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The Pie Social, Jay Mohr + things to do this weekend

11/13: Third Annual Fall for the Arts ArtWalk
50 local galleries are participating in the third annual fall event to showcase some artwork, exhibition openings and live auctions. The summer exhibitions are ending to make way for a new season with new artwork, and the walk will feature the new art along with some artist demos.
Scottsdale Arts District, Main St. and Marshall Way, Scottsdale, Thursday, Nov. 13, free

11/13-16: Jay Mohr
The former Saturday Night Live cast member, stand-up comedian, actor and author is bringing his stand-up to Phoenix. After beginning in stand-up at age 16, Mohr joined SNL in the mid-90’s and followed up his primetime success with roles in the movies Jerry Maguire and Picture Perfect. Mohr has also penned a best-selling novel about his time on SNL and hosts a sports radio show, Jay Mohr Sports. Comedy Central named Mohr one of the 100 best stand-up comics of all time, and his show promises to be a good time for those looking to laugh.
Stand Up Live, 50 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, Thursday, Nov. 13, 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, Sunday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m., $30

11/15: ROC Race Phoenix
The Ridiculous Obstacle Course 5k race brings a new challenge to the 5k and makes it a lot more interesting for those who get bored with the average run. The ROC Race Phoenix makes participants go through a series of unusual and challenging obstacles before they can reach the end of the race. The race is untimed and open to anyone willing to traverse the 15 obstacles, including rubber wrecking balls, a moon bounce, an inflatable water slide and a Tarzan-style swing.
Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, Saturday, Nov. 15, 7:30 a.m., $63

11/15: Pie Social
The fifth annual Pie Social on Roosevelt Row, sponsored by Chow Bella, is a must for all Valley pie lovers. Awards are given to the 15 attending chefs for things such as best in show, and attendees are welcome to bring two pies to the table in exchange for five tasting tickets to try the pies of professional chefs. This festival is all about pie, lawn games, relaxation and a fun afternoon spent eating as much pie as you can handle.
Roosevelt Row, Second St. and Roosevelt, Phoenix, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2-5 p.m., admission free, $10 for 5 tasting tickets

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Pride Group, Salt River Fields strike deal

Locally-based Pride Group is taking over the Valley one venue at a time. The full-service event company aims to be the Single Simple Solution™ for their clients. As of May 1, 2014, Pride Group will be the exclusive event services provider for Salt River Fields. Among the many services Pride Group will offer, they will supply the venue with tables and chairs, mobile restroom suites, fencing, crowd control equipment, premium portable toilets, power generators, light towers, furniture and décor.

“Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is excited to have added Pride Group to its team,” says Salt River Fields at Talking Stick General Manager, Dave Dunne. “They are a tremendous partner and Salt River Fields is looking forward to working with them on all of our festivals, concerts and special events. Pride Group brings a professionalism that is unmatched in the industry and will only make our events that much better,” he adds.

Pride Group’s current client roster includes the Arizona Cardinals Football Club, University of Phoenix Stadium, Fiesta Bowl, Super Bowl XLIX, P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, Desert Mountain Club, City of Tempe Special Events, Arizona State University, the Senior & PGA Tours and now Salt River Fields.

“We are truly excited to partner long term with one of the most elite venues in Arizona,” says Pride Group CEO, Robb M. Corwin. “Their stellar customer service philosophies, desire to be the very best at what they do and attention to detail, put us in perfect harmony with one another.”

The two companies will work together to provide the best possible experience for those in attendance at any of the venue’s various events.

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Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community goes commercial

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community may have one of the best-located pieces of commercial real estate in the Phoenix Metro. It owns a 9.5-mile long area, known as the Pima Corridor, parallel to the Loop 101, a beltway connected to nearly all area freeways. Of that commercially zoned stretch, 143 acres remain undeveloped. Many Valley residents primarily associate the Talking Stick entertainment district with the Pima Corridor, the SRPMIC is seeking significant non-entertainment development within and without Talking Stick, including two charter schools and also procuring resources to update its existing data center.

“The SRPMIC is a pretty sophisticated community and as the community grows in population and business ventures, the adoption of technology also grows,” says SmithGroupJJR’s Technology Studio Leader Rob Sty. “[Records are] all stored electronically now. The community has gotten to the point that it needs to expand its data.”

As with any building on the community’s land, the data center must incorporate the culture’s aesthetic integrity. The challenge is that data centers, out of concern for security, tend to also be designed as background buildings.

“Architects and engineers do not always get to put that design element into a data center. It’s interesting for us,” Sty says, adding that designing a project for the SRPMIC was a community effort: “It’s a lot more interesting when all the groups are engaged. Everyone has a voice, and you come out with a better project.”

