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Only a few weeks after their third World Series win in five years, the San Francisco Giants have released their Scottsdale Spring Training Schedule. This year’s slate features 14 home games right here at Scottsdale Stadium.
Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner look to start the 2015 season on the right foot in hopes of a repeat championship. Your first chance to see the champion Giants in Scottsdale is March 4.
Home games played at Scottsdale Stadium and highlighted in orange below:
There has been a lot of attention drawn to the renovations at TPC Scottsdale. And rightfully so. The Stadium Course has gotten a full revamp, with several holes being re-designed, green positions moved and bunkers added. Not to be forgotten, TPC Scottsdale has also renovated their clubhouse and added a new restaurant, Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar.
Many will be familiar with Toro’s head chef Richard Sandoval. Sandoval is also in charge of the widely acclaimed La Hacienda restaurant at the Fairmont Princess. This time, Sandoval brings some pan-Latin flair to Scottsdale. With a menu consisting of wok dishes, sushi and 105 different rums, the tastes are guaranteed to be off the charts.
Live music on the weekends gives the restaurant a casual vibe where you can kick back and enjoy the view of the golf course. Toro opens Dec. 5. For more information, click here.
2015 marks the 25th anniversary of Celebration of Fine Art. To celebrate, we’re highlighting some extremely talented artists and passionate collectors.
First up is Curt Mattson. Curt is a renowned bronze sculptor and painter focusing on horse and cowboy inspired themes. Get to know Curt and head to Celebration of Fine Art (January 17 – March 29, 2015) to meet him in person!
The 4th Ranked Artichokes could not overcome the 8th Ranked Matadors of Arizona Western College on Saturday night 52-27.
The Saturday, November 8th Football game between Scottsdale Community College and Arizona Western will be available live-streamed
Getting around Scottsdale is quick and easy, even without a car, thanks to the city’s free trolleys that connect area resorts and attractions. The seasonal Paradise Valley Resort Trolley connects resorts like Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain with Scottsdale Fashion Square, the Southwest’s largest mall. When you’re in downtown, explore the diverse districts and attractions, from art galleries along the Marshall Way Arts District to boutique shops in the Fifth Avenue District on the Downtown Trolley, which runs year round. Visiting in March for Cactus League Spring Training? The Talking Stick Spring Training Trolley will take you from downtown to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick for the game. If trollies aren’t quite your style, rental car facilities and driver services are scattered throughout the city with companies such as Enterprise and Hertz partnering with local resorts.
COWBOYS & CULTURE IN SCOTTSDALE
Scottsdale has been known as “The West’s Most Western Town” since 1947, and that cowboy spirit is still central to the city’s identity. However, Scottsdale isn’t a city stuck in the past. Over the years, Scottsdale refined its nature, trading in its dusty hitching posts for sleek, modern art. While Scottsdale continues to pay homage to its rustic roots, myriad cultural amenities are evident throughout the city. Get a dose of history, art and culture in this one-of-a-kind destination that celebrates its ties to Hopalong Cassidy, Frank Lloyd Wright and everyone in between.
In January 2015, visitors and meeting attendees alike can put on their cowboy boots and bolo ties and mosey on over to the long-awaited Scottsdale Museum of the West. This 40,000-square-foot museum tells the story of history’s notable pioneers. Explore or plan an event in its five galleries of paintings, sculptures and cultural artifacts that depict the ever-evolving American West, from cowboys on horseback to historic roads like Route 66. Looking to buy a piece of Western memorabilia? Western themes dominate much of downtown Scottsdale’s art and shopping districts. Browse the selection of souvenirs, such as cowboy boots at Saba’s Western Store, in Old Town or the cowboy-inspired artwork at the galleries in the Main Street Arts District. Stop by WestWorld of Scottsdale, one of the nation’s top equestrian and special event facilities. Set against the backdrop of the McDowell Mountains, WestWorld plays host to the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and numerous other indoor and outdoor equestrian and special events.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert masterpiece Taliesin West (above)attracts more than 150,000 visitors annually. Explore Wright’s singular talent for integrating indoor and outdoor spaces with the Panorama Tour, a guided one-hour stroll across the main grounds of the famed architect’s winter home. Or delve deeper with the 90-minute Insights Tour for a look into the life of Wright and his beloved wife, Olgivanna. Renowned Arizona modernist Will Bruder built his stellar reputation on award-winning public spaces, such as the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Scottsdale. This minimalist space houses an international collection of modern art, architecture and design, as well as a public “skyspace” by the acclaimed artist James Turrell.The Musical Instrument Museum showcases cultures from around the globe with more than 5,000 instruments on display from nearly every country in the world. See the re-creation of a gong workshop, view instruments played by musicians such as Elvis Presley and Carlos Santana, or test your own musical abilities in the Experience Gallery.
