Salt River Fields at Talking Stick opened in 2014 as the sparkling home for the resident Diamondbacks and their division rivals from Colorado. Prior to the opening of Talking Stick, the two teams played in Tucson. The stadium sits on land owned by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and is minutes away from the Talking Stick Resort and its famous golf course.
The park has the same look and feel as Camelback Ranch and although it seems larger in size, it actually seats about 1000 fewer people.
Where To Sit:
The second level gets a lot of shade and offers a solid view. Tickets are a little pricier here than at many parks but the lawn seating is plentiful and the outfield walkway is lined with food and drink vendors.
The back fields at Salt River span out around the main stadium. There are several walkways that will lead you to a field or two and you will need to just navigate from there. The back fields aren't ideal for a stroll.
The Diamondbacks games tend to sell out or be near capacity, especially on weekends. If you want a good seat for face value, try to catch a Rockies game.
After The Game:
Hit the above mentioned resort. It is on reservation land so it has a casino as well as food, drink, golf, and massage facilities.
My Two Cents:
To me this park is a triple A park that hosts Spring Training. It is very nice but feels just a tad too big and nice, if that makes sense. The sight lines are great but the back fields are difficult to see.
However, this park is close to a great resort. My uncle and his buddies did a golf trip a few years back and stayed at Talking Stick. They were able to get a round of golf in and make 1 PM game easily. If golf is your thing, that's a pretty great day.
Your Two Cents:
What did I miss? I'll admit I've only been here once, so I'm sure I've missed plenty. Any good tips or stories about the ballpark, resort, or golf course?