NOTCHES ON A TALKING STICK
A Talking Stick is a contemporary representation of the traditional O’odham (Pima) calendar stick, on which carvers recorded significant events and milestones throughout the year. It is also the namesake of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s entertainment district, which comprises about half of the tribes’ commercial land reserves. Talking Stick is a 1.1 MSF entertainment district consisting of a casino, resort, golf course, spring training facility and retail center called The Pavilions. Opened in the ‘80s, the Pavilions represents the second carving on Talking Stick’s calendar — the first being the union of the two tribes who comprise the community. The bottom of the stick shows vacant space with room to grow — and one of the many projects underway this year and next may just be the next addition.

The 1.1MSF Talking Stick’s build-up is due to a pro-development attitude of the community leaders as well as developers keen on getting their foot in the door of a burgeoning entertainment district. Since much of the traffic speeds by Talking Stick at 65 mph, designing for the corridor requires those such as PHX Architecture’s Erik Peterson to not only create something fun to visit but also something eye-catching from afar.

Peterson’s design for The Cove Family Fun Center, a metallic mesh-wrapped building with blue accent lighting around it is certainly made to pique the attention of freeway passengers. The building has to capture your attention, he says of his recent work on The Cove Family Fun Center — a 60KSF entertainment center. The basket-like building is set to break ground on SRPMIC later this year. Nick Andrews, developer of The Cove, was drawn to the Salt-River Pima Indian Community for his first project on tribal land due to the community’s proactive reputation.

“They’re really pro-growth when it comes to developers like us who have an entertainment-related venue,” Andrews says.

Just in the last 12 months, Talking Stick has seen development of a Courtyard Marriott, OdySea projects, Top Golf and other attractions. Blessing McAnlis-Vasquez, marketing project manager of Talking Stick, says it’s a combination of tribal leadership and private developers’ vision for tourism and entertainment amenities that has led to its recent success.

“Our leadership always looks ahead seven generations,” McAnlis-Vasquez says, though the present is just as exciting.

Though the SRPMIC has a population of 6,000, Salt River Fields, built in 2009, has more than 12 annual events, some of which bring up to 15,000 guests. The proposed OdySea Aquarium, set to break ground later this year, is designed to accommodate 15,000 visitors a day and will be the largest aquarium in the Southwest. Leasing at the Pavilions is at 87 percent, up from 50 percent at the downturn of the recession.

The shopping center has also seen more than $17M in renovations. Though The Cove Family Fun Center hasn’t signed a lease yet, the 60KSF entertainment venue is working proactively with the tribe to open for business by summer 2015.

THE RISE, FALL & REBIRTH OF THE PAVILIONS
When the Pavilions at Talking Stick was built, it was the freshest take on retail super centers. As time passed, ownership and management changed hands and the center fell into disrepair. Marty De Rito and business partner Chuck Carlise scooped up the property for $85M in January 2008 with 85 percent of the property leased. In 10 months, the recession dropped vacancy to 50 percent. Six years later, De Rito is just now breaking even on its purchase.

“This property could have taken our company down,” Carlise says. “Fortunately, now we’re about 87 percent leased. The tribe has been phenomenal in assisting us with the renaissance of this property.”

Just like the road through the center of the Pavilions to SRF, it goes both ways.

It was De Rito who got wind of the Diamondbacks’ desire to move north for spring training in 2009, and Carlise attributes his partner to bringing what would be a catalyst for the entire district to Salt River Fields.

“It’s an interesting thing when you have non-retail activity going on at the center. Salt River Fields helped this property to survive,” Carlise says.

Though SRF was a catalyst for businesses built up around the area and meant a surge of restaurant interest in Pavilions space, there was still one more hurdle De Rito Partners looked to clear — alcohol.

Until 2010, the only establishments that could serve liquor on tribal land were the hotel, casino and golf course — all owned by SRPMIC. De Rito Partners couldn’t bring restaurant tenants to the Pavilions if they needed a liquor license. Now, there’s a Red Robin under construction as well as business with Buffalo Wild Wings.

“There was no barrier for entry after that,” Carlise says.

The other saving graces for the Pavilions — lending (De Rito’s lender was General Electric, a bit more flexible than a regulated bank would have been) and moving an office to the Pavilions.

“We’ve probably saved half a million dollars just being onsite,” Carlise says, adding that the added attention to the property is what has contributed to the Pavilions’ return to its potential.

