City Guide to Pro & College Sports

Editorial StaffSeptember 29, 2021
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Suit up with the Valley’s surfeit of exciting pro and college sports squads.

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Phoenix Suns
October-April

Expect an up-tempo style of basketball as the team’s talented cadre of hoopsters – and reigning Western Conference champs – battle it out in the NBA’s Pacific Division. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-379-SUNS, suns.com

Arizona Cardinals
September 19-January 9

See Arizona’s pigskin pros try to replicate their winning ways in their state-of-the-art stadium. Year-round tours (pandemic-permitting) provide a bird’s-eye view of the retractable roof, press box, visiting team locker room, an exclusive private loft and more. State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale, 602-379-0102, azcardinals.com

ASU Sun Devils
September-April

Cheer on the Arizona State University Sun Devils in “Fear the Fork” style as the student athletes compete in everything from football, basketball and baseball to ice hockey, water polo and gymnastics. ASU campus, Tempe, 480-965-3482, thesundevils.com

Arizona Diamondbacks
April 7, 2022-September 25, 2022

The Valley’s big league baseball franchise goes toe-to-toe with the best of the National League. Year-round tours (pandemic-permitting) allow fans to go behind the scenes at the air-conditioned facility, which has become a landmark with its retractable roof and signature swimming pool – a perfect home-run target located 415 feet from home plate. Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-514-8400, dbacks.com

Arizona Coyotes
October 18-April 29

Watch the Valley’s NHL franchise take the ice. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, 480-563-PUCK, nhl.com/coyotes

Turf Paradise
November 5-May 7

Thoroughbred horse racing is the attraction at this venue, with betting available for spectators who want to try and beat the odds. Races can be enjoyed by actively cheering trackside or in the grandstands. 1501 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix, 602-942-1101, turfparadise.com

Guaranteed Rate Bowl
December 28

Founded as the Copper Bowl in 1989, the college game has had many names before landing on its newest title. Its venue also has a varied history that includes stints at Arizona Stadium in Tucson, Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe and Chase Field in Phoenix. Kickoff is 8:15 p.m. for the Big Ten vs. Big 12 matchup. Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 480-350-0911, fiestabowl.org

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
January 1

Two of the nation’s highest-ranked college football teams compete in this annual bowl game. 11 a.m. kickoff. State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale, 480-350-0911, fiestabowl.org

Phoenix Rising FC
April-October

Arizona’s highest-level professional soccer franchise takes the field as a member of the United Soccer League Championship. Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex, 19593 S. 48th St., Chandler, 623-594-9606, phxrisingfc.com

Arizona Rattlers
May-August

The six-time world champs return to the field eager to continue their dynasty in the Indoor Football League. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-514-8274, azrattlers.com

Phoenix Mercury
May-September

Arizona’s three-time WNBA champs take on their roundball rivals in fierce hardcourt action. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-252-WNBA, phoenixmercury.com

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