SUPER BOWL XLIX INFORMATION
Greater Phoenix is gearing up to host 2015 Pro Bowl (Jan. 25) and Super Bowl XLIX (Feb. 1), the information below will help visitors make the most of their visit.
Super Bowl Central
•Super Bowl Central (Jan. 28 - Feb. 1) will cover 12 blocks of downtown Phoenix and be the epicenter of family-friendly entertainment for football fans in the days leading up to Super Bowl XLIX. Admission to Super Bowl Central is free to the public.
•Rock out and dance the night away to live music.
•Meet former NFL players and get their autograph.
•Get Instagram-worthy selfies at the 30-foot-tall XLIX Roman numerals and Arizona-themed backdrops.
•Mix and mingle at beer and wine gardens while soaking in Phoenix's winter sunshine.
•Enjoy nightly fireworks displays.
•Watch your favorite analysts and commentators from NBC, the NFL Network and others at outdoor broadcast areas.
The National Football League will host the 22nd annual NFL Experience at the Phoenix Convention Centerfrom Jan. 24 - Feb. 1, 2015. The NFL Experience Engineered by GMC is the most exciting continuous event surrounding Super Bowl XLIX – pro football's interactive theme park offering participatory games, displays, entertainment attractions, youth football clinics and free autograph sessions from current and former NFL players.
The Bridgestone Fan Gallery also will live within NFL Experience Engineered by GMC. Separate tickets are not required. Experience a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Radio Row at the Fan Gallery. Breathe in the exciting buzz that will constantly be swarming around the Media Center throughout Super Bowl XLIX.
Football fans are getting a double dose of the NFL's best while in Greater Phoenix this year. The 2015 Pro Bowlwill be taking place at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 25, just a week before the Super Bowl kicks off. Like the 2014 game, this season's Pro Bowl will be "unconferenced," with players from both the AFC and NFC on each team and captained by a league legend. The Pro Bowl received rave reviews for its new format and exciting style of play last year and will surely bring the same electric atmosphere to this year's game.
The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee unveiled the First Solar, Inc. Super-Sized Countdown Clock at the beginning of December as their most recent addition to Super Bowl Central in downtown Phoenix. The super-sized, advanced clock, located on Jefferson and First Street stands at 13 feet tall and is illuminated by more than 200 feet of LED lights. The feature will keep fans “in the know” about Super Bowl related activities on Super Bowl Central’s 12-city block fan campus.
Phoenix Valley Metro is offering a commemorative Super Bowl XLIX 7-day transit pass. The pass offers easy access to all the fun with streamlined boarding on a bus or the light rail, as well as a keepsake of Arizona history. Valley Metro is offering the special pass package for only $25, which includes a 7-Day commemorative transit pass, souvenir lanyard and a convenient transit pocket guide with maps and list of destinations. A reduced pass is available for $15 for persons with disabilities, seniors 65 and older or youth age 6-18.
Humana is hosting the Wounded Warrior charity football game during Super Bowl week to honor America’s military and their families. The flag football game will be between the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team and more than 40 current and retired NFL stars. The game will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix.
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Downtown Phoenix is Arizona's bustling urban heart, with activities for foodies, fans and families. It’s a hub of dining, nightlife, sports, cultural attractions and more, all within a short distance of each other. Downtown Phoenix is walking-friendly and easily accessible with the Valley Metro Light Rail service.
PHX Sky Train® now serves all terminals at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The opening of the newest section of the PHX Sky Train® extends to Terminal 3 with a walkway to Terminal 2. The train now connects the regional Valley Metro Rail with Sky Harbor’s East Economy Parking and all three airport terminals. The PHX Sky Train® operates seven days a week, 365 days a year, and is free of charge to customers.
Air Canada rouge launched new seasonal non-stop flights between Phoenix and Vancouver on December 17. Flights operate daily until April 30 on the Airbus A319 aircraft. Air Canada rouge is Air Canada’s new leisure airline, part of the Air Canada Leisure Group, along with Air Canada Vacations. Together with Air Canada Vacations, Air Canada rouge offers competitively-priced travel to 50 exciting destinations on 68 routes in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Europe, South America, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Eight Arizona hotels have been ranked as some of the top hotels in the world in a report by Travel and Leisure. The eight include The Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa Sedona,L’Auberge de Sedona, The Phoenician, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch,Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, and The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.
For the 2015 winter and spring season The Pointe Hiltons at Tapatio and Squaw Peak’s Golf Stay and Play Package includes a one-night stay, Hilton breakfast and one round of golf at the scenic Lookout Mountain Golf Club. Rates start at $298 from Jan. 1 to April 12.
