Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Set on 140 acres of Native American resort land called Talking Stick, the project includes the development of a Major League Baseball Spring Training Stadium and two training complexes to accommodate the dual spring training activities of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies.


  • Salt River-Maricopa Indian Community

Project Status

  • Completed


Aiming Higher

The project, which earned LEED Gold certification, started off seeking only basic LEED certification. However, discussions between the project team and the Salt River-Maricopa Indian Community, who own the facility, led to identification of ways the Community’s existing sustainable goals and environmental policies could be leveraged to achieve LEED Gold certification with little additional effort. Great emphasis was placed on maintain the desert ecosystem and minimizing the project’s environmental impact.

The Stadium has a total capacity of 11,000 seats, including 6,500 fixed stadium-type chairs, 500 premium-type seats, 4,000 berm seats, and four suites. The project also features two visiting team locker rooms, two clubhouses of approximately 55,000 sf each, a shared facilities/maintenance building, and surface parking for approximately 4,000 cars.

Referred to as the “ninth wonder of the world,” a “modern marvel” and the “Versailles of spring training facilities” by various baseball insiders, the project provides top-of-the-line facilities for players and fans alike.

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Lighting the Project

In addition to MEP and Built Ecology, WSP USA provided a master plan for the lighting design throughout the site, creating a homogeneous identity throughout the site.