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Twice the fun: Diamondbacks host first doubleheader

PHOENIX — Arizona Diamondbacks fans are in for a treat on Wednesday when the team hosts its first doubleheader at Chase Field against the Miami Marlins.

Doubleheaders used to be common in Major League Baseball but now are rare. In fact, D-backs Vice President Cullen Maxey said it may not happen again in Phoenix. The team is expecting about 20,000 fans at each game.

“It’s a little bit of a challenge because all schools, including ASU, are back in session,” he said. “So that 12:40 game is a bit of a challenge but a lot of people will take a half-day and come downtown.”

Several downtown businesses are offering fans special deals between games. The team will give fans commemorative pins to mark the day along with deals on food, drinks and team shop merchandise.

“It’s not your old-school doubleheader where one ticket got you into both games,” said Maxey. “It’s actually two ticketed events.”

Maxey said the doubleheader came about because the D-backs were scheduled to play 23 straight games, which is a violation of the agreement between the owners and the players.