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Kids Get In Free At Diamondbacks Games Next Week

Earlier today, D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall (@DHallDbacks) announced via Twitter that the D-backs are offering free tickets for kids 12 and under to kick off the summer break. The offer is valid for games May 26-29 with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket for any section in the ballpark, excluding the All-You-Can-Eat section and cannot be combined with any other offer.

The offer begins this Monday, Memorial Day, and the D-backs encourage families to come out to support Military Appreciation Day. Every D-backs game offers tons of fun for kids, including the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Sandlot, an area dedicated just for kids. The Sandlot is open for every D-backs home game and includes age-specific playground areas, Futures Field and a batting cage. D-backs Baseball Academy coaches offer free clinics at Futures Field in the Sandlot one hour before first pitch and at the end of the fourth inning. In addition, kids can sign up to be a part of the free Raising Cane’s Kids Club program in the Sandlot to earn prizes for every game they attend.

Adult tickets for games next week start at just $12 and are available at the Chase Field Box Office, by calling 602.514.8400 or online at dbacks.com/kids.

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D-backs Announce Most Valuable Partner Awards

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) announced the winners of last week’s Most Valuable Partner Awards, the unique award show designed to honor the best D-backs’ partners in a variety of categories. The awards ceremony was held at Gila River Casinos’ Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino – Ovations Live! Showroom.

Several D-backs players were on hand to take part in the red carpet Oscar-style awards show, including Paul Goldschmidt, Aaron Hill, J.J. Putz, A.J. Pollock and Josh Collmenter. The quintet competed in Family Feud against several D-backs partners and comedic results can be viewed here: http://atmlb.com/1aJPQGZ

D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall emceed the annual event and was featured throughout the night in several commercial spoofs, including the following parodies of a popular AT&T commercial: http://atmlb.com/1dNRpJR and http://atmlb.com/1ap2WPd

The winners of the awards were as follows:

Luis Gonzalez Community Champion – Western Refining
Brand Integration – Subway
D-backs Ambassador – Safelite
Marketing Activation – Anheuser-Busch and Pepsi
Rookie of the Year (first-year partnership) – Safelite
Lifetime Achievement – APS
Fans’ Choice Award – Taco Bell
Most Valuable Partner – Sanderson Ford (Silver Slugger) and Gila River Casinos (Gold Glove)

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D-backs’ Goldschmidt Graduates From University of Phoenix

Arizona Diamondbacks All-Star first baseman and N.L. MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt has officially graduated from the University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s of science degree in management. The National League leader in home runs and RBI had been taking classes throughout his first two full seasons in the Major Leagues.

“This was always something I wanted to get done,” said Goldschmidt. “There may be other online universities, but University of Phoenix is the way to go, especially for a ballplayer during the baseball season. It’s tough to do it any other way.”

Goldschmidt, 25, was drafted by the D-backs in the 8th Round of the First-Year Player Draft in 2009 after playing for three seasons at Texas State University.

“We are extremely proud to count Paul among our distinguished graduates today both because of what he’s accomplished on the field and in the classroom,” said University of Phoenix President Dr. Bill Pepicello. “I have had the good fortune of getting to know him through our partnership with the D-backs and to watch what he’s accomplished this season, while completing his degree, certainly shows what a special person he is.”

Dubbed “America’s first baseman” by his teammates, Goldschmidt has established himself as one of the leading candidates for the N.L. Most Valuable Player Award.

“I’d like to do something with my degree eventually,” he told D-backs Insider for a recent cover story. “I don’t just want a piece of paper. A lot of jobs that require a college degree go in line with what I’ve now learned in school. I don’t really know what I want to do, but I’d like to talk to people in the business world and see what opportunities may be there and interest me.”

D-backs Assistant Hitting Coach Turner Ward, who served as Goldschmidt’s manager at Double-A Mobile in 2011, is also enrolled in the online program at University of Phoenix.

