Chase Field
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Finished in 1998, and named Bank One Ballpark until 2005, Chase Field serves primarily as the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, our Major League Baseball team. It occasionally hosts concerts and other sporting events as well, including the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl.

Perhaps its coolest feature — literally — would be its climate control systems. During the hot summer months, the entire stadium stays enclosed and nicely air conditioned. An off-site chilled-water system can drop the temperature up to 30 degrees. In fact, if you get cold easily, you might consider bringing a sweater or light jacket to events.

However, during cooler weather, the roof retract and massive panels along the outfield wall rotate open to let in a nice breeze, views of downtown Phoenix and a view of the fireworks after Friday night games. The stadium also opens the roof daily when unoccupied so the natural-grass lawn can get needed sunlight.

Aside from the technology to keep more than 48,500 attendees cool, Chase Field offers plenty of refreshments along each concourse, including a gluten-free stand that’s usually located on the main concourse near right field.

You can also drop into Friday’s Front Row Sports Grill over at left field, or step outside and eat at one of the restaurants that border the park to the west.

Kids will love the Sandlot area on the Upper Concourse near left field. They can play Wiffle ball on a replica of the field, enjoy the playground or test their skills in a batting cage.

If you’re independently wealthy, or part of a company that like sports, you can see some of the more exclusive areas like the Legends Suites, one of the lounges, various patios and maybe get access to the field-level pool and spa at right field.

If you want to check out Chase Field when not too many people are around, it offers regular private tours. These last 45 minutes and cost from $15-$25 depending on the size of the group.

Location: 401 E Jefferson St, Phoenix
Phone: 602-514-8400
Website: chasefieldevents.com
Diamondback information and tickets: arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com

– Justin Ferris, Phoenix.org

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