Arizona Diamondbacks Join Forces With Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort

Written By C.J. Pierre on May 18, 2022

The Arizona Diamondbacks are going all-in with two Arizona Casinos. The Grand Canyon State’s only Major League Baseball team is entering into a partnership with Casino Arizona and its sister property, Talking Stick Resort.

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community owns both casinos. Under the agreement, both locations are now the D-Backs’ official casino and resort partners.

As sports betting in Arizona continues to gain footing, the spotlight is also on casinos in Arizona.

Details on the D-Backs new partnership

Fans of the Arizona Diamondbacks will soon see how this deal will impact their experience at Chase Field.

“I am thrilled to welcome Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort to our family,” said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. “The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has long been a valued partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and I look forward to growing our relationship with Casino Arizona, creating memorable experiences for their guests at Chase Field and impacting members of their community.”

As part of the agreement, Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort logos will go up on signage throughout the ballpark. There will be unique field insignias in front of the home and visiting dugouts.

The team will also open a one-of-a-kind VIP lounge behind the visiting dugout for Casino Arizona and their guests to enjoy during games. Furthermore, the partnership will enhance the D-Backs’ annual Native American Inter-Tribal Baseball and Softball Tournament and Native American Recognition Day, both of which will take place later this month.

This deal reaffirms the idea of Arizona pro sports teams supporting Arizona casinos.

Deal expands D-Backs & Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community partnership

This announcement expands the existing relationship between the Diamondbacks and the Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community.

“We are always looking for like-minded organizations with which to align our Enterprise,” said Ramon Martinez, director of public relations for Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort. “Over the course of our lengthy relationship with the Arizona Diamondbacks, they have demonstrated a true commitment to their fans and the greater community. We are excited for Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort to grow with a partner who shares our values.”

Salt River Fields is located on the tribe’s land. It is the first MLB facility built on Native American land. It also serves as the D-Backs’ spring-training facility.

Since Salt River Fields opened in 2011, the facility holds the top 9 all-time attendance records in the history of MLB Spring Training. The ballpark continues to bring infrastructure and investments to the area. It is also the site for the USS Arizona Memorial Gardens, located at the stadium’s Home Plate entrance.

The team and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has been supporting the Arizona Native American Community for decades. They have given over $3,000,000 in charitable contributions to the community for nearly half a century.

In 1999, the Foundation put together the Native American Inter-Tribal Baseball and Softball Tournament. The event has made it possible for 20,000 youth and young adults as well as 1,200 Inter-Tribal teams to compete.

Photo by AP / Ross D. Franklin
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CJ Pierre is a multimedia journalist currently residing in the Phoenix-Metro Area in Arizona. He has been covering news and sports for over a decade for both online and TV broadcasts. He was born and raised in Minneapolis and an alum of Minnesota State University: Moorhead. CJ has experience as a reporter and videographer and has covered high school, college and professional sports throughout his career. Most notably following Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Vikings and North Dakota State University football.

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