University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale gets more attention these days—it’s an NFL stadium, site of two Super Bowls and future site of a men’s Final Four (2017), but Chase Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks, is one of the most impressive sports venues you’ll ever visit. Chase Field has seen its share of signature moments, too, including a World Series won by the D-backs in 2001. The team hasn’t been faring as well recently, but the stadium remains a hit with fans—including vacationing visitors who stop in to root when their trip coincides with a visit from their favorite big-league team to the Sonoran Desert.
A little history: In 1995, Major League Baseball awarded Phoenix an expansion team. Construction on the new stadium, originally called Bank One Stadium, began on November 16, 1995. The ballpark, shaped like a massive airport hanger, was renamed in September 2005 after the merger between Bank One and JP Morgan Chase. On March 31, 1998, the Diamondbacks’ first major league game was played against the Colorado Rockies before a standing-room only crowd of 50,179.
The facility remains one of two in the US that has a dirt strip between home plate and the pitcher’s mound. The “Keyhole,” as this dirt strip is called, was a very common feature in old-time baseball parks. Covering about 1,300,000 square feet, which includes the playing surface, Chase Field’s levels are divided into Field, Main Concourse, Press Level, Suite Club Level, Upper Concourse and Service Level. The park plays host to a variety of other sporting events, including football, soccer, and basketball.
Chase Field was the first stadium in U.S. history to be built with a retractable roof. Considered a masterpiece of engineering, Chase Field is the world’s first facility to combine a retractable roof, air conditioning, and a natural Bermuda grass turf field. This is extremely beneficial during those hot summers down in the Sonoran Desert.
The technologically advanced roof was crafted with 9 million pounds of structural steel, and works in a similar fashion to an overhead traveling crane.
A pair of 200-horsepower motors is used to open and close the roof, in a record time of just over 4 minutes. Chase Field also includes a 385-square-foot pool and spa, perfect for private parties. The pool, located in right center field, can be rented to patrons for about $6,500 per game.
You also have the opportunity to tour the ballpark. Public tours are held year-round, for both individuals and groups.
Chase Field Guided Tour Information
- Walking Tour lasts 75 minutes
- Tours are wheelchair accessible and you may request a wheelchair at the Tour Ticket Window
- Be prepared as the majority of the tour will not be air-conditioned
- No food or drinks (except water) are allowed on the tour
- You will not walk directly onto the playing field while on tour
- No tours are held during day games, major holidays, and special events
Games 1, 2, 6, and 7 of the 2001 World Series against the mighty New York Yankees took place at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks emerged victorious in the Series 4-3, capturing their first and only World Series Championship to date. The deciding seventh game will go down as one of the biggest Chase Field events in history. Diamondbacks fans rejoiced at the city’s first baseball championship. The hometown team thwarted New York’s bid for a fourth consecutive championship. In just their fourth year of existence, the Diamondbacks became the fastest expansion team to win the World Series.
The Major League Baseball season starts in April and runs through October each year. With a hot dog in hand and singing along to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” grab the kids and head to Chase Field on your next Phoenix, Arizona vacation!