PROJECTS IN THE PIPELINE

OdySea Aquarium
odyseaDevelopment and Management Team: Amram Knishinsky, Martin Pollack and Rubin Stahl
General Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies
Architect: Deutsch Architecture Group
Location: Via De Ventura and the 101 in Scottsdale at
the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Size: 200KSF
Brokerage Firm: N/A
Value: $175M
Estimated completion date: 4Q 2015
The OdySea Aquarium will be the largest aquarium in the Southwest and in the unlikely setting of the Sonoran desert. The two-level facility will span more than 200KSF, and visitors will move to each level via acrylic tunnels while viewing animals of rivers and oceans in the world.

noah_websterNoah Webster School – Pima Campus
Developer: Noah Webster Schools & Salt River Devco
General Contractor: Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Architect: Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Location: Pima & Jackrabbit roads, Scottsdale
Size: 51,502 SF
Value: $5.4M
Completed date: July 2014
The two-story framed K-6 charter school facility will feature 32 classrooms, including music and art rooms, a multi-purpose gym with cafeteria and stage, office space, conference rooms, play fields and bus parking. The project has been in planning and design for a number of years and the groundbreaking represents a significant milestone for Noah Webster Basic School and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s STEM education.

Great Hearts Academy – Cicero Campus
great_heartsDeveloper: De Rito Partners Development
General Contractor: Chasse Building Team
Architect: Gensler
Location: NWC Loop 101 & Indian Bend Road, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Size: 85KSF
Brokerage Firm: Keyser/Mulhern Development Team
Value: $10M
Estimated completion date: July 2014
This nonprofit, tuition-free K-12 charter school will cater to 1,200 children in an area that was once occupied by a Chuck E. Cheese at the Pavilions Shopping Center. Phase I will accommodate students in grade K-7 and Phase II to 12th grade.

The Cove Family Fun Center
coveProject Name: The Cove Family Fun Center
Developer: Nick Andrews & David Prom
General Contractor: AR Mays Construction
Architect: PHX Architecture
Location: NEC of the Loop 101 Via de Ventura Interchange on the Salt River-Pima Maricopa Indian Community
Size: 67KSF
Value: $13M
Estimated completion date: Summer 2015
The Cove Family Fun Center is slated to include 19 themed birthday/event rooms, laser tag, bowling, arcade games, laser tag and go-karts.

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Four Peaks Brings Local Flavor to Cactus League

Four Peaks Brewing Company will be showcasing their beers throughout Cactus League stadiums this Spring beginning February 26th. “Response to Four Peaks beers by stadium concessionaires has quadrupled for 2014 over last year” according to Greg Ross, Four Peaks Marketing Director.

Stadiums include Salt River Fields, Peoria Sports Complex, Camelback Ranch, Scottsdale Stadium, Maryvale Stadium, Surprise Stadium and Tempe Diablo Stadium. Kilt Lifter, recent Silver Medalist at the Great American Beer Festival will be featured on multiple taps at every stadium. Other styles such as 8th Street Pale Ale, Sunbru, Peach Ale, Hefeweizen and Oatmeal Stout will be on tap throughout the stadiums as well. Salt River Fields, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies, will also feature local craft beers from both states in in cans.

New for 2014 will be the introduction of Four Peaks Short Hop ISA. With a lower alcohol percentage less than 5%, it’s a full flavored Session IPA. Ross adds, “Four Peaks is known for its balanced and seasonable beers. We don’t feel higher alcohol content makes better beer. We want local baseball fans and those from all over the United States to be able to enjoy a couple beers while watching their favorite team and maintain control over an afternoon of fun.”

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Salt River Fields Presents 4th Annual Arizona Taco Festival

The 4th Annual Arizona Taco Festival, dubbed by USA Today as one of the “Top 10 Fall Fests to Feast At,” returns to Salt River Fields for another year of fiesta fun with more than 50 teams competing for $10,000 in prizes.

Arizona Taco Festival from will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Oct. 19and 20. The Fest will offer $2 tacos in chicken, pork, beef, seafood and veggie varieties, as well as salsa, guacamole and anything-goes tacos from more than 50 “competitors” throughout the weekend.  Teams are prepared to sell enough tacos to cumulatively dish out 100,000 total tacos for attendees.

“We’ve put together a blockbuster this year, an event worthy of two full days of taco intensity,” event co-founder David Tyda said.

Aaron Studebaker, Salt River Fields Director of Sales and Marketing, said: After the success of the Third Annual Arizona Taco Festival, we are ready to produce another smooth-running event at Salt River Fields.  We strive to deliver exceptional events to the community, and this taco fest is gearing up to be nothing less than exceptional.”

To judge the more than 50 taco teams who will compete for the $10,000 total prize purse, competitors submit tacos to 50 National Taco Association judges who are sequestered in a closed tent for truly anonymous judging. Competing are local restaurants, bars, amateur competitors and caterers.

