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HERE COMES THE PRO BOWL!
(MOST-WATCHED ALL-STAR GAME IN SPORTS)
“This is a unique opportunity and it gives us added focus as we work with the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, the City of Phoenix and downtown stakeholders in the development of Super Bowl Central. There is an exciting potential for synergy with downtown Super Bowl activities, and we look forward to working on it.” – David Krietor, CEO of Downtown Phoenix Inc.
The National Football League announced today locations and dates for the next two Pro Bowls.
The Pro Bowl following the 2014 season will be played on Sunday, January 25, 2015 and televised live on ESPN at 8 PM ET from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, the site of Super Bowl XLIX a week later on Sunday, February 1. The Arizona Cardinals and Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee will host the Pro Bowl and surrounding activities.
The Pro Bowl following the 2015 season will be played on Sunday, January 31, 2016 and televised live on ESPN from Aloha Stadium in Hawaii, which first hosted the NFL’s All-Star game in 1980. San Francisco will host Super Bowl L the following Sunday.
The NFL has an agreement with the State of Hawaii to play the Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium following the 2016 season but final confirmation of the game will be made at a later date.
Watched by 11.4 million viewers in 2014, the Pro Bowl, presented by McDonald’s, has been the most-watched all-star game in all of sports the past four years.
The 2015 Pro Bowl will be the third one played in the same city as the Super Bowl. The Los Angeles Coliseum hosted the first Super Bowl on January 15, 1967 and the Pro Bowl the following week. South Florida hosted the Pro Bowl in 2010 a week before Super Bowl XLIV.
The 2015 Pro Bowl will be the sixth consecutive game played prior to the Super Bowl.
The 2014 Pro Bowl featured a significantly revised format that will continue. For the first time, the Pro Bowl was “unconferenced,” and several key playing rules were changed. Rather than the familiar AFC vs. NFC match-up that had existed since 1971, players were selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players.
Tickets will be available first to Arizona Cardinals season ticket members and annual Pro Bowl season ticket holders. Pro Bowl annual ticket subscribers in Hawaii will maintain their account status for any future games at Aloha Stadium.
A unique opportunity to perform at all Mercury home games during the 2014 season
The Phoenix Mercury are looking for highly-energetic performers to audition for the 2014 Mercury Hip Hop Squad on Wednesday, April 9 on the Annexus Practice Court at US Airways Center. Registration begins at 6 p.m. with auditions starting at 6:30 p.m.
Those interested in auditioning must be at least 18 years of age by April 9. Members of the Hip Hop Squad are expected to perform at all Mercury home games, interact with fans and appear at community events throughout the 2014 season.
On the day of auditions, performers can park for free in the US Airways Center parking garage, located on the west side of the arena (on 1st Street just south of Jefferson). There is no fee to audition.
Finalists from round one of auditions will be asked to return for the final audition on Saturday, April 12 at Tempe Marketplace. The final audition will begin at 10 a.m. on the main stage near Dave and Busters, and is open to the public for viewing.
The Phoenix Mercury, presented by Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort, will open the 2014 WNBA season onSaturday, May 17, when they host the Seattle Storm at US Airways Center. And, don’t forget, this summer the Mercury and US Airways Center host Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014 onJuly 19. Season tickets, ticket packs, All-Star ticket packs, and single-game tickets are available now on PhoenixMercury.com.
Image Courtesy of Barry Gossage/Phoenix Mercury.
Super Bowl XLIX will be played in Glendale on February 1, 2015, but Super Bowl Central will be right here in downtown Phoenix. In the week preceding the big game, downtown Phoenix will host major events and initiatives centered in 12 city blocks, including the NFL Experience, the NFL Media Center and more. The activities were announced this morning by Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee representatives and Phoenix city officials.
Everyone will be working together to pull out all the stops, showcasing downtown Phoenix’s urban center within the warmth of the desert. “We know how to collaborate, and we know how to do it better than anyone else,” said CEO of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee Jay Parry of the relationship between the city and the NFL.
Vowing to be a great Super Bowl partner, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton spoke to the unique collaboration of a whole range of partners who are working together, including a city departments, Downtown Phoenix Inc., local businesses, restaurants, community groups and arts organizations.
“Super Bowl Central, along with the NFL Experience and NFL House, will turn Downtown Phoenix into the Super Bowl epicenter. It will provide both local and visiting fans an amazing opportunity to be part of this global event,” said Mayor Stanton.
The festivities will spread from CityScape to the Phoenix Convention Center, and Monroe Street to the US Airways Center, anchored by the iconic Super Bowl roman numeral numbers that will tower 30 feet high. Anticipating more than 1 million visitors, David Rousseau, Chairman, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, says, “We are thrilled to be providing extensive and engaging events and activities that will showcase the energetic and vibrant culture of Arizona to fans, sponsors and media alike.”
- NFL Experience—Phoenix Convention Center. The world’s largest interactive football theme park will feature attractions that simulate the elements that are found in the NFL, including free autograph sessions, kids’ football clinics, entertainment attractions, football memorabilia, interactive football games and more.
