Chase Field History

When the Arizona Diamondbacks were introduced as the newest member of Major League Baseball, it put in motion multiple plans including one by the Maricopa Board of Supervisors that triggered a piece of legislation to build a baseball only facility that would become home of the Diamondbacks when they began play in 1998.

The stadium would be built in Phoenix Arizona as part of an effort to revitalize the downtown area bringing in fans and tourists from all over the country. It became a crown jewel of the area and a cornerstone for other development that has subsequently occurred in the area.

Below you will find important dates and milestones that make up the history of Chase Field.

 

Date Event
June 28, 1990 Bill submitted by Representative Chris Herstam (R-Phoenix) passed by the Arizona Legislature allowing Maricopa County to assess a quarter-cent sales tax for building a baseball-only stadium. The tax can only be levied after a franchise is granted.
February 13, 1994 The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors revealed that a $22.1 million budget shortfall might force them to eliminate 1,200 jobs in the nation's sixth largest county.
February 17, 1994 The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors hold a meeting for public comment and a vote on the proposed stadium deal. After the nasty arguments subsided, the supervisors - sitting as the commission - called a vote on the measure to raise $238 million through a 2 1/2-year increase in the sales tax. One recused herself because of a potential conflict. One, Tom Rawles, voted against it while Mary Rose Wilcox, Ed King and Jim Bruner supported it. The measure passed, 3-1. Major League Baseball has until April 1, 1995 to award a franchise to Phoenix or stadium financing deal is void.
June 17, 1994 Ellerbe Becket's design is selected for the proposed new baseball stadium in Phoenix Arizona. The design is for a retractable-roof natural grass field in downtown Phoenix. A stadium site is selected just south of Jefferson Street and west of Seventh Street for the new stadium.
April 5, 1995 Bank One pat $70 million for the naming rights to the unbuilt stadium which will be known as Bank One Ballpark
March 14, 1996 Ticket prices are announced for Bank One Ballpark seats for the 1998 season. Ticket prices range from $50 to $1 for single-game tickets.
April 24, 1996 The Diamondbacks announce Bank One Ballpark will include a swimming pool beyond the right-center field fence that can be rented out for each game.
May 30, 1996 The 1,200 ton steel roof truss is raised 174 feet into the air providing the first structure to Bank One Ballpark's retractable roof.
February 18, 1997 After complaints and litigation, the county attorney ruled that the Maricopa County Commission's vote could not be overturned by any citizen initiative paving the way for the completion of Bank One Ballpark.
August 8, 1997 The final piece of structural steel is put in place to complete the roofline of Bank One Ballpark.
August 13, 1997 As Mary Rose Wilcox and a security guard walked down a corridor of the Maricopa County Courthouse, Larry Naman, a 49-year-old homeless man with a history of mental problems and a regular at supervisors' meetings, shot her. The bullet struck her in the pelvis. She survived only because the guard, Darrell Marr, had jarred Naman's arm just before he fired. Wilcox blamed her shooting on the hateful atmosphere created by talk radio. Naman later issued a statement to the news media: "I shot supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox to try to put a stop to the dictatorship of Jerry Colangelo," it read.
January 10, 1998 Single game tickets go on sale for Opening Day at Bank One Ballpark for 1998. All seats are sold out before noon.
March 20, 1998 Jerry Colangelo and county officials break bottles of sparkling water over the railings on the rotunda at Bank One Ballpark culminating the official dedication ceremonies of the new stadium.
March 29, 1998 The Diamondbacks close out spring training playing the first game at Bank One Ballpark. It was raining outside but the fans stayed dry to see the Diamondbacks lose 3-0 to the Chicago White Sox.
March 31, 1998 The Arizona Diamondbacks host their first regular season game at Bank One Ballpark playing the Colorado Rockies in front of 50,179 fans. The Rockies win the game 9-2. Andy Benes is the starting Diamondbacks pitcher. First baseman Travis Lee collects the first hit (single in the first inning), first home run, first run and first RBI in franchise history.
June 25, 1999 The first no-hitter recorded in Bank One Ballpark history is thrown by St. Louis Cardinals rookie Jose Jimenez. Jimenez beats the Diamondbacks 1-0 beating Randy Johnson who allowed only 5 hits while striking out 14 pitching a complete game.