Returning to the event this year is the famous Lucha Libre wrestling ring, the Tequila Expo with more than 30 brands participating, last years’ wildly popular “Ay Chihuahua! Beauty Pageant,” and surf/rock bands on the Main Stage.

 

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Summer Deals and Events at Talking Stick

SALT RIVER FIELDS AT TALKING STICK

Tim McGraw takes center stage on August 10. Tickets are on sale now for Tim McGraw’s Two Lanes of Freedom tour at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. saltriverfields.com/Events.as

TALKING STICK RESORT

Release Pool Parties are heating up at Talking Stick Resort. Enjoy drink specials, promotional giveaways, cabana rentals and more. And don’t miss poolside performances by the region’s best DJs. Every Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m. Visit talkingstickresort.com/scottsdale-pool-party.aspx for more information.

The Spa at Talking Stick offers Luxury for Locals, Sunday through Thursday, now through September 30. Choose from three 60-minute spa treatments for only $89. Visit talkingstickresort.com/spa.aspx for more information.

THE PAVILIONS AT TALKING STICK

Race in to the Pavilions for the grand opening of Octane Raceway! The celebration weekend begins July 19. There will be fun activities and events all weekend, including a Hooter girl’s race on Saturday night. Please visit thepavilionsattalkingstick.com/ for more info.

Grab a handful of napkins and a handful of your closest friends and head on down to Buffalo Wild Wings, opening July 29 at the Pavilions at Talking Stick!

BUTTERFLY WONDERLAND

Life Cycle of a Butterfly Workshop- Monday, August 26, 2013, 6-8 p.m.

$15 for Founder’s Members & Annual Passes and $20 for the general public

To register, contact Adriane Grimaldi at (480) 800-3000, ext. 207

Guests will also be taught about the lifecycle of these incredible insects from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis and then to butterfly as they go through the transformation process. The class will also include tips about where to see butterflies in Arizona, suggested books for learning more about butterfly gardening and hands-on butterfly examples.

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT SCOTTSDALE SALT RIVER

Book 2 weeks in advance and receive 20% off your weekend stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Scottsdale Salt River! marriott.com/hotels/travel/phxpi-courtyard-scottsdale-pima-maricopa-community/

TALKING STICK GOLF CLUB

Tee up at Talking Stick Golf Club – this summer, juniors play free at Talking Stick Golf Club when playing with a paying adult. June-September; please visit talkingstickgolfclub.com/index.php for details.

Talking Stick: A Cultural and Entertainment Destination is conveniently located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community at Indian Bend and the 101 freeway. We invite you to shop, dine, play and stay with us and be a part of what everyone is talking about! talkingstickarizona.com

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Salt River Fields Hosts 4th Annual Arizona BBQ Festival

The ultimate barbecue showdown gallops into Salt River Fields as the 4th Annual Arizona BBQ Festival hits the fields on April 20th.

Drawing nearly 18,000 participants last year, Salt River Fields became home of the Arizona BBQ. With wild games and scrumptious grub, event organizers decided to add a few more “Honky-Tonk” elements to this year’s Festival.

This year’s fans will have the opportunity to enter the Redneck Games Arena, where festival goers will leave their business attire at home and put their hick talents to the test with hilarious games and redneck-inspired competitions.

“Although some of the most popular barbecue teams from years past will still be on hand to sell their award-winning ‘que,” says event Co-Founder, David Tyda, “we wanted the event to be more lighthearted this year. And what’s more lighthearted than mullets and beer pong?”

Outside the arena, the compelling combination of live music on the Main Stage and the Flavored Vodka Tasting Tent will make participants go buck wild. The Festival will also be a mouthwatering food warehouse with everything from $2 sample-cups to full racks of ribs and BBQ plates.

Throughout the festival, there will be cooking demonstrations, kid’s zones, bartender challenges and much more. The Redneck Games Arena’s contest schedule and entry forms will be released soon at www.azbbqfestival.com.

 

CHECK IT OUT

What: 4th Annual Arizona BBQ Festival

Where: Salt River Fields

When: April 20, 2013, 11am-9pm

Price: $12 GA (FREE parking); kids 12 and under, FREE; $60 VIP; vodka tent price TBD.

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Salt River Fields Hosts 4th Annual Arizona BBQ Festival

The ultimate barbecue showdown gallops into Salt River Fields as the 4th Annual Arizona BBQ Festival hits the fields on April 20th.

Drawing nearly 18,000 participants last year, Salt River Fields became home of the Arizona BBQ. With wild games and scrumptious grub, event organizers decided to add a few more “Honky-Tonk” elements to this year’s Festival.

This year’s fans will have the opportunity to enter the Redneck Games Arena, where festival goers will leave their business attire at home and put their hick talents to the test with hilarious games and redneck-inspired competitions.

