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182,447
186,868
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10,317
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11,679
11,161
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February 17

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February 23

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139,509
182,565
169,571
 78,638
 75,557
 74,936
10,604
 9,301
10,143
10,598
 5,243
 4,722
 4,684
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Salt River Fields


Spring Training home of the Diamondbacks and Rockies since 2011

Ballpark address:
7555 North Pima Road
Scottsdale, AZ   85258

Opened: 2011
Capacity: 11,000

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Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Location
The Cactus League's crown jewel stadium is at the center of a 140-acre complex that was built on land belonging to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) that was previously home to an 18-hole golf course. Although it has a Scottsdale address, the stadium is just barely east of that city's limits. It is visible from the Loop 101 freeway, which marks the eastern boundary of the complex.

Directions
Take Loop 101 (aka Pima Freeway) to the Indian Bend Road exit (#44) and go west until you come to Pima Road. Turn right (north) on Pima and the stadium is about a half-mile away on the right. Alternatively, the stadium can also be reached from the 101 by exiting at Via de Ventura Road (exit #43) and traveling west to Pima Road, onto which a left turn is made. Then the stadium is a short distance ahead on the left.

Time saving tip: Most fans arriving at the stadium exit the 101 at Indian Bend Road. But on game days when at least near capacity crowds are expected traffic can get backed up, although not necessarily where expected as Indian Bend Road does a good job at handling whatever load is on its road. The logjam begins once turning off Pima Road and onto the street that leads to the stadium's parking lot, where autos creep along slowly as a result of the constant stopping and going necessitated by having to pay parking lot attendants. There is, however, a way to avoid much of the backup, as a shortcut into the parking lot can be taken through the Pavilions shopping center. Just take Pavilions Boulevard, which is a quarter-mile away right turn at the first traffic light after exiting the 101, and after another quarter-mile you will have arrived at the side street entrance into the parking lot.

Parking
Lots scattered about the complex collectively hold an estimated 3,000 cars. The multiple lots - there are four - vary in size but all their spaces are paved. If needed, a pair of grass fields near the ballpark's home plate and left field gates can handle any overflow.
 Cost: $5


Stadium Information
Salt River Fields is modeled after Camelback Ranch. Each were designed by HKS Architects and built by Mortenson Construction. Similarities include the listed price tag of the entire complex ($100 million) and a lake stocked with fish leading up to the stadium's main entrance. The two complexes are almost identical in size (Glendale's, at 141 acres, is an acre bigger) and each has walking trails from its parking lots that were designed to give fans intimate access to the dozen full-sized practice fields through which they weave. Fortunately for fans visiting Salt River Fields shade is plentiful in the grandstand, where it's mostly absent in Camelback Ranch, thanks to a uniquely designed roof that mimics the traditional Native American ramada. Such a touch is important to the group that funded the entire cost of the complex, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The motto for the facility they own is “Two Tribes. Two Teams. One Home.” The Pima and Maricopa tribes joined forces in 1879 and 130 years later they were able to lure the Diamondbacks and Rockies away from Tucson and to their reservation by agreeing to build the teams a home that they officially named Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on June 4, 2010. The name was chosen to pay homage to the tribes' heritage and to further their "Talking Stick" brand, which was first applied to a nearby golf course and casino.

Fast Facts

  • Groundbreaking ceremonies for the complex were held on November 16, 2009, which was four months to the day that the Indian Community and teams signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
  • The stadium's main entrance is behind home plate, where a minimally landscaped plaza is reached via a bridge that spans a manmade water feature. Additional gates have been placed in the left and right field corners and center field. The center field gate is actually the most used, as it's positioned near the biggest of the complex's four public parking lots.
  • Tickets are dispensed from box office buildings adjacent to each of the stadium's four gates. Will Call is available at all windows.
  • The concourse completely circles the playing field and is often open on both sides, as the stadium does not have a traditional facade to serve as the concourse's back wall. Such a design is similar to the Brewers' Maryvale Baseball Park.
  • The stadium was positioned to face northeast to maximize shade within the grandstand.
  • The bullpens are in the outfield corners instead of being cut into the berm. Each bullpen begins at the end of the grandstand, the D-backs down the left field line and the Rockies in right. In a twist, where those who use the bullpens often sit is kitty-corner to where their warm-up work is done, as covered bench areas have been placed in left and right field, each adjacent to a foul pole.
  • The main scoreboard is in left-center field near the top of the berm and is a whopper. Measuring 48' wide by 24' high it's the largest in the Cactus League and is state-of-the-art all the way as the whole screen can display high-definition video. A pair of LED line scoreboards have been affixed to steel girders on the concourse on opposite sides of the ballpark, one above section 203 and the other above section 221.
  • A small kids' area is at the back of the concourse down the right field line, adjacent to the stadium entrance gate that's there. The sole featured attraction there for the young'uns is the wiffle ball field that is sponsored by Cold Stone Creamery, hence the name Cold Stone Kids Fun Field.
  • Three "team shop" buildings are found on the outfield concourse. All sell merchandise for both teams. The shop in center field is a joint enterprise, with an equal amount of items on display for each team, while the Rockies shop in right field and Diamondbacks shop in left field each maintain about a 75/25 split.

