Phoenix’s favorite baseball team is back again in full swing. Break out your jerseys and crack a cold one because it’s opening day at Chase Field!
Conceived as an expansion team in 1998, the Diamondbacks still have one of the most unique ballparks and experiences in baseball.
Big baseball fan or not – Chase Field and D-backs games are quite the experience. The beauty of baseball in Arizona, is each and every game is the perfect weather. It could be 115 degrees, or rainy (what’s that?) and Chase Field closes its retracting roof and BOOM – you’re in 75-80 degree, shaded and air conditioned space to enjoy a ball game.
Regardless of the weather, there are endless opportunities to make a fun night at Chase Field. From the downtown Phoenix atmosphere to actually being in the stadium enjoying a game, it’s definitely something you want to put on your AZ bucket list!
And if you’re going to do it, you may as well do it right, so we put together our recommendations for how to maximize your fun at an already amazingly fun place.
Where to Pregame
It would be easy for us to tell you to hit up the concession stand or the in-field TGI Friday’s restaurant, but you know us better than that. The go-to play here is to hit up Coach’s Corner Grill before entering the stadium. Not only does this place have fun and festive bar food, but they have excellent drinks at much cheaper prices as well. It doesn’t hurt their cause to have been voted the #1 Sports Bar in Phoenix by USA Today, either!
#FrayLifeTip – Take your squad to Coach’s for a pregame meal where you each order an appetizer to share with your drinks! There are too many delicious foods to just have one, might as well try them all!
Tickets & Seating Choices
Getting your tickets beforehand is definitely a good idea, but there are most often tickets still available at game time for each home contest (do yourself a favor and check out the SeatGeek app for awesome deals!).
Because of the stadium size and how the field is structured, there truly is not a bad seat in the park. We’ve sat in many places around the park, but our favorite might have to be just beyond the bullpen fences.
Whether you choose the home or away bullpen to sit near, the action and player interaction you get to experience is really only available in these spots. Despite being a ton of fun, these are some of the most reasonable seats in the house!
#FrayLife Tip – Keep a Sharpie marker in your arsenal for game day. More often than not, players will toss baseballs over the fence during inning switches or other game lulls. Toss it back with a Sharpie and you just landed yourself an autographed ball!
Best In-Game Snacks
Chase Field is notorious for having some of the most eccentric and delicious food choices in Major League Baseball. We’re not just talking about a special sauce on a hot dog, we’re talking 18-inch corndogs, a hot dog with Mexican-style toppings, and more desserts than you can even wrap your mind around. If you haven’t filled up on drinks and food from Coach’s, we definitely recommend you explore the many culinary masterpieces available in the stadium.
#FrayLifeTip – The extremely popular (and rightfully so!) churro dog is our hands down recommendation. Can you really go wrong with a fresh long-john donut cut in half with a churro in the middle? Not to mention, it’s topped with ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate and caramel syrups. Do yourself a favor and grab a couple spoons to share with your friends.
All in all, whether you’re looking for a different take on a night out with friends or actually wish to enjoy a baseball game, Chase Field is the perfect opportunity to get out and experience Phoenix with a non-typical crowd. The city and us locals do a great job of supporting our team, but you won’t be out of place if you’re cheering for the opposing team (as long as it’s not the Dodgers) or are just there to have a few beers and see the sites.
Heading out to the ballpark? Show us how you do D-backs games by tagging your social posts at Chase Field with #FrayLife
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