“Although some of the most popular barbecue teams from years past will still be on hand to sell their award-winning ‘que,” says event Co-Founder, David Tyda, “we wanted the event to be more lighthearted this year. And what’s more lighthearted than mullets and beer pong?”

Outside the arena, the compelling combination of live music on the Main Stage and the Flavored Vodka Tasting Tent will make participants go buck wild. The Festival will also be a mouthwatering food warehouse with everything from $2 sample-cups to full racks of ribs and BBQ plates.

Throughout the festival, there will be cooking demonstrations, kid’s zones, bartender challenges and much more. The Redneck Games Arena’s contest schedule and entry forms will be released soon at www.azbbqfestival.com.

 

CHECK IT OUT

What: 4th Annual Arizona BBQ Festival

Where: Salt River Fields

When: April 20, 2013, 11am-9pm

Price: $12 GA (FREE parking); kids 12 and under, FREE; $60 VIP; vodka tent price TBD.

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Scottsdale CVB Wraps Spring Training promotion

In an effort to bolster leisure traffic to Scottsdale this spring training season,  the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched a variety of targeted ad campaigns in its top feeder markets including Denver and San Francisco.
Following the launch of the warm-weather campaign, which featured wrapping three New York subways, the bureau has unveiled exterior and interior ad placements on the Denver Light Rail to promote Scottsdale’s spring training season. An estimated 53 million riders will see the baseball-focused advertisements while commuting in Denver through March 28.

To further enhance the campaign, the bureau has also launched “30 Days of Giveaways,” a contest that allows visitors to enter once a day for a chance to win a variety of Scottsdale prizes, including restaurant gift certificates, a hot-air balloon ride for two, hotel stays for two, and an airplane ride over the city. In 2012, this contest received 1,460 entries, a number which is expected to increase this spring training season with the light rail wrap initiative and additional advertisements.

The bureau will also promote 2012 World Series Champions San Francisco Giants’ spring training season in the San Francisco market via Weather.com. Users who access Weather.com from a desktop or mobile app will see a banner ad, which will direct viewers to PlayBallinScottsdale.com. Spring training ads will also be featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, the second largest newspaper in the western United States.

New pages on the bureau’s site will help spring training fans plan their trip with information on nearby resorts and hotels, parking details and maps, dining options, plus information on Cactus League’s Legacy Trail and the bureau’s concierge service. With help from the bureau’s members, special spring training packages and coupons are also available to visitors.

Cactus League plays host to 15 teams in nine cities and 10 stadiums throughout Arizona. In 2012, the three teams that played in the Scottsdale area, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants, placed first, second and third for league attendance. More than 186,828 fans attended the Diamondbacks’ games at Salt River Fields, followed by 182,565 attendees at the Rockies’ games and 168,320 attendees at the Giants’ games. In all, Cactus League events had an economic impact of about $422 million statewide and $364 million for Maricopa County.

For information on Colorado Rockies’ spring training, visit SpringTraininginScottsdale.com. For information on San Francisco Giants’ spring training, visit PlayBallinScottsdale.com.

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Scottsdale CVB Wraps Spring Training promotion

In an effort to bolster leisure traffic to Scottsdale this spring training season,  the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has launched a variety of targeted ad campaigns in its top feeder markets including Denver and San Francisco.
Following the launch of the warm-weather campaign, which featured wrapping three New York subways, the bureau has unveiled exterior and interior ad placements on the Denver Light Rail to promote Scottsdale’s spring training season. An estimated 53 million riders will see the baseball-focused advertisements while commuting in Denver through March 28.

To further enhance the campaign, the bureau has also launched “30 Days of Giveaways,” a contest that allows visitors to enter once a day for a chance to win a variety of Scottsdale prizes, including restaurant gift certificates, a hot-air balloon ride for two, hotel stays for two, and an airplane ride over the city. In 2012, this contest received 1,460 entries, a number which is expected to increase this spring training season with the light rail wrap initiative and additional advertisements.

The bureau will also promote 2012 World Series Champions San Francisco Giants’ spring training season in the San Francisco market via Weather.com. Users who access Weather.com from a desktop or mobile app will see a banner ad, which will direct viewers to PlayBallinScottsdale.com. Spring training ads will also be featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, the second largest newspaper in the western United States.

New pages on the bureau’s site will help spring training fans plan their trip with information on nearby resorts and hotels, parking details and maps, dining options, plus information on Cactus League’s Legacy Trail and the bureau’s concierge service. With help from the bureau’s members, special spring training packages and coupons are also available to visitors.

