A Sports Lover’s Guide to Phoenix

Sports fans can hail the arrival of autumn in Phoenix with the convergence of football, baseball, basketball and hockey in one city.
 

Illustration by Muti.

The Majors

The Score

The Valley of the Sun features warmer weather during the height of the Big Four season, making it a popular Super Bowl site (the championship returns here in 2023) and the host of the MLB’s Cactus League Spring Training. If the weather does get too hot or cold during a Cardinals game, the translucent retractable roof at State Farm Stadium in Glendale still lets in natural light, even when closed.

Talking Stick Resort Arena and Chase Field, photograph by Mark Skalny/iStock.

Phoenix is a city of transplants, which means a large number of residents grew up in different cities rooting for teams other than the Cardinals. Don’t stress, there are bars for all affiliations—Buffalo Bills fans go to Pullano’s Pizza & Wings; Baltimore Ravens supporters gather at Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse in Scottsdale; while Pittsburgh Steelers fans meet at Harold’s Cave Creek Corral in Cave Creek‚ officially known as “Heinz Field West.” State Farm Stadium is 16 km from downtown Phoenix and close to the Gila River Arena, where the Coyotes play. The city’s two other major stadiums—Talking Stick Resort Arena, home of the Suns, and the Diamondbacks’ Chase Field—are just two blocks from each other. In the heat of summer, Diamondbacks fans can rent a private pool suite, which holds 35 people and features a hot tub and an 8,500-gallon swimming pool.


Where Fans Gather

Illustration by Muti.

Game Seven Grill

Fill up on barbecue at the Diamondbacks-owned restaurant, Game Seven Grill, while playing backyard-style games on the patio.

Dog Days of Summer

The Diamondbacks have canine fans covered. During Dog Days of Summer games, you can purchase a suite that includes food and drinks for you and your dog.

Bitter & Twisted

Cool off with a frozen cocktail at Bitter & Twisted, or visit sister-property Little Rituals, which has a view of Chase Field and a vending machine that dispenses beer.

Max’s

Max’s in Glendale has been serving Cardinals fans before games since 1979. It boasts 97 TV’s, a huge football helmet collection and Jocko Bird, a six-foot-three mascot.

[This story appears in the September 2019 edition of WestJet Magazine.]

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