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Sports Venues in Arizona

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When it comes to sports venues in Arizona, fans have a wide choice of options. Chase Field in Phoenix is home to the MLB Arizona Diamondbacks. Basketball fans won’t want to miss an NBA Phoenix Suns game at Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix. The NHL Arizona Coyotes play their home hockey games at Gila River Arena in Glendale. Watch the Arizona Cardinals take on NFL opponents at the University of Phoenix Stadium next door.

See Cactus League spring training games in March at 10 ballparks in the Greater Phoenix region. Fifteen Major League Baseball teams play at Scottsdale Stadium, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, and Camelback Ranch among other venues. For car racing head to Phoenix International Raceway or Central Arizona Raceway in Casa Grande. Catch a glimpse of golf pros at the Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale in February.  

Arizona also hosts exciting college athletics. See the Sun Devils compete in PAC-12 events at Arizona State University in Tempe. The University of Arizona Wildcats are frequent contenders in the NCAA tournament. Attend home games at Tucson’s McKale Center, or watch college football at Arizona Stadium. The Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks play in Flagstaff.

Event Stadiums

Gila River Arena

Make your way through the Phoenix metro area and head west to Glendale, home of the Gila River Arena. Opened in 2003, Gila River Arena was originally known as Glendale Arena and is the home of the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. With a max capacity of 19,000, Gila River Arena also hosts various performances throughout the year. Drive in from Goodyear and check it out.

You'll find Gila River Arena just off the 101 Freeway, and is just one part of the Westgate City Center. You'll also find nearby shopping, dining, and the University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL – right next door. Make your trip to Glendale during the fall and into the early spring to catch a Coyotes game – the NHL season runs from October through mid-April.

Talking Stick Resort Arena

Originally opened in 1992, Talking Stick Resort Arena underwent a major renovation project in 2004. The arena is a central part of Phoenix’s downtown scene and a hub for entertainment in the valley of the sun. The Phoenix Suns of the NBA have called this arena home since it opened in 1992 to replace their former home at the Coliseum.

In addition to basketball games, the venue hosts concerts with acts such as Lady Gaga, Rush and Pink. Cirque du Soleil and Disney on Ice hold shows at Talking Stick Resort Arena as well. The arena features Verve Energy nightclub, Coors Light Zone and APS Gorilla Greenhouse for kids, making it an ideal venue for family fun. Basketball fans can avoid the hassle of parking or commuting to the arena in Phoenix by taking the newly built light rail system.

Golf Venues

TPC Scottsdale

Located in the growing city of Scottsdale, the Tournament Players Club (commonly known as TPC) is the home of one the PGA’s most famed tournaments – the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

TPC provides everyone from beginners to the pros with a scenic, golf respite found on the east side of the Phoenix Metro Area. TPC features two courses – the Stadium Course and the Champions Course. During the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the Bird's Nest will host fun-filled concerts at the end of each day.

Raceways

Phoenix International Raceway

Racing fans heading to Arizona know the very best place to see the top races and drivers is at Phoenix International Raceway. Located in Avondale, west of Phoenix and only minutes from Goodyear, Phoenix International Raceway, or PIR, regularly hosts some of the premier NASCAR races.  

Opened in 1964, PIR is an asphalt, tri-oval, low-banked track measuring in at one mile in overall length. Each year, PIR is host to top races from competitions like NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Central Arizona Raceway

Start your engine's! Home to racing in the region, Central Arizona Raceway is Casa Grande’s premier destination for dirt track racing. IMCA modifieds, dwarfs, stocks and a host of other off road racing machines come together to test their skills and entertain the crowds at Central Arizona Raceway. After a tumultuous four years of fighting to remain in business the track celebrated a grand re-opening in November of 2012.

Weekends bring out the fun at the track with practice times, heat races and main events at Central Arizona Raceway in southwestern Arizona. Race fans have the opportunity to view their favorite types of racing machines in action on a weekly basis. Gates open early with access to pits as well as general admission areas. Schedules and times are available upon request from the track.

