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D-backs announce 36-game 2013 Spring Training schedule

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks announced their 36-game Spring Training schedule, which features 17 home games and two road games at award-winning Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and two exhibition games at Chase Field. This season will mark the third year at the shared Spring Training facility with the Colorado Rockies on Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community land near Scottsdale.

The D-backs open their 16th Spring Training on February 23 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick against the Rockies for the third consecutive year. The D-backs have nine games against their National League West rivals with three games against the Rockies and a pair of games each versus the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers.

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With the first round of the World Baseball Classic held in the Valley in 2013, the D-backs will play a Spring Training game against Team Mexico on March 5 at 7:10 p.m. at Salt River Fields. The special night game is the first of six evening games including matchups on March 13 vs. the Milwaukee Brewers at Salt River Fields, March 22 at Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Ballpark, March 26 vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Salt River Fields and March 27 against the San Francisco Giants at Salt River Fields. The last night game will mark the first of a two-game set against the Cincinnati Reds on March 29 & 30 at Chase Field to wrap up Spring Training. 

Tickets for all games at Salt River Fields are priced from $8-27. General admission lawn seating that will hold 4,000 people will be $8 and tickets for 7,000 reserved seats in the seating bowl range from $18-$27. The D-backs Plan, which offers tickets for each of their 17 home games at Salt River Fields that range in price from $136-$459. The two exhibition games held at Chase Field are not included in the Spring Training season ticket package but are available in the D-backs’ regular season ticket packages.

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community members and D-backs and Rockies season-ticket holders may purchase season-ticket plans for Spring Training games at Salt River Fields exclusively between Dec. 17-19. Season-ticket plans for the D-backs’ 19 home games and all 33 Spring Training games at Salt River Fields featuring the D-backs and Rockies will go on sale to the public beginning Dec. 20.

Individual game tickets for all 33 games at Salt River Fields will go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. on Jan. 5. Tickets can be purchased in person at the D-backs Ticket Office at Chase Field, at dbacks.com/spring or by calling 888.490.0383 or 480.362.WINS (9467). Individual tickets for the two exhibition games at Chase Field will go on sale at a later date.

Last season the D-backs sold out 12 Spring Training games at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. In addition, the complex’s joint attendance between the D-backs and Rockies set a new MLB-high of 369,393 during the 2012 season. The D-backs’ average Spring Training attendance of 11,677 is the highest in the Major Leagues.

Salt River Fields is the first Spring Training facility built on Native American land. Owned by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the 140-acre site near the Pima-Loop 101 Freeway and Indian Bend Rd. consists of separate training facilities and clubhouses accommodating each team as well as an 11,000-seat ballpark featuring a uniquely designed roof structure offering fans in the cross aisle plenty of shade. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is one of four entertainment venues carrying the “Talking Stick” brand along with Talking Stick Golf Club, Talking Stick Resort and The Pavilions at Talking Stick.

Following the 2011 season, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick received the Ballpark of the Year Award from Ballparkdigest.com, Baseballparks.com and Digital Ballparks and was named Project of the Year by ENR Southwest. In addition, the New Times of Phoenix named Salt River Fields the “Best Place to Watch a Spring Training Game” and the complex became the first Spring Training facility to receive a gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Program.

The facility was one of four finalists for 2012 Sports Facility of the Year from the SportsBusiness Journal.

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