CHASE FIELD EXPERIENCE
Nestled in the heart of the Legends Entertainment District in downtown Phoenix just south of Jefferson Street, east of Fourth Street and west of Seventh Street, Chase Field is the epicenter of the Phoenix sports experience. When ground first broke on the building in November of 1995, it was always intended to be among baseball's most unique parks. Then-named Bank One Ballpark, an air conditioned, retractable-roof stadium was the first to feature a pool, which sits just beyond the right-center field fence, 415 feet from home plate, and has been the recipient of many home run balls.
With all of the amenities and unique facets of this multi-use facility, one can easily imagine that it took significant time to build. The project began more than two years before the D-backs ever played a game, but it took all of that time - 28 months in total - to complete the structure, at a cost of $354 million. The park was designed by Ellerbe Beckett, with Bill Johnson serving as the design principal, John Watson as project manager and the Huber Hunt & Nichols company working as the managing contractor. The designers borrowed from the downtown Phoenix warehouse district in their concepts, using red brick and exposed green structural steel. They even borrowed a real warehouse, in fact, incorporating the former Arizona Citrus Growers’ Packing House, as the south facade of the building, currently used as a commissary for Chase Field's concession stands. On Sept. 23, 2005, the stadium name was changed to Chase Field following the merger between Chase Bank and Bank One.
The ballpark was officially opened when the Arizona Diamondbacks took the field against the Colorado Rockies on March 31, 1998, and has since been used for many events other than baseball, including rallies for Presidential candidates such as President George W. Bush in 2005 and Super Bowl contenders like the Seattle Seahawks in 2015, as well as graduation commencements for both Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University.
With the roof open, Chase Field hosted the first-ever outdoor college basketball game, when the ASU women's team hosted Tennessee on Dec. 27, 2000, as well as having hosted numerous college football games, including the Insight Bowl for 6-years beginning in 2000, and the recent return as the Cactus Bowl in 2016.
Chase Field has also been the venue for Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series, AMA Supercross, Monster Jam monster truck competition, several international soccer matches, and even World Heavyweight Boxing promoted by Don King. One of the signature non-Diamondbacks baseball events at Chase Field was prior to the 2006 MLB season when the International Baseball Federation and Major League Baseball chose the facility to host the opening game of the first-ever World Baseball Classic when Team USA defeated Team Mexico, 2-0.
Perhaps the stadium’s largest event occurred on May 7, 2016 when the Kenny Chesney “Spread the Love Tour” took over downtown Phoenix, as nearly 45,000 country music fans filled Chase Field for a 5-hour concert featuring Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion.
Chase Field is also about Private Functions & Corporate Events, including holiday parties & conferences, offering small & large scale meeting spaces including the playing field.
One of the primary reasons Chase Field is considered such a desirable venue for both Public & Private events is the retractable roof. Made with nine million pounds of structural steel and operating with similar technology as draw bridges, the roof is opened and closed with a pair of 200-horsepower motors taking a little more than four minutes. It also incorporates more than four miles of cable strung through a pulley system. It opens from the middle, so the two segments of the roof can be opened or closed either in unison or independently, depending on need. The roof opening can be unveiled to music, and offers a dramatic touch some events desire. The roof is frequently left open to help grow the natural grass turf that consists of Bull's Eye Bermuda, which is considered the most suitable grass for a retractable-roof stadium. For those hot summer days and nights, Chase Field is air conditioned using the Northwinds cooling system which cools the ballpark quickly & efficiently allowing the roof to remain open longer during the grass-growing daylight.
Towering high above center field is the DBTV, one of the newest, widest and most magnificent video boards in Major League Baseball, a 136-feet-by-46-feet high definition LED board made by Daktronics. The board has 880 native lines of resolution and provides video in up to 4.4 trillion colors. Attached to the existing structure in the "batter's eye" in center field, the board is eight times bigger than the original video board used during the first 10 years of the stadium’s existence. The LED board is so wide that it is capable of displaying two true high-definition 16:9 images side by side, providing the D-backs and non-baseball events many display options. Daktronics also worked with the Diamondbacks and the Maricopa County Stadium District on installing the LED ribbon display that rings the second deck of the stadium. The ribbon runs 1,119 feet and is also one of the largest of its kind in Major League Baseball. The state-of-the-art DBTV and the ribbon board help keep Chase Field among the world's most innovative and technology-driven stadiums in the country.
Between the retractable roof, air conditioning, DBTV & LED Ribbon board, and many meeting space options, including the playing field, consider Chase Field for your next event. Create All-Star excitement and generate Championship results for 10-to-10,000 guests.
Chase Field has you covered!