TWO TRIBES. TWO TEAMS. ONE HOME.
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) partnered with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies to build the award-winning Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, which opened in 2011 as the first Major League Baseball Spring Training facility to be built on Indian land in the nation.
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick includes an 11,000-seat capacity ballpark, a total of 12 practice fields and office buildings that include Major and Minor League clubhouses, training facilities, and offices for each team.
The complex is spread throughout 140 acres of scenic landscape that has unmatched views of Camelback Mountain, the McDowell Mountains, Four Peaks, Red Mountain, and the Superstition Mountains. The stadium design immerses fans in the game of baseball while using Native American influence and regional architecture to offer fans the ultimate Spring Training experience. The design allows fans multiple observation areas, allowing glimpses into the players’ daily lives and training routines.
The stadium is at the heart of the complex, with batting cages, practice fields and clubhouses radiating around it. A traditional Native American ramada shade is incorporated into the venue as a way to shade fans from the hot southwestern sun. According to solar path studies conducted by HKS, virtually all fans attending Spring Training games in March and sitting above the cross aisle will be in the shade for the entire game, while approximately 85 percent of the fans in the 7,000 fixed seats will be shaded as the game progresses.
Designed to also serve as a symbol within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, promoting and encouraging environmental stewardship, the facility earned prestigious LEED Gold Certification for New Construction from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Salt River Fields is the first LEED Gold-certified sports venue of its kind in the United States.
About Our Name & Logo
The name Salt River Fields at Talking Stick defines the location of the new baseball spring training complex and speaks to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s cultural heritage.
“Salt River Fields” alerts baseball fans that they are visiting the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
“Fields” refers to the 12 practice fields located within the facility and also the Community’s rich agricultural history.
“Talking Stick” is an historical reference to the traditional Pima calendar stick on which carvers recorded historical events and milestones.
The Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Logo was designed by local Pima artist Royce Manual and refined by Dallas-based design firm, FocusEGd. Manuel incorporated a rattlesnake to symbolize the Arizona Diamondbacks and the role the rattlesnake plays in Native American legend. The logo emphasizes a mountain to symbolize the Colorado Rockies and the scenic mountain ranges that surround Salt River Fields.
Salt River Fields Timeline
- March 27, 2009: The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community submitted a proposal to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies to build the teams a new home for spring training on the Community. If accepted, this would be the first major league spring training facility built on tribal land.
- July 16, 2009: The Community announced that it had signed a Memo of Understanding with the teams to pursue building this project.
- July 23, 2009: The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies announced the location for the new spring training facility on Community land. The location, at Indian Bend and Pima Road, is served by two major freeways and is minutes away from Sky Harbor Airport and Scottsdale Airport.
- November 16, 2009: In a formal ceremony, ground was broken to construct the newest enterprise of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Designed by HKS architects, the spring training facility would be built by Mortenson Construction.
- June 4, 2010: The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies announce that the new facility will be called Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. It joins Talking Stick Golf Club and Talking Stick Resort as the latest entertainment venue in the Community’s Talking Stick brand.
- Spring, 2011: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick will open as the Cactus League’s newest and finest major league baseball spring training facility.