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MLB, Diamondbacks will host diversity summit

Major League Baseball announced that it will partner with the Arizona Diamondbacks to co-host the 2016 MLB Diversity Business Summit in Greater Phoenix in March 2016.  The event, which will be held during Spring Training for the first time, will provide attendees with exclusive access to human resource and procurement executives from all 30 MLB Clubs, MLB Network, MLB Advanced Media, Minor League Baseball Clubs and MLB’s Central Office.

Various elements of the MLB Diversity Business Summit will be held on March 8th and 9th (2016) at Chase Field, the Regular Season home of the D-backs, and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the Spring Training home of the D-backs and the Colorado Rockies. The MLB Diversity Business Summit is a unique sports employment and business opportunity career and trade fair.  It provides job seekers and entrepreneurs with opportunities to connect directly with decision-makers regarding employment and business opportunities. Features of the 2016 MLB Diversity Business Summit will include event-wide networking, exhibit floor access, workshops, executive roundtable discussions and a keynote speech by Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. 

 “Major League Baseball is pleased to join the Arizona Diamondbacks in hosting the 2016 Diversity Business Summit, our first during Spring Training,” Commissioner Manfred said. “Diversity and inclusion are core tenets of our industry.  As fans gather in anticipation of the 2016 Championship Season, we will be proud to offer unparalleled access and networking toward the pursuit of business and employment opportunities within our game.”

“Arizona is one of the most diverse states in our nation and we are honored to host this summit next year at a time when all eyes are on us,” said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall, who serves on MLB’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. “We recognize the great importance of a diverse work force and supplier base and we are proud to help lead the way in expanding those opportunities in baseball and making this the best summit to date.”

The D-backs were recently named to the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Million Dollar Circle of Excellence as an organization that spends more than $1 million annually with minority- or women-owned businesses. Additionally, the team works closely with the African-American, Native-American and Hispanic communities, each of which are expected to be involved in the upcoming summit.

     The previous three MLB Diversity Business Summits were held during the Regular Season calendar in Chicago (2012; co-hosted by the Chicago White Sox), Houston (2013; co-hosted by the Houston Astros) and New York (2014; co-hosted by the New York Yankees).  In total, the three previous MLB Diversity Business Summits attracted more than 3,000 attendees from across the United States.

     For more information and to save the date, visit MLB.com/diversitysummit. Please follow the MLB Diversity Business Summit on Twitter (@MLB_DBS) and Facebook (Facebook.com/DiversityBusinessSummit).

Chase Field

Back to the ballpark + more to do this weekend

Scottsdale Culinary Festival
The 37th annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival takes place this week at various locations throughout Scottsdale. The event is home to over 20 events, 100 restaurants, dozens of chefs, and thousands of guests. This six-day extravaganza has events such as the Burger Battle, Great Arizona Picnic, Southwest Festival of Beers, and more. Scottsdale League for the Arts hosts the event and donates all money raised at the event to arts organizations in Arizona. For a complete list of events and locations, visit scottsdalefest.org.
Scottsdale Culinary Festival, Various Locations, Scottsdale, April 7-12, $40+

Back to the Ballpark
Spring Training is officially over, but that means the regular season is officially upon us. The Diamondbacks open their season with back-to-back home series against the San Francisco Giants early in the week and Los Angeles Dodgers in the later part of the week. Head out to the ballpark to catch the start of the 2015 season or sample the abundance of new dishes that the park has to offer, such as the Churro Dog. The week is also filled with a limited number of giveaways and special nights, such as Hello Kitty baseball bobble heads and Dad and Daughter Day at the Ballpark.
Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, April 6-8; April 10-12, $19+

“Sleeping Beauty”
Magic, mischief, and true love’s kiss. What more could you ask for in a performance? Ballet Arizona performs the classic story of “Sleeping Beauty” in the Dorrance Theatre. The studio company will preform the abridged version of the fairytale complete with all the curses.
Ballet Arizona 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix, April 11-12, $25

Laura’s Run
Runners, take your mark and get set in the Annual Laura’s Run. The event features a 5K, 1.5K walk, kids dash, and a doggie trot. There will be age bracket awards for the top finishers. Aside from running, there will also be live music, a silent auction, dog treats, refreshments, and a raffle. This annual event benefits patients currently undergoing lung transplantation at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.
Scottsdale Sports Complex, 8081 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, April 11, $35

Paddle Fest
Head out to Lake Pleasant’s Fireman’s Cove for the all day Paddle Fest. Starting early, participants can enter into the fishing derby. If you don’t own a paddleboat, there will be booths set up to try out canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, and rafts. Other events include photography from a paddleboat and various scavenger hunts. Vendors will be on hand all day for festival attendees to check out all the different watercrafts. There will also be live music throughout the afternoon.
Lake Pleasant Regional Park, 41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd., Morristown, April 11, $6 per vehicle

Chase Field

What’s new at Chase Field in 2015?

Chase Field, considered by many to be the most fan-friendly and affordable ballpark in the country, will host its first game of 2015, an exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs, today at 6:40 p.m.. The Arizona Diamondbacks’ (@Dbacks) home opener for the regular season will take place on Monday, April 6 at 7:10 p.m. against the San Francisco Giants. The D-backs will introduce more additions to the ballpark than ever before in order to enhance the fan experience, highlighted by a new dining and merchandise experience with Levy Restaurants and Levy Retail Group.

New Dining Experience, as previously announced (see here for more details: http://atmlb.com/1GhOfdF), includes:

  • Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles
  • America’s Taco Shop
  • Paradise Valley Burger Co.
  • Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt
  • Churro Dog
  • Taste of Chase
  • The Draft Room
  • Ball Park Poppers
  • Food Truck Alley
  • Four collector’s edition souvenir cups
  • Digital Menu Boards
  • New credit card readers on all portable concession stands, beer carts and liquor portables

New Merchandise Experience, as previously announced (see here for more details: http://atmlb.com/1EGJjjA), includes:

  • Expanded Team Shop
  • New Era, Nike and ’47 Brand walk-in concepts along main concourse
  • Women’s, Kids and Candy shop
  • D-backs Authentics
  • Mobile Retail Truck
  • Apple Pay accepted at all Team Shop stores and concourse shops

The D-backs have also expanded the suite experience for fans to include a first-of-its kind main concourse suite – Studio @ 122. The suite is located behind home plate offering premium viewing and includes food in the suite package. The suite can be altered to include two groups of 10 or one large group of 20.

Another new addition to Chase Field is the American Airlines Lounge located underground, behind the D-backs dugout, and is an exclusive area available to fans with tickets in the lettered seating sections. The newly branded space features premium lounging, American Airlines and aviation-themed decorations and aircraft model, a private bar and custom dining options.

As previously announced, new security procedures will require all fans to enter via walk through metal detection. For more details, visit dbacks.com/security.

Limited tickets remain for Opening Day and are available by calling 602.462.4600 or online at www.dbacks.com.


D-backs take ballpark dining to a new level

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) have redefined the dining experience at Chase Field bringing aboard local favorites Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles, America’s Taco Shop, Paradise Valley Burger Co. and Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt to Chase Field in 2015. In addition to the new restaurant vendors, the D-backs will add a Food Truck Alley, The Draft Room, Taste of Chase and Ball Park Poppers.

“We truly believe we are changing the game when it comes to the dining experience, not only at ballparks, but entertainment venues throughout the Valley,” said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. “Not only are we proud to be adding four new local vendors to our options, but there are so many new offerings for our fans to look forward to – from food trucks and craft beers to digital menu boards and items like the Churro Dog that make Chase Field a destination for those who simply enjoy great food.”

Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles will offer scratch-made fried chicken and waffles with syrup as well as unique sides such as fried green tomatoes, spicy corn fritters and mac & cheese. Lo-Lo’s will be located along the main concourse at section 141.

America’s Taco Shop will feature fresh made-to-order items such as burritos, tacos, nachos and quesadillas. America’s Taco Shop will be located at sections 115 and 314.

Paradise Valley Burger Co., recently featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives,” will offer specialty burgers such as the classic Paradise CHZ, Beach House Burger, and Burger Parmesana. Paradise Valley Burger Co. will be located along the main concourse at section 121.

Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt will offer fans the opportunity to customize their frozen yogurt with unique toppings ranging from sprinkles to mochi (Japanese rice cake). Zoyo will be located at section 138 and will also be featured on the world-famous Churro Dog.

Earlier this month, the D-backs announced Chase Field’s newest food sensation, the Churro Dog, which trended internationally on social media and was featured on several national television shows. The Churro Dog features a warm cinnamon churro served on a donut bun and topped with Zoyo Neighborhood Yogurt, whipped cream, caramel and chocolate sauces and will be available at two dessert portables (section 114 and 123).

Taste of Chase will offer many of the iconic Chase Field food items such as the D-bat Dog, Sonoran Dog, and the Bisbee Tamale, located at section 130, just outside the Team Shop. Taste of Chase will also feature a footlong dog in which fans can choose from a newly expanded selection of fresh toppings at the Circle K Fresh Toppings Station Cart.

Previously known as Arizona Baseball Club, The Draft Room will serve as the craft beer destination at Chase Field. With more than 20 draft flavors available, fans will be able to enjoy the game with prime views in a casual pub-like atmosphere. Fans can also continue to order from the Chef’s Table as well as choose from an a la carte menu.

Ball Park Poppers will bring State Fair-like food options to Chase Field. Items such as deep-fried cheeseburger poppers, jalapeno poppers, sliders and “Grand Slam Cheese Sticks” will be offered at sections 106 and 312.

With the popularity of food trucks, fans will be able to enjoy Food Truck Alley, located on the plaza just outside Gate A. Working with Best in Show Events, each series will feature different local food trucks offering fans new and fresh options every time they come to the ballpark.

New this season, fans can collect all four Souvenir Cups that will feature various D-backs players throughout the season. The 32 oz. cups will be sold for $6.50 at all concessions stands where fountain drinks are available.

Throughout the ballpark, fans will notice digital menu boards at each dining location that can be rotated each homestand to offer new and exciting menu options.

All food options will be available at the D-backs vs. Cubs exhibition games on April 3 & 4 and Opening Day on April 6 at Chase Field. Tickets are available for Opening Day and the exhibition games by calling 602.492.4600 or online at www.dbacks.com

Supreme Court opinion clarifies lien priorities for project contractor

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Supreme Court of the State of Arizona released an opinion on Aug. 26 that Arizona Revised Statutes 33-992(A) does not preclude equitable subrogation to establish priority over mechanics’ liens. This ruling was made in response to The Weitz Company, LLC. Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Nicholas Heth, et. Al., Defendants-Appellants.

The case ties back to the Summit at Copper Square in downtown Phoenix, a 23-story, 165-unit luxury complex overlooking Chase Field at Fourth and Jefferson streets. Construction of the project was completed in 2007. The Weitz Company was the general contractor for the project. As the project neared completion in late 2007, the developer – The Summit at Copper Square, LLC – failed to pay Weitz approximately $4 million for work completed.

“Although we were hoping for a different result, we are pleased to have a decision that now allows us to proceed with our collection action in the trial court based on this clarification of the lien priorities,” said Mike Bontrager, executive vice president, The Weitz Company. “We remain optimistic that we will be successful in being compensated for the work we provided to complete the project so that the units could be sold.”

Things to do this weekend

Who’s looking to unwind this weekend? From dancing “All Night Long” to five-time Grammy winner, Lionel Richie, dressing up like your favorite comic book character, participating in the recording of Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes’ podcast show, or celebrating Philippine’s independence from Spain, there are plenty of opportunities to let loose this weekend!

Lionel Richie w/Cee-Lo Green

Grab your “Endless Love” and relive some of Lionel Richie’s greatest hits. The five-time grammy winner is performing with Cee-Lo Green as part of his All the Hits All Night Long tour. Richie plans to release a new album in 2015, so you may even hear a new song!
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, livenation.com. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8. $25-$135

Phoenix Comicon
photo-boothReady to experience pop culture in the flesh and let out your inner geek? Phoenix Comicon and its many visiting exhibitors and cosplaying patrons is taking over Phoenix. From meet-and-greet opportunities with your favorite actor or comic book artist to cutting a rug at the geek prom, this event has fun for the whole family — and the adults. You don’t have to dress up, but we guarantee it’s more fun if you do!
Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. Third St., Phoenix, phoenixcomicon.com, June 5 to 8, Thursday; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $15 to $85 per day; free for ages 12 or younger with a paying adult

Diamondbacks vs. Atlanta Braves Beach Night
baseballLooking for the beach in Phoenix? Chase Field may just be the next best thing. The baseball field is hosting a beach themed party to cheer on the D-backs as they take on the Braves. After the game, there will be a fireworks show featuring classic surf tunes. Each Beach Night ticket package includes a reversible D-back bucket hat.
Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com. Friday, June 6. 6:30 p.m., $15 to $160

Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes

Jay and Silent Bob are joining forces for the Jay and Silent Bob Get Old tour. The comedic duo of the 1994 cult-classic, Clerks plan to record each show then release the audio as a free podcast. The show illustrates the life of two individuals growing up in the Hollywood limelight.
Stand Up Live, 50 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, standuplive.com, Saturday, June 7, 7 p.m., $40, 21+

Philippine Independence Day Celebration
96624108Celebrate Philippine heritage and history! The Annual Philippine Independence Day celebrates the date when Filipino’s gained independence after three decades of Spanish rule. The event will include a business expo, poster making contest for kids, a culture show and the Little Ms. Philippine AZ beauty pageant.
ASU West Campus, , 4701 W. Thunderbird Rd., Glendale, pidcaz.com, Saturday, June 7, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, free


Kids Get In Free At Diamondbacks Games Next Week

Earlier today, D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall (@DHallDbacks) announced via Twitter that the D-backs are offering free tickets for kids 12 and under to kick off the summer break. The offer is valid for games May 26-29 with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket for any section in the ballpark, excluding the All-You-Can-Eat section and cannot be combined with any other offer.

The offer begins this Monday, Memorial Day, and the D-backs encourage families to come out to support Military Appreciation Day. Every D-backs game offers tons of fun for kids, including the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Sandlot, an area dedicated just for kids. The Sandlot is open for every D-backs home game and includes age-specific playground areas, Futures Field and a batting cage. D-backs Baseball Academy coaches offer free clinics at Futures Field in the Sandlot one hour before first pitch and at the end of the fourth inning. In addition, kids can sign up to be a part of the free Raising Cane’s Kids Club program in the Sandlot to earn prizes for every game they attend.

Adult tickets for games next week start at just $12 and are available at the Chase Field Box Office, by calling 602.514.8400 or online at dbacks.com/kids.


