Home of the Arizona Diamondbacks
Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Stadium Capacity: 49,075
This retractable roof stadium in downtown Phoenix is home to the Diamondbacks, who won a World Series in just their fourth year of existence. Notable features of the park include the swimming pool beyond the right-center field wall and the roof, which can be opened or closed in just over four minutes. After closure the air conditioner kicks in and can lower the temperature by 30 degrees in three hours. Hit the Taste of the Majors concession stands for food representing other National League cities.
If you’re in town for a game in spring or early fall, kill time before opening pitch by getting outside and soaking up some desert sun. Sit by the pool, play some golf (the Phoenix area is home to more than 200 courses) or take a hike. Camelback Mountain is right in the middle of everything and offers hikes for beginners as well as the more experienced. … Chase Field is located in downtown Phoenix but finding parking usually isn’t a problem. If you want to leave the car at home, starting in 2009 you can take the Metro Light Rail line to the park; it stops at Washington and 3rd Street. … Chase Field has a retractable roof that makes summertime baseball possible in the Valley of the Sun, but the team actually tries to keep it open for the D-backs’ typical 6:40 p.m. starts (unless it’s a real scorcher outside). … One of the park’s most famous features is the swimming pool in right-center where home run balls occasionally splash; the pool area is open for group rentals, so make arrangements ahead of time if you want to do that. Wander down from the upper deck with your swimming trunks expecting to take a dip and you’ll be disappointed. … For eats, find a Hungry Hill Sangwich stand for one of their excellent Italian sausages. It’s an Illinois company but somehow has found a home in the desert. Also unique is the Taste of the Majors stand that features signature items from other ballparks. … If you’re looking for a craft beer, hit one of the Gordon Biersch stands, where they also offer their famous garlic fries. … To sit down for a drink and bite, the best option is Friday’s Front Row Sports Grill overlooking left field. Ok, it’s a chain, but for ballpark eats it’s pretty good, and you can watch the game while you eat. … After the game walk a couple of blocks west to Alice Cooperstown across from America West arena. Named for the legendary rocker, an Arizona resident, it’s where sports and rock n’ roll meet. The food and drink are pretty good, too. … For another unexpected experience in downtown Phoenix, walk over to Mrs. White’s Golden Rule Café just northeast of the park, for some awesome soul food at great prices.
Camelback Mountain, 5950 N. Echo Canyon, (602) 256-3220
Alice Cooperstown, 101 E. Jackson St., (602) 253-7337
Mrs. White’s Golden Rule Café, 808 E. Jefferson St., (602) 262-9256
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Soak up the Scene
Chase Field has a retractable roof that the team tries to keep open for the D-backs’ typical 6:40 p.m. starts (unless it’s a real scorcher outside), so they capture a little of the magical feel of an op... Read more »