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D-backs' Goldschmidt Graduates From University of Phoenix

Arizona Diamondbacks All-Star first baseman and N.L. MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt has officially graduated from the University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s of science degree in management. The National League leader in home runs and RBI had been taking classes throughout his first two full seasons in the Major Leagues.

“This was always something I wanted to get done,” said Goldschmidt. “There may be other online universities, but University of Phoenix is the way to go, especially for a ballplayer during the baseball season. It’s tough to do it any other way.”

Goldschmidt, 25, was drafted by the D-backs in the 8th Round of the First-Year Player Draft in 2009 after playing for three seasons at Texas State University.

“We are extremely proud to count Paul among our distinguished graduates today both because of what he’s accomplished on the field and in the classroom,” said University of Phoenix President Dr. Bill Pepicello. “I have had the good fortune of getting to know him through our partnership with the D-backs and to watch what he’s accomplished this season, while completing his degree, certainly shows what a special person he is.”

Dubbed “America’s first baseman” by his teammates, Goldschmidt has established himself as one of the leading candidates for the N.L. Most Valuable Player Award.

“I’d like to do something with my degree eventually,” he told D-backs Insider for a recent cover story. “I don’t just want a piece of paper. A lot of jobs that require a college degree go in line with what I’ve now learned in school. I don’t really know what I want to do, but I’d like to talk to people in the business world and see what opportunities may be there and interest me.”

D-backs Assistant Hitting Coach Turner Ward, who served as Goldschmidt’s manager at Double-A Mobile in 2011, is also enrolled in the online program at University of Phoenix.

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Salt River Fields Surpasses 1 Million In Attendance

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) announced that Saturday’s sold out crowd of 11,576 pushed the total attendance at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick over the one-million mark since the complex opened in 2011. The shared facility between the D-backs and the Colorado Rockies, constructed in partnership with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, reached the milestone in just 24 months of operation. The total includes all ticketed events at Salt River Fields including concerts, festivals and Spring Training games.

“It is quite an accomplishment to reach this milestone in such a short amount of time and it’s really a testament to the baseball fans throughout Arizona,” said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. “Along with our partners at the Rockies and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, we set out to create the best Spring Training facility in all of baseball and we feel strongly that we were able to do just that.”

In addition to hosting Spring Training games from the two National League West Division teams, Salt River Fields will host four games in March as part of the World Baseball Classic. On Tuesday, March 5, the D-backs will host an exhibition night game against Team Mexico and on Wednesday, March 6, the Rockies will face Team USA in a 7:10 p.m. start. The official World Baseball Classic games will kick off on Thursday, March 6 as Team Italy faces Team Mexico in a 1:00 p.m. game followed by a 12:30 p.m. contest on Friday, March 7 between Team Canada and Team Italy.

In addition to these games, fans are invited to watch Team USA in its first official workout on Monday, March 4 at 1 p.m.

In each of its first two seasons, Salt River Fields has broken the total attendance mark for a two-team complex, as last year’s record total between the D-backs and Rockies was 369,393. The D-backs’ average attendance of 11,677 was the highest in Major League Baseball for the second consecutive season.

Following its first year, Salt River Fields was a finalist for the “Sports Facility of the Year” by Sports Business Journal. The facility has earned LEED Gold Certification by the US Green Building Council and has received numerous awards including “Best Place to See a Spring Training Game” by the Phoenix New Times, “Best Spring Training Facility” by Arizona Foothills magazine and “Ballpark of the Year” by Ballpark Digest, BaseballParks.com and Digitalparks.com.

The largest one-day event on record at Salt River Fields came in January 2012, when more than 20,000 people came to the facility for Street Eats.

Salt River Fields’ 2013 calendar already touts several major events: April 20 is the 4th Annual Arizona Barbecue Festival with 12,000 expected to attend; the Larry Fitzgerald Celebrity Charity Softball Game April 27, when approximately 5,000 are anticipated; and the Independence Day Music Festival July 3, with more than 14,000 attending last year to see Country Music powerhouses Miranda Lambert and Darius Rucker.