    Practice Fields

  • Each team is allotted six full-sized practice fields, two half fields for infield practice, and 10 covered batting cages.
  • The Rockies' half of the complex is designated as the "Mountain" side and the fields there are named Duststorm, Red Mountain, Adobe, Wild Horse, Red Clay and Cottonwood. The Diamondbacks make use of the "Desert" side of the complex, where the fields are named Whirlwind, Jackrabbit, Quail, Ramada, Devil's Claw and Mesquite.
  • Elevated walkways that lead to the outfield corner gates, which are named Rockies Gate (RF) and D-Backs Gate (LF), allow fans unobstructed views into the batting cages that they pass by.
  • Fans wanting to watch February practice sessions will have access to all (or most) of the complex starting at 9 a.m.

    Types of Seating
    Salt River Fields seating diagram As is custom in new ballparks, all seats are of the chair back variety with armrests and cup holders. The berm spans the length of the outfield.

  • Stadium seats: All sections, totaling 7,000 fixed seats
  • Bleachers: none
  • Berm: Capable of holding 4,000 people, it's the largest found in a spring training ballpark.

    Notes about the seating

  • The Diamondbacks dugout is on the third base side. To make sure you're on the Arizona side of the stadium, buy your tickets in sections 113-123 or 212-221.
  • The Rockies dugout is on the first base side. To make sure you're on the Colorado side of the stadium, buy your tickets in sections 101-112 or 203-212.
  • There are 28 rows of seating within the grandstand and a cross aisle divides them unequally. There are 16 rows above the aisle and many of them are shady (in a good way) thanks to their proximity to the stadium's roof, which hovers above the concourse. Closer to the field and below the aisle are 12 rows. Because of the dugouts and areas set aside for the handicapped, not all sections above or below the cross aisle contain the maximum number of rows possible.
  • Handicap accessible seating is found at the top of these sections: 103-104, 109, 115, 120-121, 206-208, 210-214, 216-218. Additionally, at the top of the berm there are eight platforms spaced out evenly along the outfield concourse for fans with accessible needs.
  • The protective screen behind home plate extends from sections 109-115 but is not the kind to be noticeable to fans sitting behind it.
  • Fans enjoy views of various mountain ranges, most notably Camelback Mountain and the McDowell Mountains, from many seats in the grandstand and spots in the berm.
  • This is a ballpark that has lots of standing space and caters to those who like to wander the concourse and take in the game from different vantage points.
  • Ushers here are likeable guys and gals that generally allow fans access to sections for which they don't have tickets.

    Sections and rows

  • Rows for stadium sections range as follows:
    1 to 12 in sections 101-102; 1 to 10 in sections 103-104; 5 to 12 in sections 105-108; 1 to 10 in section 109; 1 to 12 in sections 110-114; 1 to 10 in section 115; 5 to 12 in sections 116-119; 1 to 10 in sections 120-121; 1 to 12 in sections 122-123; 1 to 16 in sections 203-205; 1 to 14 in sections 206-208; 1 to 16 in sections 209-211; 1 to 14 in section 212; 1 to 16 in sections 213-215; 1 to 14 in sections 216-218; 1 to 16 in sections 219-221

    Tickets

  • Sections 101-103 and 121-123 are sold as Baseline Reserve.
  • Sections 104-108 and 116-120 are sold as Dugout Reserve.
  • Sections 109-115 are sold as Infield Box.
  • Sections 203-206 and 218-221 are sold as View Reserve.
  • Sections 207-217 are sold as Infield Reserve.
  • Space on the berm is sold as Lawn.
  • Children 2 & under who are sitting on the lap of an adult do not need a game ticket.

    Seats to avoid
    Even for modern ballparks, this one is exceptional. The seats down the baselines, the appropriately named Baseline Reserve, would normally be the worst, but at Salt River Fields they are A) in prime autograph territory and B) angled towards home plate. So the fact they are the sunniest and furthest from home plate seats in the ballpark are offset by their best benefit and design. From berm to grandstand, and all standing spaces in between, this place was designed with sightlines in mind so no matter where you sit (or stand) you should be quite pleased with the view, which is a roundabout way to say there are no seats to avoid.

