“There is so much excitement right now for the D-backs and you can see that every day here at Salt River Fields,” said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. “The fans have turned out again in record numbers and we’re seeing a real impact on tickets at Chase Field as well.”
Earlier today, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick was named one of four finalists for Sports Facility of the Year by the SportsBusiness Journal. The winner of the best new facility will be unveiled on May 23 in a ceremony in New York.
At the halfway point of the Spring Training schedule, the D-backs have drawn 166,092 fans to their first eight home games, selling out six of those contests. The team’s average attendance of 11,296 is the highest in the Cactus League. The D-backs set a Salt River Fields single-game attendance mark on March 16 with 12,559 fans, eclipsing the two previous records set earlier this spring.
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 attendance this season is already over 321,000 tickets, securing the second-highest attendance figure of all-time.
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.