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Chase Field – Arizona Diamondbacks


Chase Field is the stadium of the Arizona Diamondbacks and is located in Phoenix, Arizona. The construction of the ballpark began in 1996 and was finished a couple of weeks before the start of the season in 1998. Chase Field was officially opened on March 31, 1998. The total cost of construction was $354 million which exceeded the budget by $75 million.

The original name of the stadium was Bank One Ballpark, named after Bank One of Chicago. The nickname “BOB” still comes from the original name. When Bank One merged with JPMorgan Chase & Co, a name change was announced on September 23, 2005. Another nickname for Chase Field is “The Aircraft Hangar”, because of the appearance and resemblance of the exterior of the ballpark.

Design

One of the most interesting design-features is the retractable roof. When constructed it was the 3rd stadium in Major League Baseball with such a feature and the first stadium in the United States of America. The other two were the Rogers Centre and the Montreal Olympic Stadium (till 2004 of the Montreal Expos, now the Washington Nationals). Chase Field was the very first stadium with a retractable roof and a surface of natural grass (Bull’s Eye Bermuda Grass). Whether the roof is open or closed depends on the temperatures. If it is decided that the game will be played under a closed roof, then the roof will be closed  three hours before game-time. That way the grass will benefit for as long as possible of the natural circumstances. The closed roof leaves enough sunlight for the game to be played under true daylight.

Two other distinctive features of Chase Field are a swimming pool in the right-centerfield. The pool can be rented as a suite for 35 persons. Another feature is the gravel between the pitchers mount and homeplate. This feature was common in ballparks in the past, but now only two stadiums have it. The other being Comerica Park of the Detroit Tigers.

Notable moments
The Arizona Diamondbacks were in the World Series of 2001. Games 1, 2, 6 and 7 were played at Chase Field and were all won by the Arizona Diamondbacks and thus won the 2001 World Series. It was the first time since 1991 that a team (the Minnesota Twins) won all home games. In March 2006 the stadium hosted three first-round games of the World Baseball Classics and on July 12, 2011 the Major League Baseball All-Star game was played. The players of the National League triumphed with 5-1.

Other Events
Chase Field occasionally hosts concerts and international soccer games. There are two other major events that take place in the stadium. In January AMA Supercross and Monster Jam take control of Chase Field.

Name: Chase Field
MLB Team:
Arizona Diamondbacks
Architect: Ellerbie Becket
Date of Opening: March 31, 1998
Building Costs: $354 million
Capacity: 48,633
Surface: Bull’s Eye Bermuda Grass
Dimensions:
Left Field 330 ft
Left Center 374 ft
Center Field 407 ft
Right Center 374 ft
Right Field 334 ft

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401 East Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85009
(602) 462-6500
www.azchasefield.com



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