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The biggest event this Sunday may be the Super Bowl, but the cutest event hands down is the Puppy Bowl.
Billed as “the biggest event on all fours,” the Puppy Bowl is broadcast annually on Super Bowl Sunday by the Animal Planet network. In this event, teams of puppies take to a pint-sized football field and romp their way to gridiron glory.
While the actual Puppy Bowl has already been recorded, Super Bowl revelers in Phoenix can get a taste of the action at The Puppy Bowl Cafe, located at The Corner at CityScape, inside Verizon Super Bowl Central.
Today through Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. each day, teams of adoptable puppies from the Arizona Humane Society will compete on a miniature football field located on the cafe’s patio.
According to the Arizona Humane Society’s Bretta Nelson, they will have an all-star lineup of rescue dogs, each with their own unique rags-to-riches story, “everything from shepherd mixes, to lab/chow mixes to chihuahuas.”
The puppies will rotate throughout the day, with three litters appearing in the morning, then heading back to the shelter where another set of litters will come off the bench. “It’s about making sure they’re comfortable while getting the exposure,” says Nelson.
At the end of the the Super Bowl festivities, all of the puppies will be up for adoption at 3 p.m. this Sunday at the Arizona Humane Society’s Campus for Compassion, located at 1521 W. Dobbins Rd. in Phoenix.
Photography by NBMA Photography
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Platinum Recording Artist Jordin Sparks to be Grand Marshall of Opening Ceremony of Verizon Super Bowl Central in Downtown Phoenix
Verizon Super Bowl Central opens in less than 24 hours and fans from all over the world are in for a super-sized treat as Grammy Award nominee, actress and Arizona native Jordin Sparks serves as Grand Marshall of the Opening Ceremony. The World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales will parade the singing sensation down Washington St. as the beer wagon enters the ‘The Block’ on Verizon Super Bowl Central to deliver the hometown superstar to the Pepsi Hyped for Halftime Stage.
The electrifying singing sensation will be the first to illuminate key attractions such as the Verizon Power House, the Verizon #WhosGonnaWin Light Show, The Grand Canyon Experience presented by NB|AZ and iconic XLIX Roman numerals. The public is invited to the free opening ceremony, which will be held from 6:30 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 28.
Verizon Super Bowl Central is a free, football-themed, family-friendly, fan campus. It will be the epicenter of Super Bowl XLIX festivities with one million visitors expected to revel in Downtown Phoenix at no charge. Verizon Super Bowl Central opens on Wednesday, January 28 at 2 p.m.
The hours of operation are from 2 – 10 p.m. from January 28 – 30; 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on January 31; and from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 1. Fan will enjoy a myriad of free activities throughout Verizon Super Bowl Central.
Attractions on Verizon Super Bowl Central:
- XLIX Roman numerals
The iconic Super Bowl XLIX Roman numerals are located on 1st St. between the blocks of Washington and Jefferson. The numerals include a video projection show with a LED color changing graze lighting. The numerals are 39’ 6” by 116’ and weigh 160,000 lbs. with ballasting.
- Verizon Power House
Revelers are engaged with the latest technology, products and services inside the Verizon Power House. Fans will learn about NFL Mobile from Verizon from the NFL’s best players and feel the intensity of the game with cutting edge virtual reality.
- The Grand Canyon Experience Presented by NB|AZ
The super-sized, one-of-a-kind rock wall climbing experience is the largest attraction inside Verizon Super Bowl Central. It features 20 climbing positions and a breathtaking 18-ft. waterfall that flows down the center of the attraction. It measures 30 feet tall by 100 feet wide and also features an 18-ft. video screen at the summit. The Grand Canyon Experience presented by NB|AZ is located on the corner of 1st St. and Jefferson. Tickets are $5 and available to purchase at www.azsuperbowl.com in advance to secure an appointment to climb. Tickets also will be available onsite on Verizon Super Bowl Central. Proceeds will benefit the Host Committee’s legacy grant program for Arizona nonprofits.
- Pepsi Hyped for Halftime Stage
Starting at 2 p.m. every day (10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday), fans can enjoy local talent and group performances on the Pepsi Hyped for Halftime Stage. Opening acts for the free concert series begin at 7:30 p.m. each night. Verizon Super Bowl Central comes alive when national recording artists hit the stage at 8:45 p.m. For a full performance line-up, visit www.azsuperbowl.com/verizon-super-bowl-central/live-entertainment.
- Dignity Health Barrow Brain Ball Experience
Play the newest Brain Ball game, hear from concussion experts, get properly fitted for football helmets and take photos with NFL alumni players.
- Mexico Live It To Believe It
A Mexico interactive experience that you have to “Live to Believe,” which includes 360 degree photo opportunities, high-tech displays, 3D video simulations, sand sculptures and augmented reality technology, where guests can experience various trips through Mexico.