Diamondbacks will host ‘Fan Fest’ on Feb. 22

The Arizona Diamondbacks will host the 11th annual SUBWAY® D-backs Fan Fest on Sunday, February 22, 2015 from Noon-4:00 p.m. at Chase Field, with early VIP entry at 11:00 a.m.

The free event will offer fans unprecedented access to current players, coaches, alumni and broadcasters, including autograph and photo sessions on the field.

Last year’s event drew an estimated 25,000 fans to Chase Field.

SUBWAY® D-backs Fan Fest highlights expected, include:

  • Autograph sessions for kids and adults
  • Tours of the D-backs clubhouse
  • Photograph sessions with players
  • Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation Yard Sale
  • Inflatables for kids
  • Opportunity to hit in the batting cages
  • Q&A sessions with the players
  • Social Media Zone

Fans can participate this year on social media with @Dbacks and #DbacksFanFest.


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D-backs announce 2013 promotional schedule

The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced the 2013 promotional schedule, which includes three bobbleheads, a Wade Miley Garden Gnome and more than a dozen additional promotional items throughout the season. Individual tickets for each of these games, including Opening Day on April 1 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals, will go on sale on Mar. 4. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Chase Field Ticket Office, online at dbacks.com or by calling 602.514.8400. Fans can also access exclusive presale opportunities by becoming a D-backs Insider at dbacks.com.

The first of the three bobbleheads is the Aaron Hill #BiCycle Bobblehead that will honor Hill for his two cycles last season (June 8). The other two bobbleheads will feature fan favorites Paul Goldschmidt (Aug. 10) and Miguel Montero (Sept. 14). The Montero bobblehead will be given away on Hispanic Heritage Day.

New this year, the D-backs will host a street festival prior to three games throughout the season (Apr. 1, Apr. 13, May 11, Sept. 14) that will feature food trucks, D-backs inflatables and several activities before fans enter the stadium.

Also on the promotional schedule are several $5 College Nights, School Family Nights, Choir Nights and Senior Days as well as Stitch & Pitch (April 13), four educational field trip days (April 29-May 2) and events for the Girl Scouts (May 11), a Camp Day (June 19), Cheer Night (August 31) and a Band Night (September 28). Three Mystery Ball events are also planned for April 27, June 8 and August 10. The club will host post-game fireworks shows, presented by Gila River Casinos, following 10 Friday night home games.

The D-backs 2013 promotional dates are available at dbacks.com/giveaways, with highlights below:

· 2013 Magnet Schedule, courtesy of Pepsi (First 50,000 fans on April 1 vs. Cardinals)
· APS Green Series (April 12-14 vs. Dodgers)
· Beat LA T-shirt, courtesy of Gila River Casinos (First 20,000 fans on April 13 vs. Dodgers)
· Jackie Robinson Day (April 25 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Outdoor Recreation Night (April 27 vs. Rockies)
· Wade Miley Garden Gnome, courtesy of Sanderson Ford (First 20,000 fans on April 27 vs. Rockies)
· Faith & Family Night Concert, presented by Grand Canyon University (May 10 vs. Phillies)
· Mother’s Day Tote Bag, courtesy of Pepsi (First 5,000 moms on May 12 vs. Phillies)
· Boy Scout Night Sleepover (May 24 vs. Padres)
· D. Baxter Fan, courtesy of CenturyLink (First 10,000 fans on May 25 vs. Padres)
· D-backs Memorial Day Doubleheader (May 27 vs. Rangers)
D-backs Snapback Cap, courtesy of Budweiser (First 5,000 fans 21 and older at the 12:40 p.m. game on May 27 vs. Rangers)
· Aaron Hill #BiCycle Bobblehead, courtesy of Arizona Sports 620 (First 20,000 fans on June 8 vs. Giants)
· Bark in the Park, presented by Pet Club (June 9 vs. Giants)
· MLB Network Drawstring Bag (First 20,000 fans June 22 vs. Reds)
· D-backs Stars and Stripes T-shirt, courtesy of Ram Trucks (First 15,000 fans on July 5 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Playing Cards, courtesy of Gila River Casinos (First 5,000 fans 21 and older on July 12 vs. Brewers)
· Native American Recognition Day (July 13 vs. Brewers)
· D-backs Beach Towel, courtesy of Gila River Casinos (First 20,000 fans on July 13 vs. Brewers)
· Back-To-School Backpack, courtesy of Cox Communications (First 5,000 kids on July 14 vs. Brewers)
· D-backs Luchador Mask (First 20,000 fans on July 27 vs. Padres)
· Paul Goldschmidt Bobblehead (First 20,000 fans on August 10 vs. Mets)
· Miguel Montero Growth Chart, courtesy of Arizona Milk Producers (First 5,000 kids on August 11 vs. Mets)
· D-backs Alumni Night (August 31 vs. Giants)
· Labor Day Game (September 2 vs. Blue Jays)
· Faith & Family Night Concert, presented by Grand Canyon University (September 13 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Hispanic Heritage Day, presented by Budweiser (September 14 vs. Rockies)
· Miguel Montero Bobblehead, courtesy of Subway (First 20,000 fans on September 14 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Luchador Cape, courtesy of Circle K (First 5,000 kids on September 15 vs. Rockies)
· Bark in the Park, presented by Pet Club (September 15 vs. Rockies)
· Roberto Clemente Day (September 18 vs. Dodgers)
· D-backs Car Show Street Festival (September 29 vs. Nationals)
· 2014 Magnet Schedule (First 20,000 fans on September 30 vs. Nationals)

The D-backs 4-Pack will be available starting March 4 and will allow fans to choose any four games with affordable seating options in all levels at Chase Field. Also on March 4, the D-backs Value Pack will be available for single-game purchase.  For $21, fans will receive a game ticket in the bleachers, a regular size hot dog, a 24 ounce drink, and a special offer from Subway®. For more information on ticket packages, visit www.dbacks.com/tickets.

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Sporting events pump billions into Arizona economy

If you build it, they will come.

We did. And they have.

Over the last decade, the Valley has added Jobing.com Arena, University of Phoenix Stadium, built new spring training facilities, upgraded old ones and visiting sports fans have responded by pumping billions of dollars annually into the economy. And when the Super Bowl returns to Arizona in 2015, the big winner will be the Valley, which will score an economic impact $600 million.

“If you take a look at the economic-impact studies that have been done for events such as spring training and the Fiesta Bowl and the Phoenix Open, the numbers are impressive,” says Steve Moore, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau. “For example, the last time the Super Bowl was here, in 2008, if you added its economic impact to that of annual events like Cactus League, the Phoenix Open, the Fiesta Bowl, and the NASCAR events at PIR, you’re looking at a number approaching $2 billion.”

But economic-impact studies alone don’t tell the whole story, Moore says.

“The enormous media value of hosting Super Bowls, college bowl games, NASCAR events, and NBA and (Majore League Baseball) all-star games simply cannot be purchased,” Moore says. “These big-time events also bring in corporate executives who use the games to entertain clients, and those executives and clients often return to town with their own corporate meetings.”

Arizona tourism leaders have utilized and marketed some its the state’s best features — sunny weather that guarantees no delays, desert scenery, excellent facilities and hotels — to become a major player in the world of sports. And the impact on the industry is staggering.

“Huge and immeasurable,” says Jesse Thompson, director of sales and marketing for Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale. “Every traveling team spends a night in town. Every team has loyal followers who travel to see their teams. And more than just the team travel, you have sportscasters, television crews, medical teams, referees, and not to mention the hundreds of employees at these venues that service everything from security to bathroom cleaning. Also, all the ancillary travel revenues from cabs and taxis, airlines and airports, food and beverage, entertainment, and retail are huge considerations.”