No matter whether you’re visiting for fun or attending a meeting, Scottsdale’s lineup of cultural and Western events and festivals is bound to enhance any itinerary.The Parada del Sol Parade, the world’s longest horse-drawn parade, has taken place every February for more than 60 years. Horses, rodeo riders and wagons march along Scottsdale Road. The Trails End Celebration follows the procession with entertainment, music, and a pancake breakfast. Now entering its 25th year, Celebration of Fine Art takes place in Scottsdale from mid-January to late-March. Immerse yourself in the creative process at this event in North Scottsdale and meet up to 100 working artists in their temporary studios.
To find out more about all of Scottsdale’s cultural and Western amenities, visit ExperienceScottsdale.com or MeetInScottsdale.com.
Fans flock to Scottsdale year-round to catch teams from all four major professional sports leagues. With just a short drive, visitors can cheer on the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, the MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks, the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes. And in 2015, Scottsdale will be in the spotlight for premier sporting events that leisure visitors and meetings attendees won’t want to miss, including NFL’s biggest game.
Arizona has a love affair with college football. Celebrate the end of 2014 with the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31, 2014 and ring in the new year during the Cactus Bowl (formerly Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl) Jan. 2, 2015. Not to be outdone, 2016 will be another hallmark year for college football in the Valley of the Sun. University of Phoenix Stadium will host the college football championship Jan. 11, 2016.
WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN
The “Greatest and Greenest Show on Grass,” the Waste Management Phoenix Open, takes place Jan. 29–Feb. 1, 2015. The tournament is the most highly attended on the PGA Tour, and attendees get up-close and personal to golf gods like Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Brandt Snedeker. This lifestyle event offers the only fan-enclosed hole on the Tour – the famous 16th hole – and festivities during the evenings at the Birds Nest. TPC Scottsdale will debut a new look for the occasion, following an ambitious makeover of the Stadium Course and Clubhouse.
SUPER BOWL XLIX
The party continues Feb. 1, 2015, with Super Bowl XLIX. Throw a game-day party at one Scottsdale’s off-site venues, restaurants and bars such as The Venue Scottsdale, The Clayton on the Park, Derby Public House and Bottled Blonde. Scottsdale will host myriad events in the days leading up to the big game, including Fan Fest Scottsdale, home of the ESPN live broadcast outside Scottsdale Fashion Square, and Taste of the NFL at WestWorld of Scottsdale, where guests can mingle with celebrity chefs and current and alumni NFL players over tasty bites on the eve of the Super Bowl.
CACTUS LEAGUE SPRING TRAINING
Stick around at the end of February to experience the first pitch of Cactus League Spring Training, a staple in Scottsdale for nearly 60 years. The San Francisco Giants call Scottsdale Stadium home, while the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies share Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on the nearby Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Fans commemorate America’s favorite pastime at afternoon and evening games throughout the month of March, exploring legendary Cactus League hangouts and benefitting from out-of-the-park packages at Scottsdale resorts.
#4 Scottsdale Community College will take on #10 Arizona Western College on Saturday, November 8th at 7:00 PM in Eager, AZ.
The Artichokes won a classic to set up a rematch with Arizona Western
The 4th Ranked Fighting Artichokes pull off an incredible 43-42 victory on Saturday night against the 6th Ranked Badgers of Snow College.