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Get to Chase Field
Until Chase Field starts to be serviced by the METRO Light Rail line (hopefully by Opening Day ’09, with a stop at Washington and 3rd Street), the usual way make it to the park is via automobile. A few downtown residences are within walking distance, but during most of the summer that’s irrelevant as the overbearing heat usually lasts well into the evening (D-Backs home games usually start at 6:40 p.m.). If you’re visiting, the cab company with the easiest number to remember is Discount Cab, at (602) 200-2000.
Though signs and official city information directs game-traffic traveling from the East Valley (Mesa, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley) to take 7th Avenue off of the I-10 West, a quicker and less obstructed way into Central Phoenix is to take the 7th Street exit south and take a right at Fillmore. Like the U.S. president for whom it’s named, this little-used route is both obscure and seldom-referenced. It will bring you directly to 1st Street, where a left hand turn will usher you three blocks later to a large public parking structure defined by Van Buren and Monroe. This route may be better for those coming from the West Valley as well (Glendale, Avondale, Litchfield Park) if the aim is to avoid congestion. Like investing in ‘hot’ stocks or looking for the best camping spot, the idea is to stay well-away of the masses in order to realize singular benefits.
Parking garages and other public parking areas abound in the area surrounding Chase Field, including Heritage Square on the southeast corner of Monroe and 5th St. and the Basilica garage on the northwest corner of the same intersection. The Phoenix Convention Center is across the street from Chase Field, as is its accompanying garage, and the Collier Center between Washington and Jefferson defined by 2nd and 3rd streets is also quite close. At any of these locations, the standard fare will be $10. If you’re lucky enough to find a spot on the street after 5 p.m., the parking Gods have smiled upon you as you have avoided meter charges. Tricky but not unheard of.
The D-Backs offer directions and parking info as well as a map. If things go according to plan – which they rarely do when it comes to large-scale municipal projects – the METRO will start service on December 26, 2008, opening up a new dimension to transportation in Phoenix.