As I mentioned in my post about the opening day game, we did Chase field backwards. Game first, stadium tour second. Normally, I wouldn’t want to do it this way, but I’m still glad we did the tour, because it was one of the more informative that we’ve been to. First, you walk in, and there’s this atrium area with some cool art type images all around. I’m normally not into that sort of thing, but it was a nice touch- all of it was of local stuff, which was cool.
One of the other stops I really liked was the PetSmart Patio. They have this patio area in the outfield where you can come to the game and BRING YOUR DOGS!! This is big people. I don’t know how I’m going to get down there with my dogs, but I will sit there one day. We also got to see the swimming pool that they rent out in center field. Doesn’t sound too appealing to me, but I’m sure it’s great for some people. Finally, we got to go in the dugout, which isn’t normal for in season tours, but it was an off day, so maybe they always do that on non-gamedays.
Overall, it seems like they designed the ballpark to make it as family friendly as possible, which I thought was really cool. They are among the cheapest for concessions in MLB and they keep their ticket prices down too. And if that isn’t enough, they actually allow you to bring your own food to the stadium. They just want people to be able to come, regardless of how much they make. Even the tour was the cheapest we’ve been on- just $7 each, with just as many stops.
One of the cool things we learned on the tour was the evolution of their colors and logo. If you recall, their original colors were purple and turquoise, but when new ownership took over, they switched to their current colors, which are meant to better reflect the colors of the desert. Their logos are simple but have subtle additions that make them original and their own.
The tour was well organized, well lead, and gave us a great glimpse into a cool stadium. I can’t wait to go back with one or all of my dogs!
Just a couple of sports fans touring the world, one stadium at a time.