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Shaded Seats at Chase Field

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Chase Field, located in the heart of Phoenix, serves as the vibrant home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. This impressive stadium is a bit of an oasis in the desert. It is known for its retractable roof and powerful air conditioning system, which is essential for the hot Arizona climate. That said, there are still early and late season games when baseball is played with the roof open. When the sun is shining, D-backs fans can use this guide to identify the shaded seats at Chase Field.

Where are the shaded seats at Chase Field?

When the roof is open, the seats in the shade at Chase Field are located:

  • Behind Home Plate: Shaded by mid-afternoon and during evening games
  • 3rd Base Line: Shaded in late afternoon and evening
  • Under Cover: Rows under an overhang or permanent roof sections are shaded

For the 2024 season, the Diamondbacks primarily play day games (12:40 p.m. or 1:10 p.m.) and evening games (6:40 p.m. or 7:10 p.m.), with a handful of other start times mixed in. Arizona summer is notoriously hot, with temperatures frequently soaring past 100 degrees. For this reason, the roof at Chase Field is typically open only during the spring and fall months. Nevertheless, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared, just in case!

Chase Field Orientation to the Sun

Chase Field is oriented to the north. Each morning the sun rises over the right field corner, swings around home plate at mid-day and sets behind the left field wall. When the roof is open, this configuration makes the 3rd base side of the park the “shade side,” while the 1st base side and right field are the sunny spots.

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st (halfway through the MLB season).

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Seats in the Shade at Diamondbacks Afternoon Games

When the roof is open at the start of a 12:40 or 1:10 game, the sun begins high above home plate, making this the hardest time of day to escape the sun. In the early innings, the best hope for shade is under cover. Seats deep in the left field corner and directly behind home plate are under the structures that attach to the retractable roof. Sections 314-318 and 328-332 are the safest options, while rows toward the back of sections 319-327 should also get roof protection from the sun. As the game progresses, the sun will start to dip behind the 3rd base line toward left field. Fans in the upper level on the 3rd base side will receive shade first, followed by those in the mezzanine level and finally at field level.

Fans on the 1st base side of the stadium are exposed to the sun, except for the back rows of the 300-level that are directly under the permanent section of the roof. The right field corner, sections 101-110, is particularly exposed, and those sensitive to the sun should avoid it.

Shadows on the stands at Diamondbacks Stadium

When the roof is open in the mid-afternoon, the 3rd base line is the “shade side” of Chase Field, while seats on the 1st base line are sunny.
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Seats in the Shade at Diamondbacks Evening Games

Arizona does not observe daylight saving time, and even on the longest days of summer, sunset in Phoenix is well before 8:00 p.m. However, the D-Backs have games scheduled as early as 6:05, so the sun may be a consideration even for evening games.

The good news is that shade is relatively easy to find. Choose any section on the 3rd base side of the park, from home plate down to the left field foul pole. Seats behind the left field wall will also be shaded by this hour. The sunniest seats are on the 1st base side of the park. Sections closer to home plate and near the dugout will receive shade relatively early in the game, while the right field corner near the foul pole will stay sunny the longest.

Seats in the Shade When the Chase Field Roof is Closed

When the roof is closed, shade isn’t a major concern. During an evening game, sunlight can sneak through the large windows behind left field, but this should have minimal impact on any fan’s experience. The opaque roof does an excellent job of blocking out the sun just about everywhere in the park.

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