The Top 5 Sporting Events — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:
Nascar Sprint Cup Series
7602 S. Avondale Blvd., Avondale, AZ 85323 (623) 772-2000 phoenixraceway.com Held at the Phoenix International Raceway, the Sprint Cup Series is the top racing series of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.
WM Phoenix Open
7226 N. 16th St., #100, Phoenix, AZ 85020 (602) 870-0163 wmphoenixopen.com One of the PGA’s premiere tour stops, the Waste Management Phoenix Open is a must-see tournament for all professional golf enthusiasts.
7135 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 350-0900 fiestabowl.org One of the largest events in college football, the Fiesta Bowl takes place at the start of the new year and is part of the Bowl Championship Series.
Cactus League Spring Training
16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ 85382 (623) 773-8700 cactusleague.com Watch your favorite West Coast baseball teams prepare for the fall season during spring training games. Ticket prices range from $6 to $23 dollars.
Accenture Match Play Championship
15000 N. Secret Springs Dr., Marana, AZ 85658 (520) 572-3500 worldgolfchampionships.com The Accenture Match championship is a knockout event hosted in January and February — opening the world golf tournament season.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has been selected as the Honorary Starter for the AdvoCare 500, Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced today. As the Honorary Starter, Governor Brewer will wave the green flag to start the AdvoCare 500, as well as greet the drivers during pre-race ceremonies on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.
“We are delighted to welcome Governor Brewer to serve as the Honorary Starter of the AdvoCare 500,” Sperber said. “Governor Brewer has long recognized the positive economic impact to the State that NASCAR events at PIR have had. Her participation underscores that the race is more than a championship sporting event, it’s also an economic engine for Arizona.”
Named Arizona’s 22nd Governor on January 20, 2009, Brewer was elected Arizona’s Secretary of State in 2002. Brewer’s career in politics began in 1982 when she was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives where she served until 1987. Following that, she ran for and was elected to the Arizona State Senate, where she served until 1996, including a four-year period as Majority Whip. In 1996 she was elected to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors where she served two terms with the county before being elected Arizona Secretary of State.
“Phoenix International Raceway and NASCAR are premier attractions for the City of Phoenix and State of Arizona,” said Governor Brewer. “Like tens of thousands of Arizona racing fans, I’m excited for the AdvoCare 500 and thrilled to have the opportunity to participate as the Honorary Starter. I would like to thank PIR and NASCAR for their continued collaboration on this successful event.”
Tickets for the November 11 AdvoCare 500 Semi-Final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and other events throughout the November race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway are available at www.phoenixraceway.com or by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223).