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Arizona lands 2016 championship game

Arizona will host the College Football Playoff championship in 2016 and Tampa, Fla., will be the site of the 2017 title game.

The conference commissioners who oversee the playoffs announced Monday their choices for the sites of the second and third championship games in the new postseason system that goes into effect next season.

“This was not an easy decision,” said Bill Hancock, executive director of the playoff. “It was a very competitive process. The decision was difficult because we received eight excellent proposals.”

The first championship game will played Jan. 12, 2015, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

The second title game is scheduled to be played Jan. 11, 2016, in Glendale at University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Fiesta Bowl and the NFL’s Cardinals. The Fiesta Bowl is also part of the six-bowl semifinal rotation for the playoff, but it won’t host a semifinal until the 2016 season.

The other bidders for the 2016 game were Jacksonville, Fla., New Orleans and Tampa.

Architectural Photography by Michael Baxter, Baxter Imaging LLC

Cardinals to Host Game Day Parties at Westgate

The Arizona Cardinals and Westgate Entertainment District have teamed up this season to host a fan-friendly, Cardinals pre-game party before every home game at Westgate’s WaterDance Plaza, adjacent to the $6 million Bellagio-esque dancing fountains starting with the team’s home opener vs. Detroit on Sept. 15.

The pre-game festivities will begin three hours before kickoff and will include live music, free Cardinals Cheerleaders autograph sessions, Cardinals-themed inflatables, photo boards and stands and other fan-friendly and interactive experiences. The Cardinals will also provide an outdoor beer garden on the plaza as another venue for fans to enjoy the pre-game atmosphere before walking over to University of Phoenix Stadium.

Westgate Entertainment District has long hosted game-day activities, but this will mark the first season that such entertainment is coordinated with and hosted by the Cardinals.

“Westgate has always been a pre-game hub of fan activity, and we look at this cooperative relationship with the Cardinals as a way of expanding upon and broadening that experience,” said Jeff Teetsel, Westgate’s development manager. “The result will be a festive, Cardinals-themed fan environment, with an outdoor beer garden to complement the more than 15 restaurants we have.”

“We know that Cardinals home games are a day-long event for so many fans and pre-game traditions and rituals are a very big part of their game day experience,” said Ron Minegar, the Cardinals Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. “Providing as many quality options as possible only enhances that. We think this Westgate activation along with the pre-game festivities on the Great Lawn as well as new initiatives being rolled out on the plaza area around University of Phoenix Stadium will ensure that the Cardinals game day atmosphere remains among the best in the National Football League.”

Westgate Entertainment District offers easy and convenient $10 game-day parking during regular season games in the five parking lots that surround the center. A parking map and information can be found at www.westgateaz.com/visitorinfo/parking. For more information about Westgate and a retailer directory, visit www.westgateaz.com.  For more information about the Arizona Cardinals and the 2013 schedule, visit www.arizonacardinals.com.

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Cardinals’ Fitzgerald Hosts Charity Dinner at Morton’s

Morton’s The Steakhouse and Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald have teamed up to host the 5th Annual Charity Dinner, Fitz’s Supper Club, ‘Celebrities at YOUR Service,’ on Monday, August 26. Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinal teammates and celebrity friends take the stage in the ‘Speakeasy’ where they pass plates instead of a ball, donning aprons instead of jerseys. The once-a-year-celebration includes a ‘Big Easy’ cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, entertainment, and an exceptional four-course meal paired with fine wines.

For the 5th annual celebration, Fitzgerald and Morton’s have decided to jazz it up with a 1920s speakeasy vibe. In addition to great food, wine and company, the evening will feature an exciting live auction led by ABC15 sportscaster Paul Calvisi and Arizona Sports 620 radio host and former Arizona Cardinals special teams all-pro Ron Wolfley. The event begins at 7 PM with a silent auction followed by dinner and live entertainment. Fitz’s Supper Club is the ultimate event to see and be seen, drawing a host of celebrities that are ‘at YOUR service’.

