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Chase Field

Chase Field is the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks but also hosts many other events throughout the year. This piece takes a look at the field’s history and other important info.

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Opened in 1998 for the MLB’s newest expansion team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chase Field is a retractable-roof stadium in downtown Phoenix. At the time it opened, it was the first U.S. stadium to feature a retractable roof over a natural grass playing surface.

Chase Field has hosted many memorable moments through the years. This piece will take a look at the history of the ballpark, as well as what betting options at Chase Field are available to gamblers in Arizona. Note that because the field was named “Bank One Ballpark” from 1998-2005, we will use that name in place of Chase Field for events in that time period.

About Chase Field

Chase Field opened as Bank One Ballpark in 1998 when the Arizona Diamondbacks joined Major League Baseball. The Diamondbacks entered the league at the same time as the Tampa Bay Rays, and for the first five years of operations, neither team was entitled to take part in the league’s national revenue sharing. This would later lead to owner Jerry Colangelo selling his stake in the team.

In 2001, the Diamondbacks won the World Series, the first and thus far only time the team has won a championship on their home field. Arizona lost the 2023 World Series to the Texas Rangers at Chase Field.

The ballpark’s retractable roof is typically closed, though there are enough windows in the building to use natural lighting most of the time. This also helps keep the building at a more comfortable temperature during games, as outdoor temperatures can regularly meet or exceed 100 degrees during the season. In addition to keeping the stadium cool, the HVAC system at Chase Field also cools more than 30 buildings in the downtown area.

When not hosting baseball games, Chase Field has been a concert venue for big-name acts like Kenny Chesney, Billy Joel, Elton John, Guns N’ Roses, and Black Sabbath. It has also hosted college football games (specifically the annual Guaranteed Rate Bowl), international women’s soccer, bull riding, wrestling, and supercross.

For baseball games, Chase Field has a seating capacity of 48,663. Tickets to the stadium are digital-only regardless of event, so plan to bring your cell phone or mobile device to scan your admission.

Is there sports betting at Chase Field?

Yes, there is sports betting at Chase Field. By virtue of the official betting partnership with the Diamondbacks, Caesars Sportsbook operates a retail sportsbook on the Chase Field campus; you can place your bets in person next to the ballpark.

Additionally, fans could use their phone or mobile device to place wagers through an AZ sports betting app while at Chase Field, though internet service interruptions could occur due to the high demand in the area.

Chase Field and Caesars Sportsbook partnership

Due to the affiliation with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chase Field has a sports betting partnership with Caesars Sportsbook Arizona. As part of the deal, Caesars is able to operate a retail sportsbook facility next to the stadium, which is also near Footprint Center (Footprint is affiliated with FanDuel Sportsbook).

History of the Chase Field

  • 1994: The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approves a 0.25% increase in the county’s sales tax to fund the cost of building a new stadium. The tax increase was highly controversial as voters did not get the chance to vote on funding the new stadium with tax revenue, and a previous referendum prohibited the use of public funding for stadium projects). It was so unpopular that one of the Supervisors was shot and injured by a Phoenix resident who argued the tax was unjust.
  • 1996: Construction on Bank One Ballpark begins. High prices on steel led to the construction project going almost $100 million over budget.
  • 1998: Bank One Ballpark opens with construction finishing just in time for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ inaugural season.
  • 2000: The Insight.com Bowl is played for the first time at Bank One Ballpark. The Bowl game was played at Bank One annually until 2005, then returned to Chase Field as the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, which has been played there annually since 2016.
  • 2001: Bank One Ballpark hosts the World Series for the first time, with the Arizona Diamondbacks stunning the heavily favored New York Yankees in Game Seven to win their first MLB championship. Luis Gonzalez’s walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth kept New York from winning a fourth consecutive World Series Title, and Game Seven is widely considered one of the best World Series games of all time.
  • 2005: Chase Bank acquires the naming rights to the ballpark and renames it Chase Field.
  • 2006: Chase Field hosts three games in the first-ever World Baseball Classic.
  • 2008: Stadium renovations see the construction of a new HD scoreboard in centerfield. It is the fifth-largest HD screen at an MLB ballpark.
  • 2011: The MLB All-Star Game is held at Chase Field.
  • 2019: Chase Field replaces the grass on the playing surface with artificial turf. On September 24, the Diamondbacks and the St. Louis Cardinals played the longest game in stadium history, a 19-inning affair with a game time of six hours, 53 minutes.

Contact & opening hours

Address: 401 E. Jefferson St. Phoenix, AZ 85004
Opening hours: 90 minutes before first pitch
Website: https://www.mlb.com/dbacks/ballpark/information
E-mail address: [email protected]
Phone number: 602-462-6607