Arizona D-backs Home Opener 2018: New foods, restaurants, virtual reality, cabanas to greet fans

PHOENIX - 2018 is a big year for the Arizona Diamondbacks!

The team is celebrating its 20th anniversary as an MLB franchise, and with that brings new food options, restaurants, and fan experiences.

Before Opening Day on Thursday, March 29, here is all the new stuff you can expect at Chase Field:

Asada Dog. Photo by Taylor Jackson/Arizona Diamondbacks

NEW FOOD

When it comes to belly busters, the chefs at Chase Field have been hard at work the past few years. First, it was the D-bat Dog. Then the Churro Dog. The Churro Dog 2.0. And the deep-fried funnel cake chicken sandwich.

This year is no exception.

The D-backs are debuting four gut-destroying (and taste bud tickling) signature items for their 20th season.

  • Asada Dog: An 18-inch Schreiner’s hot dog topped with fries, queso blanco, carne asada, pico de gallo and guacamole on a Talera bun.
  • Steak and Ale Tots: Tots topped with Four Peaks Kilt Lifter cheese sauce, shaved Philly ribeye, onions, mushrooms and chive sour cream.
  • Fried Chicken Bahn Mi: Crispy chicken fillet, pickled daikon and carrots, cucumber and garlic-cilantro aioli on a hoagie roll.

  • Curd & Q Burger: Chuck patty and coleslaw topped with barbecue pulled pork and white cheddar cheese curds.

Three vegetarian items have also been added to Taste of Chase menus: Chicken Kale Caesar salad, Sonoran vegan wrap, and classic vegan burger.

A sampling of Portillo's menu

PORTILLO'S

The Chicago favorite known for its Italian Beef sandwich, Chicago style hot dog and chocolate cake shakes will open a location -- its third in the Valley -- at Chase Field. It will be along the main concourse near section 110.

DUTCH BROS.

The Arizona coffee chain will also join the D-backs for its twentieth season, opening not one, but two locations at Chase Field. So if you need a coffee fix, or need a pick-me-up during those slow innings, Dutch Bros. will have locations at sections 124 and 305.

Chicken Fries at Gonzo's Grill

GONZO'S GRILL

Named after D-backs legend Luis Gonzalez, Gonzo's Grill will be behind left field along the stadium's main concourse. Its menu consists of Tyson chicken products both fried and not.

Signature items include chicken and waffle fries, chicken tenders, popcorn chicken, grilled chicken BLT wrap, and garlic parmesan fries. 

Coors Light Strike Zone Cabanas

COORS LIGHT STRIKE ZONE CABANAS

Those looking to add a bit of baseball luxury to their game-watching experience can rent cabanas in the D-backs strike zone. The cabanas are not poolside but do have an elevated view from right field.

There are four cabanas side-by-side that each has a couch, high-top stools, high-top table, and individual TV. The cabana package comes with unlimited water and soft drinks, two Coors Light beers per person, and a snack mix. The cabanas can seat a minimum of eight people and a max of 10 people.

The cost is $75 per person. The minimum required is eight people.

VIRTUAL REALITY

Fans will also be able to test their batting skills with the D-backs new virtual reality experience. Located in front of the Mountainside Fitness Center is the Cox Connects VR Bullpen. Fans can put on the headset and try their hand at a Home Run Derby-style game with Chase Field as the backdrop.

Arizona Diamondbacks 20th Anniversary Experience

20TH ANNIVERSARY EXPERIENCE

Whether you're the ultimate D-backs fan or perhaps a fan-in-training, the 20th Anniversary Experience is a 2,000-square-foot exhibit that explains the history of the franchise, it's 2001 World Series win, and features memorabilia throughout the years.

Plaques along the wall document the team's history from the beginning. There is even a literal wall of baseballs -- 480 in total -- that have been signed by former and current D-backs players. 

The D-backs take on the Colorado Rockies in its home opener on Thursday, March 29. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

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