Beginning January 7, you can stay at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa and enjoy the Winter Escape Packagewhen you purchase one night of luxury accommodations and receive two Alvadora Spa credits and one $25 T.Cook’s Dinner for two credit.
The retro-chic Hotel Valley Ho in downtown Scottsdale has added a brand-new Loft Suite in the seven-story Tower. The Loft Suite West features 1,500 square feet of indoor space and 350 square feet of outdoor space on four terraces. Upstairs is a sunny, yellow kitchen complete with everything needed for a meal in, along with a dining area, living room, and bathroom. A floating staircase leads downstairs to a spacious bedroom, terrazzo-tile master bathroom with a separate shower and large soaking tub, washer/dryer, and walk-in closet. Spectacular views of Camelback Mountain are enhanced by a large mirror wall in the kitchen and drapes in the living room that complement the colors of the Sonoran Desert at sunset.
ARTS, CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT
Sports have played a pivotal role in American Indian tribal communities; in fact, many contemporary sports are rooted in traditional tribal sporting games. This winter visit Heard Museum for its latest exhibit, “Beautiful Games: American Indian Sport and Art.” This exhibit features artwork, artifacts, history and discussions about sports and its role in tribal life.
The Heard Museum is hosting the 25th Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 7 and 8th 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Experience the fast-paced precision and grace of hoop dancing at a celebration of a quarter century of championship competition at the Heard Museum. The contest features more than 70 top Native hoop dancers from across the United States and Canada competing for cash prizes for visitors to enjoy. Delicious fry bread and other American Indian foods will also be available. Tickets for the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest will be sold after Jan. 1 and will cost $18 for adults, $13.50 for seniors 65 and older, $12 for American Indians and Heard Museum Members, and $7.50 for children ages four to 12. Children younger than four can attend for free. Cost includes event and museum admission.
The Experience Gallery is one of the most popular places at the Musical Instrument Museum, and a recent donation means there are even more instruments for guests to play when they visit. Two five-stringed banjos, donated by the Deering Banjo Company of Spring Valley, Calif., were recently installed in the Experience Gallery and have already proven to be a hit among guests of all ages.
Phoenix Art Museum is excited to announce some amazing programming through their Center for Film this upcoming season. The upcoming Film Form/Film Art series explores the diverse world of avant-garde cinema, screening many masterworks of the genre in their original, true 16mm prints! The series is in conjunction with museum exhibitions Leonardo DaVinci: Codex Leicester and Platinum: Contemporary Photography. Programs begin Jan. 11 and go through March. Some of the ongoing exhibits include Sacred Stories and Images of the Buddha: The Vessantara Jataka Scroll, Fashioned in America, All That Glitters is Not Gold: Platinum Photography from the Center for Creative Photography and Mysteries from Europe: Works by Unidentified Artists.
The Pueblo Grande Museum welcomes David R. Wilcox for the Brown Bag Ballcourt Lecture, Hohokam Public Architecture: Plazas, Ballcourts and Mounds: What were they? Now about 200 Hohokam "ballcourts" are known, distributed over a large area from Flagstaff to Tucson and Gila Bend to southeastern Arizona. The cultural meaning of these features and their place through time, in site structures in relationship to other elements of public architecture, such as plazas and mounds, is reevaluated. The museum will continue their programs through January such as the Behind the Scenes Tour with Curator and the Park of Four Waters Tour where you will be taken on a tour through undeveloped, natural desert to the ruins of prehistoric Hohokam canal systems. Other programs featured this month include the Prehistoric Games Drop-in Program and the Rosson House Drop-in Program, both discussing ancient games of the Southwest.
A new museum, Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West opens to the public on Jan. 15. The 43,000-square-foot building is located on the northwest corner of Marshall Way and First Street in downtown Scottsdale. The museum will focus on all 19 Western states, featuring rotating exhibitions of art and cultural treasures on loan from some of the world's foremost collectors and institutions. The facility also will feature a 135-seat theater/auditorium funded by the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to host performances and special programs to highlight stories of the West.
This January, Magic Bird Festivals presents the 4th Annual Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival. This free, three-day event runs 10 a.m.to 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 23 to Sunday, Jan. 25, in the Carefree Desert Gardens. Native cultures unite with 100 highly acclaimed artists displaying traditional and contemporary jewelry, sculpture, artwork, and handcrafts. Live Native American hoopdancing performances by world-champions, Moontee Sinquah and Brian Hammill will take place in the outdoor amphitheater. The festival celebrates Native American artisanship and intercultural understanding. Over 10,000 visitors are expected to attend.
