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Bank One Ballpark

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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 Phoenix Suns.

At a glance...
Facility statistics
Location 401 East Jefferson Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85001
Broke ground November 16, 1995
Opened March 31, 1998
Owner Maricopa County Stadium
Surface Anza Grass (1998)
Kentucky Blue Grass (1999-)
($238M taxpayers,
$111M Diamondbacks)
Architect Ellerbe Becket
Bank One Ballpark (1998-2005)
Chase Field (2005-)
Arizona Diamondbacks (1998-)
Seating capacity
48,569 (1998)
Left 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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03/31/1998 Rockies 9, Diamondbacks 2
Umpires Jim Quick, Dana DeMuth
  Gary Darling, Larry Poncino
Managers Buck Showalter, Diamondbacks
  Don Baylor, Rockies
Starting Pitchers Andy Benes, Diamondbacks
  Darryl Kile, Rockies
Ceremonial Pitch Richard & Ashley Volpe, 6-year-old twins
  Diamondback fans of the future
Attendance 47,484
Batter Mike Lansing (single)
Hit Mike Lansing (single)
Run Vinny Castilla
RBI Todd Helton
Single Mike Lansing
Double Todd Helton
Triple Neifi Perez (04/02/1998)
Home Run Vinny Castilla
Grand Slam Cecil Fielder (06/09/1998)
IPHR Wendell Magee (06/14/2002)
Stolen Base Travis Lee  (04/01/1998)
Sacrifice Hit Brian Anderson  (04/02/1998)
Sacrifice Fly Andy Stankiewicz (04/18/1998)
Cycle NONE
Win Darryl Kile
Loss Andy Benes
Shutout John Thompson, Chuck McElroy (04/01/1998)
Save Jerry DiPoto (04/02/1998)
Hit by Pitch Pedro Astacio hit Jay Bell (04/02/1998)
Wild Pitch Willie Blair (04/01/1998)
Balk Felix Rodriguez (04/02/1998)
No-Hitter Jose Jimenez (06/25/1999)
Primary research by Jim Herdman & David Vincent
Courtesy of Retrosheet

Books related to Bank One Ballpark:
Big League, Big Time: The Birth of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Billion-Dollar Business of Sports, and the Power of the Media in America by Len Sherman.

Related Books on Ballparks
The Ballpark Book: A Journey Through the Fields of Baseball Magic by Ron Smith and Kevin Belford.
Ballpark: The Story of America's Baseball Fields by Lynn Curlee
Ballparks: A Panoramic History by Marc Sandalow and Jim Sutton.
Ballparks by Robert Von Goeben and Red Howard.
Ballparks: Then & Now by Eric Enders.
Baseball Vacations: Great Family Trips to Minor League and Classic Major League Ballbarks Across America by Bruce Adams and Margaret Engel.
Blue Skies, Green Fields: A Celebration of 50 Major League Baseball Stadiums by Ira Rosen.
Diamonds: The Evolution of the Ballpark by Michael Gershman.
Fields of Dreams: A Guide to Visiting and Enjoying All 30 Major League Ballparks by Jay Ahuja
Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of All Major League and Negro League Ballparks by Philip J. Lowry.
Joe Mock's Ballpark Guide by Joe Mock.
Lost Ballparks: A Celebration of Baseball's Legendary Fields by Lawrence S. Ritter.
Roadside Baseball: A Guide to Baseball Shrines Across America by Chris Epting.
Take Me Out to the Ballpark: An Illustrated Tour of Baseball Parks Past and Present by Josh Leventhal and Jessica Macmurray.
The Ultimate Baseball Road-Trip: A Fan's Guide to Major League Stadiums by Joshua Pahigian and Kevin O'Connell.
Video: Story of America's Classic Ballparks
Video: Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns

Economics of Stadiums
City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks by Philip Bess.
Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit by Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause.
Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums by Kevin J. Delaney and Rick Eckstein.
Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums by Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist.

General Stadium Reference:
Sports Staff of USA Today. The Complete 4 Sport Stadium Guide. Fodor's, 1996.

Stadium Design and Financing References:
Philip Bess. City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks. Knothole Press, 1999.
Joanna Cagan and Neil deMause. Field of Schemes: How the Great Stadium Swindle Turns Public Money into Private Profit. Common Courage Press, 1998.
Mark S. Rosentraub. Major League Losers: The Real Cost of Sports and Who's Paying for It. HarperCollins, 1997.
Kevin J. Delaney, Rick Eckstein. Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums. Rutgers University Press, 2004.
Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist. Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums. Brookings Institution, 1997.
Dean V. Baim. The Sports Stadium as a Municipal Investment. Greenwood Publishing, 1994.
Stadia: A Design and Development Guide by Geraint John and Rod Sheard. Architectural Press, 2000.
Michelle Provoost, Matthjis Bouw and Camiel Van Winkel. The Stadium: Architecture of Mass Sport. NAI Publishers, 2000.

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