Chase Field behind-the-scenes tour a great gift idea for Father's Day

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PHOENIX -- With just days left until Father's Day, forget the tie, the personalized golf balls and the "world's greatest dad" gear. Go for something different this year. Take him some place he's probably never been -- behind the scenes at Chase Field.

It's the ultimate way to fulfill his childhood dreams of big-league glory and it's not as expensive as you might think. In fact, at just $7, the tours are downright affordable.

You'll get to see how they open and close the roof. You'll also get to see "mission control," which is where they generate everything you see on the scoreboard, the broadcast booth where Mark Grace and Daron Sutton call the games.

Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall said the Joe Garagiola wing in the broadcast control area is a fan-favorite.

Depending on whether it's game day, part of the tour also might take you through the beautiful clubhouse, the batting cages under the dugout, the bat room, and even the room where they keep tubs of bubble gum and cases of sunflower seeds for the players.

The man who hit the bloop single heard 'round the world in 1991, giving the Diamondbacks their first (and so far only) World Series Championship, Luis Gonzalez, showed 3TV's Scott Pasmore his old locker area, which is now used by Geoff Blum.

Every player who has ever used that locker has signed the inside of it.

"It's kind of a tradition that we've had," Gonzo said. (By the way, Gonzo does not normally lead the tour, but he and Hall welcomed 3TV and Pasmore with open arms.)

The tour also shows off some of the areas designed for kids of all ages, but especially for the pint-size fans.

"It's huge for us to have an area just for kids," Hall said. "You need destinations throughout the ballpark for everyone."

Tours of Chase Field are offered Monday-Saturday at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets for adults are $7. Seniors get in for $5 and children 4 to 6 get in for $4. There also are pre-game tours before Friday and Saturday evening home games. Those tickets are $7 for everyone.

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