Are you looking for a kid friendly ballpark? If so, Chase Field, the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks (D-backs) should be on your list. My husband and I both love baseball but attending professional baseball games can be expensive. From the tickets themselves, to parking, to food, it can add up and discourage families from spending an afternoon at the ballpark. However, my family and I recently received complimentary tickets to attend the D-backs vs. Nationals at Chase Field in exchange for a review. We discovered that Chase Field is an extremely kid friendly ballpark, making it very affordable for families to attend games. As always, all opinions are my own. I love baseball and I have been a fan of the D-backs long before I started my blog.
While I enjoy visiting different ballparks across the U.S., my favorite team will always be the D-backs. I lived in Phoenix during some of my college years, and I loved attending games in person. Once I moved back to Tucson, I still made it a point to travel up to Phoenix for games. However, I took a hiatus after I gave birth to my son, with the exception of spring training games. My husband and I were lucky if our son could sit for an entire movie, let alone 9 innings of a baseball game. And because I wasn’t a parent during my previous visits to Chase Field, I had no idea that Chase Field is such a kid friendly ballpark. However, it turns out that it’s extremely kid friendly – for the reasons mentioned below!
5 Reasons Why Chase Field is a Kid Friendly Ballpark
- The Kids Club
- Free Kids Tickets
- The Sandlot
- Food Options
- Fun Photo Opps
1. The Kids Club
The D-backs have a Kids Club for children that are ages 15 years old and younger. Membership is free and includes several perks. Essentially, they can earn prizes for every game they attend, like a baseball t-shirt. Upon registration, kids will receive their own membership card, including their picture on the card and a lanyard. It’s a great way of making a trip to the ballgame more personal. I recommend signing up online if you can to avoid waiting in line. The membership is worth it, especially since it’s free. Which brings me to the next reason why Chase Field is a kid friendly ballpark – free kids tickets!
2. Free Kids Tickets
Sometimes the D-backs have promotional offers, like free kids tickets for home games during a select weekend. However, if there is not a promotion going on, kids who are members of the Kids Club can receive a free ticket for any Sunday game at Chase Field. And as an added bonus, kids are able to run the bases after every Sunday home game. All those in favor, raise a foam hand!
3. The Sandlot
The Sandlot is located on the Upper Concourse, near left field, and is a child’s dream playground! My son could have stayed in the Sandlot for the whole game if we’d let him! The Sandlot overlooks the baseball field so parents can still watch the game while their children play. And I especially like that the Sandlot is divided into three separate play areas, depending on age. For example, there’s an area solely for toddlers. My son gravitated towards the play area with two clubhouses and four slides for kids who 48 inches tall and shorter and children ages 3 years old and older. And for the older kids – there’s another area with batting cages.
4. Food Options
As I mentioned above, ballpark food can be very expensive. However, the food at Chase Field is extremely affordable for families – there are value items for $2, like hot dogs, soda, and popcorn. There are also other options available for those who want to indulge 🙂 The churro dog looks delicious, but we decided to skip it. Instead, we tried the sundaes in the souvenir cups and they tasted delicious! There are also packages available for bleacher seats and food.
5. Fun Photo Opps
The D-backs main mascot is Baxter. Kids can get his autograph as well as have their photo taken with him at the Sandlot during the 4th inning. He doesn’t stick around once the 4th inning is over, so I recommend getting in line during the 3rd inning. But Baxter isn’t the only mascot at Chase Field. Former great D-back players, like Luis Gonzalez, Randy Johnson, Matt Williams, and Mark Grace are also represented in mascot form. And they are all larger than life!
We are very lucky in Arizona to have a kid friendly ballpark. And even though it’s hot outside, Chase Field has a retractable roof that closes to keep the heat out. So it’s a fun way to spend an afternoon escaping the heat. I want my son to enjoy baseball as much as my husband and I do. And attending ballgames at Chase Field makes it more enjoyable for us as a family.