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D-backs announce 2013 promotional schedule

The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced the 2013 promotional schedule, which includes three bobbleheads, a Wade Miley Garden Gnome and more than a dozen additional promotional items throughout the season. Individual tickets for each of these games, including Opening Day on April 1 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals, will go on sale on Mar. 4. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Chase Field Ticket Office, online at dbacks.com or by calling 602.514.8400. Fans can also access exclusive presale opportunities by becoming a D-backs Insider at dbacks.com.

The first of the three bobbleheads is the Aaron Hill #BiCycle Bobblehead that will honor Hill for his two cycles last season (June 8). The other two bobbleheads will feature fan favorites Paul Goldschmidt (Aug. 10) and Miguel Montero (Sept. 14). The Montero bobblehead will be given away on Hispanic Heritage Day.

New this year, the D-backs will host a street festival prior to three games throughout the season (Apr. 1, Apr. 13, May 11, Sept. 14) that will feature food trucks, D-backs inflatables and several activities before fans enter the stadium.

Also on the promotional schedule are several $5 College Nights, School Family Nights, Choir Nights and Senior Days as well as Stitch & Pitch (April 13), four educational field trip days (April 29-May 2) and events for the Girl Scouts (May 11), a Camp Day (June 19), Cheer Night (August 31) and a Band Night (September 28). Three Mystery Ball events are also planned for April 27, June 8 and August 10. The club will host post-game fireworks shows, presented by Gila River Casinos, following 10 Friday night home games.

The D-backs 2013 promotional dates are available at dbacks.com/giveaways, with highlights below:

· 2013 Magnet Schedule, courtesy of Pepsi (First 50,000 fans on April 1 vs. Cardinals)
· APS Green Series (April 12-14 vs. Dodgers)
· Beat LA T-shirt, courtesy of Gila River Casinos (First 20,000 fans on April 13 vs. Dodgers)
· Jackie Robinson Day (April 25 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Outdoor Recreation Night (April 27 vs. Rockies)
· Wade Miley Garden Gnome, courtesy of Sanderson Ford (First 20,000 fans on April 27 vs. Rockies)
· Faith & Family Night Concert, presented by Grand Canyon University (May 10 vs. Phillies)
· Mother’s Day Tote Bag, courtesy of Pepsi (First 5,000 moms on May 12 vs. Phillies)
· Boy Scout Night Sleepover (May 24 vs. Padres)
· D. Baxter Fan, courtesy of CenturyLink (First 10,000 fans on May 25 vs. Padres)
· D-backs Memorial Day Doubleheader (May 27 vs. Rangers)
D-backs Snapback Cap, courtesy of Budweiser (First 5,000 fans 21 and older at the 12:40 p.m. game on May 27 vs. Rangers)
· Aaron Hill #BiCycle Bobblehead, courtesy of Arizona Sports 620 (First 20,000 fans on June 8 vs. Giants)
· Bark in the Park, presented by Pet Club (June 9 vs. Giants)
· MLB Network Drawstring Bag (First 20,000 fans June 22 vs. Reds)
· D-backs Stars and Stripes T-shirt, courtesy of Ram Trucks (First 15,000 fans on July 5 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Playing Cards, courtesy of Gila River Casinos (First 5,000 fans 21 and older on July 12 vs. Brewers)
· Native American Recognition Day (July 13 vs. Brewers)
· D-backs Beach Towel, courtesy of Gila River Casinos (First 20,000 fans on July 13 vs. Brewers)
· Back-To-School Backpack, courtesy of Cox Communications (First 5,000 kids on July 14 vs. Brewers)
· D-backs Luchador Mask (First 20,000 fans on July 27 vs. Padres)
· Paul Goldschmidt Bobblehead (First 20,000 fans on August 10 vs. Mets)
· Miguel Montero Growth Chart, courtesy of Arizona Milk Producers (First 5,000 kids on August 11 vs. Mets)
· D-backs Alumni Night (August 31 vs. Giants)
· Labor Day Game (September 2 vs. Blue Jays)
· Faith & Family Night Concert, presented by Grand Canyon University (September 13 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Hispanic Heritage Day, presented by Budweiser (September 14 vs. Rockies)
· Miguel Montero Bobblehead, courtesy of Subway (First 20,000 fans on September 14 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Luchador Cape, courtesy of Circle K (First 5,000 kids on September 15 vs. Rockies)
· Bark in the Park, presented by Pet Club (September 15 vs. Rockies)
· Roberto Clemente Day (September 18 vs. Dodgers)
· D-backs Car Show Street Festival (September 29 vs. Nationals)
· 2014 Magnet Schedule (First 20,000 fans on September 30 vs. Nationals)

