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  Introduction

Chase Field is located in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, bounded by Jefferson Street on the North, Fourth Street on the West and Seventh Street on the East. The Ballpark was designed by Ellerbe Becket and incorporates the traditional look of red brick and green structural steel in a setting that blends into its surroundings. Many of the design details are borrowed from the Warehouse District that surrounds the Ballpark.

The project was managed by Huber, Hunt, & Nichols, Inc. and ground was broken for construction of Chase Field on November 16, 1995, beginning the 28 month and approximately $370 million dollar project.


  Roof

The retractable roof uses a pair of 200 horsepower motors to open and close the roof in slightly less than five minutes, utilizing more than four miles of cable strung through a pulley system. Each half of the roof consists of three moveable trusses which telescope over a fixed end truss. The east and west sides of the roof can operate in unison or independently. Either side of the roof can be opened to any position in order to maximize sunlight on the turf and minimize it on the interior steel and concrete.

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  Air Conditioning

The Ballpark is cooled using an 8,000 ton cooling system that incorporates air handlers and a large cooling tower on the south side of the Ballpark. It is designed to bring down the temperature by 30 degrees in three hours and is configured to deliver cool air only where it is needed.


  Seating

The seating capacity of Chase Field is very versatile, it ranges from 48,500 for Arizona Diamondback baseball games to approximately 53,000 for a major concert with seating on the field. There are 66 luxury suites, 6 party suites, 500 restaurant seats, and a picnic area that seats 550.


  Field

The field is a natural grass playing surface which rests on a bed of sand over gravel, into which drainage pipes have been installed. It receives sunlight at every opportunity, normally 6 to 8 hours per day during baseball season. Occasionally, some areas of the field receive too little sunlight and large growth lights are needed to provide substitute lighting.


  Pool

The Pool Party is located next to the outfield wall in right-center field. The Pavilion gives about 35 guests the opportunity to see the Diamondbacks play while enjoying a swimming pool, hot tub, fountains, catering and other amenities. When any Diamondback player hits a home run, water cannons will fire streams of water 30 to 35 feet into the air.


  Food

Visitors of Chase Field have a wide variety of food and beverage choices. Sliders restaurant is located in the plaza on the west side of the Ballpark along Fourth Street and TGI Friday’s Front Row is located inside the Ballpark with it’s main entrance on the north side of the Ballpark. During Baseball games and District events there are a quarter mile of traditional and specialty concession stands serving everything from hot dogs, hamburgers, and pizza to fresh fruits and vegetables.


  Parking Garage

Chase Field has a 1,500 car parking garage attached on the south side of the Ballpark. On game days the garage provides parking for the Suite level ticket holders and during District Events it provides parking to attendees on a first come first serve basis. The garage is also open daily for visitors to the downtown area.


  Other Fun Facts
  • It takes less than 5 minutes to open or close the roof
  • The electrical cost to fully open or close the roof is approximately $2.00
  • The movable roof is composed of six operable telescoping panels that, when open, create 5.5 acres of open sky
  • A hotline is available for fans to call in and get that day's "roof forecast" once it is determined if the roof will be opened or closed for that particular game. The number is 602-379-ROOF (7663).
  • The first game played at the Ballpark was an exhibition game on March 31, 1998
  • The first Diamondbacks home run at the Ballpark was made by Travis Lee on March 31, 1998
  • The ballpark has 650 miles of electrical wiring
  • 8,000 tons of cooling (electric) will take approximately four hours to cool the ballpark from 110 degrees to 72 degrees in mid summer
  • The first player to hit a home run into the Pool Party was Mark Grace on May 12, 1998, while a member of the Chicago Cubs
  • The Ballpark is the second-highest facility in the major leagues, sitting 1,100 feet above sea level. It trails only Denver's Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies
  • The dirt strip between the pitcher's mound and home plate was designed to imitate an old field from early baseball history. It is currently the only one if its kind in Major League Baseball
  • Non-baseball events generate a total of nearly $16 million in local economic activity consisting of direct in-stadium spending as well as those expenditures by out-of-town visitors in local hotels, restaurants, and retail establishments

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