the main concession stands, you have your hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken strips. For meals including fries, these run around $10, and the Pepsi product sodas are about $4-$5. Beers throughout the stadium range from $7-$9, with a bunch of local brew tents from Arizona and Colorado set up around the concourse.

In addition to the typical concourse concession stands, there are three "party decks" up along the press box and suite level. Right above the press box is the Pepsi Patio, which gives fans a great view of the East Valley, as well as their very own concession stand. Down the first base line is the Coors Light Cold Zone, and the third base line has the Miller Lite Taste Zone. These give fans traditional seating, as well as a standing area bar. Both are very unique additions to the typical suites, of which Talking Stick has several. But the party decks give fans a great view and a great time.

No food is permitted from outside the stadium, but you can bring in sealed bottles of water.

Atmosphere    5

Everything about the experience of the ballpark is fantastic. It's obvious that when they designed the stadium, fan comfort was the number one priority.

When looking out past the outfield, you get the landscape of the East Valley, which is much nicer than the West Valley with its rolling hills and untouched desert. From higher up in the seating area, you can see the traffic on the Loop 101, but it's not too obvious. The stadium itself has a very desert-y feel to it. All the walls are tan, and the seating area is a dark green. In both corners there are cactus gardens, as well as a cactus garden in the batters eye in center field, and in between the clubhouses and concourse in the outfield. The stadium sort of blends in with its surroundings. There's also a 3 acre lake at the facility that is stocked with fish.

There are several ways to enter the stadium. Entrance gates can be found behind home plate, beyond center field, and down the left and right field lines. All of the entrances are near a parking lot, but if you are coming to a Rockies game, you might be better off coming in on the first base side and parking over there. All of the Rockies' practice fields and batting cages are on the south side of the complex, and are easily accessed from the parking lot that is closest to the movie theatre. All fans can go check out the Rockies practice before a game, and the batting cages are right along the pathway that takes you from that parking lot to the gate and ticket office.

All of the Rockies facilities are on the first base side, including their dugout, their bullpen, their practice fields, batting cages, and their main clubhouse and work out rooms. Both clubhouses are very prominent parts of the stadium architecture, with the Rockies down the right field line and the Diamondbacks down the left field line. Each team also has its own team shop attached to these buildings, as well as a joint team shop behind home plate that isn't quite as big as the ones in the outfield.

The bullpens are both in foul territory, so there is maximum room for lawn seating at SRF. The stadium is sunk into the ground too, so there is tons of room for fans who want to sit in the outfield. The main seating area is split up into two parts, a lower and an upper bowl. These seats are very comfortable, have tons of leg room, and all have cup holders. Also, the seats get right down to field level, giving you a different view of the game if you are lucky enough to get a front row seat.

If you're looking to stay out of the sun, higher up along the first base side is probably better for you. But the stadium does have an enormous shade structure built along the top of it which helps provide shade to a lot of the seating areas. The scoreboard is in left field. It's interesting. It's one big TV screen, giving you the line score, the current batting lineups for both teams constantly, as well as last year's regular season stats for the batter and pitcher. There's a lot going on, and some of the text is a little too small to see clearly if you are sitting behind home plate.

Neighborhood    4

Salt River Fields is located right next to The Pavilions at Talking Stick, which is a shopping center that has a couple of chain restaurants and stores in it, and also has Ultra Star Cinemas. Filiberto's is great if you're looking for some good, cheap Mexican food. You could also check out YC's Mongolian Grill if you're in the mood for some Asian food.

New to the area is a Buffalo Wild Wings, located at the corner of Pima and Indian Bend. I'm a big fan of BWW, and that addition really adds to the options that are available in the immediate area.

Across the Loop 101 from the baseball complex is Talking Stick Resort and Casino. The resort features a hotel, as well as a spa and a golf course, which everyone can make an entire day out of. On the north side of the stadium, you can find Ventura Grill, which has happy hour M-F from 3-6, and live music on Friday nights.

Just north of the resort and casino is Butterfly Wonderland which is America's largest butterfly atrium. It has a 3D Theater, various insect displays, and a small aquatic animal area as well. So if you're looking for something a little different, it would be worth checking out.

For Spring Training, the City of Scottsdale offers a free trolley service, which has several stops in between the stadium and Downtown Scottsdale. This makes it fairly easy for fans to check out Old Town and a baseball game at Talking Stick in the same day without having to worry about traffic and parking.

Fans    4

Rockies fans definitely come out to Arizona from chilly Denver to cheer on their team. The Rockies always used to draw fairly well in Tucson, but now with a brand new facility in Scottsdale, there's no better place for Colorado fans to spend a few days in March. They make their presence felt too. Chants that you might hear at Coors Field start randomly at SRF. It's kind of cool that there are enough fans from Denver at the games in Arizona to hear chants, and to have every player cheered louder than the last. Even the sound guys at Salt River play the "Tulo" chant for the Rockies fans.

Access    5

The Salt River Fields complex is located just west of the Loop 101 Pima Fwy at the Indian Bend Rd. Exit. You could also take the Pima Rd. or Via de Ventura exits if you are coming from the north.