Consider this:

> Cactus League baseball will have an economic impact in excess of $350 million this year; the average stay for fans will be four days; and most will spend $350 a day while they are here. “Spring training typically offers the biggest sporting-related economic boost we see every year,” says Ron Simon, general manager of Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort.
> The 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open pumped $222 million into Arizona’s economy — with direct sales tax revenue estimated to be $8.2 million — and non-local attendees spent an average of $300 per day.
> When the Super Bowl rolls back into town, 85 percent of the 73,000 fans at the game will be from out of state; 65 percent of them will be key company decision-makers; another 50,000 fans will visit without tickets; and the average Super Bowl visitor will spend $2,000 while they are here.
> Glendale alone draws between 4 million and 5 million people annually to sporting events that take place in Glendale’s Sports and Entertainment District, which contribute to the city’s increased hotel occupancy and sales tax collection throughout the year.

“The Fiesta Bowl and spring training are tremendous economic engines for Glendale and the West Valley,” says Lorraine Pino, manager of the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Both of these events bring hundreds of thousands of fans to the region. The hotel occupancy rate also reaches near capacity during spring training.”

But it’s not just high-profile athletes that drive sports tourism in Arizona. Beyond being known as a mecca for golfers, the Valley hosts high-profile events for amateur athletes that translate to big bucks for the tourism industry.

Events like Ironman Arizona and the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon are huge economic drivers because they bring not only the athletes, but their families and friends out for support which drives room nights and retail dollars for the entire community,” says Tori McLaughlin, regional director of sales and marketing, West Coast for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, which includes both Hotel Palomar and FireSky Resort & Spa.

But beyond the beautiful golf courses, hiking trails and weather, Arizona has built its sports tourism empire by creating its own “Field of Dreams” story and epitomizing the “If you build it, they will come” strategy.

“There has been a major investment in the construction of spring training stadiums, including the development of new stadiums and enhancements to existing ones,” Simon says. “We’ve also seen great development and growth of the entertainment and shopping areas surrounding Chase Field in downtown Phoenix and Jobing.com Arena and University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.”

With improving infrastructure and venues, Phoenix is extremely well positioned to successfully bid for even more mega sporting events in the future, experts predict.

“Arizona’s success has created destination envy, particularly in Texas, which actually enjoys an advantage over us because they have legislation in place that allows them to provide hosting-obligation funds based on incremental visitor spending at these events,” Moore says. “In fact, both Houston and Dallas were chosen over the Valley during the last bids for the NCAA Final Four. But we’ve become a better competitor due to the metamorphosis of downtown Phoenix. We stressed this in our most recent Super Bowl bid. The fully expanded convention center, the 1,000-room Sheraton, light rail, CityScape, the new Westin and Hotel Palomar — none of these things were around in ’08, when the Super Bowl was last in Arizona. The NBA and MLB got a taste of the new downtown when they held their All-Star festivities here, and the NFL will get an even bigger taste in 2015.”

42nd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Photo: fiestabowl.org

42nd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Guide

Are you ready for it? The 42nd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl takes place Thursday, January 3, 2013, and we’ve provided our picks of the best places to Eat, Play and Stay around the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale — as well as the best places to be in the Valley for both Oregon and Kansas fans.

The 42nd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl details:

WHO: No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 5 Kansas State
This is the only BCS bowl pitting two of the nation’s top 10 offenses.
WHEN: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. MST
WHERE: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ

From Tostitos Fiesta Bowl’s website:

  • Combining to average 91.5 points (50.8 Oregon, 40.7 Kansas State) and 960.5 yards (550.1 Ducks, 410.4 Wildcats) per game, this could be the year the two-team Tostitos Fiesta Bowl single-game records for points (86 in 1996) and total yardage (1129 in 1972) is threatened.
  • The Ducks ranked in the top four slots of the BCS every week, climbing as high as No. 2 in early November, the same week the Big 12 Conference champion Wildcats reached No. 1. In the final BCS rankings, the Ducks and Wildcats finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
  • Click here for more information about the teams.

Places to eat, play & stay around the stadium:


Yard House
Saddle Ranch


The Shout! House
Westgate City Center
Tanger Outlets Westgate


Sheraton Crescent Hotel
Residence Inn by Marriott
Renaissance Glendale

Ducks & K-State Fan Zones & Pep Rallies:

Oregon Ducks, Photo: sportslogos.netOREGON DUCKS FAN ZONE:

Head to Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill in Tempe at Tempe Marketplace, the “Official Ducks Fan Zone” for this year’s Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

The Oregon Ducks Fan Zone Party will take place January 2 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Guests can participate in two live radio show broadcasts and enter for a chance to win two Fiesta Bowl tickets. The “Duck Insider Bowl Preview Show” will air live in Eugene, Oregon on the local sports station, “The Score” and will air live at goducks.com. Ducks gear will be given away throughout the day.

“With our roots in Oregon, this was a natural fit for us,” says John Plew, CEO of Thirsty Lion. “We are proud to be called the official home of the Ducks during this Fiesta Bowl event.”

Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., #1041, Tempe
(480) 968-2920


The UO Pep Rally will take place Wed., Jan. 2 at 3 p.m. at Salt River Fields’ main stadium field; doors open at 1 p.m.

Free entry includes access to the Fan Fest as well as live music, access to the Duck Store Merchandise shop, visits with Oregon VIPs, photos with the Duck, family friendly activities, the UO Marching Band, cheerleaders and more.

Salt River Fields

Main Stadium Field
7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
Doors, 1 p.m.; begins 3 p.m.

K-State logo. Photo: sportslogos.netKANSAS STATE FAN ZONE:

Head to Tilted Kilt at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix, the “Official Bud Light Kansas State Headquarters.”

Tilted Kilt partnered with Kansas State radio station, Power Cat Radio, and the restaurant will serve $4 Bud and Bud Light specials with giveaways and other promotions.

Tilted Kilt
2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
(602) 293-3888


The pep rally for the K-State football team will take place Wed., Jan. 2 at 2 p.m. at Chase Field in Downtown Phoenix; gates open at 1 p.m.

The rally is free and open to the public. The football team, coaches, band, cheerleaders, university dignitaries and Willie the Wildcat will participate. The K-State Bowl Bash, a post-pep rally event, will begin 30 minutes following the conclusion of the pep rally, also at Chase Field.

Chase Field
401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Gates, 1 p.m.; begins 2 p.m.
Enter through Gates C, D, and E on the west side

2012 Employee Appreciation Dinner

Mountainside Fitness Opens Nation's 1st Club Inside a Pro Sports Venue


Mountainside Fitness, the largest locally owned chain of fitness centers in Arizona,  opened a 2-story, 13,000 SF Platinum Fitness Center inside Chase Field today.

The facility is the nation’s first fitness club to be placed inside of a professional sporting venue. A.R. Mays Construction was the general contractor and Saemisch-DiBella Architects provided the design work for $1.6M project.

The ground floor of the club is located along the main concourse level of Chase Field and includes a cycle studio with windows that look out onto the interior of the ballpark. Mountainside Fitness’ center also occupies a mezzanine level that features a group fitness room and cardio studio.

Open 363 days a year, the club offers a variety of other amenities, including personal training, a tanning room, a steam room, café, laundry service and a members-only parking lot for ease of access.

