Phoenix, Arizona has a robust sports industry, with major professional and college teams, as well as significant sporting events such as the NCAA Final Four and Super Bowl. This has had a positive impact on the economy and culture of the region. However, there is a belief that there is still potential for growth and for Phoenix to be recognized as a global hub for sports and sports business.
The Phoenix area is home to numerous professional sports franchises, including NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and WNBA teams. It also hosts major sporting events like the PGA Tour tournament, NASCAR races, New Year’s Six college football bowl game, Cactus League spring training and other college sports events. In addition to these teams and events, the region is also home to the Arizona Rattlers arena football team and Phoenix Rising FC, which recently won a championship in the USL, a secondary pro soccer league. These teams and events contribute significantly to the vibrant sports culture in Phoenix.
Xavier Gutierrez, president and CEO of the Coyotes has emphasized the need for Valley business leaders to recognize and capitalize on this potential in order to further establish Phoenix as an international hub for sports and sports business. He suggests that with the right strategies and investments in place, Phoenix could continue to grow its reputation in the sports industry and attract even more major events and opportunities in the future.