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Tempe Diablo Stadium


Opened: 1968
Capacity: 9,558
Ballpark address:
2200 West Alameda Dr.
Tempe, AZ   85282

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Diablo Stadium and the Twin Buttes
Four decades after it opened, Tempe Diablo Stadium looks better than ever.

Thanks to two major renovations over the past two decades, the most recent completed in 2006, the spring training home of the Angels features the modern amenities fans have come to expect, but in a setting that few ballparks can top.

Residing at the base of Tempe's Twin Buttes, Tempe Diablo Stadium is well known for its stunning view of the local rock formation that rises above left field. But the ballpark also has an equally picturesque exterior, from which a freestanding Angels’ big “A” logo sits atop.

Tempe Diablo Stadium entrance The exterior features plants and palm trees nestled between wide stairways that lead up to the ballpark’s only entrance behind home plate, where the Angels’ logo stands tall directly above the façade on which the stadium’s name is written.

After ascending the steps, fans enter a covered concourse with full view of the playing field. The concourse is fairly narrow so it remains crowded throughout the game. It also offers the only shade fans will find in the roofless stadium.

All seating is below the concourse. The seating bowl extends from the right foul pole to half way between third base and the left field foul pole. From there a berm begins and extends all the way to the hitters’ backdrop in left-center.

Within the seating bowl, all seats between the dugouts have chair backs. Those beyond are bleacher-style benches with seatbacks

An upper level structure built primarily on the first base side of the stadium houses all the suites and the press box. Pennants celebrating the Angels’ trips to the postseason are on the façade above the press box.

Concessions are located throughout the concourse. All of the specialty food stands are in the wide open-air part of the concourse in the left field corner, which features a picnic area and a lookout deck filled with high top bar tables.

A half-dozen tall and lean palm trees stretch from the right field foul pole to the hitters’ backdrop, which is the only area off limits to fans. The stadium’s sole scoreboard is a simplistic one (meaning no video) in right-center. The Angels bullpen is behind the right field wall, while the visitors’ bullpen is in foul territory down the left field line.

For sweeping views of the Buttes, fans should sit on the first base side of the stadium. From there they will be treated to one of the best backdrops in baseball.

With its postcard appeal, it’s no surprise that Newsweek magazine rated Tempe Diablo as the nation’s best Spring Training stadium in 2003. An intimate baseball paradise carved into a bustling suburban desert landscape, the stadium and its surroundings truly are a sight to behold.


Location and Parking


Just like Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Tempe Diablo Stadium is visible from the Interstate and can be found in an area adjacent to office complexes.

The stadium is bordered by the Twin Buttes, an industrial section, and two major highways (I-10 and Highway 60). The lack of surrounding open space means parking can be difficult to find. The stadium does have 1,350 paved spaces behind home plate and right field, but those fill up quickly. Most fans park in one of the nearby office complexes, paying $5 to do so.

Traffic is a nightmare before and after the game. There's no way around the congestion. You'll spend more time stuck in traffic in Tempe than anywhere else in the Cactus League, which is frustrating because I-10 runs directly behind the right field wall. The Interstate may be nearby, but it will take a while to get to. And unfortunately there aren't any hangouts (restaurants, bars) near the stadium to wait out the traffic in.


Ballpark History


Tempe Diablo Stadium was built in 1968 and has been the inaugural spring training home of three teams: Seattle Pilots (1969), Milwaukee Brewers (1970), and Seattle Mariners (1977). It didn't have a spring tenant from 1973-76 and might have been abandoned for good after 1992, when the Mariners left after failing to come to an agreement with the city of Tempe regarding the cost of major renovations.

In stepped the Angels, who had trained in California ever since their beginnings in 1961. On July 25, 1991, the Angels signed a 25-year lease with the City of Tempe. Major expansions and renovations to the stadium began on April 22, 1992. The rebuilt stadium was completed in time for dedication ceremonies on February 27, 1993 and the Angels played their first home game in Tempe against the A's on March 7, 1993.

The entire complex was expanded in 2006 as part of a $20 million improvement plan that will keep the Angels training in Tempe through 2025. The primary upgrade was the addition of enough practice fields for the Angels to move their minor league spring training operations away from Mesa, where they had been since the team moved their training base to Arizona. Renovations to the main stadium included a new sound system and seats, plus expanded dugouts and refurbished clubhouses.

 
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Tempe Diablo Stadium Facts, Figures & Footnotes


  • Original construction cost: $600,000
  • First game: The Seattle Pilots beat the Cleveland Indians 19-3 on March 7, 1969 in front of 1,032 fans.
  • Owned by the City of Tempe Parks and Recreation Department.
  • The entire spring training complex occupies approximately 75 acres.
  • The Angels' lease in Tempe expires on December 31, 2025.
  • The ballpark's 9,558 person seating capacity is comprised of: 3,570 grandstand seats; 3,231 in-stadium seats; lawn seating for 2,300; 154 disabled and companion seats. The upper level suites have a combined capacity of 60. Standing room makes up the remaining total.
  • All seats are colored green.
  • The estimated cost of the stadium's major renovation that finished in 1993 was $5.9 million, two-thirds of which was paid by Maricopa County with the City of Tempe responsible for the remaining one-third.
  • The renovations that were completed in 2006 had a price tag of $20 million. The Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority provided 60% ($12 million) of the funds, with the City of Tempe picking up the rest of the tab. The Phoenix office of the DLR Group served as the renovation architect and was paid $1,531,215 for their work.
  • In 1999 the name of the playing field was dedicated in honor of Gene Autry, the famous founding owner of the Angels who had passed away the previous year.
  • Gene Autry's Back in the Saddle Again is played after every Angels win.
  • A Marriott Resort sits atop the 25-acre butte, and some fans watch the game from the road leading up to the resort.
  • The volunteers needed to operate the stadium on game day are supplied by the Tempe Diablos, a civic group that formed in 1968 to support spring training in Tempe.
  • All revenues from food and beverage concessions, parking, souvenirs and in-stadium advertising are shared equally by the city of Tempe and the Angels. The city receives 20% of revenues from ticket sales.

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