Diamondbacks strike broad-based deal with Banner Health

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks have struck a multiyear deal with regional health system Banner Health to rename their team-specific Spring Training facilities at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Arizona.

The club’s facilities there will be renamed the Banner Sports Medicine Performance Center. The entities will also collaborate on best practice around sports medicine and technology.

The renaming comes as the Diamondbacks, like other MLB clubs, this week being Spring Training in advance of the 2020 regular season.

“This collaboration with Banner Health will allow our sports medicine and performance staff to work closely with experts and have access to the most up-to-date, cutting-edge technology advancements in the sports medicine and performance industry,” said Derrick Hall, Diamondbacks president and chief executive. 

The deal also includes a Phoenix component, as the seating area along the main concourse between left field and center field at Chase Field, the club’s home venue, will be renamed the Banner Health Centered Field. The area will used for special events and large groups during Diamondbacks games during the season. 

In addition to the Diamondbacks’ Spring Training, the Banner Sports Medicine Performance Center also houses a variety of games and functions, including year-round training for prospects and veteran players recovering from injury, the Rookie-level minor league Arizona League D-backs, and the annual D-backs Fantasy Camp, among others.

The Diamondbacks share Salt River Fields at Talking Stick with fellow MLB club the Colorado Rockies, but that club is not part of this deal, which is tied specifically to the Diamondbacks’ portion of the complex.