PHOENIX, Ariz. - The Arizona Diamondbacks today announced that Chase Field will play host to an annual baseball game between Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. Each year the match-up will be a scheduled non-conference game. The inaugural “Challenge at Chase” will take place Sunday, April 2, 2006. The game time is tentatively scheduled for 5:00 PM.
The Diamondbacks also announced that all proceeds from the annual game will go towards the building or refurbishing of youth baseball and softball fields. These fields will be located throughout the state and will feature the logos of the Diamondbacks and the two universities. The partnership plans to host youth clinics and camps in the future at those sites.
“We are confident that this game will generate a great deal of fan interest and will become a hot ticket each year,” said Diamondbacks General Partner Jeff Moorad. “Not only does this allow us to showcase two of the NCAA’s finer baseball programs at our ballpark, it also enables us to partner with those programs in giving back to our community. We knew this was a strong concept when we originally approached both schools and they enthusiastically accepted and embraced it.”
“We salute Jeff Moorad and the Diamondbacks for coming to us with such an exciting idea,” said Arizona State University Head Coach Pat Murphy. “This will allow our kids to play in a Major League atmosphere, and gives us the setting to accommodate and attract more fans. We are proud of our programs and look for any opportunity that can further showcase our talent, while enhancing the experiences of our players.”
“We were on board with this game the moment Jeff (Moorad) asked us for input,” added University of Arizona Head Coach Andy Lopez. “We are more than willing to drive the extra distance for a home game to provide our players the opportunity to play at Chase Field. We are giving them a Major League experience in arguably the finest ballpark in the game. Add to that the charitable elements involved and this is a tremendous event for our schools, the Diamondbacks and the entire state of Arizona.”
The field program is inspired by the “Diamonds Back” Field Building Program, which has built 19 youth fields throughout Arizona to date, funded by a collaboration of the Diamondbacks Foundation, APS, local business partners such as Summit Builders and player contributions.
Tickets for the “Challenge at Chase” will range from $10-$20, with discounts being offered for juniors 12 years of age and younger, senior citizens and students with identification. Tickets will be offered to season ticket holders of the Diamondbacks and the two universities before going on sale to the general public Friday, December 9 at 10:00 AM. Tickets will be available at the Chase Field Box Office, at Tucson Electric Park, on-line, or by calling 602-514-8400 or 888-777-4664.
Arizona will release its full regular season schedule in the upcoming week.