Tag: Chase Field

Stadium Managers Get Gomez’s Diamond View

BALLS AND STRIKES: ESPN’s Pedro Gomez, whose son is a minor leaguer, weighed in on potential contraction. (Courtesy SMA) Longtime reporter shares thoughts on computer umpires and paring minor league teams, but not his Hall of Fame ballot The electronic strike zone is coming to Major League Baseball, but whether that’s a good thing for the game is up for debate, according to ESPN broadcaster Pedro Gomez.  Gomez, a longtime baseball reporter, was keynote speaker for the recent Stadium Managers Association seminar in Phoenix. Gomez, a local resident, told some humorous stories tied to his 30 years working for newspapers and TV networks, followed by a Q&A session. Among the highlights: The calling of balls and strikes by computer is inevitable in MLB. “Be careful what you wish for,” Gomez said. “I don’t know that it’s necessarily going to be the greatest thing. We’ve already seen managers have the arguing […]

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Arrive’s Parking Playbook

Chase Field in Phoenix is one of the venues that has found success using e-parking service ParkWhiz. (Getty Images) Company adds teams, venues to ParkWhiz roster with plan that eliminates a pain point and increases profitability Josh Simon, director of ticket operations for the Arizona Diamondbacks, had been looking for a prepaid parking vendor for about three years. He was faced with a problem common in the industry — how to provide convenient, affordable parking for patrons of his venue, Chase Field. “We run three garages and a lot with under 5,000 parking spaces, and parking is tight in downtown Phoenix,” he said. “We were looking for a provider that was adaptable and could work within our structure here.” Simon reached out to Chicago-based Arrive to find out more about ParkWhiz, its e-parking service that allows users to book parking spaces before reaching their destinations. “We implemented ParkWhiz last year, […]

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Sources: Diamondbacks Have Picked HKS

The Arizona Diamondbacks’ lease at Chase Field runs through 2027, but they can leave as early as 2022 without penalty. (Getty Images) Architect was selected in past few months to develop new ballpark The Arizona Diamondbacks are quietly advancing their plans to develop a new ballpark. They’ve selected HKS, the architect that designed their spring training facility, to plan a stadium to replace Phoenix’s Chase Field, sources said. The decision to go with HKS was made in the past few months after interviews with multiple sports design firms, according to sources familiar with the process. It’s unclear whether the two entities have a signed contract. Derrick Hall, president of the MLB Diamondbacks, and Bryan Trubey, an HKS principal and executive vice president, did not return emails and texts for comment.   The Diamondbacks have been going through the steps for ballpark development after reaching an agreement with Maricopa County a […]

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Diamondbacks Go for the Shows

Billy Joel performs March 9 for a crowd of 40,964 at Chase Field in Phoenix. (Monica Bradburn/Arizona Diamondbacks) MLB team’s new events division welcomes Billy Joel, WWE When the Arizona Diamondbacks took control of non-baseball events last year, the staff hustled to show Phoenix and the world it is a worthy host. The team formed Arizona Diamondbacks Events & Entertainment to handle all Chase Field events and has found success so far with college football’s Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 26, the WWE Royal Rumble on Jan. 27 and a Billy Joel concert on March 9 — all in 90 days. “It’s been an exciting entry point, believe me,” said Cullen Maxey, the team’s executive vice president of business operations and chief revenue officer. Between the Joel show and the Royal Rumble, Chase Field saw just under 90,000 people before baseball season started, he said. Throwing the Cheez-It Bowl raises the […]

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