Pro Sports Stadium Review: Chase Field

Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona opened in 1998, the inaugural season of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Chase Field was originally known as Bank One Ballpark or “The Bob” for short. Some of the interesting features back in 1998 was that it was the first stadium with a swimming pool and the first baseball park with a retractable roof. Both of those features come in handy in an Arizona summer where temperatures routinely hit triple digits, even at night.

Chase Field was also the first stadium to feature a roof and have a natural grass field. Over the years it has hosted World Baseball Classic Games, college football bowl games and even an outdoor women’s college basketball game in 2000 between Arizona and Tennessee.

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The All-Star Game was held at Chase Field in 2011, and the Diamondbacks have won five National League West Division titles there. The greatest moment in Chase Field history was in 2001 when the Diamondbacks won the World Series in dramatic fashion by coming from behind to beat the New York Yankees in Game Seven on a walk-off single by Luis Gonzalez off of Hall of Fame pitcher Mariano Rivera.

Arizona won all four of their home games in the 2001 World Series and the crowd at Chase Field had plenty to do with that. That World Series was in the aftermath of 9-11 and much of the country was rooting for New York that year, but the D-Backs spoiled the feel good story with their dramatic win. They were the youngest franchise ever to win a World Series, doing it in their fourth season.

Chase Field has a huge variety of food for whatever you might be in the mood for that night. You want a hot dog or corn dog? They have all kinds of them at Chase Field. The biggest is a $25.00 corn dog stuffed with bacon, cheese and jalapenos known as the D-Bat Dog. It comes with a side of fries and was intended to feed a family of four, but many have taken to trying to eat one by themselves.

You like Mexican? Try a tamale from Rey Glorias Tamales. Rey is a D-Back security guard who makes tamales and sells them at a reasonable price. At Chase Field you can find a Subway, a New York Pizza, TCBY, a Panda Express and Cold Stone Creamery. They also have a sports bar called Front Row Sports Grille and of course you can find the typical ball park goodies such as peanuts, popcorn, hot dogs and hamburgers.

Chase Field has some of the most comfortable seats in baseball. All have chairs and cup holders except for the upper level bleachers. There are luxury suites all around the ballpark for corporate get-togethers or fans can get friends together and chip in and rent one for the night.

Tom rent the pool runs $3500.00 per night so 35 friends can each chip in $100.00 and enjoy a game in the pool.

On the concourse level fans can check out the rotunda and get a history lesson in Arizona and Diamondbacks baseball. You can also head down the right field concourse and get a view of the 2001 World Series trophy.

Chase Field doesn’t play loud recorded music during the game. Instead they have an organ player which is kind of a cool throwback to the days of old.

The Diamondbacks have not been good in recent seasons, but they are a young team on the rise. Paul Goldschmidt is one of the game’s best players, although he does not get a lot of publicity. He is leading the National League batting race as of the beginning of August with a .357 average.

If you are perhaps on your way to see the Grand Canyon on your vacation, swing by Chase Field and check out an Arizona Diamondbacks game. It is one of the most affordable venues in MLB and a great place to see a game.

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