Arizona Diamondbacks Tickets
The Arizona Diamondbacks ended the 2014 season in the cellar and earned themselves the first pick in the 2015 draft. They were able to turn things around last season and finished just four games below .500. Due to a few key offseason moves and a healthy 2016 squad, look this year’s team to make some waves in the clouded NL West.
The Diamondbacks pitching rotation should be elevated this year with the addition of Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller, along with the return of Patrick Corbin who was out for half of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery. After that trio, sophomore Robbie Ray, 23-year old Archie Bradley and Braden Shipley’s arms should be in the mix and contribute this season as well. Arizona’s bullpen was also bolstered this offseason with the addition of veteran setup guy Tyler Clippard who will join Brad Ziegler, right hander Daniel Hudson and lefty Andrew Chafin.
Arizona’s powerful lineup is led by first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and outfielder A.J. Pollack who along with their team were only outscored by the altitude assisted Colorado Rockies last season. Not only can this team swing their bats, they are stout defensively as well. The Diamondbacks led the league in runs saved last season, headed by shortstop Nick Ahmed and backed by the gloves of Pollack and Goldschmidt. At catcher, Wellington Castillo who was acquired two months into the 2015 season from the Seattle Mariners ended last year with 17 home runs and 50 RBI’s while throwing out 28 percent of potential base stealers for Arizona.
The Diamondbacks lineup is a solid one lined with three studs and a supporting cast that is hungry to win. In a division that is full of change and rebuild, look for this to be a big year for this Arizona team in the murky NL West. Fans should secure all their Arizona Diamondbacks tickets for the season and come on out to support this talented squad in 2016. Grab some peanuts and a cold beverage and enjoy a day at the ballpark this summer.
With the news that Phoenix was awarded an expansion team by MLB, construction on their new stadium began on November 16, 1995. Shaped like a massive airplane hangar, this ballpark was to be unique and the first of its kind. Due to the extreme desert heat in Arizona, the Diamondbacks stadium then known as Bank One Ballpark, was built with both a retractable roof that closes in just five minutes and natural grass. The venue also has air conditioning for when the roof is closed which is most of the games from the first week of May through the summer.
The Arizona Diamondbacks made their major league debut in front of a packed house of excited fans who bought Diamondback tickets to see their shiny new franchise in person on March 31, 1998. The venue holds 49,033 people and over 3.6 million fans made their way through the turnstiles in that first year. The ballpark was renamed Chase Field in September of 2005 after the merger between Bank One and JP Morgan Chase.
The ballpark features a four-tiered grandstand that extends from the left field foul pole to home plate and around to the right field foul pole. Bleacher seats are located behind both the left and right field fences and a 25 foot center field wall serves as the hitters’ backdrop. The fan experience at Chase Field is top notch offering a swimming pool behind part of the right field fence, as well as the Cox Clubhouse which features memorabilia from the Baseball Hall of Fame. Fox Sports Net Arizona Diamondtown allows fans to watch videos and learn the history of the franchise. Chase Field’s newest addition is a $12 million, 144’wide by 55’ high HD video/scoreboard which was installed in 2008.
Memorable moments at Chase Field include hosting the All Star Game in 2011 and a World Series win against the Yankees in 2001. Pitcher Randy Johnson also achieved his 4,000th strikeout at Chase Field on June 29, 2004.