Cactus League plays host to 15 teams in nine cities and 10 stadiums throughout Arizona. In 2012, the three teams that played in the Scottsdale area, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants, placed first, second and third for league attendance. More than 186,828 fans attended the Diamondbacks’ games at Salt River Fields, followed by 182,565 attendees at the Rockies’ games and 168,320 attendees at the Giants’ games. In all, Cactus League events had an economic impact of about $422 million statewide and $364 million for Maricopa County.

For information on Colorado Rockies’ spring training, visit SpringTraininginScottsdale.com. For information on San Francisco Giants’ spring training, visit PlayBallinScottsdale.com.

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:

EAT

Yard House
Saddle Ranch
Sandbar

PLAY

The Shout! House
Westgate City Center
Tanger Outlets Westgate

STAY

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
thirstylionpub.com

PEP RALLY:

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
tiltedkilt.com

PEP RALLY:

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

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Arizona Taco Festival Returning Competitor, Rubio's, Talks Tacos

Tacos. Seems easy to make, right? All you need is a tortilla, some meat, cheese and salsa, and you’re ready to eat. But, here in Arizona, tacos are much more than that. It takes a true culinary artist to create a taco that’s unique — craved, even. And this weekend, in a two-day event, some of Arizona’s best culinary artists are battling it out to create the perfect taco.

The annual Arizona Taco Festival features taco specialists statewide competing against one another in the taco competition. More than 50 judges will taste every taco presented at the festival and cast their votes for the competition’s best taco.

Ralph Rubio, owner of Rubio'sOne of the fan favorites is Rubio’s, a returner to the Arizona Taco Festival. So, we spoke with owner Ralph Rubio, who shared his thoughts about the competition:

Q. What is your favorite part of the competition?

A. Our favorite part of the competition is sampling our favorite tacos to all of the guests that attend the event. This year we will be sampling our Mango Habanero Pacific Mahi Mahi taco as well as our Salsa Verde Shrimp taco. We love seeing the reaction of the guests who are trying our tacos for the first time or who are so excited to see their favorite taco at the festival. We also love presenting our tacos to the judges and the anticipation to see if we won in any of the categories.Rubio's Logo

Q. What tacos will you be entering into the contest?

A. Chicken – Grilled Gourmet Taco with Chicken
Steak – Grilled Gourmet Taco with Steak
Seafood – Mango Habanero Pacific Mahi Mahi Taco
Anything Goes – Salsa Verde Shrimp Taco

We will also be entering in the competition for salsa, guacamole and booth design.

Q. What is your favorite Rubio’s taco?

A. My favorite Rubio’s taco is the Original Fish Taco on a corn tortilla with picante salsa. I am also a huge fan of our shrimp grilled gourmet taco.

Q. How would you describe Rubio’s?

A. Rubio’s is a fun, friendly, colorful place to get amazing, delicious seafood dishes like the Original Fish Taco.

Q. What makes Rubio’s tacos different than other competitors at the AZ Taco Festival?

A. While there are a lot of fresh, Mexican grill concepts out there, Rubio’s is the world leader in fish taco sales; and while we do sell a lot of chicken burritos, we are focused on seafood, and we’re doing it like no one else. That’s what differentiates us.

We are also known for our flavorful food, and we take great pride in our passion for flavor, which is represented in our menu options.

The AZ Taco Festival takes place on October 20-21 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Salt River Fields in Scottsdale and is open to the public.  General admission costs $12, and all tacos cost $2. The event will feature live entertainment and more than 50,000 tacos.

For more information about the Arizona Taco Festival, visit aztacofestival.com.

Weekend Jetaway

Events That Give Back: Olive & Ivy Pink Light, Weekend Jetaway And More

Don’t believe the hype — good girls aren’t that into bad boys.

Given the choice, in fact, most women would choose George Clooney over Charlie Sheen any day of the week. Not to mention that all-time good guys Tom Hanks, Larry Fitzgerald and Phil Mickelson all look a lot happier than Nicolas Cage, Jesse James and Tiger Woods do these days.

So, why not show that special lady in your life just how good you can be by whisking her off to one of the many fabulous fall events focused on helping the local community?

Judging from these events, being a good boy has never looked so sexy.


Olive & Ivy Pink Light District — October 1 to 31

Pink Light District 2012Real men think — and drink — pink.

This October, as we celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Olive & Ivy is giving men throughout Scottsdale the chance to show their pinker side to the ladies in their lives with the addition of a “Pink Light District Menu” all month long.

“We have partnered with Belvedere Vodka and Chandon to create one of the most extravagant pink-themed menus in the Valley,” says Anita Walker of Fox Restaurant Concepts.

