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Music and festivals highlight week’s best bets for fun

Scottsdale and Baseball

Scottsdale has been home to Baseball since the 1920’s and the Scottsdale Library is out to prove it. Scottsdale’s leading historian will present the evolution of the favorite past time through a photo presentation. After the presentation, attendants are encouraged to head to Scottsdale Stadium to enjoy a game between the San Francisco Giants and Milwaukee Brewers.

Scottsdale Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, March 11, Free

Pot of Gold Music Festival

Outdoor music festival season is back now that the weather is starting to warm up. This four-day music festival will host almost 30 bands. Each day’s lineup features a different genre of music. Headlining bands include Bastille, Kendrick Lamar, Fall Out Boy, and KORN.  The event will feature local food vendors and artist merchandise.

Tempe Beach Park, 54 W. Rio Salado Pwky., Tempe, March 13-15 and 17, $49 per day

Dog Day at the Park

Man’s best friend meets man’s favorite sport. Baseball fans are encouraged to bring their four legged friends to the Peoria Sports Complex for a day of Bark in the Park. The San Diego Padres will host the Texas Rangers that day. Fans will sit in a reserved “PAW-tio” section. If you don’t already have a companion, the Waggin’ Wheels Mobile Adoption Vehicle will be at the event for fans to check out the adoptable pups. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Arizona Humane Society.

Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, March 14, $5 for dogs, $8 for humans

Color Run

This 5k gives participants two options between a day and night run. Color tosses are scheduled to off every hour. The event uses over 10,000 pound of vibrant foo-grade cornstarch to douse runner with as they make their way through the course. After the race, stick around for the Color Fun Fest where black lights are turned on and the powder glows. The money raised from the race goes to benefit Just Care More, a non-profit organization that gives underprivileged youth the chance to get involved with fitness related activities.

Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, March 14, $50

Ostrich Festival

Dating back to 1989, the Chandler Ostrich Festival has grown to be one of the premiere events in the southwest. Although the headlining animal is the ostrich, other animals such as tigers, exotic birds, and a petting zoo will be at the event too. The event will also have a midway with over 50 carnival rides. Ostrich races will take place at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Friday and noon, 2 p.m, and 5 p.m Saturday and Sunday. Local community bands will make appearances throughout the weekend, including CO-OP whose lead singer is the son of Alice Cooper.

Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Rd., Chandler, March 13-15, $10

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.

The Chicago Cubs at HoHoKam Stadium - Play Ball

The Chicago Cubs' Hope Continues

The Chicago Cubs aren’t called “The Lovable Losers” for nothing.

However, when it comes to spring training, they’re one of the biggest draws in the Cactus League. Even with their 103-year World Series drought, they continually sell out their games and have set attendance records at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa for years.

With a new vice president of baseball operations (Theo Epstein) and new manager (Dale Sveum), the Cubs are optimistic about the 2012 season. Fans in the Windy City are hoping that the dynamic duo of Epstein and Sveum can help snap the Cubs’ unlucky losing streak once and for all.

Some notable players in Cubs’ lineup at Hohokam this spring inlcude Geovany Soto, Alfonso Soriano, Kerry Wood, Carlos Pena and Marion Byrd. Additions include pitchers Travis Wood and Chris Volstad, third baseman Ian Stewart and outfielder Dave Sappelt.

The Chicago Cubs are scheduled to play 16 home games at Hohokam, 17 road games in Arizona and two games against Texas in Las Vegas. The Cubs wrap up spring training on  April 3 at Hohokam  against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Cubs were once known as the Chicago White Stockings, then became members of the National League in 1876. This makes them one of the oldest active major sports teams among those in North America. The first game they played was April 25 of that same year.

In 1907, the Cubs won their first World Series against the Detroit Tigers. They won their second and last World Series in 1908 in a rematch against Detroit.

The Cubs have trained in Mesa since 1952. Back then Hohokam Park was called Rendezvous Park, which was less than ideal in accommodating the players. However, the new state-of-the-art Hohokam Stadium took its place. Since then the Cubs have played their games at Hohokam as a member of the Cactus League.

Hohokam was built in 1997 and seats 13,074 fans. An interesting fact about this 48-acre stadium is that its scoreboard is the largest in the Cactus League, measuring a whopping 12 by 16 feet. The stadium features one practice field and one practice infield, with additional training facilities at Fitch Park that include four practice fields, one practice infield and a 25,000 square-foot clubhouse.

So grab your Cracker Jacks and baseball mitts, practice your rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” and get ready for an exciting spring training. Who knows, maybe if we keep cheering. our “Lovable Losers” on they might just get a name change.