New Diamondbacks park designed with shade

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PHOENIX (AP) — Fans at the new Diamondbacks spring-training ballpark at the Salt River Reservation will be sun-splashed rather than sun-baked when it opens in 2011.

Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall says the team and the Colorado Rockies agreed that shading the grandstand was a key design element for the shared 11,000-seat stadium.

Sunshine is an essential element of the 15-team Cactus League with fans escaping frigid weather in places like Colorado, Chicago and Cleveland for baseball under blue skies. But too much of a good thing often leads sunburned fans to search for shade or head for the exits early.

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is building a $100 million spring-training complex for the teams just east of Scottsdale.