Baseball Stadiums

Chase Field

Home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chase Field plays host to Major League Baseball as its primary purpose. Located in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, the field was opened in 1998 with its state of the art retractable roof.

The ballpark features suite levels, a kid’s zone and a pool pavilion available for rent during games. Concessions and team shops are located onsite with merchandise featuring Arizona’s star athletes and teams.

Conveniently located in downtown Phoenix, Chase Field can be easily accessed from the city’s growing light rail system. In addition to hosting Major League Baseball, Chase Field is a popular venue for other sporting events such as Supercross, Monster Truck racing, soccer and football.

Concerts, trade shows and special events are also commonly held at the field formerly known as Bank One Ballpark.

Maryvale Baseball Park

Visit the very impressive Maryvale Baseball Park to watch the Spring Training games for the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team. Located in Phoenix, the stadium features 10,000 seats and a grassy outfield berm for 1,000 lawn seats. The shaded concourse is a plus when watching the game. The stadium was awarded the "Architecture Accessibility Award" from the Mayor's office.

The on-site seven practice fields and team clubhouses are also available for minor league baseball programs and recreational league games. Bring the entire family to enjoy a Phoenix Cactus League baseball game. While in town for a game, make the most of the wealth of premier attractions, from dining to historic sites.

Cubs Park

Opened for the 2014 season, Cubs Park is the spring training home of the Chicago Cubs. Located in Mesa, on the border of Tempe, Cubs Park seats 15,000 fans, most of any Cactus League ballpark. The Cactus League starts up in late February in ballparks all across the Phoenix Metro Area. Make your travel plans to visit AZ during the spring and enjoy exciting Cactus League baseball – some of the Cubs opponents include the White Sox, Diamondbacks, and Dodgers.

Tailgating fan? Head to Cubs Park up to five hours before any game and find your ideal spot to set up shop. If you're planning to visit Cubs Park on a day when the Cubs do not play, you can still enjoy a Cubs Park Tour. Three tours at 10a.m, noon, and finally at 2 p.m., each lasting around 45 minutes, grant you access to Cubs Park for a peek at the dugouts, bullpens, and seating areas.

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Take in a ballgame in Scottsdale. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is the spring training home to both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. The facility is the first of its kind to be built on Indian land in the country. The teams are partners with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

This stadium and sports complex includes a ballpark stadium with a capacity for 11,000 fans, twelve practice fields, clubhouses for the Major and Minor League teams and team offices. Enjoy cheering on your favorite team as you gaze at the incredible views of the McDowell Mountains, Superstition Mountains, Four Peaks Mountains and Camelback Mountain, surrounding the Phoenix valley.

Peoria Sports Complex

Catch a ballgame in the Phoenix metro area. The Peoria Sports Complex is an entertainment venue for sports and special events, on 145 acres of land in central Phoenix. The stadium holds 11,000 people for a traditional function and 18,500 for a festival-type event. Its features include 12 full-size practice fields, four half-fields, eight covered major-league hitting tunnels, 12 minor league hitting tunnels and 30 practice mound galleries.

The two 40,00 square feet clubhouses, 400 lockers and training equipment are ideal for the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres Spring Training baseball games. Phoenix events hosted at the complex include the Peoria Beer Festival, Arizona on the Move - 5K race, Hot Air Balloon events and Job Fairs.

Phoenix Municipal Stadium

Enjoy a ballgame in Phoenix. Visit the Phoenix Municipal Stadium to watch a Spring Training game for the Oakland A's baseball team. The stadium has been home to the Oakland A's since 1982. Wilie Mayes christened the stadium, when he hit the first home run during a spring training game, upon its opening in 1964. The architectural character of this Phoenix stadium includes the accordion roof and the "Rock House," stone-faced administration building.

Located in central Phoenix, the stadium features 8,000 seats along with party suites and a patio for special events. Desert Dogs Fall League games, Men's Senior Baseball League World Series games, Little League games, National Adult Baseball Association World Series games and College Baseball games are all held at the stadium.

