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Sports Planners

This site is your source for information to help with planning an event in Arizona. The Arizona team can assist with the relationships and connections to find the perfect destination to fit your event needs and we look forward to welcoming your group large or small to the Grand Canyon State.

2022

Arizona Sports Planning Guide

Your sports planning guide to Arizona's best cities equipped and ready to help you plan youth and amateur sporting events of any size.

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Where to Plan

Cities

Central Arizona

Mesa

While Mesa is nationally known for its world-class sports facilities and unmatched outdoor recreation, it’s also rising as the “most accessible” city in the US. In addition to being the home of the Chicago Cubs, Oakland A’s and Benedictine University, we’re now home to Bell Bank Park powered by Legacy Sports USA – the nation’s newest 320-acre sports and entertainment park dedicated to hosting premiere tournament events for athletes of all ages.

Central Arizona

Surprise

Surprise has everything you are looking for in a sports tournament destination, with nationally recognized facilities, year-round sunshine, plenty of fun things to do and an events team that is committed to making your tournament a success. The City of Surprise Sports & Tourism Department manages Surprise Stadium and the partnerships with MLB’s Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers. This team books awesome USTA and other major tennis events at the city's award-winning 25-court Tennis & Racquet Complex.

Central Arizona

Tempe

Home to Arizona State University, Tempe is a vibrant urban destination just east of Phoenix. The college town is also the spring training home to the Los Angeles Angels and soon to be home to the NHL's Arizona Coyotes. The Tempe Tourism Office is ready to help you find the perfect sports venue to fit the needs of your upcoming event.

Southern Arizona

Tucson

Arizona's second-largest city located in Southern Arizona is a great place to consider for your next event. With a vide variety of facilities and an award-winning sales team is ready to support you and your planning goals.

Central Arizona

Gilbert

Ranked among the best cities to live in the U.S, Gilbert, Arizona, combines big city amenities (such as convenient airlift through Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport) with a modern, small-town feel. A growing destination for sports, Gilbert offers new and updated facilities, and parks. The home of goat yoga and many independent stores and restaurants, the lively town has an appeal all its own. Just 30 minutes from Phoenix, but with easy access to horseback riding, waterskiing, and sites like Tonto National Forest, Gilbert's blend of cosmopolitanism and outdoor adventure make it a standout in the region.

Central Arizona

Glendale

Crack of the bat. Thud of a perfect tackle. These are the new sounds of the desert, or at least in Glendale – an area fast becoming the nation’s newest sports mecca with a lineup of professional football, Spring Training baseball, NCAA Regionals and home to the annual Vrbo Fiesta Bowl, the 2008 and 2015 Super Bowls and upcoming 2023 Super Bowl. Glendale has played host to an abundance of sporting events. From spectacular catches in the end zone to diving for the ball in the outfield, when it comes to professional and collegiate sports, no one does it better than Glendale, Arizona.

West Coast

Lake Havasu City

Lake Havasu City is an ideal destination for Western regional conferences by offering a diverse portfolio of athletic infrastructure, access to both water and desert, and an outstanding location near California, Nevada, and Utah. Lake Havasu City welcomes amateur and professional marine and desert events, as well as offering one of the top five largest BMX, scooter, and skate parks in the United States, the only gunite BMX track in the region, an 1,100-acre park of hiking and mountain biking trails, an off-road track along the water's edge, an outdoor shooting range, a remote-controlled airfield, a rodeo arena, as well as ample fields and courts for tournaments. Welcome to Arizona's Playground, where everyone Plays Like You Mean It.

Central Arizona

Phoenix

With the Phoenix Suns demanding global attention well beyond the regular season for the second consecutive year, and Greater Phoenix on the clock for Super Bowl LVII (Feb. 12, 2023), this city's position in the sports world has reached a fever pitch — and we’re just getting started. Here’s a look at the venues, atmospheres and energy that are available year-round — as well as Visit Phoenix’s invitation to capitalize on the buzz of this city’s sports scene for your next once-in-a-lifetime event.

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Email: sports@tourism.az.gov