Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks of the National League, lies on Jefferson Street in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The ballpark has a retractable roof and is fully air conditioned because of the intensity of the summer heat in the Phoenix area. The Diamondbacks played their first game at Chase Field on March 31, 1998 against the Colorado Rockies. This ballpark is the first retractable roof venue with a natural grass playing surface, and its seating capacity is 48,633. See the Chase Field seating chart for more information about Diamondbacks tickets.
At Chase Field, the weather may frequently dictate that the roof be closed for a game. This reduces the amount of sunlight available for growing grass. The Diamondbacks have found that Bull’s Eye Bermuda Grass adapts best to these unusual growing conditions.
Fans attending a game at Chase Field will see that new technology blends with old traditions. The dirt path between the pitcher’s mound and home plate is a throwback to Major League baseball fields from about a century ago. This feature lends a quaint and down-home atmosphere to the ballpark experience. As soon as fans look toward center field, however, they see a great example of the electronic innovation characteristic of the 21st century. Directly above the hitting background lies the high-definition, LED video board that covers 6,256 square feet. The Diamondbacks installed this board before the 2008 season, and it can function as a single large video screen or as a group of smaller screens.
Chase Field also has a full-size swimming pool behind the right-center field wall. This feature is appropriate for baseball venues that lie in areas of the country that are consistently hot all summer. On days when the roof is left open, fans in the pool area have a way to keep cool during the game. The Diamondbacks rent the area to groups of up to 35 people for one game at a time. Those in the pool area need to pay attention to the game because it is not uncommon for a home run to land in the pool with a splash.
Fans who would like an exciting and different kind of ballpark dining experience at Chase Field should seek out the TGI Friday’s Front Row Sports Grill located above left field near the foul pole. This restaurant has its own entrance at Gate L, and in one section there are outside tables equipped with four stadium seats. Each of these tables is next to the front railing so fans can sit and enjoy their meal and a terrific view of the game. The restaurant also has inside seating, and a ticket booth for the purchase of Sports Grill seats for future games.
D. Baxter the Bobcat became the Diamondbacks mascot in June 2000. Baxter, with pointed ears and pink nose, interacts with the crowd at Chase Field and keeps the fans laughing. In the fourth inning of home games, Baxter goes to his “Den” on the Upper Concourse whe