The D-backs 4-Pack will be available starting March 4 and will allow fans to choose any four games with affordable seating options in all levels at Chase Field. Also on March 4, the D-backs Value Pack will be available for single-game purchase.  For $21, fans will receive a game ticket in the bleachers, a regular size hot dog, a 24 ounce drink, and a special offer from Subway®. For more information on ticket packages, visit www.dbacks.com/tickets.

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Randy Johnson Earns Spot In Legends Entertainment District

Sunday’s D-backs-Giants game as the newest “Legend” in the Legends Entertainment District in downtown Phoenix as part of the D-backs’ Alumni Day festivities.

The D-backs and Legends Entertainment District unveiled a 42-foot tall super-graphic of Johnson on the FOX Sports Arizona pregame show prior to the D-backs broadcast. The graphic now hangs on the Phoenix Convention Center Garage located across from Chase Field closest to the intersection of Jefferson and 5th Street.

Johnson was selected as the District’s newest “Legend” based on a fan vote on foxsportsarizona.com. The nominees included Matt Williams, Curt Schilling, Mark Grace and Johnson. Arizona Diamondbacks legend and special assistant to the president, Luis Gonzalez, was the first D-backs player to be featured in the Legends District in September 2011.

Johnson was a 10-time All-Star and five-time Cy Young Award Winner. He is the franchise leader in nearly every pitching category following his tenure with the D-backs (1999-2004 and 2007-08), including wins (118), strikeouts (2,077), complete games (38), innings pitched (1,630.1), games started (232), ERA (2.83) and shutouts (14). He shared World Series MVP and Sports Illustrated “Sportsmen of the Year” honors with Curt Schilling following the D-backs’ World Championship season in 2001.

Legends Entertainment District offers customized, larger than life out-of-home signage opportunities that run 18 hours a day, 365 days a year. The project is designed to encompass landmark downtown facilities, extending from 1st Avenue to 7th Street and Washington to Jackson Street.

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D-Backs announce alumni game details

The Arizona Diamondbacks will host the first-ever D-backs Alumni Day baseball game on Sept. 15 featuring D-backs alumni such as Luis Gonzalez, Matt Williams, Brandon Webb, Steve Finley and many more. They will take the field shortly after the conclusion of the D-backs-Giants game at 5:10 p.m. and will play four innings.

The D-backs will offer a selection of throwback merchandise, including Justin Upton and Paul Goldschmidt purple replica jerseys, New Era fitted purple game caps and Nike “Cooperstown Collection” T-shirts available for purchase at the Chase Field main concourse Team Shop. Fans that follow the D-backs on Facebook (facebook.com/dbacks) and Twitter (@Dbacks) will have the opportunity to win throwback memorabilia and in-game experiences, including the chance to help the managers create that night’s alumni batting lineup

The Alumni Day festivities will begin with an on-field pregame ceremony to introduce the following D-backs alumni expected to attend: Joel Adamson, Scott Brow, Bobby Chouinard, Alex Cintron, Midre Cummings, David Dellucci, Elmer Dessens, Chris Donnels, Erubiel Durazo, Mike Fetters, Bernard Gilkey, Andrew Good, Robby Hammock, Mike Hampton, Ken Huckaby, Eric Knott, Travis Lee, Mark Little, Albie Lopez, Matt Mantei, Quinton McCracken, Mike Morgan, Vladimir Nunez, Armando Reynoso, Reggie Sanders, Junior Spivey, Andy Stankiewicz, Kelly Stinnett and Greg Swindell. Players are subject to change and some may not participate in the game.