Goodyear Ballpark and Recreational Complex

Plan a visit to Phoenix metro and catch a ball game. The Goodyear Ballpark and Recreational Complex is the Spring Training facility for the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds. The complex houses each team's clubhouse and practice fields. Eight additional fields are available for use by the residents of the City of Goodyear while spring training in not in session. The Complex hosts recreational leagues and special events throughout the year.

The nearby restaurants, offices and conference center make the Ballpark and Complex a unique facility. Whether you enjoy a Cactus League spring training game or a local city game, baseball is alive in Goodyear. Central Arizona offers convenient lodging, and close proximity to the ballpark.

Scottsdale Stadium

Enjoy Spring Training baseball in Arizona. Scottsdale Stadium is home to the San Francisco Giants Spring Training games. Located in Old Town Scottsdale, the stadium is within walking distance to several area shops, restaurants and galleries. A variety of year-round events are also held at the stadium, including the Starlight Sleepover, weddings, company picnics, parties and baseball tournaments and camps.

Action during the Arizona Fall League includes games played by the Scottsdale Scorpions verses a variety of minor league teams. The expanded clubhouse, baseball training room and batting tunnel are wonderful amenities for the players. Schedule time during the game to visit the stadium's Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame.

Tempe Diablo Stadium

Make the most of your next visit Arizona. Tempe Diablo Stadium is the Spring Training home for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball team. Located in Tempe, near Arizona State University, this wonderful facility is an ideal location to enjoy the Cactus League games. The stadium's central Phoenix location, is approximately ten minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport and many valley attractions.

Bring your golf clubs to enjoy an afternoon of golf at the ASU Golf Course or Ken McDonald Golf Course. Relax at the Tempe Town Lake or stroll through the nearby Papago Park. Stay close to the games, as well as the variety of shops and restaurants along Mill Avenue.

Surprise Stadium

Just one of the many Spring Training sites in Arizona, Surprise Stadium is the spring home to the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals. Located in the beautiful Phoenix suburb of Surprise, the stadium holds 10,500 baseball fans on its recreation campus.

Visit the campus to watch baseball or bring a racket for a great game of tennis on one of the 25 tennis courts. There's table tennis and racquetball too.

The Surprise Aquatic Center is a great family attraction with waterslides and swimming pools. The Community Park features a fishing lake, basketball courts, volleyball courts and a wonderful playground. Stay close to the action in a convenient Goodyear or Phoenix area.

Hohokam Stadium

Recently renovated, Hohokam Stadium in Mesa is the Cactus League Spring Training home field of the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball. The stadium features a seating capacity of 12,500 and houses the largest scoreboard in the Cactus League.

The stadium is located on the east side of the Phoenix metro area – centrally located near Tempe, Scottsdale, and Chandler. MLB’s Cactus League season runs from late February through the first week of April – just before the MLB regular season gets underway.

Camelback Ranch

Enjoy a ballgame in Phoenix. Camelback Ranch is located on 141 acres in the Phoenix Sonoran desert suburb of Glendale. Spend an afternoon in the stadium to watch the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox play their Spring Training games. Camelback Ranch boasts to be the largest of all the facilities in the Cactus League.

This Phoenix facility is complete with 13 full baseball fields, 3 half-fields, 118,000 sq. ft of clubhouse space, 13,000 stadium seats, 3,000 lawn seats, 12 luxury suites, stocked lake and party deck. Visitors to the ballpark enjoy the games as well as the surrounding walking trails and mountain views.

College Venues

Packard Stadium

Plan a visit to Arizona and head to Tempe, the fun and vibrant college city east of Phoenix. Once there, be sure to explore Packard Stadium. Home to the Arizona State University Sun Devils baseball team, Packard Stadium opened in 1974 and seats 7,875 fans. It features an all natural grass surface and is owned by the university.

