The $354 million ballpark has become one of the game's most recognizable landmarks. The air-conditioned facility opened March 31, 1998. The ballpark has everything from a retractable roof to a signature swimming pool. This baseball-only facility has site lines that are second to none. More than 80 percent of the seats are inside the foul poles, and there is no upper deck around the outfield. The 8,000-ton cooling system is the equivalent of air-conditioning for more than 2,500 typical Arizona homes. After experimenting with other turfs, officials finally settled on Bull's Eye Bermuda, which has proven to be the suitable grass for a facility with a retractable roof, and installed it during the All-Star break in 1999. There's also a dirt path between the pitchers mound and homeplate, reminiscent of fields 100 years ago.
Soak up the scene:
Chase Field has a retractable roof that has made baseball in the desert possible, but unless it's a real scorcher outside the team actually tries to keep it open for the D-backs' typical 6:40 p.m. starts. That allows for the magical feel of an open-air ballgame. But tradition takes a back seat most elsewhere, including at the famous swimming pool in right-center, where home run balls occasionally splash. For more on the Chase Field experience, including a game-day itinerary, visit Wise Guides.