VALLEY OF THE SUN SPORTS

Pro Sports
The Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St., 602/514-8400 or 888/777-4664 ticket office, 602/462-6500 general information, www.azdiamondbacks.com) play major league baseball in their spacious home. The NBA Phoenix Suns (US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., 602/379-7867, www.suns.com) play professional basketball. Phoenix Mercury (602/252-9622, www.wnba.com/mercury) women WNBA basketball players compete at US Airways Center. The NFL's Arizona Cardinals (602/379-0102 or 800/999-1402 ticket office, www.azcardinals.com) play home football games at the University of Phoenix in Glendale.
    The Phoenix Coyotes (480/563-7825 or 888/255-7825, www.phoenixcoyotes.com) play NHL ice hockey Oct.-April at Glendale Arena near the intersection of the 101 Loop and Glendale Avenue.
   Waste Management Phoenix Open (602/870-0163, http://wastemanagementphoenixopen.com/) attracts big-name professional golfers each January to the Tournament Players Club in Scottsdale.

FBR Open Golf Tournament, is now the  attracting big-name professional golfers each February to the Tournament Players Club in Scottsdale.

College Sports
The Arizona State University Sun Devils (ASU campus in Tempe, 480/965-2381, www.thesundevils.com) battle opponents in an active program of football, baseball, basketball, swimming, gymnastics, archery, and other sports.

Motor Sports
Phoenix International Raceway (707 S. 115th Ave., 602/252-3833, www.phoenixraceway.com) schedules major events. Firebird International Raceway (602/268-0200, www.firebirdraceway.com) offers land and water racing at a professional NHRA drag strip and a 120-acre water-sports lake 12 miles southeast of Phoenix off I-10 at Exit 162A.

At the Races
Dogs run at Phoenix Greyhound Park (3801 E. Washington at 40th St., 602/273-7181, www.phoenixgreyhoundpark.com) at 7:30 p.m. daily year-round; stay cool in the air-conditioned grandstands and clubhouse. In Apache Junction, Apache Greyhound Park (2551 W. Apache Trail, 480/982-2371) runs events at 1 p.m. Wed. and Fri.-Sun., from late November to early April; off-track betting is offered daily year-round.
    Thoroughbreds and quarter horses race at Turf Paradise (1501 W. Bell Rd. and 19th Ave., 602/942-1101, www.turfparadise.com) from late September to mid-May, usually Fri.-Tues. with simulcast racing on other days.
 

THE CACTUS LEAGUE: SPRING TRAINING UNDER THE SUN

Twelve major-league baseball teams—known as the "Cactus League"—currently warm up for the season in spring training camps under Arizona's blue skies. For fans who enjoy watching players practice and play exhibition games in Valley of the Sun or Tucson stadiums, the time is one of welcoming back their teams after a long winter. Low ticket prices and the many new or renovated stadiums add to the pleasure of watching the teams begin their play. Admission prices run $5-24 depending on venue and seating. The action takes place in March, with the possibility of some games at the end of February and beginning of April.
You can get the schedules and venue information for all of the teams from the Mesa Convention & Visitor's Bureau (120 N. Center, Mesa, AZ 85201, 480/827-4700 or 800/283-6372, www.visitmesa.com, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.- Fri.). Staff will mail or fax you the information, or you can get it from the website. Sports sections of the Arizona Republic, the Tribune, the Arizona Daily Star, and other newspapers will have the latest spring-training write-ups and schedules.

Teams and Venues
The Anaheim Angels play ball at Tempe Diablo Stadium, 2200 W. Alameda Drive in Tempe; it's off 48th St., one mile south of I-10 Exit 153.

The Arizona Diamondbacks compete at Tucson Electric Park, 2500 E. Ajo Way in Tucson; take I-10 Kino Parkway Exit 263 and turn east on Ajo Way.

The Chicago Cubs are at Hohokam Park Stadium, 1235 N. Center Street in Mesa, 1.5 miles north of downtown.

The Chicago White Sox play at Tucson Electric Park, 2500 E. Ajo Way in Tucson; take I-10 Kino Parkway Exit 263 and turn east on Ajo Way.

The Colorado Rockies swing at Hi Corbett Field in Randolph Park, east of downtown Tucson at 3400 E. Camino Campestre; take the I-10 Broadway/Congress Exit 258 and go east four miles.

The Kansas City Royals preside at Surprise Stadium, 158501 N. Bullard Avenue northwest of Phoenix in Surprise; head west on Bell Road from the 101 Loop (Agua Fria Fwy.) or east on Bell Road from the 303 Loop (Estrella Fwy.).

The Milwaukee Brewers play at Maryvale Baseball Park, 3600 N. 51st Avenue in west Phoenix; take I-10 51st Avenue Exit 139 and go north 1.5 miles (the park is on the left just before Indian School Rd.) or take I-17 Indian School Exit 202 and head west 4.5 miles on Indian School Road.

The Oakland Athletics practice at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on the south side of Papago Park, 5999 E. Van Buren Street in east Phoenix; from the 202 Loop (Red Mountain Freeway), take the Van Buren St. exit (if eastbound) and go one mile east on Van Buren St. or take the Priest Drive exit (if westbound) and go one mile north on Priest Drive.

The San Diego Padres converge at Peoria Stadium, 16101 N. 83rd Ave., northwest of Phoenix in Peoria; take I-17 Bell Road Exit 212, go west 8 miles on Bell, then left on 83rd Avenue.

The San Francisco Giants play at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Road in downtown Scottsdale; the stadium is on the northeast corner of Osborn and Civic Center Plaza, half a mile east of Scottsdale Road.

The Seattle Mariners sail at the Peoria Stadium, 16101 N. 83rd Avenue, northwest of Phoenix in Peoria; take the I-17 Bell Road Exit 212, go west 8 miles on Bell, then left on 83rd Avenue.

The Texas Rangers ride at Surprise Stadium, 158501 N. Bullard Avenue northwest of Phoenix in Surprise; head west on Bell Road from the 101 Loop (Agua Fria Fwy.) or east on Bell Road from the 303 Loop (Estrella Fwy.).

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