ASU baseball games are officially played on Bobby Winkles Field, the playing surface at Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. The field, stadium, and ball park are all named in honor of former ASU baseball coaches William Guthrie Packard, Jim Brock, and Bobby Winkles. On your next trek through the desert, head for Tempe in the spring and catch an ASU baseball game at Packard Stadium.

Sun Devil Stadium

With a seating capacity of over 70,000, it’s no wonder Sun Devil Stadium is home the Sun Devils of Arizona State University. Found in central Arizona on ASU’s main, Tempe campus, the stadium neighbors Wells Fargo Arena.

Sun Devil Stadium also hosts graduation commencements, holiday events, and for a while there, the NFL Arizona Cardinals – before moving to University of Phoenix Stadium. Constructed in 1957, the stadium is found easily thanks to its other neighbor, A Mountain.

Wells Fargo Arena

After opening originally as the Arizona State University Activity Center, the Wells Fargo Arena, as it's known today, is home to the Arizona State University men's and women's basketball teams. It also hosts many graduations and ceremonies from the different colleges at ASU. It's a landmark in Tempe and the eastern region of Phoenix metro.

Along with basketball, Wells Fargo Arena is home to other ASU sports like wrestling, gymnastics, and volleyball. At an original cost of $8 million to build, Wells Fargo Arena still stands today and an achievement in architecture and local pride. It was 1997 when the venue was officially changed to Wells Fargo Arena. You'll find Wells Fargo Arena on the ASU campus, just north of University Drive and west of Rural Road.

Walkup Skydome

One of the top attractions in northern Arizona, the Walkup Skydome is a central piece of the Northern Arizona University campus. A multi-purpose stadium, Walkup Skydome is the home of NAU football, host of many ceremonies and performances, and a source of pride for many Flagstaff natives and residents.

Opened in 1977, Walkup Skydome was originally known as NAU Skydome, and features a large, white domed roof, hence the name. The current name is in honor of J. Lawrence Walkup, the NAU President from 1957 to 1979. Make your way north into Flagstaff during the fall and check out an NAU Lumberjacks football game – bundle up, though, as it's certainly cold out.

Arizona Stadium

Make plans to visit Tucson. Arizona Stadium is a top attraction for sports fans in Tucson and southern Arizona. Home to the University of Arizona football team, Arizona Stadium opened in 1928 with a max capacity of 7,000. Today, after a number of renovations and expansions, it seats more than 56,000 fans come game day. You'll find Arizona Stadium on the University of Arizona campus.

Arizona Stadium hosted its first football in October 1929, when the Wildcats took down Caltech in a lopsided victory 35-nil. Featuring a classic horseshoe design, Arizona Stadium is a popular destination during the fall when the U of A football season kicks off. Visit Tucson soon and check out a thrilling Wildcats football game at Arizona Stadium.

McKale Center

On your next visit to Arizona, head south and check out Tucson, home of the McKale Center. A top local attraction, the McKale Center is home to the University of Arizona men's and women's basketball teams. You'll find the McKale Center on the University of Arizona campus, adjacent to Arizona Stadium (football) and the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.

Enjoy an exciting Arizona men's or women's basketball game during the fall, through the winter, and into spring. The Wildcats frequently field top-ranked teams in both men's and women's basketball, and are a source of much local pride in the Tucson area. The McKale Center was built in 1973, and in 2014 underwent a huge renovation. The court at McKale is named Lute and Bobbi Olson Court, in honor of their legendary former coach and his late wife.

Hi Corbett Field

Holding up to 9,500 fans, Hi Corbett Field is home to the Arizona Wildcats of the University of Arizona, plus the Tucson Turos and MLB's Colorado Rockies during spring training. Opened in 1937, the Tucson ballpark was formerly the Randolph Municipal Baseball Park.

Hi Corbett Field is owned by the City of Tucson, and operated by the City of Tucson Parks & Recreation. The field sits just three miles away from UA in southern Arizona.