There are plenty of parking lots at the facility. There is a parking lot right off of Pima Rd. just north of Indian Bend, or you could park at either the Diamondback or Rockie facility, or even drive all the way around the complex and park past center field. All of these parking lots cost $5, it just depends on where you're sitting to figure out where you should park. For Rockies games, the south parking lot or the main parking lot is probably ideal so if you do go early you get the chance to see the team take batting practice and warm ups on the practice fields before the game. Also, since the Rockies are on the south half of the complex, parking at the movie theatre or Target at the Pavilions is also an option, and free. The movie theatre is literally right across the street, so it's not too long of a walk.

There is a free spring training trolley that the City of Scottsdale offers. It connects to Downtown Scottsdale, but also runs its own route from the Scottsdale Resort and Chaparral Suites Resort all the way up to The Pavilions and stadium, as well as continuing on to the Talking Stick Resort and Golf Club.

The ease of moving around the stadium during a game is great. The main concourse runs above all of the seating areas, and goes completely around the stadium. In the infield there's also a lower concourse which splits up the two levels of seating. The lower concourse also takes you out to the cactus gardens down each line, as well as the Salty Seńorita's on the first base line.

The concourses don't get filled up by concession stand lines or restroom lines because they all have their own separate standing area away from where everyone else is walking. Just another little added thing in the design that keeps the feel of the stadium more open and free. The main concourse is also open to the playing field, so you'll never miss any of the action while walking around.

Return on Investment    5

Rockies single game spring training tickets cost anywhere from $10-$35, but no matter where you sit, Salt River Fields is a great experience. The entire complex is one of those things you have to experience if you are a baseball fan, and the $5 parking with a $10 ticket and reasonably priced food is well worth the money. The entire complex is that good, not just the stadium.

Extras    5

Game programs are just $1. Prior to the game, the Rockies come down the first base line and sign autographs for fans that are down there waiting for them. And everyone can go down and try and get autographs, not just people with tickets for that area.

The practice fields and batting cages being so accessible is another point. The batting cages are right along the path that you have to take to get in the stadium, giving everyone the ability to watch Tulowitzki or Dexter Fowler or Todd Helton work on their hitting. Also along the first base line is a miniature field where kids can play a little ball with some of the staff at Salt River Fields.

The separate team shops in each outfield corner are a nice bonus too. A lot of teams that share facilities cram all of their merchandise into one little room behind home plate. The Rockies and Diamondbacks have a great set up with their clubhouses having that little extension, giving them each their own retail space. If you're going to a Rockies game to cheer for the Rockies, you don't want to have to go through a bunch of Diamondbacks stuff too. You don't have to here.

One last extra for the overall decoration of the stadium and the area around it. The fully stocked pond, the desert theme both inside and outside of the park. The cactus gardens in the park really add a nice touch to the feel of the stadium, and the overall look. And they're just part of the handicap ramp to get from the upper to the lower concourse, so it's not like they're taking away from potential seating.

One last shout out to my favorite lemonade guy. He does games at Salt River Fields, as well as Kino Stadium for the Tucson Padres, Arizona Stadium for the Wildcats football team, and Chase Field for the Diamondbacks. If you're at a game, you'll know he's there, no matter how far away from him you are... "LEMONADE LEMONADE LIKE GRANDMA MADE"

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Crowd Reviews

Talking Stick

Total Score: 4.00

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

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is the new (in 2011) spring training facility for both the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Prior to the 2011 season, both teams had facilities in Tucson, AZ. The move north by these teams brings the entire Cactus League to the Phoenix, AZ area.

The logo for the stadium incorporates a rattlesnake to symbolize the Arizona Diamondbacks and a mountain to symbolize the Colorado Rockies.

The name of the ballpark has a lot of significance as well, so here is a breakdown:

"Salt River" alerts baseball fans that they are visiting the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Native American Community.

"Fields" refers to the 12 practice fields located within the facility and also the Community's rich agricultural history.

"Talking Stick" is a historical reference to the traditional Pima calendar stick on which carvers recorded historical events and milestones.

great stadium

Total Score: 5.00

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

it is huge and amazing better than some mlbv parks. it's architecture is incredible. if it held 35,000 itd be one of the top parks in all of the mlb

best spring training

Total Score: 5.00

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

should be a major league park

The Desert Rockies

Total Score: 3.86

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

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is the new (in 2011) spring training facility for both the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Prior to the 2011 season, both teams had facilities in Tucson, AZ. The move north by these teams brings the entire Cactus League to the Phoenix, AZ area.

The Name:

”Salt River Fields” alerts baseball fans that they are visiting the Salt River Pima- Maricopa Indian Community.

”Fields” refers to the 12 practice fields located within the facility and also the Community’s rich agricultural history.

”Talking Stick” is a historical reference to the traditional Pima calendar stick on which carvers recorded historical events and milestones.

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Local Food & Drink

YC's Mongolian Grill  (map it!)

9120 E Indian Bend Rd

Scottsdale, AZ 85250

(480) 948-8011

http://www.ycs-mongoliangrill.com/

Don and Charlie's  (map it!)

7501 E Camelback Rd

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 990-0900

http://www.donandcharlies.com/

Filiberto's Mexican Food  (map it!)

9150 East Indian Bend Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85258

(480) 270-5098

http://www.filibertos.com

Ventura Grill  (map it!)

9261 East Vía de Ventura

Scottsdale, AZ 85258

(480) 278-7061

http://venturagrill.com/

Local Entertainment

Talking Stick Resort  (map it!)

9800 East Indian Bend

Scottsdale, AZ 85256

(480) 850-7777

http://talkingstickresort.com/

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