Music - Fire on high by the Electric Light Orchestra
Photographed in 2007 using film. Photographed in 2008 using digital.
Chase Field - Opened March 31, 1998 and still in use. Known as Bank One Ballpark (the BOB) 1998 - 2005, Chase Field 2005 - present.
Location - 401 East Jefferson St. Phoenix, Arizona
The warehouse like structure in downtown Phoenix is the third ballpark with a retractable roof. The first was Montreal's Olympic stadium followed by the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Chase Field (then known as Bank One Ballpark) was the first retractable roof stadium that had natural grass. Having the roof is paramount in the sweatbox of a hot Arizona summer. Temps outdoors reach upwards of 115 degrees in the heat of summer, but inside, it is air conditioned comfort. The park took up an old time tradition of having a dirt strip between home plate and the pitchers mound. All old time parks had this feature. The only other park to have this is Comerica Park in Detroit.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have been the main tenant since the park was built. In only 3 years, the Dbacks did the impossible by winning the 2001 World Series. They beat the heavily favored Yankees in 7 games. The game winning hit came in the bottom of the ninth. Luis Gonzalez got a bloop single to left off closer Mariano Rivera to bring home Jay Bell and the winning run. In 2011, Chase Field hosted the midsummer classic all star game.
Footballs filled the Chase Field air from 2000 thru 2005. The Insight Bowl had moved from Arizona Stadium in Tucson to Chase Field. In 2006 the game moved again, this time to Sun Devil Stadium. The usual cast of events are also held at Chase. So if you are in Phoenix and want to get OUT of the oppressive heat, stop by Chase Field. Grab a brew and watch the Diamondbacks.