A portion of the proceeds from this menu throughout the entire month, including both fabulous food and delectable drink items, will be donated to the Arizona Institute for Breast Health’s Pink Light District, which glows just outside the restaurant patio each year starting on October 4.

“Throughout October, members of the Scottsdale community and beyond are invited to join the cause through this amazing menu, and can also sponsor their own pink light in honor of or in memory of a loved one touched by cancer as part of our annual Pink Light District too,” says Dr. Coral Quiet, co-founder of Arizona Institute for Breast Health, a local nonprofit organization headquartered in Scottsdale whose mission is to provide women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer a second opinion on treatment options completely free of charge.

Dinner under this pink glow of hope will soften any girl’s heart.

For more information about Olive & Ivy Pink Light District: aibh.org


The Weekend Jetaway — November 9

Weekend JetawayPrivate jet? Check!
Couture cocktails? Check!
Vegas vibe? Check!

This fall, set in a top-secret private jet hangar at the Scottsdale Airpark, is the first-ever Weekend Jetaway. The event will feature live music and gourmet food provided by some of Scottsdale’s top restaurants as well as cocktails, wine, beer and much more. During the glamorous evening, all guests will have the opportunity to try their luck with Vegas-style games of chance with one lucky group of winners earning the grand prize — an all-inclusive getaway on a private jet.

“Our aim was to model this after successful fly-away events being held across the nation,” says Dillan Micus, executive vice president of AXA Advisors, LLC – Southwest, title sponsor of the event. “And if you aren’t one of our lucky ‘jetaway’ winners, we’re also cooking up expansive silent and live auctions for everyone to leave feeling like a winner.”

The biggest winner of the evening, however, will be the Pat Tillman Foundation and other nonprofit beneficiaries of the event.

The second-biggest winner? You. At least, in your lady’s eyes.

For more information about the Weekend Jetaway: weekendjetaway.org


Play — November 10

Play at Salt River FieldsPlan now to Play all night with one of the Valley’s newest music and taste events. Set to kick off just after sunset at Salt River Fields, Play will feature a concert headlined by “Take Me Home Tonight” singer Eddie Money and will kick off with a sky full of fireworks. Plus, ultimate VIP tickets, which include access to an ultra-private post-event bonus concert, are also available. Hello, romance!

Restaurant and spirit vendors from all over the Valley will also offer a variety of gourmet foods and the opportunity to sample new wines from Butterfly Kiss, Rose’N’Blum and Stark Raving as well as premium spirits from Ketel One and Bulleit, among others. All event proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

“Through events like this, our Clubs are able to raise critical funds needed to offer more than 100 youth development programs emphasizing five core areas: the arts; character and leadership development; education and career development; health and life skills; and sports, fitness and recreation,” says Steve Davidson, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.”

For more information about Play: bgcs.org

4th of July, Arizona

4th of July Events In Arizona

Looking for a fun way to celebrate the red, white and blue?

Here is a list of 4th of July events throughout Arizona you don’t want to miss:

Central Arizona

Arizona’s Celebration of Freedom (Mesa)

In Mesa from June 29-30, this fun, two-day event consists of classic cars, beer gardens, motorcycles, art walk, music, street performers and more. This free event takes place in downtown Mesa from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

E. Main St. & S. Center St
Mesa, AZ 85201
(480) 444-2069
azcelebrationoffreedom.org

Independence Day Music Festival (Scottsdale)

On July 3rd, celebrated the fourth with country music star Miranda Lambert and Darus Rucker! Gates open at 5 p.m., and be sure to stick around for the largest fireworks show in the Valley, too. Tickets range from $26 to $96.

Salt River Fields
7555 N. Pima Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 270-5000
saltriverfields.com

3rd of July Fireworks Display (Cave Creek)

In Cave Creek, Harold’s Corral will provide live entertainment by Young Country and EastonAshe as well as an outside BBQ starting at 5:30 p.m. Mobile game truck, shaved ice and even face painting are some of the activities you can participate in. There’s free opening seating, but for paid reserved seating, call Harold’s at (480) 488-1906.

6895 E. Cave Creek Rd.
Cave Creek, AZ 85331
(480) 488-1906
haroldscorral.com

Light up the Sky (Phoenix)

In Phoenix, this event includes music, rides, games, food and fireworks, which starts at 9:10 p.m. The free event will take place at Maryvale Baseball Park at 6:30 to 9 p.m.

3600 N. 51st Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85031
(602) 262-6575
phoenix.gov

A Star Spangled Shoot Out!

Rawhide is hosting its 4th of July celebration — western style! With live music will be playing throughout the town, don’t miss out on the H2O Kids Corral as well as  other action-packed performances, including the fireworks display, which will round out the evening.