    Seats in the shade
    The stadium has a roof, but the only seats that it covers are those adjacent to the second story party decks. Fortunately, fans sitting in the grandstand are not forgotten, as the roof was uniquely designed to cast shade upon them. Widely touted by the tribes and teams as shading 85% of all fans in the 7,000-seat grandstand during the course of an afternoon game, the percentage of seats that are shaded at game time (1:10) is actually much smaller. Specifically, all rows in sections 205-211 will be shaded at first pitch, when most seats in section 212 also enjoy sun protection. As for the rest of the grandstand at game time, just about all the seats in sections below the cross aisle (i.e. the 100-level sections) are completely sun-drenched, while all of the above the cross aisle (200-level) sections enjoy varying levels of shade within their upper portions, which is defined as never below row 10. As advertised, around the middle innings of the game the total percentage of seats shaded has greatly increased: at 3:00 all above the cross aisle are and ditto for sections 104-112. If the game lasts three hours, basically the whole grandstand will be shaded, as at 4:10 only sections 101 and 123 get any sun.

    VIP seating
    At press box/suite level, open-air party decks are even with first and third base. Each is sponsored by a brand of reduced-alcohol beer (Coors Light and Miller Lite) and can hold 200 people, primarily in two rows of padded stadium seats. Behind home plate and atop the press box is the Pepsi Patio, which offers up to 400 people breathtaking views of the complex and its mountainous backdrop. The patio's primary seats are chairs stationed behind a drink rail that overlooks the field. In the roomy open space behind them are high-top bar tables then wicker chairs with cushions, which are set up around flat screen TVs. The stadium also has four 15-person capacity luxury suites.


    Game Day
    The ballpark's four gates open 2 hours and 10 minutes prior to game time, which translates into 11:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m. for a day or night game.

    Food, drink and bag policy

  • Two factory-sealed bottles of water, up to one liter in size, per fan are allowed to be brought inside.
  • No food can be brought inside the stadium.
  • Soft-sided bags and containers up to a maximum size of 16" x 16" x 8" are permitted.

    Getting autographs
    The official company line from the folks at Salt River Fields is: "Guests are permitted to seek autographs from players along the railing between sections 101-104 and 120-123 up to 40 minutes prior to game time, or until the end of batting practice, whichever comes first." Well, that's somewhat true as the place where you want to be is correct but the timing is amiss since you want to be in those sections beginning 40 minutes prior to game time. From then up until the National Anthem is a great time period to get autographs at either location. Depending on the day, a lot more autographs may be signed in those areas after the game than before it. Given that they're the hometown team, the Diamondbacks seem to go out of their way to sign for their followers in the Phoenix area following the game. Their dugout is on the third base side of the ballpark and the four sections (120-123) between it and their bullpen in the left field corner are the places to be shortly after the final out is recorded. The opposite side of the ballpark is where the Rockies take up residence when they are at home and half of the four sections (101-104) between their dugout and bullpen are the collective spots to be. The reason that Rockies fans only have two good sections to acquire autographs in is that the tarp that is used to cover the field during bad weather is rolled up and stored in front of sections 102 and 103, a placement that generally puts the kibosh on opportunities there. But since the winter and summer locales of the Rockies aren't the same as their complex mates demand for autographs from Colorado-bound or hopeful players isn't as strong as it is for their always Arizona-based brethren so the two unobstructed sections -- 101 and 104 -- down the right field line are enough to handle the desires of the Rockies fans gathered there.

    Unique ballpark fare
    Local restaurants that sell their goods at concession stands include Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar and Salty Senorita. The headquarters for Cold Stone Creamery are next door to the stadium and the national chain's ice cream is served there. Seven styles of wieners are found at Home Plate Hot Dogs, whose location is part of its name. Vegetarians will find more options than normal, as specialty wraps, salads, bean burritos and sweet potato fries are part of the healthy selections line-up. For something quite clever, six bucks will get you the chocolate-covered strawberries and bananas on a stick item known as berrie kabobs. They are easy to find since vendors walk the aisles and concourses selling the confection. In all, the stadium has nine permanent concession stands and over 25 portable carts that are set up on game day. The ballpark is a Pepsi place when it comes to soda offerings and suds on tap are numerous. For example, here is the full rundown of the inaugural year selection of beer on draft that was found at various points of sale throughout the ballpark: Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss, Red Lager and Summer Shandy; Belgian White and Spring Ale by Blue Moon; the old standbys of Coors Light and Miller Lite; Mexican brewed Dos Equis and Pacifico, and locally-based SanTan Brewing's Devil's Ale, which is made just 22 miles away in Chandler.