All event proceeds will benefit The Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund, which supports youth organizations throughout the country through resources and funding. Last year’s event raised over $200,000 for the foundation! The first ever Morton’s Celebrity Servers Dinner with Fitzgerald was held in 2009 and was such a huge success that it led to the execution of an entire dinner series. Special thanks to the event’s presenting sponsor, The Starkey Hearing Foundation, www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.

Tickets for the evening are $600 per guest which includes valet, tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 480-951-4440. Morton’s The Steakhouse is located at 15233 N. Kierland Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ 85254.

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Cardinals’ Fitzgerald Hosts Charity Dinner at Morton's

Morton’s The Steakhouse and Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald have teamed up to host the 5th Annual Charity Dinner, Fitz’s Supper Club, ‘Celebrities at YOUR Service,’ on Monday, August 26. Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinal teammates and celebrity friends take the stage in the ‘Speakeasy’ where they pass plates instead of a ball, donning aprons instead of jerseys. The once-a-year-celebration includes a ‘Big Easy’ cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, entertainment, and an exceptional four-course meal paired with fine wines.

For the 5th annual celebration, Fitzgerald and Morton’s have decided to jazz it up with a 1920s speakeasy vibe. In addition to great food, wine and company, the evening will feature an exciting live auction led by ABC15 sportscaster Paul Calvisi and Arizona Sports 620 radio host and former Arizona Cardinals special teams all-pro Ron Wolfley. The event begins at 7 PM with a silent auction followed by dinner and live entertainment. Fitz’s Supper Club is the ultimate event to see and be seen, drawing a host of celebrities that are ‘at YOUR service’.

All event proceeds will benefit The Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund, which supports youth organizations throughout the country through resources and funding. Last year’s event raised over $200,000 for the foundation! The first ever Morton’s Celebrity Servers Dinner with Fitzgerald was held in 2009 and was such a huge success that it led to the execution of an entire dinner series. Special thanks to the event’s presenting sponsor, The Starkey Hearing Foundation, www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.

Tickets for the evening are $600 per guest which includes valet, tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 480-951-4440. Morton’s The Steakhouse is located at 15233 N. Kierland Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ 85254.

Albert Pujols Adds Extra Excitement To Tempe Spring Training

Albert Pujols Batting

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Beautiful weather, sunny skies, hotdogs, beer, and now, Albert Pujols, one of the most prolific players in the MLB over the last decade will be apart of Arizona’s Spring Training season.

Three-time MVP, and reigning World Series champion as part of the St. Louis Cardinals last season, Pujols signed a new contract with the Anaheim Angels who spend their Spring Training season at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

While the Arizona Cactus League brings in fans from all over to watch their favorite teams prepare for the upcoming season, the addition of Pujols adds even a bigger attraction for Angels and baseball fans alike.

And Pujols has told Enrique Rojas (ESPNdeportes.com) that he plans on arriving in Tempe a week earlier than position players are schedule to, which would be around February 19.

At 32-years-old, the first basemen signed a 10-year $240 million deal with the Angels after winning the world-series with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2011 season.

On top of the $240 million, if Pujols reaches 3,000 hits, he will receive a $3 million bonus. And if he breaks Barry Bond’s home run record of 762, he will receive a $7 million bonus.

While many questioned the Angels for giving Pujols such a long contract, that will conclude when he is 42-years-old, but Angels fans are more than excited about the new acquisition.

Since being drafted in 1999, Pujols was named the Rookie of the Year in 2001, MVP in 2005, 2008, and 2009, and won Golden Glove awards in 2006 and 2010.


The Angels will open up their Spring Training season at Tempe Diablo Stadium facing the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday, March 6. Tickets are on sale now for through the Tempe Diablo Stadium box offices and range from $10-$40.

Tempe Diablo Stadium is located at 2200 West Alameda Drive Tempe, AZ 85282.