Newcomers’ Guide to the Valley’s surfeit of exciting pro and college sports squads

Editorial StaffNovember 1, 2022
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Arizona Cardinals
SEPTEMBER 8-JANUARY 8
See Arizona’s pigskin pros stage their latest bid for the NFL’s Vince Lombardi Trophy in their state-of-the-art stadium. Year-round tours 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 school’s 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-OCTOBER 2023
The bats are back in action as the Valley’s resurgent big league baseball franchise goes toe-to-toe with the best of the National League. Year-round tours allow fans to go behind the scenes at the stadium, known for 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 6-APRIL 15
Watch the Valley’s NHL franchise take the ice for its 27th season in Arizona at the team’s new temporary home in Tempe. Top returning talent includes All-Star forward Clayton Keller. Mullett Arena, 411 S. Packard Dr., Tempe, 480-563-PUCK,
nhl.com/coyotes

Phoenix Suns
OCTOBER 18-APRIL 9
Expect an up-tempo style of basketball as Chris Paul, Devin Booker and co. battle it out in the NBA’s always competitive Pacific Division. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-379-SUNS, suns.com

Turf Paradise
NOVEMBER 4-MAY 8
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, or comfortably while dining in the clubhouse. 1501 W. Bell Rd., Phoenix, 602-942-1101, turfparadise.com

Guaranteed Rate Bowl
DECEMBER 27
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

VRBO Fiesta Bowl
DECEMBER 31
Two of the nation’s highest-ranked college football teams compete in this storied annual bowl game. 11 a.m. kickoff. State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale, 480-350-0911, fiestabowl.org

Phoenix Rising FC
APRIL-OCTOBER 2023
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 2023
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 2023
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

 

This article first appeared in the 2023 City Guide, published by PHOENIX magazine in November 2022.