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Bank One Ballpark
Chase Field, also known as The BOB (after its original
name, Bank One Ballpark), is a stadium located in Phoenix, Arizona.
It is across the street from the US Airways Center, used by the NBA's
BANK ONE BALLPARK
East Jefferson Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85001
Kentucky Blue Grass (1999-)
One Ballpark (1998-2005)
Chase Field (2005-)
Field - 330 ft
Left-Center - 374 ft
Left-Center (deep) - 413 ft
Center Field - 407 ft
Right-Center (deep) - 413 ft
Right-Center - 374 ft
Right Field - 334 ft
Backstop - 60 ft
Chase Field's main concern is with baseball, being home of Major League
Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks. The park began to be constructed in 1996,
and was finished just before the Diamondbacks' first season began, in
1998. It has a retractable roof, one of only a few stadiums in the United
States to have one (others are in Houston, Milwaukee, and Seattle, with
another under construction in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale). It also has
a swimming pool, which is rented to patrons.
Chase Field will also be home to the annual Challenge at Chase starting
in 2006, a baseball game between rivals Arizona State University and
University of Arizona.
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It hosted Games 1, 2, 6, and 7 of the 2001 World Series between the
Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Yankees. The Diamondbacks won the
world championship that year in dramatic fashion. With the bases loaded in
the bottom of the ninth inning of game seven, D-Backs outfielder Luis
Gonzalez sent a bloop single over the head of Yankee's shortstop Derek
Jeter to score the game winning run from third base. The Diamondbacks
overcame Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, arguably one of the greatest
post-season closers of all time, to claim the state of Arizona's first
major league professional championship.
Chase Field was originally named Bank One Ballpark after Bank One of
Chicago. After Bank One merged with New York City-based Chase, the name
change was announced on September 23, 2005. It is also host to many
concerts and other sports events each year. One of the events it has held
annually is the Insight Bowl, a college football bowl game. The bowl game
will be moved however to Sun Devil Stadium in 2006, to replace the Fiesta
Bowl, which will be moving to Cardinals Stadium in Glendale the same year.
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