Current D-backs players and coaches will wear the purple alternate jersey worn from 1998-2002 that features the “Arizona” word mark. The jersey was voted on by fans through an online voting contest that ran just prior to Opening Day.

On Sept. 15, the first 20,000 fans will receive a Matt Williams alumni bobblehead, courtesy of Chase, that will feature the current D-backs third base coach and five-time All-Star third baseman who was a member of the 2001 World Championship team.

Currently, fans are encouraged to vote for the next D-backs legend to be featured in the Legends Entertainment District. Fans can vote online at foxsportsarizona.com. The newest D-backs legend will be unveiled during the FOX Sports Arizona pregame show on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 4:30 p.m. on a 42-foot tall super graphic across from Chase Field located at the intersection of Jefferson and 5th Street in the Legends Entertainment District.

Tickets for the Sept. 15 Alumni Day game start at just $14 and can be purchased by calling a D-backs representative at 602.514.8400 or online at dbacks.com/alumni.

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D-Backs To Sponsor Sports Career Speaker Series

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced that they will host a Speaker Series throughout the season featuring D-backs executives and Phoenix-area business leaders as they field questions about their line of work in the sports industry.

The Speaker Series is open to fans of all ages and will be held on the first base side of the Insight Diamond Level prior to select Tuesday home games covering topics such as legal, marketing, communications, community affairs, finance, sponsorship, branding and trends in sports sales, and human resources. Each topic will be covered by a moderator and a team of panelists with expertise in the category featured.

The first Speaker Series was held on April 24 with D-backs Senior Director of Legal Affairs and Associate General Counsel Caleb Jay heading the panel, covering legal topics in the sports industry. They were joined by legal executives from the D-backs, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State University.

Dates, topics and moderators include:

  • May 22: Marketing – Karina Bohn, D-backs Senior Director of Marketing
  • June 19: Communications – Josh Rawitch, D-backs Senior Vice President of Communications
  • July 24: Community Affairs – Debbie Castaldo, D-backs Vice President of Community Affairs & Executive Director, Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation
  • Aug. 21: Finance – Tom Harris, D-backs Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
  • Aug. 28: Sponsorship, Branding and Trends in Sports Sales – Cullen Maxey, D-backs Executive Vice President of Business Operations
  • Sept. 18: Human Resources – Marian Rhodes, D-backs Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources & Diversity Officer

Fans can enjoy the game from the Miller Lite Diamond Club which will serve as a great area for networking with others in the sports industry. Tickets for the Speaker Series are only $20 and include a $5 credit in D-bucks. Fans interested in attending the Speaker Series can call (602) 462.4243.

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Evening On The Diamond Raises $1.7 Million For Diamondbacks Foundation

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today that its sold-out Evening on the Diamond fundraising event at Chase Field raised a record $1.7 million to benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. Overall, the event has raised $8.2 million to be given back to Arizona charities and non-profit organizations since 2007 and has been ranked as one of the largest fundraising events in the Valley.

“Last night was a truly unforgettable evening for everyone in attendance and the community will feel the impact of our attendees’ generosity for years to come,” said D-backs’ Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick. “We are humbled by the efforts of so many who made last night such a success and we are grateful that so many people, including our entire team and coaching staff, took the time to be a part of it.”

The theme of the gala was Teaming up for Education, as the University of Phoenix served as the presenting sponsor and the school’s president, Dr. Bill Pepicello, co-chaired the event with his wife, Kris. A portion of the program geared specifically towards education raised $100,000 from the attendees, with the University of Phoenix matching an additional $50,000 for $150,000 total in critical funds. Lee Hanley, chairman and CEO of Vestar, received the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation Community Leadership Award for his philanthropic endeavors to assist Arizona charities and the community throughout the Valley.