- TOSTITOS Party Boulevard
The official party destination on Verizon Super Bowl Central where guests can experience firsthand how TOSTITOS BRINGS THE PARTY.
- AZCentral.com Autograph Stage
The autograph stage offers FREE autographs from former NFL players from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. daily. For a full list of players and times, visitwww.azsuperbowl.com.
- Bud Light Beer Garden
Take a break from all the excitement, sip a cold Bud Light and relax. To enjoy, head to the Hanny’s parking lot on the southeast corner of Central Ave. and Adams.
- Fireworks Show
The nightly festivities come to a close with a big bang. A fireworks show will take place every evening on Verizon Super Bowl Central at 10 p.m. The downtown campus and nearby restaurants will remain open until midnight.
For a full list of Verizon Super Bowl Central activities, visit www.azsuperbowl.com/verizon-super-bowl-central/fan-activities.
On Saturday, January 31, Downtown ASU is inviting everyone to their Night of the Open Door with events and open houses scheduled throughout the downtown Phoenix campus. From 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m downtown visitors have the opportunity to step across nearly two dozen welcome mats and experience what’s happening in science, medicine, law, public service and more.
With two dozen don’t miss opportunities, we’ve highlighted three that will showcase the way in which the ASU is integrating into our urban core.
Visit this artful addition to the downtown ASU campus. Located just south of the urban core in a converted warehouse (formerly known as Levine Machine). Check out the cool space and peek into the vibrant, creative studio spaces of ASU graduate students. The Warehouse District is in the midst of a renaissance and this space is one of the jewels in the district’s crown.
Students and staff will lead tours of the Cronkite School, a 225,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art media complex, which is home to Arizona PBS and the Cronkite’s competitive professional programs in broadcast, multimedia and sports journalism, entrepreneurship, new media and public relations.
Tours will begin in the Cronkite School’s first floor lobby at 4:15, 5:15, 6:15, and 7:15 p.m.
Design your own paper football and kick field goals! Join University Academic Success Programs on the first floor of the University Center in Suite 171. Using force and angles to make field goals from different distances and positions. Can you kick the game winner?
And for good measure…
Arizona Center for Law and Society Building Showcase
Saturday, January 31, 2015 – 4:00pm to 8:00pm
The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law invites you to view renderings of the new Arizona Center for Law and Society set to open Summer 2016.
These activities are just a sampling of everything that will be happening on the ASU Downtown Night of the Open Door. Check here for all the details.
David Krietor has served as CEO of the newly-formed Downtown Phoenix, Inc. (“DPI”) since April 8, 2013. In that time, he has begun work with community stakeholders to develop the downtown we want. “Your Downtown” shares his thoughts and DPI’s progress with the downtown community and beyond. Read the other chats here.
I’m wondering if you’ve heard that something called the NFL Super Bowl coming to town? Yes it’s true, and “fresh off the heels” of 22,000 runners participating in the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon, starting in downtown Phoenix, comes Super Bowl XLIX.
Super Bowl Central is Here
The newspaper articles, television and radio segments, blog posts, Instagram photos, tweets (and who knows what else) are coming in fast and furious about the fact that Arizona, metro Phoenix, and downtown Phoenix are hosting two of professional football’s biggest weeks. Because we know you’re quite busy yourself, we’ve created a series of special webpages where such media coverage, along with the myriad of events and activities taking place, is summarized. Keep this information handy for ready review:
- Downtown Phoenix is Center of Super Bowl Festivities (recap of key news, information, and activities)
- Downtown Phoenix in the Super Bowl Spotlight (media stories from near and far, plus handy social media follows)
- #PHX100 Fun Things to Do in Phoenix (short videos of 100 great things to do in Phoenix with family, friends, and Super Bowl visitors)
- DTPHX City Sampler (your passport to the best in downtown food & drink, just $5 at a time)
- TrueDTPHX (discover the true downtown during this special weekend of artistic programming, cultural events, shopping, culinary delights, and a free local music festival at Civic Space Park)
Helping the Less Fortunate
Efforts continue to seek solutions concerning overcrowded conditions at the Central Arizona Shelter Services men’s overflow shelter. Homeless veterans received free eye exams this past week. And St. Vincent de Paul marked its one-billionth meal served to the needy last week, and will coordinate a Souper Bowl of Caring food drive to benefit its food pantries and community dining rooms.
Adapting and Reusing
Two historic downtown buildings gained significant new tenants and positive uses: IASIS Healthcare will open a clinic in the 1929 Sun Mercantile Building in the Phoenix Warehouse District and Tallwave will manage their High Tide national startup commercialization program in the 1929 Luhrs Tower at 1st Avenue and Jefferson. KJZZ Radio featured the unique architecture and history of the 1926 Phoenix Masonic Temple at 4th Avenue and Monroe and 1931 Grunow Clinic at 10th Street & McDowell. Thirty of Phoenix’s 35 residential historic districts are highlighted in this Arizona Republic photo series.
Celebrating Downtown Through Art
Reloaded and visually upgraded, the popular 109-piece art exhibit 26 Blocks recently started a three-year run at Renaissance Downtown Phoenix Hotel. The exhibit, which imagines 26 Phoenix city blocks through the work of local photographers, writers and sculptor/painter Rafael Navarro, premiered at a private opening Jan. 15. Admission is free to hotel guests and the general public.
Downtown’s culinary scene continues to gain national attention, exemplified by stories in the Boston Globe and New York Times. Local restaurants, Breadfruit/Rum Bar, Grabbagreen, Mika’s Greek, and Yard Bird + The Larder, were featured in the local press. And it’s been announced that a new Devoured Culinary Classic event, Palette to Palate, will be held on March 5.
Music to My Ears
While opera singers competed in the Southwest Vocal Competition, line-ups for upcoming music festivals in downtown Phoenix were announced: 24th Annual Blues Blast Music Festival (March 7), Viva PHX (March 14), Phoenix Lights Festival (March 22), and McDowell Mountain Music Festival (March 27-29).
Back on Campus
The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus has raised more than $37 million, as it enters into the second half of its five-year fundraising campaign. ASU’s College of Public Programs is now the College of Public Service and Community Solutions. According to Jonathan Koppell, dean of the college, the title better reflects the college’s commitment to service, research, and learning that addresses social problems. Lastly, ASU’s largest and most successful open-house event of the year, Night of the Open Door, kicks off four events, starting January 31 on ASU’s downtown Phoenix campus. More than 100 activities will be hosted by the four ASU Night of the Open door events, from wielding a medieval sword to state-of-the-art video technology.
According to Craig Barton, professor and director of The Design School at ASU, “When cities are places, people tend to value them more, and the value then allows for a kind of cultural stewardship, as well as ecological stewardship. When people don’t care about a place, then it’s easy to see it as disposable, worthless, and to not value the cultural, environmental, and political systems that are extant there.” Recent examples of downtown stakeholders responding to significant change impacting their quality of life include: Roosevelt Row restaurateurs and retailers trying to keep business afloat while road construction occurs out their front door; residents continuing to deal with increased noise due to changes in flight paths out of Sky Harbor Airport back in September; and Roosevelt Row residents, businesses, and arts advocates learning about two major residential complexes that would add welcomed density, but result in the demolition of vintage buildings that contribute to the area’s character. Up on McDowell Road, Alliance Residential Co. met with surrounding businesses, neighbors, and arts groups and refined their plan for a 280-unit, four-story apartment complex on parcels where a Quality Inn & Suites and office building now stand. The project received Phoenix City Council approval on Wednesday.
Planning for our transportation future, the city of Phoenix Public Transit and Street Transportation departments are hosting open houses around the city to gain resident feedback on priorities for city transportation improvements. Background information and dates, times, and places of upcoming meetings are provided here.
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Bitter & Twisted To Host Pop-Up Outdoor Cocktail Garden Across From Super Bowl Central
Open four-days-only from noon to 2 am, enjoy fun in the sun, including live DJ music, beer girls and specialty cocktails, plus full bar inside, January 28 – 31, 2015
Who: Football fans, cocktail cravers and anyone else interested in celebrating the Big Game here in Arizona with a pop-up cocktail garden at Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour.
What: Housed in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the award-winning Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour is going all out for the big game as it hosts a pop-up Cocktail Garden featuring plenty of fun in the Arizona sun. Open daily from noon all the way until 2 am, for four-day-only (Wednesday, January 28 – Saturday, January 31, 2015), Bitter & Twisted’s Cocktail Garden will feature live DJ music, daily cocktail specials and beer girls offering discounted brews – all served in a fun open-air setting featuring AstroTurf flooring, oversized benches and community party tables. Entry to the Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Garden (21-and-over) is $20 per person and includes all-day re-entry.
Tucked inside the landmark Luhrs City Center at the SW corner of Jefferson Street and Central Avenue, Bitter & Twisted will also offer full cocktail service inside for those seeking a little more intimate setting. Plus, inside only enjoy gourmet bar bites such as traditional Mexican-style elote (corn) on a stick for only $8. Located just across the street from Arizona’s Super Bowl Central, Bitter & Twisted is the place to be for all football fans as they count down to the big game.
When: Wednesday, January 28 – Saturday, January 31, 2015, noon to 2 am!
Where: Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour
1 W. Jefferson St. (Jefferson & Central), Phoenix 85003
Images courtesy of Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour.