One of just eight cities that is home to all four major sports franchises (NFL, NHL, MLB, and NBA), Phoenix’s great weather and energetic ambience have turned the city into a year-round sports and events mecca. In addition to sporting events, Phoenix is also home to unique entertainment, shopping, and cultural and culinary experiences.
Year Round Entertainment
One of just eight cities
The Arizona Cardinals are the Valley’s hometown NFL team and have been since 1994. The “Birdgang” has played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale since 2006, making it the sixth newest NFL stadium in the world. University of Phoenix Stadium has also hosted several ‘mega-events,’ including the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, the Fiesta Bowl and the Super Bowl. This state-of-the-art stadium is considered an architectural icon and was named in Business Week’s Top 10 “Most Impressive” sports facilities in the world; it is the only one in the United States on the list. (University of Phoenix Stadium 19 miles away).
The Arizona Coyotes are the local NHL team and currently play at Gila River Arena in Glendale. The ‘Yotes arena is the 5th newest NHL arena and is located in the entertainment district known as Westgate. Westgate is an 8 million square foot district that includes dining, shopping, and entertainment. The Coyotes last won their division in 2012 and continue to garner national attention for being the only NHL team in a desert. (19 miles away).
The Phoenix Open
The Waste Management Open, also known as the Phoenix Open, is held at the Tournament Players Club (TPC) in Scottsdale, every year in early February. The tournament is referred to as “The Greatest Show on Earth” because of its high energy, record breaking crowds, and fun atmosphere. There are also two PGA Tour Champions tournaments yearly, including the Charles Schwab Cup at Desert Mountain and the Conquistador Classic in Tucson. (TPC is 13 miles away).
Arts and Culture
Vibrant Art Community
Phoenix is home to a wide variety of arts and cultural experiences, including the internationally-acclaimed Heard Museum–dedicated to the culture and art of American Indians of the Southwest. The Valley is also home to the largest art museum in the southwestern United States, the Phoenix Art Museum. Additional arts and cultural experiences can be found at the Scottsdale Museum of the West, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Tovera Castle at Carraro Heights, Arizona Science Center and during the Celebration of Fine Art.
The Palmeraie is a retail destination located at the corner of Scottsdale Road and Indian Bend that encompasses about 160,000 square feet of high-end, mixed-use space. The Palmeraie will have more than 60 luxury and specialty boutiques, as well as restaurants. With a mix of well-curated and unique merchants, you can expect innovative dining experiences paired with timeless architecure and landscape.
Theatre and Performing Arts
A Flourishing Theatre Community
The Phoenix metropolitan area has a rich theater and performing arts scene, including the Herberger Theater Center, Orpheum Theater and the ASU Gammage Theater, designed by internationally-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are the home MLB team in Phoenix. The team was formed in 1998 and won the World Series in 2001, making them the fastest expansion team to ever do so. The D-backs play at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix, and is the 6th largest MLB stadium per seating capacity. Chase Field was also the first stadium to ever have a retractable roof over natural grass. (13 miles away).
The Phoenix Suns is Arizona’s longest running professional team, having been in the Valley since 1968. The team plays at Talking Stick Arena in downtown Phoenix, which is also home to the Phoenix Mercury, a WMBA team, and the Arizona Rattlers, an arena football team. Talking Stick Arena is 1 million square feet in size on an 11-acre site. (13 miles away).
Your Favorite Teams All In One Place
Half of the MLB teams are hosted in Phoenix for Spring Training, taking place in 10 stadiums across the Valley. Spring Training takes place between mid-February through MLB’s opening day of the regular season. The average temperature during this time is between 70 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The Arizona Diamondbacks play at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, located just five miles from Paradise Valley, however baseball fans can catch additional Cactus League games in Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise and Tempe. (Salt River Fields is 5 miles away).
Dining and Casinos
Renowned Dining Experiences
Arizona has world-renowned dining and casino experiences including the only AAA Five Diamond/Forbes Five Star restaurant Kai, which is located at the Wild Horse Pass Casino. Scottsdale is home to Talking Stick Casino and offers the scenic fine-dining restaurant, Orange Sky. Phoenix also has additional casinos including Casino Arizona, Fort McDowell Casino, Lone Butte, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino and Vee Quiva. (Talking Stick Resort is 5 miles away).
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