The event’s live auction raised more than $680,000 and featured a South African Hunting/Photographic Safari, a James Bond Experience in London, a vacation in the Bahamas aboard a luxurious 145-foot yacht, a Hawaiian vacation at Kapalua, a five-day hunting expedition with Kirk Gibson, an Eddie Matney prepared personal dinner with D-backs legends and more than a dozen current players, as well as VIP trips to Napa Valley, the Oregon Coast and New York, where the winning bidder will get to dine with members of the Trump family and take in the live finale of “The Apprentice.”

More than 700 people were in attendance and enjoyed dinner on the infield of Chase Field followed by a live performance by Grammy-Award winner Natalie Cole, who performed an hour-long set that included the famous video duet on dbTV with her late father, Nat King Cole.

Last night, D-backs’ President and CEO Derrick Hall announced the official passing of the $30 million mark in combined charitable giving between the D-backs and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. Those organizations gave back more than $4 million in 2011 and later this week, will dedicate the 32nd field in the community, Justin Upton Field at University Park.

For more information on the Diamondbacks Foundation, visit their website at arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/ari/community/foundation.jsp.

Chase Field Updates

What’s New At Chase Field For 2012?

Chase Field, considered by many to be the most fan-friendly ballpark in the country, will open its doors tomorrow and host its first two exhibition games of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers, followed by Opening Weekend April 6-8. A number of additions have been made in order to enhance the fan experience, ranging from food and merchandise enhancements to technology and dynamic signage.

“Much like we feel we improved the club on the field after winning our division last year, we felt it was equally as important to continue to improve the experience off the field,” said D-backs’ President and CEO Derrick Hall. “We strive to provide our fans with the best entertainment in all of sports at a great value and we’re looking forward to seeing them at Chase Field.”

In addition to all the ballpark favorites, Levy Restaurants has added a number of new offerings for fans, highlighted by Meatball Mania, a new spin on an old fan favorite. A skewer of six meatballs is now available in three delicious flavors including traditional beef meatball with marinara, chicken meatball with green chile verde and thai pork meatball with ginger-soy barbecue. Other new menu items debuting at Chase Field include Chicken Tacos and the Ten Pack Taco; delicious vegan options featuring Sloppy Jane and Chilled Vegan Burritos; ballpark must-haves including Candy Shop Popcorn, Gourmet Pretzel Twists and Crispy Potatoes; and the Short Rib Smasher and BBQ Short Rib Dog.

As part of the D-backs Digital Experience at the ballpark, nine concession locations at Chase Field will now offer fans the opportunity to order concession items from their smartphone during the 2012 season.  Fans can order ahead and skip the line by downloading the free MLB.com At The Ballpark app. For the first time ever at Chase Field, fans will also be able to customize their Subway sandwiches this season by using this app.  The locations that will offer mobile ordering are the Red Hot Stands at Sections 105, 118, 126 and 139, Doubleheaders at Sections 305, 316 and 324 and Subway at Sections 125 and 306.

Technological advances will not only enhance the culinary experience at Chase Field, but will continue to improve the viewing experience as well. Once again Digital D-backs is available to fans for free in the ballpark via AT&T Wi-Fi and allows them to watch replays on-demand from their seats, as well as receive up-to-the-minute gameday and ballpark information.

For the first time ever at Chase Field, D-backs fans now have the option to receive their tickets utilizing D-backs FanPass. By choosing this option when purchasing single-game tickets, fans avoid the stop at the box office and can go straight to the gate when arriving for the game. D-backs FanPass allows fans to store their tickets on their credit card and swipe at the gate for entry. A seat locator will be printed for each fan to direct them to their seats.

