Phoenix baseball might not be the first thing that pops into your mind when you’re planning to visit Scottsdale. A day at the ballpark can be a great family treat, though, and there are plenty of Arizona Diamondbacks games remaining on the schedule. There are also a couple of huge football games coming up in mid-September for Phoenix’s two favorite gridiron squads. So grab a giant foam finger and some cash for nachos when you pack your bags for your Scottsdale trip, and make sure to grab tickets for these big games:
D-backs vs. Giants (August 30). It’s been a tough summer for Phoenix baseball. At the beginning of the season, the NL West championship seemed like a reasonable goal. Now the red-hot Dodgers are way ahead in the standings and the D-backs are playing catch-up. But both the division and a wild-card spot are still within reach, so come on out to Chase Field on August 30 to see the D-backs fight for their postseason life. The home fans will be happy to give San Francisco another demoralizing loss, and you can catch a fireworks show by Gila River Casinos.
Sun Devils vs. Badgers (September 14). A non-conference college football game can be a big snooze-fest – that’s just what happens when one team is hopelessly outmatched. Arizona State and Wisconsin are two of the biggest names in college football, though, so this battle at Sun Devil Stadium is for real. The Badgers have made three consecutive BCS Bowls, but this will be one of the first real tests for new head coach Gary Anderson. The Sun Devils, meanwhile, have a chance to shake up the Pac-12 this year with a stingy D led by defensive tackle Will Sutton. Tickets go on sale August 22, but they’ll go fast.
Cardinals vs. Lions (September 15). Arizona’s home opener against the Detroit Lions will answer a lot of lingering questions about the Cardinals. Bruce Arians was named AP NFL Coach of the Year last year, a first-ever for an interim coach. But will the magic continue as he transitions to head coach? Can Carson Palmer be the Pro Bowl QB he used to be, or did the Raiders ruin him for good? Can defensive stud Patrick Peterson help rookie Tyrann Mathieu transition to the pro game, or was Mathieu’s dismissal at LSU a sign of trouble to come? The Cards have their work cut out for them (especially in the revitalized NFC West), but it’s ok to be cautiously optimistic.
Grab these Phoenix baseball and football tickets while you’ve still got a chance – it’s just not a real Scottsdale trip without a Coke in one hand, a hot dog in the other and the crack of the bat before a line drive rockets toward the warning track.