As one of just eight U.S. cities to field teams in all four major professional sports, Greater Phoenix is a sports lover’s dream. The Phoenix Coyotes (NHL), Arizona Cardinals (NFL), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), and Phoenix Suns (NBA) all share the city’s sports entertainment market, combining to offer thrills and chills all year. In addition, Phoenix hosts NASCAR every November, the Indy Racing League in March, and the PGA’s illustrious FBR Open each January, as well as great year-round college athletics courtesy of Arizona State University.
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The Phoenix Metro area is one of the only citites that is home to two dome stadiums for both NFL football and MLB Baseball. Of course, with these sports seasons running through the summer in Phoenix its obvious why these structural wonders had to be built. And they are cool, pun intended. When you take in one of these sports, under the roof of these stadiums, it is very relaxing, cool and enjoyable.
Tempe’s Sun Devil Stadium, home of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (late December/early January), is home to the Arizona State football team. Downtown Tempe provides something for everyone before and after games, whether you’re looking for quiet restaurants to escape the crowds, or for sports bars to revel in it. No matter what time of year you decide to visit, Tempe also boasts collegiate sports action of all kinds, thanks to ASU athletics.
In the spring, Greater Phoenix plays host to 15 Major League Baseball teams during Cactus League Spring Training. Since the last two teams who in Tucson played their last season there in 2010 (Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies), we now have all 15 teams playing Spring Training baseball in the Phoenix area (Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds).
More than a million fans attend Spring Training games every year, and some stick around to catch a few regular-season Diamondbacks games in Downtown Phoenix’s Chase Field in early April. (A behind-the-scenes, 75-minute tour of Chase Field is available by calling (602) 462-6799.
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In 2001, the Diamondbacks won the World Series over the New York Yankees in 7 games with spectacular fashion, sending Phoenix into a frenzy. With that win, Arizona captured the title faster than any expansion franchise after just four seasons. Star pitchers Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, both Cy Young award winners, along with many other talented players positioned Phoenix to their first World Series Trophy. That was a truly amazing 7th game and is arguably one of the best world series ever played.
The Cardinals new facility is an engineering marvel and will emulate that of a native desert barrel cactus, resulting in dramatic vertical slots that contrast with smooth metallic panels. The fabric canopy will allow some light inside the stadium to help maintain an airy feel, while at the same time providing ample shade for fans. The stadium’s moveable, natural grass playing field, the first such surface in the U.S., will actually roll outside for optimal sun and growth; it will also hide a concrete slab underneath it, providing flexibility for other events and conventions. This remarkable multipurpose facility will seat more than 63,000 fans and include 88 suites. An impressive new development called Westgate will provide a festive atmosphere for pre- or post-game activities near the Coyotes’ and Cardinals’ newhomes.
Talking Stick Resort Arena
201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
CACTUS LEAGUE SPRING TRAINING
Spring Training Tours, Inc.
1453 First St. Livermore, CA 94550
Representing the Colorado Rockies, Oakland As, San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners. Spring training baseball travel packages featuring preferred game tickets, exclusive events with players, hotel accommodations and more.
Maricopa County Sports Commission
400 East Van Buren Street Suite 600
Phoenix, AZ 85004
EQUESTRIAN & DOG RACING
Turf Paradise Race Course
1501 W. Bell Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85023
Enjoy live and simulcast racing in a paradise setting. Features: casual and fine dining, family picnic park and sports bar. Live racing Fri.-Tues. Post time 12:30pm. Call for moreinformation.
Phoenix Greyhound Park
3801 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034
“Your best bet in the Valley.” Racing nightly, year-round at 7:30pm. Beautiful facility offering fine dining, lounges and fast food. Group discounts available.
MAJOR LEAGUE TEAMS
Arizona Cardinals (NFL)
P.O. Box 888, Phoenix, AZ 85001
Season and single-game tickets available. Please call to order and receive information for the upcoming season
Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
Hit a home run with your group by arranging an outing to beautiful Chase Field to enjoy exciting Arizona Diamondbacks baseball. Group ticket rates, private suites, meeting facilities, catering and merchandise services available.
Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
Office/Rink ALLTEL Ice Den
9400 West Maryland Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85305
Tickets available at all Ticketmaster locations https://www.ticketmaster.com/?dma_id=359
Phoenix Suns (NBA)
201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tickets also available at Ticketmaster https://www.ticketmaster.com/?dma_id=359
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Aaron’s Team One Tickets & Sports Tours
3115 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85282
Provides premium seating for all concerts, theater and sporting events locally, nationally and worldwide. Also discount travel and major events/sports tours.
Ticket Exchange, Inc.
130 N. Central Ave., Ste. 100
Phoenix, AZ 85004.
We specialize in the supply and procurement of quality seating to local, national and international sporting, concert and theatrical events.
Western States Ticket Service
143 W. McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Specializing in excellent seats for sporting events, concerts, theater. Local/nationwide. Including Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Coyotes, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Raceway, Las Vegas shows and more.