Season ticket holders who have come to expect the best customer service in all of sports from the D-backs’ Guest Service Representatives will enjoy a newly designed Season Ticket Sales and Service Headquarters at Section 111. This area of the ballpark, created to serve as a one-stop hub for season ticket holders, will feature new flooring, cabinetry and four new video boards that will provide customized messages for D-backs season ticket holders.

All fans will notice seven additional kiosks around the ballpark where they can activate their fan loyalty cards and enter to participate in various popular stadium activities including KachingKo presented by Gila River Casinos and the Circle K Hot Dog Derby. In addition, fans will now be able to sign up for the D-backs Designated Driver Program at any of the 16 kiosks located throughout Chase Field.

In right field, a new Circle K strikeout meter has been installed while other dynamic signage and LED boards will be evident throughout Chase Field.

At merchandise stands throughout the ballpark, fans will find their favorite items from years past, from jerseys and t-shirts to caps and casual wear. An expanded presence of Victoria’s Secret PINK line of products will highlight the new offerings in the main Team Shop on the lower concourse.

Finally, the addition of new technology will help give fans a chance to give back to the community and have the opportunity to win the 50/50 raffle at Chase Field. For every home game, fans can purchase raffle tickets for $2 each, three tickets for $5, seven tickets for $10 and 15 tickets for $20. One lucky fan will take home half the net proceeds from that game’s raffle ticket sales, with the other half benefitting the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. Fans will be able to watch the 50/50 jackpot total on dbTV, with up-to-the-second updates appearing for the rapidly rising jackpot.

For more information on Chase Field, visit their website at azchasefield.com.

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Cactus League Baseball Is Back In Arizona

February in Arizona means two things – gorgeous weather and spring training baseball.

What initially began as minor league exhibition game in the early 1900’s has evolved into Major League Baseball’s conglomerate of Spring Training stadiums within the Phoenix area.  A long-­standing tradition for the Grand Canyon State, MLB’s Spring Training begins again later this month as the Cactus League kicks off its 65th season in Arizona.

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As spring reveals itself, so do players from a four‐month baseball hiatus. More than 15 teams will compete within the coming months in 10 local fields — drawing over 1.5 million spectators, according to a 2009 study of the games.

2011 has the same expectation of past years and brings out potential  collegiate and minor league players the opportunity to showcase their skills, in hopes of generating talk around Major League management for upward promotion to the “big leagues.”

RBI’s, home runs, batting average, chin music and injury reports reenter the vocabulary of sports talk radio hosts and give vitality back to baseball geeks nation.

With several stadium locations throughout the Phoenix area, it’s easy to catch at least one of these 15 teams at a fraction of regular season ticket prices. With lawn seating available from $5, it’s a perfect excuse to call in sick from work and plan a family picnic in Arizona’s weather.

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Coming off a dismal 65 – 97 season, the Arizona Diamondbacks enter 2011 with hopes to compete with NL West rivals, 2010 World Champions San Francisco Giants.

Recent management addition and legendary Los Angeles Dodger Kirk Gibson has full control of the team this year and brings a sense of urgency to the Diamondbacks office.

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Flashback to 1988; the Dodgers won their fifth title in the City of Angels and have yet to repeat since as the Dodgers later went on to defeat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 in the series. Gibson and the 1988 Dodger team were underdogs to say the least, disproving the expectation of failure.

Professional sports, now more than ever, demands pure physicality in a 162 game season.

Since the D-Backs World Series run in 2001, D-Back fans have been subjected to playing and management decisions far below par. It takes as much a mental toll as a physical one — and Gibson encapsulates experience in both. Gibson’s presence in Diamondback management will hopefully spark the same inspiration as it did in 1988.

Everyone begins the season undefeated and has the ability to prove sports analysts and naysayers wrong. Near rock bottom at all-statistical production, the D‐Backs need inspiration and who better to give it to them than manager Kirk  “Gibby” Gibson. Let’s hope Gibson can effectively command his troops  — or at least clean off the shame of 2010.

For more tickets and schedule information on Spring Training in the Valley, visit cactusleague.com