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
Visualizing a new building in a vacant lot sounds easy enough, but can you visualize how an entire downtown will evolve?
The Phoenix Community Alliance (PCA) hopes that a 3D model entitled Downtown Phoenix: Today and Tomorrow will help. What was originally created as a 400 square foot model by Arizona State University is being preserved and updated as a visual representation of ongoing downtown development.
PCA President Don Keuth, had it modified to 10 by 16 feet, and updated it to represent both the city as it stands today and the proposed locations of future buildings. It currently represents 7th Street to 3rd Avenue, and the majority of downtown up to McDowell.
As many downtown residents know, vacant lots continue to blight the landscape, with many left wondering what’s to be done with these seemingly fabulous pieces of real estate. According to Don, this model will help visitors not only see how far we’ve come, but what the city has planned for those empty spaces.
Visitors will notice a landscape that looks similar to, but not exactly like, Downtown Phoenix, with existing buildings in an off-white color, while proposed buildings featured in a different color.
“The idea is to let people know that we have a plan for the dirt,” Keuth said. It can also be used to gauge how future projects fit into the urban landscape, which can be difficult to conceptualize.
The model is currently on display in the second floor lobby of CityScape. Keuth hopes it will aid the conversation for proposed buildings in the near future.
Photography by Stephen G. Dreiseszun/Viewpoint Photographers
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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
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.
“We’re alive, vibrant, open for business.”
He understands the impact DPP has had on the 90-square block urban core since its inception in 1990. He also sees that times have changed, and that to take the next step in developing a vibrant downtown it was important to look beyond the boundaries of the DPP BID (business improvement district) and recognize the significance of connectivity throughout downtown to ensure the long-term vibrancy and sustainability of our city center. That’s where, he believes, an umbrella organization like Downtown Phoenix, Inc. can have an impact.
Butler grew up in San Manuel, a small mining town northeast of Tucson. He attended U of A and spent the first few years of his career in Tucson before relocating to Phoenix in 1995. Since that time he’s worked in downtown and had a front row seat for all of the changes over the last two decades.
Game-changing elements in downtown according to Butler include the development of CityScape, the light rail and the growth of both ASU and the U of A medical school. When he became the managing partner at Ernst & Young in 2008 they were nearing the end of their lease in the Renaissance building and they had to make a big decision to stay downtown or move elsewhere. They’d been in downtown for many years, but perhaps it was time for a change.
“The younger employees want to live downtown and up through the Central corridor.“
“As a result of the marketplace in 2008, it was a good time to be looking,” said Butler. They looked everywhere – Midtown, the Camelback/Biltmore area, and Scottsdale, but in the end the excitement about what was happening downtown convinced them that was where they needed to be. “At that time, I was on the Downtown Phoenix Partnership board and I loved what we were doing downtown,” said Butler. “We had cheaper alternatives and could have moved, but we saw what was happening here: CityScape was just coming out of the ground and ASU was giving birth to its vision of coming downtown. My executive team and I decided it was important to be a part of that momentum.”
“The average age in our firm is around 30 years old. Each year we recruit 20% of our workforce from Arizona universities to work in our audit, tax, and consulting services,” said Butler. He recognizes that these are the people who appreciate being able to live and work downtown, taking the light rail, riding their bikes, going to the restaurants, music venues, coffee houses, art openings, etc. “We have mandatory retirement at 58, so we are always building that pipeline. The younger employees want to live downtown and up through the Central corridor. And for that reason, light rail has been a game-changer.” He sees that having their headquarters in downtown has made it easy for these younger employees to live, work and enjoy downtown.
Additionally, much of their work involves entertaining clients and being downtown makes it easy, with access to sporting venues, music, restaurants and hotels all within a short walk from their offices. “Having a place to have a breakfast or dinner meeting is really important. Back in 2008 if we had a client that was coming in, there was a limit to where we could take them. We’re still short a few, and I’d like to see it change, but it’s improved a lot.”
“We all saw that in spite of the investment we’d made over the last twenty years, if there wasn’t a game or an event, after 5:30 the streets would clear out. So the question became, what do you focus on to make things happen?”
How do the other DPP board members see the development of DPI? “They’re all stakeholders down here. We all saw that in spite of the investment we’d made over the last twenty years, if there wasn’t a game or an event, after 5:30 the streets would clear out. So the question became, what do you focus on to make things happen?” said Butler. “CityScape was a game-changer. That brought attention to a sleepy downtown corridor, but what was next? How do you reach beyond the boundaries of the BID (business improvement district) to foster growth and vitality in the core?” DPI provides a way for DPP to continue to serve its immediate constituents and to be a part of the larger conversation and initiatives to build the downtown we want.
Butler sees the Super Bowl as an opportunity for downtown to show the world that “we’re alive, vibrant, open for business and we can fulfill you needs for entertainment, dining, lodging, as well as arts and culture.” He also sees the Super Bowl as a chance to test some of the “scaling up” that Butler believes needs to happen with law enforcement, hospitality, and services. He’s excited about the opportunity, but cautious as well.
So, in Butler’s opinion, what does come next? “We’re going to have to really work hard to have more venues down here that people want to go to,” said Butler, “and we’re going to have to get people down here first. We need service providers, eye doctors, dentists, clinics, grocery stores, etc.”
He knows that DPI cannot be everything to everybody, but this kind of umbrella organization has worked well in other cities and it will be good for downtown Phoenix as well. And six years on he still feels good about his decision to keep Ernst & Young in their downtown location. “When our clients see what’s happening down here, downtown becomes a much higher choice on their list of places to go.”
Just prior to rapelling the 27 stories of CityScape tower in downtown Phoenix, Rowley proposed to his now fiancée Kristin.
The couple were two of the 160 thrill-seekers who rapelled to raise funds for Special Olympics Arizona athletes.
Sponsors CityScape Phoenix and RED Development hosted the event at its offices, where participants who have raised more than $1,000 have the opportunity to experience Phoenix from new heights. Spectators, friends and family were encouraged to experience the launch for themselves at the today’s event. Read more about the event here.
Congratulations Jason and Kristin!