By the time Super Bowl Sunday rolls around, Phoenix will have thrown one epic pre-game party. Of course, then the question is where to actually watch the Big Game (other than University of Phoenix stadium?)
The answer: Crescent Ballroom!
The local-favorite bar/restaurant/concert venue and Downtown Phoenix Journal invite you to the “Hamm’s Me the Ball” Super Bowl Party, where you can watch the game on the big screen in the ballroom.
Whether you’re a football fan, you only care about half-time and the commercials, or you’re only in it for the nachos, you’ll get to put one in the “win column” either way.”
Join us beginning at 3pm for this free event.
If you go
Event: Hamm’s Me the Ball Super Bowl Party
Where: Crescent Ballroom, 308 N 2nd Ave.
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.
As an independent chronicler of all things downtown, DPJ takes a comprehensive approach to covering the urban living movement in Phoenix and, with this Conversation series, spotlighting the people who make it move.
“Young people want to live in a more urbanized environment”
Recently, we sat down with Mayor Greg Stanton to reflect on the progress downtown stakeholders have made over the last year toward creating the vibrant urban core that we all want. We covered so much ground with the Mayor that we broke our conversation into two parts. The first part focused on the success we’ve had in bringing a wide-range of downtown stakeholders together to increase events and opportunities for people to experience our city center. This second part of the conversation focuses on why a vibrant downtown is essential for a healthy city.
Mayor Stanton has two young children, Trevor, aged seven, and Violet, aged four. So, we asked this Phoenix native to cast his vision forward 20 years and describe the kind of city he hopes they can experience, and hopefully, choose to live in as adults. He paused for a minute in reflection before pinpointing the one word that contains all of his hopes for this future Phoenix.
In the past we’ve made an argument for the essentialness of the central city in order to maximize the benefit of arts offerings, sports offerings, or to have a compact business community. Moving forward, the essentialness of downtown and the urbanized part of this valley and state is critically important from a sustainability perspective. It goes to the health of our planet.
Young people want to live in a more urbanized environment, not just because then they can walk to their office as a scientist at the bioscience campus; or as a lawyer in one of the leading law firms; or as a professor at ASU or an artist at their studio/gallery; and not just because they can walk to some of the best restaurants…and not just because they see public transportation as the best way to get around town and improve bike-ability; but because they understand that it’s important to the future of our planet that we urbanize.
Phoenix has so much potential. For Trevor and Violet, I want them to get a great education here, have the best recreational opportunities while they’re young, and the best after-school programs. I want them to go to college, maybe here, maybe elsewhere, but then come back to Phoenix and have a competitive career in any field they might want, that they can compare to opportunities in any other major city in America.
And oh, by the way, not just live there when they’re young, but actually raise their families in a place where they can still walk to work, take a short light rail or bus ride to work, or get on their bike and go to work. In the future, that’s going to be so much more the norm than it is today. Not just for all the fun that goes along with living in that urbanized environment, but because we really need to look at how cities form and develop from a sustainability point of view moving forward.
While we’re on the right track in downtown, the Mayor pointed out that there’s still a lot of work to do over the coming years. And in our rush to build a stronger downtown, we have to protect and preserve our history and incorporate the old with the new. He talked about recent projects in the pipeline, such as the re-purposing of the old Barrister Hotel into residential property. He emphasized that a key element to our success moving forward is to consider what it means to live in a neighborhood.
We’re going to have thousands and thousands of more people living in the urban heart of the city – both in in terms of new projects and in the re-purposing of existing buildings. Our challenge is that we must offer both the amenities and the quality of life that go along with a neighborhood.
If there’s one change of thought that is important, it’s a change in thinking about what downtown is. Previously, downtown was seen as a place where you went to work and then went home, or where you went to a ballgame or to one of our great art facilities, and then you went home. If we’re going to be successful, downtown has to be a neighborhood, and you have to have the amenities that go along with a neighborhood, like a grocery store or multiple grocery stores, that serve the downtown community.
For people who are going to live downtown and hopefully choose to raise their families here, they have to have confidence that our education system downtown is as good as you can find anywhere in the Valley. Also, is our street system set up so that the neighborhoods are walkable in downtown? Now, there are so many one-way streets because they are trying to service vehicles coming in and then going back out from downtown. That doesn’t make sense if it’s truly thought of as an urban, dense, livable neighborhood.
In addition to infrastructure improvements, such as the amenities he mentioned, and the reconfiguring of streets to serve the people who live here, Mayor Stanton spoke to the most essential element of a successful downtown, the people of Phoenix, including our next door neighbors in areas beyond downtown.
