Thursday, November 6, 2014

Scottsdale Has Sports Fever

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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.


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.


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.


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.

from Official Travel Site for Scottsdale, Arizona |


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