Shaded Seats at Chase Field
Since the late 90s expansion, the Arizona Diamondbacks have played their games at Chase Field, formerly Bank One Ballpark. Chase Field is a bit of an oasis in the desert close to downtown Phoenix. It features a retractable roof and a pool beyond the outfield wall. On most hot summer days, the roof at Chase Field stays closed. But even on mild days in Phoenix when the roof is open, fans may opt to stay out of the suns rays. Dbacks fans can use this guide to help locate the best Chase Field shaded seats.
Chase Field Orientation to the Sun
Chase Field is one of the few stadiums in baseball that is pointed due north. When the roof is open, the sun rises over the right field foul pole in the morning and sets beyond the left field foul pole in the evening. Of course, during the day, the sun pounds the field and parts of the stands with blazing heat, so fans should be prepared to look for shaded seating in case the roof stays open.
The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st (halfway through the MLB season).
Where are the shaded seats at Chase Field?
As a general rule, the seats in the shade at Chase Field are located:
- Behind home plate or sections along the 3rd baseline
- Farther back in one of those sections or in a row that’s under cover
- Deep in the left field or right field corners under the expanded roof
The Diamondbacks start most of their games at 6:40 p.m. However, many of their Saturday home games are pushed back to 7:10 p.m. On Sundays, games will typically start at 1:10, but when the Diamondbacks play a midweek home game on a getaway day, they will push up the start time to 12:40 p.m.
Seats in the Shade at Diamondbacks 12:40 and 1:10 games
At the start of a 12:40 game, the sun is almost directly overhead. Obviously, this is the hardest time of day to escape the sun. Your best chance is to sit deep in the left and right field corners, underneath the structures that attach to the retractable roof. Sections 330-332 will be the best options, while seats toward the back of sections 326-329 should provide protection from the sun as well. On the 1st base side of the stadium, sections 300-302 will be the best-protected areas of Chase Field during a day game while sections 303-306 may provide a little shade as well.
As the game moves along, the sun will start moving along the 3rd baseline, which means the roofing structure will help to shield fans seated on this side of the stadium, especially in the 300-level. However, those on the 1st base side of the stadium will start to become more exposed to the sun, including areas of the 300-level that aren’t directly beneath the roofing structure. Sitting behind home plate can be a decent option in the early afternoon, especially in the upper level. Those sitting closer to the field will want to make sure that they’re at least a little shaded toward the 3rd base side, such as sections 122-128. Finally, sitting in the right field corner, sections 101-110, will be one of the worst places to be at Chase Field during a day game.
Seats in the Shade at Diamondbacks 6:40 or 7:10 games
Diamondbacks fans don’t need to worry much about getting sunburned at Chase Field during night games. Phoenix is in a part of Arizona that does not observe daylight savings, so for most of the summer, the sun will set well before 8:00 p.m.
Even for a 6:40 start time, there will at most an hour before the sun sets. As it begins to set, the sun will be in the northwest quadrant of the sky, crawling up the 3rd base side of the stadium. This should keep everyone on the 3rd base side of the stadium well-protected with their backs to the sun. Most of the seats on the 1st base side of Chase Field will also be in the shade as well. A few areas will be exposed to the sun, but keep in mind that it won’t be long until the sun sets between 7:30 and 8:00, so almost any seat in Chase Field will fine for a night game.
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