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Spring Training Stadium Guide

Angels Spring Training Trolley returns to Mill Avenue

Park for Free, Ride for Free from Downtown Tempe to Angels Spring Training

The Mill Avenue District is proud to announce the return of the Angels Spring Training Trolley, a free and fun ride connecting Downtown Tempe to all Angels home games at Diablo Stadium.

Beginning tomorrow, February 23 and continuing through March 27 (on home game days), two Spring Training Trollies will circulate between the Mill Avenue District and Tempe Diablo Stadium with pick-ups every 20 minutes.

Trolley service will begin 2 hours before game time and conclude 30 minutes after the game ends.

Fans can board the trolley at the Mill Avenue Trolley Stop located on the northwest corner of Mill Avenue and 5th Street (in front of Lotions & Potions). The trolley will deliver riders to the Tempe Diablo Stadium Stop located less than one block south of the ballpark’s main entrance.

Riders can park for free at several of Downtown Tempe Park-iT locations including:

  • City Hall Garage (5th Street, just east of City Hall)
  • Centerpoint Surface Lot (5th Street and Maple Avenue)
  • Hayden Station Garage (enter either 3rd Street, just west of Mill or Maple Avenue ,north of 5th Street)

All parking locations are conveniently located within walking distance of the trolley stop and Mill Avenue District amenities. Parking validations will be provided on the trolley.

The Mill Avenue Light Rail Station is also within two blocks of the trolley stop, giving another easy method of transportation for fans.

The Mill Avenue District in Downtown Tempe offers over 100 restaurants, bars, retail shops, and entertainment options within the Valley’s only true walkable urban district. Baseball fans are invited to continue the pre- and post-game fun by experiencing all that Downtown Tempe has to offer.

Detailed Spring Training Trolley information, full parking details and maps, and a complete schedule of games can be found at www.millavenue.com/angels.


Allstate Tempe Gateway

Allstate Leases 66,000 SF In Tempe Gateway Building

Allstate Insurance Company has signed a lease as a new office tenant in the Tempe Gateway building in the Mill Avenue District, Vulcan Real Estate announced today.

Allstate’s lease is for 66,000 SF of office space, making it one of the largest leases signed in the market this year. Allstate is expected to open their new Tempe offices in September 2012.

The eight-story, 260,000 SF Tempe Gateway building will provide Allstate with a prime location and modern amenities. Tempe Gateway was purchased by Vulcan Real Estate in June 2010 as the company’s first investment outside the Seattle market. The building’s location provides easy access for people from all over the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area with close proximity to major freeways and a light rail stop adjacent to the property.

“We are really pleased to welcome Allstate as our newest tenant and we expect their staff will find the location ideal, with easy access to transportation, shopping, and a great local community,” said Robert S. Arron, senior director of real estate marketing and leasing at Vulcan Inc.

Allstate’s new lease brings occupancy at Tempe Gateway up to 64%, further highlighting the growing strength of the office real estate market in the Tempe-Phoenix region.

Other downtown Tempe buildings are also faring well.

  • Hayden Ferry Lakeside is at 94% occupancy;
  • Papago Gateway Center is approximately 80% leased;
  • Centerpoint on Mill has converted existing second floor retail into office space to take advantage of the market;
  • Tempe’s vacancy rate for business space is lower than neighboring cities Phoenix and Chandler;
  • Mill Avenue has added 48 new retail businesses since 2009 that are open and thriving – the vacancy rate has gone from 32.4% in April 2009 to about 20.5%.

“We’d like to say that Allstate is in good hands here in Tempe,”  Mayor Hugh Hallman said. “We welcome them to our community and look forward to their presence here.”

Allstate will join current Tempe Gateway tenants Limelight Networks (a 2012 RED Award winner), Parsons and Waste Management, who occupy a combined 100,000 SF. Trisports.com, a longtime retailer of triathlon, swimming, biking, and running gear, has also leased space at Tempe Gateway for their newest retail location, and will open their doors in June, 2012. Vulcan is in discussions with several other prospective tenants to lease the remaining office and retail space currently available in the building.

Jerry Roberts of CB Richard Ellis represented Vulcan Real Estate in the lease transaction, and Michael Cummings, Phil Breidenbach and Lindsey Carlson of Colliers International represented Allstate.

Tempe Festival of the Arts

Tempe Festival Of The Arts

On March 30th, 2012, the popular Tempe Festival of the Arts will return to the Mill Avenue District.

A bi-annual event, the festival typically draws in more than 225,000 visitors over a three-day period. The Tempe Festival of the Arts, which is considered to be one of the top art festivals in the country, is famous for attracting an abundance of talented artists from across the nation.

In addition to selling their works, some of the top artists compete in judging competitions in categories such as metalwork, glass, leather, painting, photography, sculpture, woodwork and even wearable art. More than 400 artists will be selling their works at the festival this year.

The Tempe Festival of the Arts will also feature plenty of activities for attendees of all ages. Adults can check out the exhibits for the Arizona Wine Festival and the Art of Beer microbrewery, both of which will offer free samples and sales. Families will be able to make their own arts and crafts at the Kids Innovation Station.

Numerous entertainment acts will perform throughout the weekend, including Traveler, Chicks with Picks, and Jazz Alive. Hungry visitors will be able to buy snacks, such as kettle corn or caramel apples, from street vendors, or grab a meal at one of the many restaurants located on the Mill Avenue District.

The spring Tempe Festival of the Arts will be held from March 30th to April 1st. Admission is free, and dogs are welcome, provided they are well-behaved and on a leash. During the festival, Mill Avenue will be closed between University Drive and 3rd Street.

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2011 Tempe Festival of the Arts

Taking Frames At The 2011 Tempe Festival Of The Arts

Taking Frames At The 2011 Tempe Festival Of The Arts

Colors, shapes, big and small, perfect weather on a beautiful day — I couldn’t ask for much more! Once again I found myself on Mill Avenue in downtown Tempe, Ariz.

This time however, I was not there for dancing, food or drinks. I was there for the 2011 Tempe Festival of the Arts, which was held Dec. 2-4.

The entire main strip of Mill Avenue was packed with tents that were filled with all sorts of artists and their work. With items ranging from photography to sculpture, and cellphones to clothing, there was something for everyone!

The majority of the tents were lined up in the middle of the street facing the sidewalk. Some artists stayed diligently in their space with their work close by, while others roamed around talking to fellow art enthusiasts setting up their work in the immediate area.

I was taken back by the almost overwhelming amount of objects in all shapes, colors and sizes. It was a feast for the eyes, and I wanted to stop and look at everything. Every step I took, a new discovery was in my line of sight.

I enjoyed the contrast of seeing all of the small white tents that would only be there for a few days, surrounded by the buildings of Mill Avenue that have been standing for many years.

I was happy to see that local artists were getting a chance to showcase and sell their work away from all of the warehouse retail stores. This little stretch of culture lent itself perfectly to the festival, almost as if this was how Mill Ave. was meant to be.

Spirits were high as a never ending surge of art supporters made their way from one end of the festival to the other, keeping their heads on a swivel for anything that might catch their eye.

Check out these photos from the 2011 Tempe Festival of the Arts:

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