When not in use by the Arizona Diamondbacks, Mountainside Fitness members will also be permitted to utilize other areas of the stadium for participating in group classes and activities unique to the ballpark, such as a run up and down the stadium stairs.

“With the opening of our fitness center inside of Chase Field, we have not only acquired one of Arizona’s most unique pieces of real estate but we have also created a place to serve our growing urban membership base,” said Billy Malkovich, CEO of Mountainside Fitness.

“In addition, we recognize that many of our members across the Valley daily commute downtown for work as well and this provides the opportunity for them to conveniently workout before work, during lunch or after work. We have options to fit everyone’s schedules.”

Mountainside Fitness also plans to implement a dedicated shuttle service that will transport Mountainside members to and from their places of business downtown. The Chase Field Mountainside Fitness club expects to serve approximately 2,500 members.



Legends district partners with Southwestern Eye Center

The Legends Entertainment District, a first-of-its-kind joint venture between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns, announced a new partnership with Southwestern Eye Center that features the District’s first static super graphic with a 3-D embellishment. The announcement was made by Legends Entertainment District General Manager Judd Norris.

“The Legends Entertainment District continues to break the mold of traditional ‘billboard’ advertising by bringing to life its first three-dimensional concept,” said Norris. “Southwestern Eye Centers challenged us to do something unique and memorable. Taking that into account, we were able to bring their already recognizable glasses campaign to life on a 36’ x 42’ super graphic. The glasses are so unique that the creator of the image, BlueMedia, has submitted the design into several marketing concept competitions.”

The first-of-its-kind graphic is located on the Phoenix Convention Center Garage at the corner of 5th Street and Jefferson, across from Chase Field. It is one of 36 static signs in the District that also features four LED signs, six window graphics and five custom signs.

“As a locally based company celebrating 30 years in business, we are excited to be part of something that hasn’t been done before,” said Southwestern Eye Center Vice President and General Counsel Shane Armstrong. “We value the opportunity to work with Legends on this advanced project and to be part of the revitalization efforts downtown.”

Celebrating 30 years in business this year, Southwestern Eye Center, founded in 1982, is dedicated to providing the best possible care for patients seeking or in need of LASIK, cataract surgery, retinal surgery, cosmetic surgery or glaucoma evaluations and treatment throughout the Metro Phoenix area and rural communities of Arizona. With several accomplished specialists in the areas of LASIK, cataracts, retina, glaucoma and cosmetics, Southwestern Eye Center is able to provide patients in Arizona and New Mexico with improved vision by using some of the most advanced and sophisticated techniques and technologies available today. There are 23 Southwestern Eye Center locations in Arizona and three in New Mexico. For more information, visit www.sweye.com.

Southwestern Eye Center joins a growing list of partners for the Legends Entertainment District, including APS, Anheuser-Busch, Chevrolet, Fox Sports Arizona, Fry’s Food Stores, Gila River Casinos, AZ Family, MillerCoors, AZ Pain Centers, Cox Communications, Dodge and the Arizona Rattlers, among others.

The Legends Entertainment District offers customized, larger than life out of home opportunities that run 18 hours a day, 365 days a year. The project was designed to encompass landmark downtown facilities, extending from 1st Avenue to 7th Street and Washington to Jackson Street.

In addition to the corporate partnership signage, the Legends Entertainment District provides digital informational programming in the form of LED news tickers and other relevant content that can change on a moment’s notice.

Nearly two billion individual LED lights are used to illuminate the Legends Entertainment District, which includes 13 screens for a total of 6,819 square feet of LED and over 50,000 square feet of static signage. The fiber optic cable laid end to end is 228 miles in length, which is equal to the distance driving from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon. The Legends Entertainment District includes nearly 100,000 pounds (50 tons) of steel and more than 140,000 feet of electrical wire.

Downtown Phoenix attracts more than eight million visitors annually at over 700 events, while 57,000 office workers are based out of the area. For more information about the Legends Entertainment District, visit www.legendsentertainmentdistrict.com.

Central AZ Must Do's - EAZ Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Central AZ Must Do's (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Central AZ Must Do’s — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Taliesin West

12345 N. Taliesin Dr.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(855) 860-2700
Visit a national historical landmark constructed in the 1930s and designed after the surrounding desert. The school features architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Chase Field

401 E. Jefferson St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 462-6000
Home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chase Field offers an array of family-friendly entertainment from baseball games with fireworks on Fridays, to supercross and monster truck shows.

Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N. Galvin Pkwy.,
Phoenix, AZ 85008
(480) 941-1225
The Desert Botanical Garden features a variety of desert plant life and offers education programs for students and adults alike. Alongside touring the grounds are numerous lectures and art events throughout the year.

South Mountain State Park

10919 S. Central Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85042
(602) 262-7393
Covering more than 16,000 square acres, South Mountain is the largest municipal park in the country, and boasts numerous hiking trials, rock climbing and mountain biking.

Tuzigoot National Monument

100 Main St.,
Clarkdale, AZ
(928) 634-5564
View an ancient pueblo nestled on top of a hillside that belonged to the Sinagua civilization from 1100 A.D. through 1400 A.D.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012


Top 5 Must Sees in Central Arizona (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Must Sees In Central Arizona (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Must Sees in Central Arizona — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Chase Field

401 E. Jefferson St., 
Phoenix, AZ 85004
A multi-use facility which serves as a home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, concerts, breweries, team shops and restaurants.

Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., 
Phoenix, AZ 85008
The Desert Botanical Garden hosts one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants. This one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Stroll through the living museum and learn about different desert plants.

The Dolly Steamboat

PO Box 977, 
Apache Junction, AZ 85217
Nature cruises, twilight dinner 
cruises and astronomy cruises are 
available. Rated one of the “Best Things to Do in Arizona” by the Official Visitors Guide 
of Greater Phoenix.

Taliesin West

12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85259
One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s greatest architectural masterpieces, Taliesin West served as one of his personal homes, studio and design school campus. The site still serves as 
living/working and educational facilities with guided public tours.

South Mountain Park

10919 S. Central Ave., 
Phoenix, AZ 85040
The nation’s largest desert 
municipal park, South Mountain Park features 51 miles of trails and lookouts at 2,300 feet and 2,600 feet.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

volleyball festival

Volleyball Festival Draws Thousands To Phoenix

Known as one of the Top 10 major events in Phoenix and one of the largest volleyball tournaments in the world, the 29th Annual Volleyball Festival Championships commence Tuesday, June 26 at the welcoming ceremony at Chase Field, followed by a week of competition and festivities at the Phoenix Convention Center.

In addition to the tournament and several family-friendly activities, U.S. Olympian Beach Volleyball Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor will speak to participants and sign autographs at the Phoenix Convention Center on June 28.

More than 6,000 young female athletes from across the globe will compete in seven different age divisions from 12 to 18 years. The Volleyball Festival is unique compared to other tournaments in that there is no pre-qualification and it’s open to all club and school teams. Past participants have included former Olympians Kerri Walsh, Misty May, Heather Cox, Kristin Folkl, Holly McPeak, and Tara Cross-Battle, among others. Teams can still register at www.volleyball-festival.com. All activities are open to the public and spectator tickets can be purchased online or at the Phoenix Convention Center.

“My wife and I created this Festival 28 years ago when our two daughters started playing volleyball in junior high school,” said Dr. David Epperson, co-founder of Festival Sports.” “Only eight years after the enactment of Title IX, there were still very few resources available to support female sports in most schools. We took it upon ourselves to create an experience for our daughters and many other young female volleyball players, and now our small event has grown into one of the largest competitions in the country.”

