When we were in Arizona in February, we headed downtown for a tour of…
Just inside the gate (but still outside of the stadium), our guide showed us a display case holding the 2001 World Series trophy and a bunch of cool memorabilia from the Diamondback’s championship 2001 season:
Compared to Dick, my uber-cool tour guide at Target Field, our tour guide was a dictator. He snapped at anyone (including me) who walked even five feet away from the group. Therefore, my first panorama of the day (of section 132) was from way across the concourse:
Our tour started out by section 132 (3B side), and headed clockwise around the field level concourse toward the RF foul corner. Our tour guide told us a lot of stuff, but I didn’t really retain much. So…lets just look at some pictures of this fairly interesting looking ballpark.
Here is a closer panoramic view of Chase Field section 132:
One thing I do remember is that Chase Field is used for motocross and monster truck shows each January. They bring in tons of dirt to make all of the jumps and it totally destroys the field from the previous season. Therefore, the Diamondbacks get all new grass every season.
Here is a panoramic view from the infield side of section 136:
When you fly into Phoenix, you fly right by downtown and you can see Chase Field if you’re on the left side of the plane (at least that is what side it was on for me). You can see those same airplanes from inside Chase Field:
I replaced my mom and Tim in that corner spot and took some more pictures of the grass laying operation…
Before hoping into an elevator in foul territory, I took this shot of the concourse in the RF foul corner:
Compared to Safeco Field, Citizens Bank Park, and Target Field (the only fields where I have spent time in the suites), this sweet was really small and unimpressive. Small, cramped suite. Small seating area outside of the suite.
Here is the first of several panoramas I took of Chase Field from suite 23:
Notice a couple things in RF: (i) the area is called “UptoWn” because Justin Upton is the D-Backs rightfielder, (ii) the “Arizona Baseball Club” restaurant is on the second level and its open to all fans, and (iii) the only number the Diamondbacks have retired (other than Jackie Robinson’s universally retired no. 42) is Luis Gonzalez’s no. 20. I’m not Diamondbacks aficionado but doesn’t it seem like Randy Johnson did as much (or more) for the Diamondbacks as Luis Gonzalez? Maybe his number hasn’t been retired yet because he just retired from baseball in 2009.
Anyway, this patched together view of Friday’s Front Row shows that there is a kids play area in the upper deck, complete with a batting cage:
Next, we headed down into the bowels of Chase Field. Here are some shots of the things we saw in the tunnel:
Top left: directional signage;
Top middle: Baxter’s jeep;
Top right: MLB and league signs painted on the wall;
Bottom left: entering the Visitor’s Clubhouse; and
Bottom right: a little motorcycle…Baxter’s??
Let’s head into the visitors clubhouse:
Here is a closer look at the player lockers…
We didn’t get to go into the Diamondbacks’ clubhouse (standard protocol for stadium tours) because the players keep their stuff in their year round and they don’t want tour participants disrupting the clubhouse. We did, however, get to watch a 5 minute video tour of the Diamondbacks’ clubhouse, it’s a great looking clubhouse…blows the visitor’s clubhouse out of the water.
Next, we snaked through some more tunnels and hallways and out toward the field through this walkway:
And there you go, that was our tour of Chase Field. If you’re in Arizona, be sure to stop by for a tour because (while this blog entry showed it in pictures) the tour guide offered a lot of inside info about the team and the stadium.
One last parting comment. Our guide asked if there were any questions a couple times. Tim (I think) was the only person who had any questions. One of his questions was “why did the Diamondbacks change colors?” Recall, they used to be a really ugly purple and other accent colors combo. Apparently, the color change was “suggested” (strongly) by MLB because the Rockies complained about another team being so close to them geographically and also having purple as a primary color. At the end of he day, I think they made the right choice. The current Diamondbacks colors are much better than the original colors.