When we're talking Phoenix Sports, the first things that come to mind are professional sporting events. Here in AZ, we might not have a tradition of athletic dominance, but we've had some shining moments, and we love going to a game!
Nationwide, most people in the US will light up when you talk about
Spring Training in Arizona.
It's a time for locals to get outside and enjoy a beer as we work on our tans, and for people across the nation to leave their winter weather and down jackets behind and see some sunshine. After the month of March, you can still satisfy your baseball cravings by watching the
If you're talking to a native, we might slip and call the stadium "BOB" from it's days as Bank One Ballpark (1998-2005). Please forgive us - old habits die hard, and we've had a lot of stadium name changes in the past 10 years!
Just down the road from Chase Field in Downtown Phoenix is the
US Airways Center
home of the
men's and women's basketball. This is another arena that has undergone a name change, and you'll also hear us call it America West Arena (1992-2006). Even if you aren't a huge basketball fan, a Suns or Mercury game is a great time and you'll leave wanting to come back for another game.
If you're a football or hockey fan, the west side of town is your playground. The
University of Phoenix Stadium
just south of
Westgate City Center
Westgate City Center and it's restaurants and shopping makes the games popular with visitors from all over the valley - especially if you have time to make it an all day affair.
There are some Pro Phoenix Sports of which even many locals are not aware. Arizona is home to
the Arizona Rattlers
arena football. We have many
Professional Bull Riders
in our state who compete in competitions at Jobing.com Arena,
The Buffalo Chip Saloon,
Parada Del Sol Rodeo
Other pro Phoenix Sports available to mix up the day to day monotony are NASCAR races that periodically come to
Phoenix International Raceway,
Waste Management Phoenix Open
that rocks Scottsdale every year in late Jan/early Feb. This is not the same golf experience you see on TV, the 16th hole is more like a Happy Gilmore experience where fans cheer, boo, and root for which caddy reaches the green first.
We love our professional Phoenix Sports, but if you're looking for a sport to participate in, Phoenix also offers several leagues. Click here to find your next sports team!
Feel like going Bowling? Click here for your options!