Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock addresses security concerns for wild-card game after Las Vegas shooting on Monday. Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
The Arizona Diamondbacks will host the Colorado Rockies for the 2017 National League Wild Card Game at 5:08 p.m. Wednesday at Chase Field.
It’s a big deal for many reasons.
First, the D-Backs have a home-field advantage in the fight for a spot in the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Second, the game starts right in the middle of a weekday rush hour.
Beyond leaving work, school or home as early as humanly possible, here’s everything you need to know if you’re attending the wild-card game in Phoenix.
Getting last-minute tickets
However, tickets were going for as low as $25.95 on ticket-resale website StubHub as of Tuesday evening. There were more than 100 tickets available for less than $40 each.
If all else fails, show up outside Chase Field and hope for the best. If nothing else, at least you can always get a cheap hot dog.
Street festival begins at 3 p.m.
As if you needed another reason to “get sick” Wednesday, a street festival will begin at 3 p.m. along Fourth and Jackson streets and will include live music, a beer garden, a truck with postseason merchandise and the D-Backs Street Team.
Gates to Chase Field will open at 3 p.m., and the team is encouraging fans to be in their seats by 4:30 p.m. for pregame festivities:
- NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner will throw the ceremonial first pitch.
- Jesse McGuire will perform the national anthem.
- Uniformed military, Phoenix police and Phoenix fire personnel will hold a 90-foot by 180-foot American flag in the shape of the United States on the field.
The first 45,000 fans in the ballpark will receive a D-Backs rally towel.
Law enforcement: Prepare for long waits
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Tuesday about safety at the game in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday:
As law enforcement leaders, Sheriff Paul Penzone and Chief Jeri Williams are committed to ensuring the safety of our community at tomorrow’s Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies playoff game. In addition to standard practices, we will be working in a coordinated effort to expand law enforcement operations in and around the stadium. It is our hope that your experience will be an enjoyable one. However, it is incumbent upon everyone attending the game to act as an extension of law enforcement operations by immediately reporting any suspicious activity to a law enforcement professional. Additionally, we are asking that you review all stadium-related policies, which are available at http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com/ari/ballpark/information/index.jsp?content=security. Please be prepared for additional wait times as we work to ensure your safety. Thank you and GO Diamondbacks!
When asked if they considered safety adjustments because of what occurred in Las Vegas, Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said in a press conference on Tuesday that the office is not only going to take further safety precautions because of Vegas, but because of “the state of the nation.”
Weapons policy: No guns allowed
Only law-enforcement officers are allowed to bring weapons, including firearms, into Chase Field.
People are allowed to bring pocketknives with blades 3 inches or smaller, according to the Diamondbacks website, although “fixed blades, switch blades or blades in excess of 3 inches will not be allowed.”
Don’t forget: Bag and beverage guidelines
From the D-Backs website:
Large bags or items that exceed 11″ x 11″ x 15″ in dimension will not be allowed into the ballpark. Soft coolers only will be authorized as long as they are within the 11″ x 11″ x 15″ requirement. Any food item should be brought in a clear plastic grocery style bag. The Arizona Diamondbacks recommend that fans utilize clear bags to reduce wait times at the gates.
Patrons can bring water in sealed, plastic bottles; empty plastic water bottles; sealed, single-serving juice boxes; and formula or baby food. No metal or glass containers are allowed.
How to get there/parking
Expect parking to be expensive and to fill up quickly.
LIGHT RAIL: Chase Field is best accessed by light-rail stops at Third and Jefferson streets or Third and Washington streets.
There are 11 park-and-rides along the light-rail line with free parking, and an all-day pass is $4.
PARKING: There are about 50 public and private lots throughout the downtown area, primarily between Seventh Street and Seventh Avenue, from Fillmore to Lincoln streets.
Parking meters are enforced daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and range from $1 to $1.50 an hour. Most take credit and debit cards, but there are some that are coin-operated only. Most meters closer to downtown have a maximum time limit of two hours, although some can go up to eight hours.
BIKES: There is a Grid Bike Share location at Third and Washington streets. Learn more at gridbikes.com.
Special wild-card food offerings
Beyond the numerous dining options that are always available in Chase Field, the Diamondbacks are offering a few special menu items just for the wild-card game, according to a press release:
Chile Relleno Burger: 6-ounce ground beef and chorizo patty, battered green chili with Jack cheese, Mexican red salsa, queso fresco, cilantro crema and shredded lettuce on a local torta roll. Will be available at Red Hot stands at sections 118, 139 and 320.
Four Peaks Ribeye Grinder: “Chef carved” prime rib of beef, Four Peaks Hop Knot IPA beer cheese, arugula and vine ripe tomatoes on an MJ pretzel baguette. Served with twisted tater chips and smoked bacon ranch dip. Will be available at two carving stations on the Diamond Level.
Cran Slam Cooler: Absolut Mandarin vodka, cranberry juice, cider, lemonade and simple syrup with a sugar-cane stick and orange wheel. Will be available at all liquor portables.
Caramel Cinnamon Roll Sundae: Fresh-baked cinnamon roll, caramel apple sauce and vanilla frozen yogurt with snickerdoodle cookie pieces. Will be available at the Sweet Treats dessert carts at Sections 106 and 323.
And in case they win …
Check dbacks.com/postseason for playoff tickets.
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