    2014 Diamondbacks Spring Training Schedule


    (only home games at Salt River Fields are listed)
     February/March
    Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
          26
    Dodgers
    1:10
    Tickets
    27 28
    Rockies
    1:10
    Tickets
    1
    Brewers & Cubs
    1:10 & 7:10
    Tickets
    2 3
    Angels & Rockies
    1:10 & 7:10
    Tickets
    4 5
    Royals
    1:10
    Tickets
    6
    A's
    1:10
    Tickets
    7 8
    9
    Padres
    1:10
    Tickets
    10
    Mariners
    7:10
    Tickets
    11
    Indians
    1:10
    Tickets
    12 13
    Mariners
    1:10
    Tickets
    14 15
    16
    Brewers
    1:10
    Tickets
    17 18 19 20 21 22
    23 24 25 26
    Cubs
    1:10
    Tickets
    27
    Indians
    1:10
    Tickets
       

    * Single game tickets went on sale Saturday, January 11. Links in calendar are to TicketsNow inventory.
    See the full 2014 Diamondbacks Spring Training schedule



    2014 Rockies Spring Training Schedule


    (only home games at Salt River Fields are listed)
     March
    Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
                1
    2
    Brewers
    1:10
    Tickets
    3 4
    Giants
    1:10
    Tickets
    5 6 7
    Angels
    1:10
    Tickets
    8
    A's
    1:10
    Tickets
    9 10
    Padres
    1:10
    Tickets
    11 12
    Reds & D-backs
    1:10 & 7:10
    Tickets
    13 14
    Mariners
    6:40
    Tickets
    15
    Angels
    1:10
    Tickets
    16 17 18 19
    Cubs
    6:40
    Tickets
    20
    Brewers
    1:10
    Tickets
    21
    Indians
    1:10
    Tickets
    22
    Mariners
    1:10
    Tickets
    23
    White Sox
    1:10
    Tickets
    24
    Royals
    1:10
    Tickets
    25 26 27 28 29
    Mariners
    12:10
    Tickets

    * Single game tickets went on sale Saturday, January 11. Links in calendar are to TicketsNow inventory.
    See the full 2014 Rockies Spring Training schedule



    Ballpark Area Info
    Although Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is built on an Indian reservation, that reservation has been developed commercially by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community to become an entertainment destination, and as thus is anything but remote. Close to the stadium, the tribes' 15-story, 497-room Talking Stick Resort opened in 2010 adjacent to their always open Casino Arizona, which has 240,000 square feet of gambling space. Near the casino and resort is the Talking Stick Golf Club, a 36-hole public course that was designed by Ben Crenshaw's firm and opened in 1997. While much development has yet to take place, Scottsdale Pavilions (renamed The Pavilions at Talking Stick in 2011) has been open for two decades and contains numerous specialty stores, national retailers and restaurants on both sides of Indian Bend Road, which is the road most fans will arrive at the spring training complex by.

    Travelers' notes

  • The closest major highway is the Loop 101, which runs alongside the facility.
  • The stadium is 22 miles northeast of the Diamondbacks' regular season home, Chase Field, which is in downtown Phoenix.

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    Choose from 3 great hotels that feature shuttle service to Salt River Fields
    Pima, Hampton and Holiday Inn Express in Scottsdale

    Nearby Hotels

    Hotels close to Salt River Fields

    Distance Hotel Street Address City/Zip Phone
    0.1 miles The Inn at Pima 7330 N Pima Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85260 480-948-3800
    2.9 Country Inn & Suites 10801 N 89th Place Scottsdale, AZ 85260 480-314-1200
    3.6 Hampton Inn 10101 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85253 480-443-3233
    3.6 Holiday Inn Express 7350 E Gold Dust Ave Scottsdale, AZ 85258 480-596-6559
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    Nearby Restaurants

    Restaurants close to Salt River Fields

    Distance Restaurant Street Address City/Zip Phone
    0.6 miles Oriental Garden Super Buffet 8909 E Indian Bend Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85250 480-362-1530
    0.75 Sweet Tomatoes 9029 E Indian Bend Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85250 480-991-6010
    0.75 Arby's 9049 E Indian Bend Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85250 480-905-1814
    0.8 Taco Bell 9059 E Indian Bend Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85250 480-596-1260
    0.8 5 & Diner 9069 E Indian Bend Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85250 480-949-1957
    0.85 YC's Mongolian Grill 9120 E Indian Bend Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85256 480-948-8011
    0.9 McDonald's 9140 E Indian Bend Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85256 480-443-0080
    0.9 Denny's 9160 E Indian Bend Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85256 480-991-2909
    2.1 Voltaire French Restaurant 8340 E McDonald Dr Scottsdale, AZ 85250 480-948-1005
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    Nearby Airports

    Airports close to Salt River Fields

    Distance Airport Airport Code
    17.1 miles Phoenix Sky Harbor International PHX
    129 Tucson International TUS

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