Talking Stick Resort Arena – Phoenix Suns
If you enjoy watching basketball or want to watch an A-list musician perform your favorite songs, Talking Stick Resort Arena is where you’ll find top-notch entertainment in Phoenix. The Phoenix Suns have been playing at the arena since it opened in 1992, with some of NBA’s most famous players gracing its homecourt, including Charles Barkley and Steve Nash. Recent music performances by Carrie Underwood, Queen and the New Kids on the Block have attracted fans from far and wide. When hunger strikes, local food and beverage vendors are located inside the arena to sell you freshly prepared meals, snacks and drinks. There are also restaurants and bars within walking distance of the arena that you can visit before heading into the arena.
Gila River Arena – Coyotes
Visitors usually don’t think of Phoenix as a destination for ice hockey, but the Arizona Coyotes put the city on the map when they moved into Gila River Arena to the Westgate Entertainment District. Located approximately 15 miles away in the town of Glendale, the sports and entertainment complex is where you can enjoy an evening rooting for your favorite hockey teams from the comfort of your chair or executive suite. Music concerts and special events also take place at the venue with recent celebrity acts including Taylor Swift, Madonna and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The arena is located where Loop 101 freeway meets Glendale Avenue.
Sloan Park - Cubs Training Center
When spring training rolls around, baseball fans from around the country descend upon Phoenix to catch their favorite players swing for a homerun. Sloan Park is the home of the Chicago Cubs spring training season and was designed to closely match the dimensions of their home stadium, Wrigley Field. The park is in the suburb of Mesa where the 101 and 202 freeways meet along the Salt River. Just across the street from Sloan Park is Mesa Riverview with restaurants, shopping and a movie theatre to keep guests entertained in between games. Tickets to watch a spring training game range from $14 to $75.
State Farm Stadium - Arizona Cardinals
If you enjoy watching sports and epic music concerts, plan to visit the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, home of the Arizona Cardinals. More than just a football stadium, the multipurpose venue features soccer matches and motorsports competitions, as well as trade, corporate and social events. World-renowned music acts have also performed in the stadium, including the Rolling Stones and Garth Brooks. The retractable roof creates a comfortable atmosphere all year round, even in the hot summer months. In addition to the typical stadium seats, there are party lofts, club cabanas, field boxes and private lofts, giving you the opportunity to treat yourself and your guests to a truly special experience.