Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball Team, is located at 401 E. Jefferson Street in Phoenix, Arizona. The park was formerly known as Bank One Ballpark, named after Bank One of Chicago. However, in 2005, the bank merged with Chase Bank of New York, and the name was changed. The stadium is owned by Maricopa County, Arizona and its tenants include the Arizona Diamondbacks, and previously, the Insight Bowl from 2000 until 2005.
Ground breaking of the ball park took place on November 16th, 1995, and construction costs of the stadium were $354 million. Originally, the Diamondbacks were responsible for the construction costs that ran in excess of $253 million. The Diamondbacks and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays incurred the extra costs and were not allowed to share in profits of revenue for the first five years of operation.
Construction of the stadium began in 1996, and was completed in 1998, just in time for the Diamondbacks first season. Chase Park is the second stadium in the history of baseball to have a retractable roof, and the first to feature natural grass in a stadium with a retractable roof. The park was the host of the three first-round games of the World Baseball Classic in 1996.
The roof of Chase Field is opened or closed depending upon game day weather. When it is decided to close the roof, the roof is left open for as long as possible to keep the natural grass alive. Though the roof may be closed, it is designed to allow for maximum sunlight to enter without overheating the stadium.
Chase Field also features a swimming pool in the stadium. The pool is located in right center field and can be rented by patrons for a fee. As of 2008, the stadium installed a $14 million high definition scoreboard in centerfield; the scoreboard is 46 feet tall and 136 feet wide. The new scoreboard is the second largest in Major League Baseball, behind Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
The park has a maximum seating capacity of 49,033. The field dimensions of the park are as follows; left field 330 feet, left center 374 feet, left center (deep) 413 feet, center field 407 feet, right center field (deep) 413 feet, right center 374 feet and right field 334 feet. The foul territory of Chase Field is somewhat larger than most baseball parks built during the 1990's.
Chase Park has luxury boxes tucked behind third deck, with 80% of the seats located in foul territory, which allows guest to experience all the action of the game. Over the years, the park has hosted many big name entertainment venues such as the Dave Matthews Band, the Professional Bull Riders and Monster Jam. Chase Field is fully air conditioned, has various modern facilities and welcomes guests experience one of the finest baseball parks in the United States.
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