Rawhide
5700 W. North Loop Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 502-5600
rawhide.com

Southern Arizona

Let Freedom Sing Concert

In Tucson on July 4th at 3 p.m., this free event will be celebrated with patriotic songs staged at Centennial Hall at University of Arizona.

University of Arizona
1401 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721
(520) 319-0400
arts-express.org

Tombstone July 4th Celebration

In Tombstone, starting at 8:30 a.m., this July 4th celebration is a free event with a softball tournament, street entertainment, food booths and fireworks.

E. Allen St.
Tombstone, AZ 85638
(520) 457-3994
tombstonechamber.com

Benson July 4th Celebration

Starting with a 9 a.m. parade, Benson’s 4th of July celebration will also include a water fight at Lions Park following the parade, as well as entertainment throughout the rest of the day and, of course, a fireworks show starting at 8:30 p.m.

Lions Park
435 N. Adams St.
Benson, AZ 85602
(520) 586-4293
bensonvisitorcenter.com

Family Fun July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza (Tubac)

Held at Tubac Golf Resort and Spa, this 4th of July celebration is packed with activities for both the kids, parents and attendees of all ages! Here, you’ll find Southern Arizona’s longest obstacle course — an incredible, inflatable 68′ adventure — as well as a food court with both Independence Day favorites (hot dogs, hamburgers, cotton candy and more) and alcoholic beverages for the big kids, including beer, wine and margaritas. The night will end, of course, with a spectacular fireworks display.

Tubac Golf Resort & Spa
65 Avenida de Otero
Tubac, Arizona 85646
Starts at 4 p.m., fireworks start at 8:45 p.m.
Tickets: $7 per car, VIP package is $48 per person
(520) 398-3531
tubacgolfresort.com

 

Northern Arizona

Payson 4th of July Celebration

With a free fireworks show and games to the public, attendees can also expect food, bouncy houses, games, music and beautiful scenery, taking place at Green Valley Park at 9:00 p.m. on July 4th.

(928) 474-5240
paysonrimcountry.com

Prescott July 4th Celebration and Fireworks Show

Prescott celebrates with free craft tents for kids, contests, carnival games and cool giveaways. Other events include the World’s Largest Waterslide as well as eight other water slides, bungee jumping, pony rides, electric swings and more. While there is free parking, consider taking the shuttle at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (3700 Willow Creek Rd.). This event will be held at Pioneer Park, from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Pioneer Park
1200 Commerce Dr.
Prescott, AZ 86305
(928) 777-1349
visit-prescott.com

Fantastic Family Fourth of July (Cottonwood)

Cottonwood celebrates at Cottonwood Kid’s Park at 4 p.m. Events will include watermelon eating contests, patriotic salutes and pyrotechnic displays. Free admission, but parking is $1.

Cottonwood Kid’s Park
Cottonwood, AZ
(928) 639-3200
cottonwoodaz.gov

Tlaquepaque’s Sizzlin’ Summer Bash

Honor Independence Day in Sedona on July 7th. Events include an outdoor BBQ, live music, dunk tank, Sedona fire trucks and more. It will take place at Tiaquepaque from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is a free event.

Tlaquepaque
336 State Route 179
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 282-4838
tlaq.com

RED Awards 2012 - Salt River Fields

RED Awards 2012: Most Challenging Project, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

On March 1, AZRE hosted the 7th Annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2011 and the construction teams involved. AZRE held an open call for nominations and a record 116 projects were submitted by architects, contractors, developers and brokerage firms in Arizona. This year, the winner for Most Challenging Project was Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.


Most Challenging Project

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Developer: Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC)
Contractor: Mortenson Construction
Architect: HKS Architects, Inc.
Size: 279,635 SF
Location: 7555 N Pima Rd., Scottsdale
Completed: January, 2011

Salt River FieldsThe first major league spring training ballpark to be built on Native American land, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is a sports complex engaging community involvement while embracing the values and culture of the SRPMIC. The challenge was to meet an aggressive construction schedule in anticipation of the start of spring training for the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. Sitting on 140 acres, the project’s centerpiece is an 11,000-seat stadium. The design and building process took less than two years as a result of a complete team effort between Mortenson Construction, HKS and the tribe. The team at Salt River Fields also placed emphasis on energy and water preservation. Water-saving techniques reduced usage by more than 45% and the energy savings of 23.5%.

saltriverfields.com


Video by Cory Bergquist


Honorable Mention

Arizona Science Center Phase III Remodifications

Developer: Arizona Science Center
Contractor: Brycon Construction Company
Architect: Architekton
Size: 17,000 SF
Location: 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Completed: January, 2011


Video by Cory Bergquist


RED Awards 2012 Winners & Finalists

AZRE Magazine March/April 2012