The month of January brings major events to the Valley of the Sun such as Disney on Ice Wednesday Jan. 7 to Sunday Jan. 11 at the newly named Talking Stick Resort Arena (formerly known as US Airways Center), theMonster Energy AMA Supercross Saturday, Jan. 10 at Chase Field, PF Chang's Rock n Roll marathonFriday Jan. 16 to Sunday Jan. 18in Cityscape, Barrett Jackson Jan. 10 to the 18th, Waste Management OpenJan. 26 to Feb. 1, the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in downtown Phoenix Jan. 19,the NFL Pro Bowl Jan. 25, and of course, Super Bowl XLIX related activities Jan. 24 to Feb. 1 at the Phoenix Convention Center, theTalking Stick Resort Arena and the Westgate Entertainment District.
US Airways Center unveils a new name Talking Stick Resort Arena. The former US Airways Center is home of the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix MercuryandArizona Rattlers, as well as the Valley’s premier concert venue in downtown Phoenix.
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced a new partnership with Levy Retail Group to manage all retail merchandising operations at Chase Field, including an off-season renovation of on-site retail facilities.Building on Levy’s longtime relationship as the D-backs’ official dining and hospitality partner, the new agreement expands the award-winning restaurant company’s operations to deliver a fully integrated fan experience. Levy Retail Group will begin renovations this November, in partnership with HKS Architects, Shawmut Design & Construction and 555 International, an award-winning global design, development and fabrication firm.Renovations include the reimagining of the flagship store, two additional stores located on the Suite Level and Upper Concourse, and eight merchandise kiosks throughout the stadium. To create a more dynamic shopping experience for fans, Levy will re-concept each retail outlet by theme to offer a wider variety of specialty items and Chase Field exclusive merchandise, including stands focused on women and children, among others.
An invigorated and imaginative new spa has emerged at the legendary Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort following a complete makeover that has revamped and repositioned every aspect of the facility. A floor-to-ceiling remodeling of the interior created a comfortable and soothing environment in a color scheme that connects guests with the hues of the surrounding nature plus a new menu that embodies a luxury wellness concept engineered to create unique experiences for each guest’s personal preferences, desires and well-being. It employs the healing power of touch and authentic engagement in conjunction with organic, raw, vegan and gluten-free products. Special offer spa treatments are now available at Spa Biltmore Sunday through Tuesday at the Arizona Biltmore from now to Jan. 20.The Serenity Massage with a Hydrating Foot Treatment (50 minutes, $135) will start your New Year off on the right foot. Enjoy a full body massage easing muscle tension through Swedish techniques. Your relaxation experience is highlighted with a honey-aloe-papaya foot treatment that includes a warm foot wrap. Your soles will be revived with the addition of minty shea butter. The NuFace—Advanced Skin Care Addition to any Facial (30 minutes, $65). Experience gentle Micro-current technology to stimulate, lift and tone facial muscles. The facial improves the production of collagen and elastin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles for a smoother and fresher look for the New Year.
The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort has excellent spa treatment savings the whole month of January with their Peppermint Pedicure (50 minutes, $50), which is a combination of mint and coffee that will leave your soles super refreshed. A peppermint soak will nourish and soften the skin, while the coffee scrub detoxify and exfoliate. Finish up with a red hot sparkling oil massage to leave your feet feeling refreshed. They also offer the same deal for their Caramel Brulee Pedicure (50 minutes, $50), which is a combination of Butter Brulee Soak, Caramel Coffee Scrub and Whoopie Cream lotion. This treatment will moisturize, soothe, and detoxify your tired toes. Enjoy a complimentary Caramel Brulee Latte with this service. The Massage Scrub Combo (80 minutes, $130) allows you to enjoy your choice of a Caramel Coffee Scrub or Sweet Cream Scrub, followed by a 50-minute Swedish massage.
Enjoy Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms new enrichment experience Spa dēhp©, a wellness therapy tailored to unlock your body's unique intelligence process, integrating your stored experiences, promoting a sense of well-being and assiting you in new personal growth and development. The word dēhp (pronounced "deep") is an acronym for Developed Expression of Human Potential. Spa dēhp is an intense, however, non-invasive session that unlocks emotions and unblocks the creative flow. A special at the Royal Palms starting at $699 allows you to enjoy an 80-minute Spa dēhp © Experience ($300 value), one night luxury accommodations, a complimentary upgrade at time of booking, on-property yoga and stretch session, a special arrival amenity, and guaranteed late checkout.
