If you’re a fan of the MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks, then you’ve probably been to the Chase Field more times than you can count. However, you probably don’t know just how massive the stadium really is.
The Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, takes up roughly 1.3 million square feet. The dimensions of the ballpark are as follows:
- Left Field: 330 feet
- Left-Center Field: 376 feet
- Center Field: 407 feet
- Right-Center Field: 376 feet
- Right Field: 335 feet
- Height: 185 to 225 feet
In this guide, I’ll speak about the dimensions of the infamous Chase Field in greater detail, as well as cover the history of the ballpark and the facilities it has to offer.
History of Chase Field
Despite being the home of one of the most disappointing teams in the MLB, Chase Field has quite a rich history. In the beginning, it was known as Bank One Ballpark back when now-defunct Bank One purchased the naming rights in 1998 when the stadium first opened its doors to the MLB expansion team, the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In 1994, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors agreed to allocate a sizable portion of its tax funds to construct Bank One Ballpark. However, there was one tremendous problem: summers in Phoenix are hot enough to kill people. So, the country approved design plans to construct the MLB’s first stadium with a retractable roof. The retractable roof didn’t just shield sports fans from the heat, but it allowed enough natural sunlight during the daytime to adequately light up the stadium without overheating the ballpark.
All in all, Maricopa County spent a grand total of $354 million to construct over a period of 28 months. The stadium could seat 48,500 people when it first opened, but the seat count has increased to 48,633, making it the fifth-biggest baseball stadium in the entire United States. In 2005, Bank One merged with JPMorgan Chase, giving the naming rights to Chase—hence, its current name.
Chase Field Dimensions, Facts, and Features
|Left Field||330 ft.
|Left-Center Field||376 ft.
|Center Field||407 ft.
|Right-Center Field||335 ft.
|Right Field||335 ft.
|Height||185 to 225 ft.
56 to 68 m
|Total Area||1.3 million sq. ft.
120,773 sq. m
|Current Name||Chase Field (2005 to present)|
|Former Name||Bank One Ballpark (1998 to 2005)|
|Owner||Maricopa County Stadium District|
|Address||401 East Jefferson Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
|Estimated Total Costs||$354 million|
|MLB Team||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Groundbreaking||November 16, 1995|
|Grand Opening||March 31, 1998|
|First Home-Game Match||Arizona Diamondbacks (0) vs. Colorado Rockies (6)|
|Field Surface||Natural grass (1998 to 2019)
B1K Synthetic Grass
|Lighting||Natural sunlight (roof opened)
Incandescent lights (roof closed)
- Chase Field was the first of the 6 current stadiums with retractable roofs. The roof is 225 feet above the ground at its highest point and 185 feet at its lowest point. It took 9 million pounds of steel to construct the retractable roof. Using dual 200-HP motors similar to a draw bridge system, the roof opens and shuts at a rate of 4.5 minutes. It takes roughly 4 miles (21,120 feet) of cables to operate the retractable roof. 2 roof segments, which can move independently from each other, move toward the center of the field.
- In 2001, Chase Field was fitted with an air-conditioning system that kicks into high gear whenever the roofs are shut. North Winds Heating & Cooling devised a unique cooling system that could lower the temperature of such a large stadium, seating tens of thousands of people in record time.
- In 2007, Chase Field installed an LED ribbon display measuring 1,119 feet long on the second-deck façade, making it the largest LED display in the entire MLB. A year later, a 136 × 46-foot LED video board was installed above the center-field stands, which shows two high-def images at the same time. It is roughly eight times larger than the display it replaced.
- In 2011, Chase Field was equipped with the APS Solar Pavilion, which is a structure of solar panels that spans 17,280 square feet and generates 75 kilowatts of clean energy—enough to supply about eight homes with power. Inside the Chase Field is an educational facility that exhibits the benefits of renewable energy and electric vehicles.
- Chase Field also became the first-ever MLB ballpark to feature a pool and hot tub. The pool deck measures 1,288 square feet, while the spa section is 460 square feet. Both facilities combined take up an estimated 8,500 gallons of water. The staffed pool and spa sections sit 415 feet away from the home plate. The first ball to land in the pool section was in 1998 when Chicago Cubs’ first baseman Mark Grace hit a home run.
- Chase Field has a wide selection of food to purchase. The All-Day Breakfast Dog is an 18-inch sausage and bun that comes topped with hash brown, bacon strips, fried eggs, and much more. You can also find Chicago-style hotdogs in the concessions, with the most notable stands being the Double Headers and Red Hot Grill. The concession stand area takes up nearly a quarter-mile of the stadium’s total square footage.
- Some of the most notable events held at Chase Field include:
- 2000—First outdoor college basketball match between ASU and U.T. The second time an outdoor basketball game was held at Chase Field (2006), the game had to end 4 minutes early due to the weather.
- 2004—Presidential rally for the former POTUS George W. Bush
- 2006—Opening World Baseball Classic between US (2) and Mexico (0).
- 2006—ASU vs. UArizona “Challenge at the Chase” college baseball team.
- 2011—First MLB All-Star game held at Chase.
- 2012—Hosted its first international soccer matches between the New York Red Bulls and the Pumas UNAM from Mexico City, Mexico.
- 2022 (Upcoming)—Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road (The Final Tour) on November 11-12.