Diamondbacks News

View From the Lawn Gives a Different Perspective

By Scott Allen

I can’t wait for Salt River Fields to open.   Not only of course am I excited for another Arizona Diamondbacks season and have a chance to go to a game at the newest stadium spring training has to offer.  I am also excited they have a lawn that seats 4,000 fans.  Salt River Fields will have just 7,000 regular seats.

I’m a huge fan of lawn seating in the Cactus League.  I live within walking distance of Hohokam Park in Mesa where the Chicago Cubs play.  I love their lawn.  Early in spring in the middle of the week is the best time to go.  You can really spread out on a blanket and not have to worry about being crammed in between Stinky Pete and Drunk Dan.  Of course, go Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, it’s a little different ballgame, but still optimal if you get there early enough.

Scottsdale Stadium, Peoria Sports Complex, Tempe Diablo Stadium, Camelback Ranch, Maryvale Stadium, Surprise Stadium, and Goodyear Ballpark.  Only Phoenix Municipal Stadium lacks lawn seating.

Let’s not forget that lawn seating is usually cheaper too.  That is definitely a seller with me.  You have to have a good view of the game though.  I’ve experienced the lawn at Tempe Diablo Stadium in addition to Hohokam.  It’s not bad, but I still prefer Hohokam.

You get a chance to be closer to the players, definitely a plus come autograph time.  Of course having the opportunity to snag a home run ball either in batting practice or the game is pretty cool too, although the Cubs do not open the lawn until after batting practice ends, which sucks.   All that being said though, I am definitely looking forward to seeing what Salt River Fields has to offer.  Bring it on!