Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, winner of a 2012 RED Award, has been named the winner of the 2013 Good Design is Good Business competition from Architectural Record magazine.
The award recognizes outstanding design accomplishment but adds recognition for the impact of how the project improves business performance, revenue and achievements. Salt River Fields at Taking Stick is the spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.
“We are humbled that Salt River Fields continues to receive awards three years after first opening,” said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. “The design by HKS, Mo Stein and the incredible amount of foresight, hard work and energy that went into creating the finest Spring Training facility in all of baseball continues to be recognized and for that, we are extremely grateful.”
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick opened in 2011 and is widely regarded as the top spring training site among the 30 teams in the game. The venue was named a finalist for “Sports Facility of the Year” by the Sports Business Journal and won “Ballpark of the Year” from Ballpark Digest, BaseballParks.com and Digitalballparks.com.
The facility won an AZRE magazine RED Award for Most Challenging Project in 2012.
As a LEED Gold certified facility by the U.S. Green Building Council, Salt River Fields was the first venue of its kind in the U.S. The two-team facility, built by Mortenson Construction, has shattered every spring training attendance record for a shared complex. The D-backs have led all of baseball in individual team attendance (total and average) in each of its three years of existence.