Opening Day. I love all sports, but my favorite has to be baseball. I am probably one of the few people who don’t think the baseball season is too long- ask me the day after any of the 162 games of the Red Sox season and I will be able to tell you who won, who pitched, who scored the runs, and probably a few other random facts. I’m obsessed. I look forward to Opening Day all winter, and by an awesome twist of fate, Arizona was hosting one of the few Sunday Opening Day games (most teams started Monday). They were chosen because, along with Tampa Bay, it was their 20th season since joining the league. Their opponent was division rival San Francisco Giants with their ace Madison Bumgarner. We were not optimistic about the quality of team Arizona would field- they’d struggled in recent years- but the Giants were always good, right?
Before the game, we met up with Joel’s friend and his family at Coach’s Corner grill, which is right near Chase Field. It claims to be the number 1 sports bar in Phoenix, and it definitely lived up to the billing. We had a few drinks and I got a chicken sandwich, which was delicious, as were the appetizers that the table shared. It’s pretty packed and had the people we were with not gotten there pretty early, we likely wouldn’t have gotten seats, but it’s worth the stop if you can get there early enough!
Inside the stadium, there was a pretty good variety of food and drinks. We weren’t hungry, but they had an apple ale option that I sipped on during the game.
Again, this stadium was within walking distance from the apartment we were staying in, so we didn’t have to deal with parking, but there are lots of garages in the area.
Our schedule made it so that we did this stadium a little backwards- game first, then stadium tour. I like doing it the other way so you can notice the stadium quirks during the game, but I still had a great time and appreciated the experience all the more after the tour.
Just a couple of sports fans touring the world, one stadium at a time.