Opening Weekend at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is sold out
Opening Weekend at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is sold out The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today that both games played at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick this weekend are officially sold out. The D-backs open their Cactus League schedule with a sold-out crowd tomorrow when they will be the visiting team against the Colorado Rockies. On Sunday, the D-backs open their home schedule before another packed house against the San Francisco Giants.
Tickets remain for both of the D-backs’ mid-week home games next week at Salt River Fields – March 6 (vs. American League Champion Texas Rangers at 1:10 p.m.) and March 7 (vs. Cleveland Indians at 1:10 p.m.) while limited tickets are still available for the team’s first night game of the spring (March 10 vs. Seattle at 7:10 p.m.). In addition, the D-backs will face the Rockies as the visiting team at Salt River Fields on Monday, March 5 at 1:10 p.m.
All suites are sold out for each D-backs’ home game this spring while the team continues to have limited availability for a number of Cactus League games.
2012 marks the second year the D-backs will play their Spring Training home games at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. In the club’s inaugural season at the award-winning facility in 2011, the D-backs set a franchise attendance mark by hosting 189,767 fans throughout the season. The average game attendance mark of 11,161 in 17 games during 2011 was also a franchise record.
The complex’s joint attendance of 359,308 last season shattered the previous record for attendance at a two-team complex, surpassing the 2008 mark set in Peoria (230,146). The two-team facility has already sold over 232,000 tickets, securing the second-highest attendance figure of all-time, prior to opening the gates for the season.
Following the 2011 season, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick received the Ballpark of the Year Award from Ballparkdigest.com, Baseballparks.com and Digital Ballparks and was named Project of the Year by ENR Southwest. In addition, the New Times of Phoenix named Salt River Fields the “Best Place to Watch a Spring Training Game” and the complex became the first Spring Training facility to receive a gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Program.