Many Arizona residents aren’t from this state and, more often than not, have loyal sports affiliation with other teams — we’re talking about you, Cubs fans — so it’s not surprising that Arizona’s six professional sports teams struggle at times to generate widespread enthusiasm. The Arizona Sports Fan Expo might just change that.
This interactive fan festival at University of Phoenix Stadium brings the Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Coyotes, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Arizona Rattlers together under one roof, giving fans the opportunity to meet team personalities, cheerleaders and mascots, while watching various demonstrations, collecting autographs and browsing 160,000 square feet of sports- and fitness-related booths. Arizona State University, University of Arizona and Grand Canyon University will also be represented.
Various sports personalities, including Skip McClendon, Ray Perkins, Eddie Johnson, John D’Acquisto, Kevin Kobel, Lou Klimchock and Joe Courtney, will be on site to sign autographs and take pictures with fans. Attendees can also take a look at the Ultimate Fan Cave, check out the Tailgate Party Pavilion, Video Gaming Wall, photo booths, sports card collectors’ corner, The Money Zone and Kids Camp. Presentations will occur on multiple stages and include team chef demonstrations, player autographs, photo sessions and educational sports panel discussions.
Expo creator Susan Ratliff hopes the event offers something for a variety of sports enthusiasts.
“As a huge sports fan myself, I wanted to showcase all our teams and create a super sports fan experience where both the active and the armchair athlete could show their team spirit and discover the latest in sports/fitness-related products, services and technology. By having strong promotional support and interactive elements from the local professional sports teams, we’ve created something unique for sports fans of all ages,” says Ratliff in a statement.
If you go
What: Arizona Sports Fan Expo
When: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 28, and 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 29
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale.
Cost: $12 for adults, $10 active military and seniors, kids 12 and younger are free; $2 off coupon available on the Expo website.
Information: (602) 493-2032 or AZSportsFanExpo.com