Phoenix, Arizona, is a city with a rich history of sports. The Phoenix Suns of the NBA, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Coyotes of MLB all play in downtown phoenix while their respective NHL team played there until 1999 before moving just over 20 miles outside city limits into Glendale.
Phoenix is one of the 13 cities across America that can boast of at least one representative from all four major professional sports leagues!
Home to the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL, who have played at State Farm Stadium (previously called University of Phoenix stadium till 2018) since it opened in 2006. The Redbirds are loved by their fans primarily due to their twelve play-offs appearances and continued years of competitiveness. The Cardinals owe a lot of their large local following to the city of Phoenix; hence, the club is an integral part of the city.
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Established in 1972, the Arizona Coyotes play their home games in Gila River Arena, Glendale, Arizona. Once known as the Phoenix Coyotes before the recent name change in 2014, this team has a large core of its fan base in Phoenix. Every home game sees thousands of Phoenicians travel a short distance to Glendale to show their home support. The club merchandise sales can also be commonly found around the city.
The winners of the MLB championship, 2001, Arizona Diamondbacks, who plays its home games at the reverend Chase Field stadium, is well supported in Phoenix. Founded in 1998, D-backs have managed to make itself the most followed Baseball team in the city. A typical MLB game at Chase Fields sees an average of 26,000 attendees.
The Phoenix Suns are the local basketball team of the city of Phoenix, Arizona. A member of the National Basketball Association (Men’s Basketball), The Suns compete in the Western Conference Pacific Division of the NBA. Founded in 1968, They play their home games in the FootPrint Arena, Phoenix, Arizona. With seven division titles and three conference titles, The Suns have a massive following in their home city, boasting an average home attendance of well over 15,000.
Phoenix has been the host of many other major sports and sporting events. The Phoenix International Raceway currently hosts several NASCAR (Motor Sport) events per season. The city is also a host to several professional golf events like the LPGA’s Founders Cup and The Phoenix Open (PGA Tour). The Phoenix Marathon is also an important racing event held annually in the city. College sports are also a big part of the sports scene of Phoenix.