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Posted: Tuesday September 12, 2006 10:27AM; Updated: Tuesday September 12, 2006 12:14PM
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Arizona Diamondbacks
Chase Field
Phoenix, Ariz. :: Opened: 1998 :: Capacity: 49,033
AP
Average Ticket Price: $19.68
Average Cost of Concessions and Souvenirs: $69.00
How expensive is stadium parking?
• FREE: 4%
• $5-$10: 74%
• $10-$15: 17%
• $15-$20: 2%
• More than $20: 2%

Is public transportation a viable option?
• Never: 58%
• Worth it if you have a lot of time and patience: 27%
• A good option to avoid rush hour: 6%
• Pretty easy if you know the system well: 9%
• The only way to go: 0%

How would you rate traffic getting to and from the game?
To the game:
• A slow-moving parking lot: 3%
• Slow, but usually steady: 15%
• Moves well outside of rush hour: 35%
• Aside from the occasional bottleneck, it's good: 28%
• A smooth ride at all times: 17%

From the game:
• A slow- moving parking lot: 8%
• Slow, but usually steady: 25%
• Moves well outside of rush hour: 25%
• Aside from the occasional bottleneck, it's good: 31%
• A smooth ride at all times: 10%


How would you rate the number of restrooms for men and women?
• Bring a map: 0%
• It depends on your section: 5%
• Never more than a short walk away: 19%
• A satisfactory amount: 27%
• Plenty: 36%

How long is the wait to use a bathroom?
• Always available: 69%
• 1-5 minutes: 27%
• 5-10 minutes: 1%
• More than 10 minutes: 0%

How would you rate the variety of food/beer concession options?
• Limp hot dogs, bland peanuts, even blander beer: 2%
• Nothing fancy, but the staple foods are tasty: 9%
• A little variety of food and drinks available at specific locations: 17%
• A nice variety but locations are spread out: 35%
• You name it, they have it around almost every corner: 35%

How much will a meal at the ballpark cost you?
• $5-$10: 16%
• $10-$20: 63%
• $20-$30: 10%
• $30-$40: 1%
• More than $40: 5%

How would you rate the entertainment options aside from the game?
• Nonexistent: 3%
• So many games/promotions and scoreboard highlights that the game is lost in the background: 13%
• Typical mascot antics/scoreboard quizzes and fun music: 35%
• Some unique promotions/antics, but it sometimes distracts from the game: 11%
• A nice balance that draws your attention when the game is stopped but doesn't distract from the action on the field: 35%
"Feels like you are in an airplane hanger when the roof and wall panels are closed." Too bad outside temperatures regularly in triple digits makes closing the roof a necessity most nights. Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that "the sound system may be the worst in baseball -- nothing understandable is said during the game." If you and a passel of friends can save up enough, though, you can kiss those baseball worries goodbye and lounge in the pool behind the right field wall. Of course, the "laid-back group" in the seats seem intent on lounging, too. "They only cheer when the Jumbotron operator tells them to." Maybe they are busy at the concession stand opening their wallets for the "ridiculously overpriced" food and drinks, or perhaps they are distracted by the "advertising everywhere" in the stadium. Welcome to baseball, boardroom style.
The atmosphere around the park has "the same no-history feeling as the stadium." Many, though, happily head to Alice Cooper's restaurant, Cooperstown, or Jackson's on 3rd, which caters to a more "upscale" crowd. Step around the corner from the stadium for the well-regarded Pizzeria Bianco.
2006 record: 68-75 (all statistics through Sept. 10)
Players worth the price of admission: Brandon Webb (15-6, 3.00 ERA, 153 Ks), Chad Tracy (.275 Avg., 17 HRs, 71 RBI)
Look, we never thought letting the fans determine the rankings was foolproof. Or maybe Diamondbacks fans like a ballpark that has plenty of lights and buzzers but all the character of an office park. Maybe they like substandard baseball. Maybe they like having few public transportation options to get to the game. Ticket prices aren't bad and the weather is good, so Chase Field has those things going for it, but it doesn't seem to have much to define it aside from the pool in the outfield, and last we checked, MLB didn't keep any records for pools.

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