MLB: Chase Field in-Game Experience!
This is the first part in a two part series on attending Diamondbacks game at Chase Field. Some of the material in this article is courtesy of http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=ari. In this article we will look at the stadium comfort, what entertain the stadium provides for kids and the food that is available at Chase Field.
With school out and the temperatures rising; now is a good time to head over to Chase Field and watch some baseball. If you have not been to Chase Field or it has been quite some time since your last visit, a lot has changed. Chase Field is the most “Fan Friendly” stadium around. With an average ticket price of $ 15.74 (#29 out of 30 teams – only the San Diego Padres have slightly less expensive ticket prices) watching baseball is a great bargain. A number of additions have been made in order to enhance the fan experience, ranging from food and merchandise enhancements to technology and dynamic signage.
Let’s run through a few of the features they have at Chase Field. First, and probably most important for fans, is the retractable roof. The temperature inside is maintained at 77 degrees for fan comfort. And there is never a rain-out at Chase Field!
Second, for the children; the Diamondbacks have the most fan friendly mascot in baseball, D. Baxter the Bobcat. In the 4th inning of every game you can find him at his Den. The Den is in the Upper Concourse at Chase Field. Baxter will sign autographs and poses for pictures with all of his fans. Children can go play on the slides, practice their baseball skills, or take batting practice in the batting cages, all located right outside of Baxter’s Den.
Third, the always important FOOD. Chase Field offers a variety of classic ballpark fare like hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as several specialty restaurants within the ballpark. The general concessions area throughout the stadium offer the following: Cactus Corn has flavored popcorn; Cold Stone Creamery has many of their best concoctions available; Desert Ice offers cotton candy, lemonade and SnoCones; and you can find. Fatburger Burgers, Hungry Hill Sandwich, Macayo’s, Mrs. Fields / TCBY; Panda Express; Rey Gloria’s; Streets of New York; and Subway providing a variety of interesting options for your dining pleasure.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have an All You Can Eat section too. The All You Can Eat seats are in the left field corner of the club level. The section offers a smaller variety of food. The new 675-seat section, located down the left-field line, offers fans a game ticket as well as unlimited hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, chips, Pepsi soft drinks and Aquafina bottled water from the time gates open until the end of the seventh inning. Tickets for the All You Can Eat section are $30 for most games, with 15 “premiere games” at $35 at ticket. The All-You-Can-Eat section is just another example of how the Diamondbacks are creating affordable options for the fans during these challenging economic times.
As part of the Diamondbacks Digital Experience at the ballpark, nine concession locations at Chase Field will now offer fans the opportunity to order concession items from their smart-phone [to be delivered to their seats?] during the 2012 season.
You are also allowed to take your own food into a Diamondbacks game at Chase Field. Chase Field gate security asks that the food be in a clear plastic grocery bag so it can easily be searched when you enter the ballpark. So, if concession prices are not within your personal budget, you can save money by taking your own snacks and dinner to the game. You can also take sealed bottled water into Chase Field. Soft coolers are permitted along with the food and drinks, but there is a size requirement so keep it small.
In my next article I will go over the game day and watching experience, as well as several promotions that the Diamondbacks offer.
I hope to see you at the ballpark.