3/30/2013 5:07 P.M. ET
What's new at Chase Field in 2013?
By / MLB.com
Chase Field, considered by many to be the most fan-friendly and affordable ballpark in the country, will host the first game of the 2013 season at 7 p.m. on Monday against the St. Louis Cardinals. A number of additions have been made in order to enhance the fan experience, including a new restaurant, additional food options and a new gym.
Perhaps the most exciting addition this season is Game Seven Grill located in the Gila River Casinos Plaza. Game Seven Grill, created in partnership with Levy Restaurants, takes the place of Sliders, which had previously been in the same location since 2003. The 20,000 square-foot restaurant will feature memorabilia such as game-used jerseys, World Series programs, tickets, game balls and pennants from Game 7 of the 2001 World Series in which the D-backs won the only championship in Phoenix's major professional sports history. At the heart of Game Seven Grill is a Southern Pride XLR-600 Smoker, with the capacity to serve up to 600 pounds of the restaurant's signature slow smoked barbecue. The classic "All American" barbeque menu will also include house smoked ribs, beef brisket, chicken, turkey and pork with three distinctly delicious sauce offerings. The menu also includes a variety of unique items, including the "Hottest Wings in Baseball," made with Ghost Pepper (Bhut Jolokia), a chili pepper recognized by Guinness World Records as the hottest pepper in the world. Fans can sign a waiver, dig in and try to become the "King of the Wing" and take home a custom Game Seven Grill fire helmet.
New food options include a Double Stack BBQ Burger, Italian Job, and Turkey Cheesesteak all available along the Insight Diamond Suite Level which is open for everyone in the ballpark to enjoy. The menu has also expanded to include two vegan options with the Pretzel Edamame and an Achiote Basted Mushroom Wrap available for in-seat dining. Perhaps the most unique item to be added to the menu is regional favorite Sonoran Dog available at two Red Hot Grill locations on the Upper Level and Main Concourse. In addition, fans will be able to get a beverage and salty snacks on the go at the new Pepsi Grab-N-Go location on the main concourse that features items such as AMP Energy, SoBe Lifewater, SoBe Energize, Lipton products and Frito-Lay products that are only sold at this location. Also new this year is a Jack Daniel's portable bar where fans can enjoy an ice cold beverage and watch the game from an expanded viewing area.
Fans are encouraged to come to the ballpark early on any of the seven Street Festival days (Apr. 1, Apr. 13, Apr. 27, May 11, May 27, Sept. 14 and Sept. 29) throughout the season that will kick off on Opening Day at 3 p.m. The Street Festivals are located at Fourth Street and Jackson and will feature live music, D-backs inflatables and various food trucks.
Last December, the D-backs unveiled the new Mountainside Fitness Center located behind the center-field wall at Chase Field and is the first health club to be housed in a sports venue in the United States. The 13,000 square-foot facility features two levels of state-of-the-art fitness equipment. The platinum club showcases advanced strength training equipment and a specialized cycle studio o the first level while the second level consists of a cardio mezzanine with personal entertainment on each piece and a group fitness studio. Fans are encouraged to stop by the gym for a tour during any D-backs home game.
Inside Chase Field, the D-backs have upgraded their sound system throughout the park to ensure the best quality for fans' listening pleasure. The Team Shop will also sell new headwear as part of the 2013 MLB Diamond Era 59Fifty collection from New Era that features light weight and breathable materials that include UPF 50+ sun protection.
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