July 11, 1999 Jay Bell hits a grand slam during a Sunday game at Bank One Ballpark. Chandler fan Gylene Hoyle successfully predicted the player and inning before the game as part of the Shamrock Farms Grand Slam Sundae promotion. Her prize for her prediction was 1 million dollars. The Diamondbacks beat the Oakland Athletics 7-5 and in the process Matt Mantei recorded his first save for the Diamondbacks.
July 21, 1999 Arizona Diamondback Tony Womack found himself at the plate with the bases loaded against the Houston Astros closer Billy Wagner. Womack hits a ball deep to the outfield and circled the bases to record the first in-the-park home run and grand slam in Bank One Ballpark history. The hit gave the Diamondbacks the lead and they won the game 7-4.
October 5, 1999 The Arizona Diamondbacks host their first play-off series against the New York Mets at Bank One Ballpark. The Diamondbacks would lose the game 8-4 on a grand slam by Edguardo Alfonzo. Randy Johnson takes the loss as the Diamondbacks pitcher in front of 49,584 fans.
May 31, 2000 The first ever triple play is recorded during a game at Bank One Ballpark against the St. Louis Cardinals. In the fifth inning the Cardinals loaded the bases with no outs. Mark McGwire came to the plate and hit a fly ball to center field. Steve Finley caught the ball to record the first out. Placido Polanco tagged at third and attempted to come home but was thrown out when Finley threw a bullet to catcher Damian Miller to record the second out. Cardinals baserunner Edgar Renteria tried to move from second to third on the play but Miller threw to third base where shortstop Tony Womack applied the tag for the third out. Those scoring at home would record F8 - 8-2 - 2-6 for the triple play.
June 23, 2000 The Arizona Diamondbacks introduce their new mascot D. Baxter the Bobcat. The idea for the mascot came from the son of infielder Jay Bell. His name is taken from D-backs and the bobcat is for the fact that the Diamondbacks play at Bank One Ballpark which is known as BOB by the locals.
October 27, 2001 For the first time in the history of Major League Baseball, the World Series comes to Arizona with game 1 of the series at Bank One Ballpark. Curt Schilling pitches 7 strong innings allowing only 3 hits by the New York Yankees. The Diamondbacks win the game 9-1 to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
November 4, 2001 In an ending made for Hollywood, the Diamondbacks found themselves in one of the greatest games in World Series history. With the game tied, Yankees second baseman Alfonzo Soriano hit a home run in the eighth inning to give the Yankees the lead. With Yankees closer Mariano Rivera on the mound the Diamondbacks mount a comeback in the ninth inning culminating with a bloop single by Luis Gonzalez over the head of Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter that scores Jay Bell from third to win the game 3-2. Curt Schilling pitched a stellar game but Randy Johnson got the win when he came in one day after pitching game 6. Schilling and Johnson are named co-MVP for the World Series.
November 7, 2001 In celebration of their victory, the Diamondbacks held a parade in downtown Phoenix. Over 400,000 people attended the parade with over 50,000 people entering Bank One Ballpark for a rally after the parade.
September 23, 2005 After Bank One merges with JP Morgan Chase & Co. the stadium is renamed Chase Field.
March 7, 2006 Chase Field plays host to Pool B first-round games of the World Baseball Classic. Pool B includes Mexico, United States, Canada, and South Africa. Mexico and the United States would advance.
September 1, 2008 Stephen Drew becomes the third player in Diamondbacks history to hit for the cycle against the Cardinals. The cycle was the first ever at Chase Field as Drew also tied the franchise-record with 5 hits.
April 11, 2009 Major League Baseball awards the D-backs the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game as announced by Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig in a press conference at Chase Field.
September 20, 2009 The Diamondbacks dedicate broadcast wing of Chase Field Press Box to Hall-of-Famer Joe Garagiola Sr.
August 7, 2010 The Diamondbacks retire Luis Gonzalez’s No. 20 as he becomes the first Diamondback to have his number retired.
July 12, 2011 Diamondbacks host 82nd All-Star Game... NL defeats AL, 5-1...Justin Upton and Miguel Montero both play in the contest...Kirk Gibson (coach) and trainer Ken Crenshaw also serve on NL squad.
March 8, 2013 Chase Field plays host to Pool D of the World Baseball Classic. The pool includes the United States, Italy, Canada, and Mexico. The United States wins the pool and advances along with Italy.