The Volleyball Festival provides several family-friendly activities, including a Kids Zone and Special Olympics division. This year’s festival theme, organized by Festival Sports and sponsored by Nfinity, Spalding, SnapSports and The CORE Institute, is “Ho’olaule’a.” Pronounced ho-o-lau-lay-ah, the Hawaiian word for festival.

“The Volleyball Festival is all about celebrating the spirit and accomplishments of our athletes. Our goal is to create experiences that inspire, friendly competition that empowers and relationships that unify our athletes for life,” said Bryan Kelley, President of Festival Sports.

During a time when tourists and visitors are lower than at other times of the year, the Volleyball Festival brings 6,000 athletes and their families and friends to the Phoenix area, making an estimated annual economic impact of $22 million. More than 100 local hotels, businesses and restaurants offer special packages and discounts to Festival attendees, which provides them an uptake in patronage during the weeklong festivities.

“This is our fourth year in Phoenix, and we’ve received very positive feedback from our athletes, coaches and parents about how much they enjoy the downtown Phoenix area. Our event is about building a sense of community and we feel Phoenix has become a major part of that,” said Kelley.

The Olympic-style Opening Ceremonies are from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 26, and will feature Guest of Honor Jenny Kropp, pro beach volleyball player and team captain of Nebraska’s undefeated 2000 NCAA National Championship indoor team. All participating teams will parade onto Chase Field followed by an awards presentation, inspirational moments and performances by Polynesian dancers, drummers and fire dancers.

The Volleyball Festival Tournament games begin 8 a.m., Wednesday, June 27 and continue through Sunday, July 1, 2012 and include the following:

  • The highly anticipated championship game for the 18-year-old age group takes place at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 30 and is televised on FOX Sports.
  • The Special Olympics volleyball competition takes place on Wednesday, June 27 and Thursday, June 28.
  • Friday, June 29 is “Win With Heart” Day, where all teams wear red in support of Nfinity’s non-profit campaign “Win With Heart,” which aims to fight and prevent heart disease and raise awareness among young female athletes. Donations will be accepted.
  • The Kids Zone is open all week with fun-filled activities, including four inflatables (bounce house, slide, obstacle course, and boxing ring), half-court basketball, mini volleyball, video games, movies, and coloring. On Sunday, July 1, the Kids Zone will feature a Wii dance off, face painting and bingo.
  • For athletes from the graduating classes of 2013-2016, The Volleyball Festival provides a venue to showcase talent for college and university scouts. Biokats Sports Network and the National Scouting Report will be conducting player showcase sessions during the competition and offering free recruiting seminars and workshops for parents, athletes and coaches, as well as free player evaluations.

Tickets for the volleyball festival can be purchased online at www.volleyball-festival.com and range from basic daily prices of $8 for adults and $5 for children to packages priced at $35 to $50 depending on type of ticket, which include all-access, weekly and Kids Zone. To attend the opening ceremonies only, tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale

MLB Goes To Bat For Boys & Girls Clubs Of Greater Scottsdale

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Lehi Branch, which serves youth from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, is pleased to announce renovations to its facility, which includes the construction of a performance stage complete with lighting and sound system, upgraded fitness equipment, a computer lab, décor improvements and a painted mural representing the Native American culture.

These renovations were made possible by a $50,000 donation from State Farm through Major League Baseball’s 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Raquelle Enos, a 15-year-old member of the Club, was paired with New York Yankees All-Star second baseman and 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby Champion Robinson Cano to win her Club the donation.

“I’m glad I was able to hit so many home runs so that these kids get to enjoy this new teen center,” Cano says. “I had a lot of fun that night with Raquelle, and it’s great to see MLB and State Farm give so much back to the community.”

This year is a special one for the Boys & Girls Clubs and their Native American partners at Lehi – it marks the 20th anniversary of Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Native American communities working together to serve youth. Today, more than 200 Clubs are on Native American lands. In addition, it marks the 10th anniversary of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s Lehi Branch. The Lehi Branch, a collaborative effort between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and the Lehi Community Center, opened in 2002. It is the second branch to serve Native youth on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

“The teenagers at the Lehi Branch have been excited and highly involved in the re-design of the teen center,” says Steve Davidson, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale. “The addition of a separate technology area will provide multiple education and visual arts opportunities, and the upgraded fitness equipment will help emphasize our healthy lifestyle programs. The renovation has made the teen center feel more like home while providing additional program opportunities that will support our Club for years to come.”

In addition to the Lehi Branch, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale also have a Red Mountain Branch, which is on the Salt River Pima Maricopa Reservation as is Lehi, and the Peach Springs Branch, which is on the Hualapai Reservation.

The eight participating American and National League hitters in the 2011 State Farm Home Run Derby totaled 95 home runs during the competition, 11 of which were hit with Rawlings “Gold Baseballs.” Each Gold Ball generated a donation of $18,000 per ball from State Farm and MLB to various charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). In addition, State Farm donated $3,000 for each non-Gold Ball home run. The home run display generated a donation of $483,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of America on behalf of State Farm and MLB.

“As a longstanding supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Major League Baseball shares and supports their commitment to affecting the lives of young people in a positive way,” says Tom Brasuell, vice president of community affairs, Major League Baseball. “We are grateful for State Farm’s generosity through the State Farm Home Run Derby and are proud to work with them to support community programs that have proven to be effective.”

“The power of a home run can be a game changer, just like the power of caring adults who provide a safe and positive environment for young people,” says Pal El, marketing vice president at State Farm. “We are proud to join with Major League Baseball and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help change the game and the future for young people here in the Scottsdale area and throughout the country. After all, a focus on the future and helping our customers and communities get to a better state is at the core of what we do every day at State Farm.”

State Farm also awarded an additional $120,000 to the Greater Phoenix area Boys & Girls Clubs as part of the Home Run Derby Player “Match-up” program. Enos was one of eight members from local Boys & Girls Clubs chapters who were matched with Home Run Derby participants for a chance to win $50,000 for his or her Club. State Farm awarded each of the other seven participants’ Clubs a $10,000 donation.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale and its renovations made possible by the MLB, visit bgcs.org.

Alison Bailin Batz and her team at HMA Public Relations in Arcadia volunteer their time with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale on their proactive media relations activities as well as special events.  



Diamondbacks Receive Business Leadership Award

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced today that they will receive the 2012 Arizona Business Leadership Award. The honor salutes the D-backs’ management and leadership culture and will be presented during a special celebration on May 10 at Chase Field. D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall will accept the award on behalf of the organization.

“We are humbled to be recognized for the culture that has been created here and the leadership team we have in place,” said Hall. “This award belongs to everyone in the D-backs’ organization for their efforts and their passion for making this the best place in the Valley to come to work.”

This is the 16th-annual ABL award. Past winners include the Mayo Clinic, Jobing.com, Harkins Theatres, Go Daddy and Arizona Public Service Co.

“This award spotlights great leadership in our state, and when you think of leaders and a winning culture, you think of the Arizona Diamondbacks,” said Jeff Reichard, Vice President Awards of Arizona Business Leadership.

At the May 10 celebration, Hall will discuss the shared vision with Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick that helped mold a new corporate culture and empower staff, players and fans alike.

A mission and values statement for all employees includes the ‘Circle of Success’ program, which focuses on the organization’s efforts in five key areas. The D-backs created a workplace filled with results, common sense, passion and fun. A ‘One fan at a time’ concept, where management answers every letter, email or phone call from fans, and the ‘Find A Way To Say Yes’ customer service policy are just some of the ways the team connects with its fan base.

The awards ceremony is at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, 2012, in the Audi quattro Lounge at Chase Field. Only 300 tickets are available at $65 for ABL members and $75 for non-members. Registration ends after May 4, and the first 250 who register will receive a limited edition souvenir to mark the occasion.

ABL also will present the award to the D-backs during the team’s May 21 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The D-backs have donated a game suite to ABL, which will sell suite tickets for $100 with all proceeds going to the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation.

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Kimpton Paloma Pool Area

Kimpton Palomar Hotel Set To Open June 5

The countdown is on for the opening of the 242-room Kimpton Palomar Hotel at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix.

The 225,000 SF boutique hotel at 2 E. Jefferson St. is scheduled to open June 5, company officials said yesterday during a hard hat tour of the property.

The Kimpton will occupy 10 floors in the second tower of CityScape. Of its 242 rooms, 116 will be deluxe rooms, including 16 suites and 12 studio rooms. There will be a 1,400 SF presidential suite and a 900 SF junior presidential suite. The 520 SF studio rooms will include soaking tubs in the bathrooms.

It will also include 10,000 SF of flexible meeting space, 2,700 SF of pre-function space and 10 meeting rooms, including a high-tech boardroom for 15 guests. The 6,000 SF pool deck and pool bar area will be available for private functions.

The new hotel will also feature a signature restaurant, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails.

The hotel’s rooms offer views of South Mountain, Chase Field and US Airways Center. The pool deck area also overlooks Downtown Phoenix.

The Kimpton Palomar plans to hire 150 employees once it opens, and officials said that number could rise to 250 in the future. (For information on a job fair, visit kimptonhotels.com).

Kimpton, headquartered in San Francisco, owns 55 properties across the U.S. The Palomar, Kimpton’s lifestyle boutique brand, is in Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Hunt Construction Co. is the general contractor and Callison is the architect.

Fulton Homes - Home Run Program

Fulton Homes Steps Up To The Plate For Charities

Diamondback fans are lining up with Opening Day around the corner and Valley homebuilder Fulton Homes is ready to take the baseball league by storm with the Fulton Homes Home Run Program in partnership with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Every time a Diamondbacks player hits a home run at Chase Field during the 2012 season, the Fulton Homes will donate $150 to the Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association (CAMRA) or the Youth Assistance Foundation.

Last baseball season, the Fulton Homes Home Run Program scored more than $25,000 in donations. This year Fulton Homes will donate $150 per Chase Field home run to the Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association or to the Youth Assistance Foundation. Last season the D-Backs were sixth in the league with a total of 172 home runs, 93 of them at Chase Field. D-Back fans hope the home run sweep continues this year with the teams’ strong key hitters.

CAMRA has been saving lives and educating about safety since its establishment in 1969. The team is trained technically to perform search and rescue missions in the backcountry of Arizona. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to saving lives through search and rescue operations and through wilderness emergency medical services.

The Youth Assistance Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports programs focused on preventing youth violence and encouraging social development while promoting a positive interaction with law enforcement.

“We are proud of our home team to not only be hitting talent and treasure out of the park, but also spreading it around the Valley,” said Fulton Homes CEO Douglas Fulton. “The relationship Fulton Homes has built with the Diamondbacks through this home run program is giving back to the community who builds us.”

Tempe-based Fulton Homes has built a legacy of community involvement, contributing more than $300 million to Arizona communities, schools and children in its 35 years of serving Arizona families.

For more information on Fulton Homes, visit their website at fultonhomes.com.

Chase Field Updates

What’s New At Chase Field For 2012?

Chase Field, considered by many to be the most fan-friendly ballpark in the country, will open its doors tomorrow and host its first two exhibition games of the season against the Milwaukee Brewers, followed by Opening Weekend April 6-8. A number of additions have been made in order to enhance the fan experience, ranging from food and merchandise enhancements to technology and dynamic signage.

“Much like we feel we improved the club on the field after winning our division last year, we felt it was equally as important to continue to improve the experience off the field,” said D-backs’ President and CEO Derrick Hall. “We strive to provide our fans with the best entertainment in all of sports at a great value and we’re looking forward to seeing them at Chase Field.”

In addition to all the ballpark favorites, Levy Restaurants has added a number of new offerings for fans, highlighted by Meatball Mania, a new spin on an old fan favorite. A skewer of six meatballs is now available in three delicious flavors including traditional beef meatball with marinara, chicken meatball with green chile verde and thai pork meatball with ginger-soy barbecue. Other new menu items debuting at Chase Field include Chicken Tacos and the Ten Pack Taco; delicious vegan options featuring Sloppy Jane and Chilled Vegan Burritos; ballpark must-haves including Candy Shop Popcorn, Gourmet Pretzel Twists and Crispy Potatoes; and the Short Rib Smasher and BBQ Short Rib Dog.

As part of the D-backs Digital Experience at the ballpark, nine concession locations at Chase Field will now offer fans the opportunity to order concession items from their smartphone during the 2012 season.  Fans can order ahead and skip the line by downloading the free MLB.com At The Ballpark app. For the first time ever at Chase Field, fans will also be able to customize their Subway sandwiches this season by using this app.  The locations that will offer mobile ordering are the Red Hot Stands at Sections 105, 118, 126 and 139, Doubleheaders at Sections 305, 316 and 324 and Subway at Sections 125 and 306.

Technological advances will not only enhance the culinary experience at Chase Field, but will continue to improve the viewing experience as well. Once again Digital D-backs is available to fans for free in the ballpark via AT&T Wi-Fi and allows them to watch replays on-demand from their seats, as well as receive up-to-the-minute gameday and ballpark information.

For the first time ever at Chase Field, D-backs fans now have the option to receive their tickets utilizing D-backs FanPass. By choosing this option when purchasing single-game tickets, fans avoid the stop at the box office and can go straight to the gate when arriving for the game. D-backs FanPass allows fans to store their tickets on their credit card and swipe at the gate for entry. A seat locator will be printed for each fan to direct them to their seats.

Season ticket holders who have come to expect the best customer service in all of sports from the D-backs’ Guest Service Representatives will enjoy a newly designed Season Ticket Sales and Service Headquarters at Section 111. This area of the ballpark, created to serve as a one-stop hub for season ticket holders, will feature new flooring, cabinetry and four new video boards that will provide customized messages for D-backs season ticket holders.

All fans will notice seven additional kiosks around the ballpark where they can activate their fan loyalty cards and enter to participate in various popular stadium activities including KachingKo presented by Gila River Casinos and the Circle K Hot Dog Derby. In addition, fans will now be able to sign up for the D-backs Designated Driver Program at any of the 16 kiosks located throughout Chase Field.

In right field, a new Circle K strikeout meter has been installed while other dynamic signage and LED boards will be evident throughout Chase Field.

At merchandise stands throughout the ballpark, fans will find their favorite items from years past, from jerseys and t-shirts to caps and casual wear. An expanded presence of Victoria’s Secret PINK line of products will highlight the new offerings in the main Team Shop on the lower concourse.

Finally, the addition of new technology will help give fans a chance to give back to the community and have the opportunity to win the 50/50 raffle at Chase Field. For every home game, fans can purchase raffle tickets for $2 each, three tickets for $5, seven tickets for $10 and 15 tickets for $20. One lucky fan will take home half the net proceeds from that game’s raffle ticket sales, with the other half benefitting the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. Fans will be able to watch the 50/50 jackpot total on dbTV, with up-to-the-second updates appearing for the rapidly rising jackpot.

For more information on Chase Field, visit their website at azchasefield.com.

AZRE Magazine Digital Issue

AZRE Magazine January/February 2012: Centennial Issue

January/February 2012 Centennial Issue:

The Centennial Issue

In this special Centennial issue, AZRE looks ahead to the next 100 years within the commercial real estate industry. Also, AZRE features 30 companies that could have an impact on the industry in 2012. You’ll also find out which project are new to the market over the next few months, how public projects are providing work for general contractors, and find out which two Valley specialty schools are going through renovations. Also read more about Chase Field’s new health club and movie theater, and lastly, the best and brightest industry leaders have been chosen — find out who they are.

Take it with you! On your mobile, go to m.issuu.com to get started.

Local Initiatives Support Corp. - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011

Local Initiatives Support Corp., Raza Development Fund Capitalize $20M Loan Fund

Cities along the light rail to benefit from $20M development loan fund, capitalized by Local Initiatives Support Corp. and the Raza Development Fund, to build affordable housing and other sustainable amenities.

Picture this:
You get on Metro light rail at your workplace in Phoenix and disembark in Mesa in front of your favorite organic grocery store. A shaded pedestrian path allows you to walk to your home on the 10th floor of a new apartment tower, which is populated by other working families. On the way you pick up your child at a local charter school.

There’s no car, no gas burned, no miles of driving on asphalt freeways.

Pipe dream? Perhaps not.

This type of urban development — denser, pedestrian-oriented, close to public transportation — may be more possible than you think.

A $20M loan fund for developers aiming to build affordable housing and other amenities along the Metro light rail line should spark activity in the Valley’s nascent urban development market.

Right now, says Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, that market is relatively immature and doesn’t have a critical mass of developers who are willing to risk financing urban projects.

Smith recently joined Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman and Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon — both of who have worked to promote transit-oriented development in their light rail cities — to tout the importance of the Sustainable Communities Development Fund.

Capitalized jointly by the Phoenix office of the Local Initiatives Support Corp. and the Raza Development Fund, the fund is expected to grow, hopefully reaching an eventual goal of $50M, says Shannon Scutari, who has been hired as a consultant by Local Initiatives Support Corp.

Scutari is coordinating efforts of the Sustainable Communities Working Group, a coalition of state, local, regional and non-profit organizations that are working to make equitable transit-oriented development a reality.

The coalition is a “signature effort,” Scutari says, a broad-based, intergovernmental, public/private partnership of people who share a goal: fostering sustainable, affordable urban neighborhoods near mass-transit corridors.

It’s new territory, far different than the development that spawned suburban sprawl, with far-flung housing developments connected not by a sense of community or shared-purpose, but by asphalt.

“This is not business as usual,” says Teresa Brice, director of Local Initiatives Support’s Arizona office, “This is something that will require (developers) to do something a little different than build three units per acre.”

Local Initiatives Support Corp. has hired a consultant to do a feasibility study to determine the affordable housing needs along the light rail line.

The study will attempt to determine the capital needs of the development community, assess what each jurisdiction will be able to bring to the table, and determine what the philanthropic sector can contribute.

Finally, Brice says the study will recommend how to structure the fund and create joint underwriting standards to govern it.

But, Brice and Scutari say they already are considering five or six proposals and may go ahead with one or more even if the study is not finished.

The fund will provide seed money or bridge funds that allow a developer to get started on a project.

Funding will not be limited to federal or local definitions of low-income housing. Coalition members will have discretion to examine each neighborhood to determine its needs, she says, whether that is affordable housing, a charter school, a community health center, or a small business.

A proposal submitted by developer Eric Brown seeks funding for a small apartment complex — perhaps nine to 12 units—at Fifth and Roosevelt streets.

Details are still in flux, but Brown says he envisions each unit costing between $600 to $950 a month in rent — well within reach of the commuters, ASU students and other downtown dwellers who use the light rail.

“There’s a lot of positive buzz about urban housing and living in the downtown right now,” says Brown, who is known for his urban developments Artisan Lofts, Artisan Village and Artisan Parkview by Chase Field.

“It takes some expertise — it’s not brain surgery but it does require a developer to understand how an urban person wants to live and what they will need,” Brown says.
And that is a process that is well underway, thanks to the light rail, Mesa’s Smith says.
“This could set the stage and create a foundation for private investors to come in and for the capital markets to adjust and recognize they should cut a check for the types of investment I think will pay off,” Smith says.

Currently the rail line extends only one mile into Mesa, ending just east of Dobson Road. But an extension is planned that will traverse downtown Mesa and end just east of Mesa Drive.

Then, Smith says Mesa hopes to spur the type of redevelopment that Tempe and Phoenix have witnessed along portions of the line. Hallman has credited the light rail for spurring $2.5B in redevelopment along Apache Boulevard.

“Individual projects in individual cities create a patchwork quilt of development,” Scutari says. “This is really a push for a regional policy approach” to development along the light rail. “This is the connective tissue for the corridor.”

For more information about the Local Initiatives Support Corp. and the Raza Development Fund, visit www.lisc.org or www.razafund.org.


AZRE Magazine September/October 2011


Chase Field

Chase Field Wi-Fi System Impresses

Chase Field Wi-Fi

On August 11, the Arizona Diamondbacks announced the optimization of the Chase Field Wi-Fi network. The move came as a pleasant surprise to Phoenix-area baseball fans and technophiles, who were not even aware that a new Wi-Fi system had been installed in the stadium.

The organization hopes the new, improved network will enhance the Chase Field experience for fans hopelessly addicted to their mobile internet devices.

Wi-Fi at Chase Field


The organization partnered with broadband provider AT&T to create the system, which they began working on in January 2011. The Wi-Fi network went up on Opening Day and was fully operational the day of the All-Star Game in July. According to team representatives, the network preformed great during the jam-packed event.


The system is technically made up of two different parts. The first is a Distributed Antenna System (or DAS) which provides 3G connectivity. The other part is the Wi-Fi network, which boasts download speeds of up to 14 megabits per second.

The ballpark has 283 different access points, meaning there almost no wireless dead zones on Chase Field.

The Wi-Fi access points and DAS antennas blend in perfectly with the building’s design, so they won’t be noticed by the average fan.

Mobile Apps

Wi-Fi at Chase Field

The Diamondbacks hope fans will take advantage of a variety of baseball-enhancement mobile apps.

The “At-Bat” app allows users to order food and concessions from their seats, so fans will never miss another Justin Upton home run or Kelly Johnson strikeout while waiting in line.

Other apps provide recaps, box scores and videos from around Major League Baseball. D-backs fans will even be able to view replays of close calls that are not allowed to be shown on the video board.

Team officials are betting that a mobile device friendly environment will lure fans off the couch and back into the stands.


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Relevant Questions: 

Which movie(s) should I watch on my iPad at the next Diamondbacks game?

Is it cool if I use BitTorrent while I’m at Chase Field?

How can we use Wi-Fi to give the D-Backs a home field advantage during their playoff push?

Are the Diamondbacks and “underground” team?  If so, does that mean Arizona fans are cooler than mainstream Red Sox/Yankees fans?

Should the Wi-Fi password for Chase Field be “sixthlowestpayrollinbaseball”?