Five basic Sports Experiences in Phoenix

Five basic Sports Experiences in Phoenix

Phoenix may not have a centennial sports history like Chicago or New York City, but sports fans make just as much noise here as they do there. Keep an eye on these five sporting events when you’re in town.

Phoenix Suns
Pro basketball in the desert was never so cool. The Suns are substantial entertainment from October to April, and it’s not just about their mascot, The Gorilla. Their fans get a little grumpy when the management plays musical starters, but with three all-star players at the chief of the team and, of course, the new Shaq show, the Suns will always shine. Stick with this team. You can say you were there to watch them get their groove back.

Arizona State Sun Devils
College football is back in Phoenix, with a second-place finish for the Sun Devils in the Pac-10 Division in 2007. Coach Erickson’s first season at ASU was a complete success. Maybe the team was energized by their mascot, Sparky, or maybe the fans cheer more at this playing field. The Sun Devil Stadium has a spectacular design, mountain views, and elevators instead of stairs! The Sun Devils seem to be imitating the phoenix itself, rising up from obscurity, which leaves fans either dumbfounded or grinning from ear to ear. Stay tuned for more from Arizona State.

Phoenix International Raceway
This rare racetrack in the foothills of the Estrella Mountains began by hosting open wheel racing in 1964. Today, the premier events are one NASCAR race weekend in April and one in November. Children under 12 get in for free. Mountain seating is unbeatable in the sports world – you have all the leg room and elbow room you want, because you bring your own chairs, or blankets, or cushions, and put them anywhere that looks good. Golf cart rental is obtainable, and you’ll find a complete grocery store onsite for campers. What more could a fan want?

Phoenix Mercury
The 2007 Champions of the WNBA put on a great show, complete with expert basketball moves, fun halftime dance routines and a mascot called Scorch. The ladies love what they do, and it shows. One of the original 8 teams of the WNBA, the Mercury also works with the community so children without money can see the team play. Daddy’s Date Night is a great ticket package that includes a hot dog and a soda for both Daddy and daughter, a special ticket price, and one new basketball for the family. Girls know that they rock at the Mercury games.

Arizona Diamondbacks
The winners of the 2001 World Series are nevertheless hot, usually enjoying a top identify in the National League West Division. Great baseball rules in Phoenix from March to September – just ask Baxter the Bobcat and the Rally-Backs. The pitching staff has their act together; one of the new guys is already an inch taller than Randy Johnson. Every Sunday is Kid’s Day, with the time of action K Hot Dog Derby and special giveaways for the first 5000 kids under 12 in attendance. Make sure you’re in the ballpark when they make it to the World Series again.

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