Winter specials continue into the New Year at the VH Spa for Vitality + Health at Hotel Valley Ho. The Winter Apple Facial (60 minutes, $75 – normally $125) begins with a winter apple peel designed to fight wrinkles and concludes with an apple soufflé masque that illuminates dry and dull skin. The Toasted Marshmallow Pedicure(60 minutes, $45 – normally $65) headlines a delightful winter aroma and commences with a variety of seasonal colors from Morgan Taylor to get your nails ready for any holiday festivities. The Cinnamon Cheer Massage (90 minutes, $95 – normally $185) begins with a nourishing honey sugar scrub followed by a red hot cinnamon aromatherapy massage for an experience that is both decadent and exhilarating.
Talking Stick Resort is continuing their Holiday on the 14th Floor specials on treatments Sunday through Thursday, until Jan. 22. The Mimosa Champagne Pedi ($58- normally $80) combines champagne grape, orange essential and green tea to hydrate, brighten and sooth tired toes while enjoying a mimosa! The pedicure ends with a polish of your choice. The Warm Stone Facial ($108 regularly $150) focuses on anti-aging, repairing and replenishing of the skin. Your facial massage is done with warm facial stones to allow for maximum moisture to brighten the face. This treatment ends with the warm oil from the candle to massage the décolleté, neck and hands. The Mimosa Champagne Sugar Scrub ($108 regularly $150) has a little bubbly for the body! This body polish offers a little champagne grape, orange essential and green tea to brighten and renew the body’s complexion. It is the perfect treatment to ring in the New Year!
Since it’s opening in September, Mother Bunch Brewing, located in downtown Phoenix on 7th street has proved to have an extensive selection of local brews on tap and a staff that really knows their stuff. Spend $6 on a simple brew or go big with one that costs $10. A few favorites on the brewery’s menu include their mussels steamed in the house beer, the Roosevelt Reuben and their MB Beer Mac V with the cheddar sauce spiked with the house beer.
The recently opened Postino Winecafe Tempe has gained a neighbor. Snooze, a breakfast and brunch hotspot has opened up next door. This is not your typical breakfast restaurant. A restaurant that embodies sustainability and helping its community; 90 percent of snooze’s waste is composted and a portion of every dollar makes its way back to the community through donation, sponsorship or in-kind. Snooze’s menu is made up of homemade plates such as French toast with mascarpone cheese and salted caramel, breakfast pot pie topped with rosemary sausage gravy, seafood tacos and a salmon cobb salad. Breakfast drinks at their full bar include their mimosas, bloody marys and "brewmosas," a combo of wheat beer and orange juice.
Craft beer lovers have the chance to go behind the scenes of Four Peaks Brewing Company. The Arizona based brewery is offering tours on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m. at its 8th Street location. .The tours are $10 per person, last about 45 minutes and include two pints of any of their core beers and a 10 percent discount on merchandise and packaged beers. Not only will participants learn about the brewing process, but they will learn about the history of the brewery’s “Creamery Building.”
Salt River Fields ‘Street Eats’, a food truck event with more than 50 trucks returns to Phoenix on February 7 and 8. The much anticipated event fills guests’ stomachs and offers a kids zone, live music, cooking demonstrations and an array of zany competitions on a contest stage.
Salut Kitchen Bar now has a new brunch menu that throws a creative twist on all of your breakfast favorites. From savory Benedicts piled high with all the fixins to crispy-griddled and cinnamon-dusted Chicken and Waffles, and even an array of healthy low carb and gluten-free options, Salut offers a place to relish the weekends with good food and both two and four-legged friends. Brunch at Salut runs from 9:30 am until 2:00 pm every Saturday and Sunday with 50% off bottles of wine on Sundays all day.
Wild Game Grill is now open in Central Phoenix on East Thomas Road. The restaurant has replaced a 74-year-old Central Phoenix strip center, with the entire structure transformed using design elements of original concrete, brick, iron and wood. WGG boasts a menu of bison and boar, Rocky Mountain oysters, rabbit, elk, venison and more, without abandoning that gourmet burger, or steak either. All of the meat is free-range, high-protein and organic, too, an added bonus for the health conscious foodies! Take a walk on the ‘wild’ side with Wild Game Grill.
Talking Stick Resort’s award-winning chef, Ron Dimas, was named the champion of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association’s (AIGA) Expo 2014 Chef’s Challenge on Nov. 6. This marks the second year in a row that the chef de cuisine of Orange Sky was recognized with the “Best of Show” title. The Expo AIGA is an annual event that allows Arizona tribal enterprise chefs to showcase their cooking technique and compete for top honors. Hosted at We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center, this year’s contest featured a tailgate grill-off theme and called for the chef’s signature go-to recipes. A judging panel ranked entries based on originality, taste and food presentation and, in the end, chose Dimas’ Mesquite Boar Rib with Acorn Squash and Agave-Chile Chutney as the winning dish.