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Vice President, Facilities Operations & Event Services
Russ Amaral is in his 20th year with the D-backs in 2017, his 19th as Vice President, Facilities & Event Services. Amaral oversees all event-related functions at the ballpark in addition to the engineering, security, operations and groundskeeping departments.
In 2016, Amaral and his staff were instrumental in hosting and supporting several major events at Chase Field. In March, Major League Baseball brought the MLB Diversity Summit to Phoenix, and for the first time in its existence, hosted it inside a Major League ballpark. In May, Kenny Chesney brought his "Spread the Love" tour to the ballpark, which then was followed by the Arizona State University commencement a mere 2 days later. The year closed out with the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl game in late December.
The 2015 offseason saw the return of football to Chase Field and included the preparation and installation of MLB-mandated walk-through metal detectors at all entry gates.
In 2011, Amaral coordinated all stadium operations for the All-Star Game at Chase Field and in the past six years, he has played an integral role in the many renovations at Chase Field by overseeing construction projects to keep the 19-year-old ballpark up to date with many of the new stadiums opening in the market and around the country.
He was involved in the planning and construction of the APS Solar Pavilion Project in 2010-11, the Legends Suites and Conference Center in 2011 and the Mountainside Fitness facility that opened in 2012 at Chase Field, in addition to the recent remodeling project involving Game Seven Grill on the Gila River Casinos Plaza.
Prior to the 2008 season, despite a full calendar of offseason events at Chase Field, he oversaw Daktronics' installation of the new 136-feet wide by 46-feet tall video scoreboard in center field, which is one of the world's largest high-definition video screens. Prior to the 2007 season, the team contracted Target Commercial Interiors, a subsidiary company of the retail store chain Target, to value engineer the rebranding of Chase Field. Since the 2006 season, the organization has also renovated 40 suites on the Insight Diamond Level, demolished a group of suites down the left field line to incorporate a new All-You-Can-Eat section, renovated the Strike Zone Lounge behind home plate and two lounge areas for premium seat holders, created the Coors Light Strike Zone in right-centerfield and redeveloped numerous seating areas throughout the ballpark.
Amaral began his career in facility management with the opening of America West Arena (now Talking Stick Resort Arena) in 1992, working in various capacities up to Director, Event Services. In 1997, he was given the opportunity to assist in the final planning and opening operations of Chase Field as a member of the D-backs. Amaral has also been called upon by Major League Baseball to assist in ballpark operations capacities at numerous World Series in addition to handling all operational aspects of the 2006 and 2013 World Baseball Classic tournament games hosted at Chase Field.
In 2012, the team added his services to the committee which oversees the D-backs' Academy in the Dominican Republic, assisting in the facility operations in Boca Chica.
Amaral has been a member of the Stadium Managers Association since 2006. He also sits on the ADA/Access committee comprised of members of the D-backs, Suns and community members dedicated to ensuring that Chase Field is as accommodating as possible to guests with specific needs.
He is a graduate of Oregon State University, where he earned a degree in Business Administration.
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