The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced the completion of David Peralta Field in Wickenburg, the 43rd “Diamonds Back” Field.
Mr. Peralta, his wife Jordan and daughter Sofia visited the field Monday to see the new scoreboard and renovations as baseball recently returned at the park.
“This is like a dream come true,” Mr. Peralta said. “This is how it started for me when I was little, playing ball in the baseball fields so doing this for all the little kids in the future will help them with their dreams to be a big league player for the D-backs.”
Since 2000, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has built or refurbished 43 baseball and softball fields representing a community investment in youth sports programs exceeding $10 million, according to a release. With support from APS, and charitable contributions from Dbacks players, the program has allowed children from across the state to play baseball and softball at quality facilities.
David Peralta Field added new LED light fixtures, dugouts, fencing and backstops, sod and the signature electronic scoreboard.
Since joining the Dbacks in 2014, Mr. Peralta has visited local schools, hospitals and veteran centers. He has helped pack bags of food for the homeless and spent time with youngsters at the Boys & Girls Club as well as at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California. A native of Venezuela, Mr. Peralta has helped raise awareness and funds for medical supplies and baseball equipment for those in need in his hometown of Valencia.
This season, a small section of teddy bears is in the left field bleachers at Chase Field to remind him of his fans and family, with replicas of the bears to be delivered to Phoenix-area children’s hospitals throughout the season.
David Peralta Field, 3020 W. Wickenburg Way, Wickenburg, is located at Sunset Park, a four-field complex home to Wickenburg Little League and more than a dozen regional and national baseball tournaments each year.