Our biggest challenge moving forward is the relationship that we have in areas south of downtown. First, the immediate south area, which is the warehouse district, and making sure that we take advantage of this moment in time…to get the right mix in the warehouse district and really create a true, vibrant district with business, residential and entertainment of various sorts.
And second, the big picture is our relationship with south Phoenix and South Mountain Village. To the city’s detriment, there’s a feeling that downtown almost turns its back on South Phoenix; that the front door to downtown is facing north and the back door is facing south. I believe that we have a unique opportunity when it comes to the light rail, particularly the light rail that’s going to go south on Central, to truly make downtown the center with two front doors – a front door south and a front door north and to make both of them equal. Not just the built environment – we’re working on that – but the feeling in the community.
Everyone must feel welcome in this downtown – not just artists, hipsters, and professionals who want to make it home, and not just the seniors who sell their three-bedroom home on the outskirts and move downtown to live the urban lifestyle.
At the core of his passion is the recognition that we need to make a conscious effort to welcome all of our neighbors to downtown. A welcoming downtown that serves all Phoenicians is essential to our sustainable, 21st century future.
I want to make sure that every single person, regardless of socio-economic status, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, immigration status feels comfortable in our city and, particularly, in our downtown. We have a ways to go on that, but it’s an important goal of mine to push our city in that direction.
As a community, we have accomplished amazing things in the last twenty years. Many individuals, institutions, publications, artists, teachers, business people, public stewards and rabble-rousers have sparked what we’ve seen come to life. Having all of the stakeholders at the table is propelling us into the highly adaptable and sustainable mindset that we, as a city, will need to navigate and thrive.
To keep the Conversations going, so to speak, DPJ will be talking with an even broader base of leaders in our greater downtown community and inviting guest writers to share their stories.
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CityScape Phoenix Home to Super Bowl XLIX Festivities & Parties
While a variety of the hottest celebrity parties will take over many of the CityScape restaurants and bars for private events, there will be an opportunity to get in on the action with open-to-the-public activities such as an autograph signing, outdoor ice skating, dining at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails and enjoying Bud Light Hotel, Live @ the Living Room, which will have a DJ nightly.
“RED Development and CityScape Phoenix are thrilled to help bring Super Bowl Central to Downtown Phoenix through our partnerships with the NFL and the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee,” says Jeff Moloznik, vice president of development for RED. “CityScape will be at the heart of all the excitement leading up to the big game and on Super Bowl Sunday.”
Opportunities at CityScape Phoenix that are open to the public include:
Autograph Signing at Patriots Park at CityScape Phoenix
Former players will be signing autographs for fans as part of Verizon Super Bowl Central.
- Free and open to the public.
- Wednesday, Jan. 28 through Sunday, Feb. 1.
- Days and times are subject to change and yet to be determined.
Puppy Bowl Café
Animal Planet is taking over The Corner and hosting Puppy Bowl XI. Come watch the Ruff vs. Fluff action to find out which team will be victorious with puppies from the Arizona Humane Society.
- Times and date to be announced soon.
CitySkate at CityScape Phoenix
Take a spin on the Valley’s largest outdoor ice rink now through Feb. 2.
- Day Session: 11am – 1:30pm (Daily). Night Session: 4pm – 11pm (Sun.– Fri.),4pm – Midnight (Sat.). Hours may vary.
- Kids and Adults – $12 each
- Military, Kids Under 4, Seniors – $6 each
- College Students (with valid student ID) and groups of 10 or more – $10 each
- Visit www.cityskatephx.com to purchase tickets and for a list of hours. Admission includes skate rental and unlimited skating all day.
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails will be open to the public throughout Super Bowl week for those looking to grab a bite, a craft cocktail and possibly spot some celebrities and football players.
- From Thursday, Jan. 29 through Saturday, Jan. 31, the restaurant is offering a special three-course full dinner menu for $65++. Hours of operation will vary from the regular schedule: Lunch: 11am-3pm. Bar Menu: 3pm-5pm. Dinner: 5pm-11pm.
- Reservations are strongly recommended.
- For more information, visit http://www.bluehoundkitchen.com or call 602-258-0231.
- Address: 2 East Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Bud Light Hotel, Live @ the Living Room
LUSTRE Rooftop Garden will open Live @ the Living Room, a pop-up nightlife hotspot, offering beer, cocktails and light fare with a guest DJ spinning nightly. The pop-up lounge will be located in the living room area adjacent to Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails.
- Friday, Jan. 30 through Saturday, Jan. 31
- Open 4pm – 2am.
- Open to the public.
- For more information, visit http://www.bluehoundkitchen.com/ or call 602-258-0231.
- Address: 2 East Jefferson Street, Phoenix
Celebrity and VIP private parties at CityScape include:
Thursday, Jan. 29 – Sunday, Feb. 1
NFL guests will attend this private event.
Located at Stand Up Live
Thursday, Jan. 29 – Sunday, Feb. 1
Alumni and Hall of Fame players will attend this private event.
Bud Light House of Whatever
Friday, Jan. 30 – Sunday, Feb. 1
Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape transforms into “Bud Light House of Whatever” for three days of private parties, concerts and #UpForWhatever activities.
Image provided by CityScape
Super Bowl XLIX rolls into Phoenix in just under two weeks and with it comes one of the biggest parties in the world. The best part: that party is being thrown right in the heart of our awesome downtown.
According to Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, the city is ready to welcome “a million of our closest friends” to enjoy our vibrant culture and beautiful weather.
Football fans from the northwest, the northeast, and everywhere in between “will visit the heart of downtown Phoenix for family-friendly fun and excitement,” says Stanton. They will experience the flourishing cultural, food, arts and entertainment scenes that we are lucky enough to be immersed in every day.
While the two best teams in the NFL will take to the gridiron on Super Bowl Sunday, it has also taken a championship-level team of people to put together this high-profile event. Through close coordination between The City of Phoenix, Downtown Phoenix Inc., the NFL, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, and many others, downtown Phoenix will be ready to shine when things officially kick off over the January 23rd Pro Bowl weekend and throughout the week leading up to the Super Bowl on February 1st.
The epicenter of activity will take place at Verizon Super Bowl Central, an entertainment campus encompassing 12 city blocks of downtown, from Monroe St. to Jefferson St., and 1st Ave. to 5th St. The free, five-day event will feature football and Arizona-themed activities, The Grand Canyon Experience rock climbing wall, concerts, autograph sessions, food and beverages, along with the “Kick the Waste” sustainability initiative, one of the most comprehensive waste reduction programs in the history of Super Bowl festivities.
Beyond the borders of Super Bowl Central, downtown Phoenix will show off its unique local culture through TRUE DTPHX from January 23-24, a special event weekend filled with shopping and restaurant specials throughout its various districts and a music festival at Civic Space Park featuring local artists. Downtown will also play host to national TV broadcasts from networks including NBC Universal, the NFL Network, CNN, MSNBC and TV shows like ”The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” and the “Today” show.
From football, to music, to food, to culture, downtown Phoenix will offer endless options for fun surrounding the big game. You can find a complete listing here, but these are just a few of the highlights:
What: The official hub of activities for Super Bowl fans, spanning 12 blocks in downtown Phoenix and featuring football-themed attractions, concerts from local and national artists, NFL player autograph opportunities, food and drink specials from local restaurants and vendors and nightly fireworks displays.
When: January 28 to February 1
What: Part of Super Bowl Central, this climbing wall will be a replica of Arizona’s iconic Grand Canyon and measure 30 feet tall by 100 feet wide. It will feature 20 climbing positions and an 18-foot waterfall in the middle.
When: January 28 to February 1
What: An interactive football theme park located in the Phoenix Convention Center featuring games, displays, youth football clinics and autograph sessions.
When: January 24 to February 1
What: Held at U.S. Airways Arena, fans will have the opportunity to watch as players from the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots are interviewed by media from around the world. Arizona Cardinals players Drew Stanton and Patrick Peterson will also be in attendance.
When: January 27
What: A weekend-long showcase of everything that makes downtown Phoenix unique. A selection of events include:
Roosevelt Row Sidewalk Sale: Local businesses, vendors and restaurants will bring their offerings out on to the sidewalks of this walkable arts district and surrounding areas, making it easy for shoppers to find unique items like art, jewelry, clothing and food.
DTPHX City Sampler: A self-guided culinary tour with $5 samples of food and drinks from many of downtown’s delicious restaurants and bars.
True DTPHX Music Festival: A free local music fest over two nights at Civic Space Park featuring multiple genres of music, interactive art displays, food trucks and beer from local breweries.
DeSoto Building Preview: Enjoy a sneak preview of the patio of the soon-to-be-open DeSoto Central Market with food trucks, music, games and arts vendors on January 24th.
When: January 23 to 24
Photography by Stephen G. Dreiseszun/Viewpoint Photographers
Super Bowl Central images courtesy of Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee