It’s easy to get used to things that have been around awhile, to assume you know them. Take Chase Field, for example. Opened 15 years ago, most of us have been to at least one ball game there, but few have scratched beneath the raucous game-time veneer of waving for the JumboTron, downing hot dogs and slurping beers.
The lazy days of summer make a good time to get to know our hometown stadium better. Tours of the 48,633-seat park aren’t nearly as crowded as other times of year (because they’re mostly un-air-conditioned, be forewarned), and you get a good look at sites like the famous swimming pool and hot tub, the visiting team’s clubhouse and the home dugout.
On the 75-minute walk, guides also acquaint fans with some facts that will remind you why ESPN.go.com calls Chase Field “one of the game’s most recognizable landmarks” with “site lines that are second to none.”
With incandescent lights so large they substitute for the sun to keep the field’s grass growing and a 9-million pound roof that has its own telephone hotline [really, it’s (602) 462-6262], you might get a new appreciation for the ball field — or at least entertain a passel of stir-crazy kids still on summer break.
No tours are held when the D-backs have a day game, so call the Tour Hotline, (602) 462-6799, for the latest schedule. Pre-game tours are offered prior to Friday and Saturday evening home games. You must have tickets to that day’s game in order to join a pre-game tour.
If you go
What: Tour Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks
When: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except when the D-backs have a day game.
Where: Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Cost: $7 per person, except for children ages 4-6 ($3), senior citizens ($5) and kids 3 and younger (free). Present your tour ticket at the ticket window to get a special $2 parking rate in the Chase Field Garage.
Information: (602) 462-6799 or http://evtnow.com/cftours
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