- NFL Media Center—Phoenix Convention Center. Anticipate 5,000+ media members. More than 30 countries will be represented.
- NFL Headquarters—Hyatt Regency Phoenix. A major hub of activity and meetings for the NFL and its key partners.
- NFL House—CityScape. A high-end, drop-in facility for business partners and Super Bowl VIPs that will operate from Thursday through Sunday of Super Bowl week.
- Outdoor Fan Campus—Spanning 12 city blocks throughout downtown Phoenix, from 3rd Street to Central Avenue and Jefferson Street to Monroe Street.
Activities throughout the Outdoor Fan Campus:
- Two entertainment stages featuring performances from local bands during the day to national recording artists at night.
- Beer and wine gardens
- Cultural and outdoor activities unique to Arizona
- Football themed activities
- Home of NBC and NFL Network studios
- Showcase Arizona community groups and schools
“Today’s announcement is a testament to the incredible work our downtown community has done to broaden and deepen our urban culture,” said David Krietor, CEO of Downtown Phoenix Inc. “Whether it’s the arts, music or sports, downtown Phoenix is fast becoming our region’s gathering place. I am 100% confident the NFL and the Host Committee will be pleased by the vitality and diversity they will experience in downtown Phoenix.”
Watch the Host Committee’s video depicting Super Bowl Central, and get a sneak peak of downtown as a backdrop to the week-long festivities.
Photography by Stephen G. Dreiseszun/Viewpoint Photographers
DPJ writers Hillary Brody and Jill Bernstein contributed to this story.
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PHOENIX SUNS ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP WITH ARIZONA RATTLERS
Partnership to include the Gorilla and Friends Greenhouse and Lucky Row giveaway at Suns home games
The Phoenix Suns are proud to announce a marketing partnership with the Arena Football League’s (AFL) Arizona Rattlers. The new agreement is one of a limited number of partnerships between a professional sports franchise and an AFL team.
The two teams already share a unique relationship as the Rattlers were owned by the Suns organization from its inception in 1992 until 2005. Since separating, the two teams have continued to share US Airways Center as their home playing venue. Now nine years later, the teams have joined forces once again.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Phoenix Suns organization,” said Rattlers majority owner Ron Shurts. “It is an honor to support the longest-running professional sports franchise in the Valley and it is only natural that our two organizations come together again. We look forward to uniting our fans and connecting with the community in a new and exciting way.”
“The Suns are excited to be a part of this unique partnership with the four-time Arena Bowl Champion Arizona Rattlers,” said Suns President Jason Rowley. “Between our long-standing relationship and both teams’ dedication to providing fans with exceptional service and entertainment, this partnership is a natural fit.”
Highlighting the partnership is a redesign of the Phoenix Suns Gorilla Greenhouse to include “Gorilla and Friends” where the Rattlers’ mascot Stryker joins the Gorilla and Phoenix Mercury’s Scorch in the play area located in the upper concourse. The Rattlers branding includes an interactive football game to be projected on the floor for children to enjoy during both NBA and AFL games. It also features multiple video screens and a collage of photos showcasing the exciting atmosphere of Rattlers football.
In addition to the Gorilla Greenhouse re-design, Rattlers signage and promotions will air on the video screens during Suns games as well as a monthly Lucky Row contest where fans of one lucky row will win a Rattlers Fan Pack.
Tickets are still available for the Suns matchup against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, February 21 at US Airways Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Like the Suns on the court, good seats are going fast! Make sure to get yours today at Suns.com, before they’re gone.
Occupation: Director of Membership Development, Downtown Phoenix, Inc.
What’s your favorite thing about Downtown Phoenix? I love the culture and diversity between the arts and the professional aspect. The juxtaposition of the sports venues, business towers, open spaces and public art.
What are your favorite places downtown? They’re based on neighborhoods. I love Roosevelt Row, all the way from Pita Jungle to Welcome Diner and everything along the way. Hance Park and What Should Go Here Pop-up Park. The restaurants on 1st and 2nd Streets like FilmBar and Angels Trumpet.
What’s would you consider your style? It’s a hybrid between professional and trendy and sometimes chic. My best friend is a fashionista so whatever she tells me. More specifically, it’s blazers mixed with skinny jeans, stilettos and a statement necklace. It has to work to go to board meetings with lawyers and finance people, while also hanging out with arts people and able to wear to evening events.
Biking fashion tips? I like to mix it up and sometimes wear skirts or dresses and bike in heels, but I always have backup flats or flip flops with me. It’s all about the step through bike.
Biking Essentials: A basket, bell, lights, my briefcase is always with me with a backup mini purse that can hang from my wrist, and sunglasses!
What she’s wearing: Black patent flats, black skinny jeans, a blouse from Target, and a vintage houndstooth-print jacket purchased in Los Angeles.
How do you think Grid Bikes will change/improve bike culture in downtown Phoenix? It’s for people like me who carpool. It’s a great opportunity to leave the car and not drive from garage to garage and have to remember where you parked. It’s great to have options.