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Meetings by Industry: Sports

When it comes to top-notch facilities for sporting events of all kinds, Scottsdale’s definitely got game. And we back up our facilities with year-round sunny skies, hotels and resorts in all price points, exciting off-the-field recreation options, great dining and nightlife, and a lush Sonoran Desert setting that’s second to none.


The Industry in Scottsdale

  • Scottsdale and the Valley of the Sun host premier professional, collegiate and amateur sporting events year-round.
  • Scottsdale is the home base for players, coaches and families during the annual Playstation Fiesta Bowl and Cheeze-It Bowl.
  • Every year, Scottsdale hosts the PGA Tour’s most well-attended tournament, the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
  • Every March, the San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks call Scottsdale home during Cactus League Spring Training.
  • The Valley of the Sun is home to teams from all of the major professional sports leagues, including the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and Phoenix Coyotes.

What Scottsdale Brings to the Table

  • Scottsdale’s award-winning sports facilities score big for flexibility, comfort and outstanding amenities. Options include:
  • WestWorld of Scottsdale features a 19-acre Polo Field, 20,000-square-foot Monterra event facility and the 300,000-square-foot Tony Nelssen Equestrian Arena with indoor seating for up to 3,400. In addition to equestrian events, WestWorld hosts lifestyle events such as the Barret-Jackson Collector Car Auction, Arizona Taco Festival, non-equestrian sports tournaments, and community events like the annual Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration.
  • Scottsdale Stadium, located in the heart of Old Town, offers a full-size field and practice field, stadium and berm seating for 11,000, the Right Field Pavilion with ramada-style roof and a variety of indoor and outdoor event spaces.
  • Salt River Fields at Talking Stick boasts a lighted stadium field, 12 practice fields, stadium and berm seating for 12,000 and numerous indoor and outdoor multi-use spaces.
  • Scottsdale Sports Complex, a 71-acre, state-of-the-art competitive sports facility offers six international-size fields, four regulation-size fields, and one full-size basketball court.
  • Scottsdale is a family friendly community with a wide variety of activities and attractions for all ages.
  • The City of Scottsdale offers an Event Venue Fee Funding program for tourism-driven sporting events that generate room nights in Scottsdale hotels and utilize a City-owned, -operated, or -controlled venue.
  • Each year, Experience Scottsdale hosts a Fiesta Bowl FAM, which allows you to experience the destination firsthand and attend one of college football’s most prestigious bowl games.
  • Experience Scottsdale is an active partner of the Arizona Sports & Entertainment Commission (ASEC), which can help promote and activate youth, collegiate and amateur sports events and programs. Available ASEC services include volunteer recruitment, sponsorship opportunities, social media campaigns, event operations and more.
  • We also maintain an excellent working relationship with sports organizations like the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), which provides networking opportunities, education and online marketing tools for various sports industry segments, including youth, collegiate and amateur tournaments and events.

What the Professionals are Saying

“With the economy as strong as it’s ever been, and growth in every pocket of the country (especially in Scottsdale AZ), it’s vital to the success of our events to have someone on our side who will help facilitate event space and assist with overnight accommodations. Erika Pumphrey and the Experience Scottsdale team help us to achieve our goals countless times throughout the year. They invest a personal dedication to ensure that every visitor to our events leaves with a positive and memorable experience. We couldn’t do what we do without them and are extremely thankful for their services and partnership throughout the years!”

Sports Event Organizer & Experience Scottsdale Sports FAM Attendee
Northville, IL


“Experience Scottsdale is innovative and progressive. They recognize the value events bring to their community and their support for event producers is second to none. Their lodging options and facilities are some of the best in the country and everything is first class.”

Baseball Event Organizer & Experience Scottsdale Sports FAM Attendee
Fort Collins, CO