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Arizona State Fair

Variety marks Arizona State Fair concert series

Variety has always been the spice of the Arizona State Fair Concert Series, and this year is no exception. Fairgoers can rock out at shows by Barenaked Ladies, Weezer, Queens of the Stone Age, and John Fogerty or get down with such country stars as Justin Moore, Darius Rucker, and Josh Turner. Additional musical options include Sublime with Rome, Wiz Khalifa, and two special shows featuring multiple performers: Dave Pratt’s 1980 Something! featuring: Berlin, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, and John Waite, and Old School Jam featuring: Treach and Kay Gee of Naughty By Nature, Shock G of Digital Underground feat. Humpty Hump and DJ Fuze, Coolio, Kurtis Blow, and Freestyle Evolution.

The Arizona State Fair Concert Series is held in the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. General admission concert seating is FREE with Fair admission on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the show. Reserved tickets are available at www.azstatefair.com/tickets starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13. Ticket prices below do not include Fair admission.

The 2014 all-star line-up includes the following confirmed concert dates and times:

  • Justin Moore, Sat., Oct. 11 at 7:00 pm, Reserved Seating $20
  • Sublime with Rome, Sun., Oct. 12 at 7:00 pm, Reserved Seating $20
  • Darius Rucker, Wed., Oct. 15 at 7:00 pm, Reserved Seating $25
  • Weezer, Thurs., Oct. 16 at 7:00 pm, Reserved Seating $25
  • Wiz Khalifa, Fri., Oct. 17 at 7:00 pm, Reserved Seating $25
  • John Fogerty, Sat., Oct. 18 at 7:00 pm, Reserved Seating $20
  • Barenaked Ladies, Wed., Oct. 22 at 7:00 pm, Reserved Seating $25
  • Colbie Caillat, Fri., Oct. 24 at 7:00 pm, Reserved Seating $20
  • Dave Pratt’s 1980 Something! featuring: Berlin, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, and John Waite, Sat., Oct. 25 at 6:00 pm, Reserved Seating $15
  • Josh Turner, Sun., Oct. 26 at 7:00 pm, Reserved Seating $20
  • Queens of the Stone Age, Thur., Oct. 30 at 7:00 pm, Reserved Seating $20
  • Old School Jam featuring: Treach and Kay Gee of Naughty By Nature, Shock G of Digital Underground feat. Humpty Hump and DJ Fuze, Coolio, Kurtis Blow, and Freestyle Evolution, Fri., Nov. 1 at 8:00 pm, Reserved Seating $20

A tradition in the state for 130 years, the Arizona State Fair consistently supplies a healthy dose of family entertainment, homespun creations, and attractions for all ages and interests. It continues to attract numerous Arizonans each year, including last year’s attendance of 1,178,515.

The 2014 Arizona State Fair runs October 10 to November 2 (open Wednesday through Sunday) and hosts a variety of fun-filled attractions, activities, and rides for all ages at its traditional location at 19th Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix.

Additional information can be found at www.azstatefair.com.

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Salt River Fields Surpasses 1 Million In Attendance

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) announced that Saturday’s sold out crowd of 11,576 pushed the total attendance at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick over the one-million mark since the complex opened in 2011. The shared facility between the D-backs and the Colorado Rockies, constructed in partnership with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, reached the milestone in just 24 months of operation. The total includes all ticketed events at Salt River Fields including concerts, festivals and Spring Training games.

“It is quite an accomplishment to reach this milestone in such a short amount of time and it’s really a testament to the baseball fans throughout Arizona,” said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. “Along with our partners at the Rockies and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, we set out to create the best Spring Training facility in all of baseball and we feel strongly that we were able to do just that.”

In addition to hosting Spring Training games from the two National League West Division teams, Salt River Fields will host four games in March as part of the World Baseball Classic. On Tuesday, March 5, the D-backs will host an exhibition night game against Team Mexico and on Wednesday, March 6, the Rockies will face Team USA in a 7:10 p.m. start. The official World Baseball Classic games will kick off on Thursday, March 6 as Team Italy faces Team Mexico in a 1:00 p.m. game followed by a 12:30 p.m. contest on Friday, March 7 between Team Canada and Team Italy.

In addition to these games, fans are invited to watch Team USA in its first official workout on Monday, March 4 at 1 p.m.

In each of its first two seasons, Salt River Fields has broken the total attendance mark for a two-team complex, as last year’s record total between the D-backs and Rockies was 369,393. The D-backs’ average attendance of 11,677 was the highest in Major League Baseball for the second consecutive season.

Following its first year, Salt River Fields was a finalist for the “Sports Facility of the Year” by Sports Business Journal. The facility has earned LEED Gold Certification by the US Green Building Council and has received numerous awards including “Best Place to See a Spring Training Game” by the Phoenix New Times, “Best Spring Training Facility” by Arizona Foothills magazine and “Ballpark of the Year” by Ballpark Digest, BaseballParks.com and Digitalparks.com.

The largest one-day event on record at Salt River Fields came in January 2012, when more than 20,000 people came to the facility for Street Eats.

Salt River Fields’ 2013 calendar already touts several major events: April 20 is the 4th Annual Arizona Barbecue Festival with 12,000 expected to attend; the Larry Fitzgerald Celebrity Charity Softball Game April 27, when approximately 5,000 are anticipated; and the Independence Day Music Festival July 3, with more than 14,000 attending last year to see Country Music powerhouses Miranda Lambert and Darius Rucker.