If you are a fan of professional sports, Arizona is the place to be. With four professional teams playing in different leagues, there is always a game to watch.
The Phoenix Suns play in the NBA, the Arizona Diamondbacks play in MLB, the Phoenix Coyotes play in the NHL, and the Arizona Cardinals play in the NFL. Oh, and do not forget that there are a number of college teams, too!
If you are looking for a great sporting event to attend, one of these teams is sure to have a game coming up that you can enjoy! In this article, we will take a look at each of these teams and what they have to offer fans.
The Phoenix Suns are one of the most popular professional basketball teams in the country. They have a long history dating back to 1968 when they were founded as an expansion team.
The Suns have won two NBA championships, in 1976 and 1993. They also made it to the Finals in 1984 but lost to the Boston Celtics. The Suns play their home games at the Footprint Center, which is located in downtown Phoenix.
After finishing top of the Western Conference last season, the team made it to the Conference Semifinals in the 21/22 NBA playoffs, however they were eliminated by the Dallas Mavericks despite holding a 2-0 advantage after the first two games.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are another popular professional baseball team that calls Arizona home. They began playing in 1998 as an expansion team and won the World Series just four years later, in 2001. The Diamondbacks play their home games at Chase Field, which is located in downtown Phoenix.
The years since the World Series win have not been the most fruitful for the franchise, as they have only managed to win the National League West Division on three occasions since that record-breaking feat (2002, 2007, 2011) and this season has seen the team struggle for consistency.
The Arizona Cardinals are the state’s only professional football team. They began playing in 1920 and are currently the oldest continuously operating professional football team in the country. The Cardinals play their home games at State Farm Stadium, which is located in Glendale. They have won two NFL championships, in 1925 and 1947.
Considering that American football is one of the most popular sports in the US, it is hardly a surprise that so many are already getting ready for the season opener on September 11 when the Cardinals take on the Kansas City Chiefs. However, according to the odds on this Arizona sports betting site, the Cardinals are underdogs as they are priced at +132 while the Chiefs are -159 to obtain the victory (including overtime) on the day.
Indeed, the odds provided perhaps take into account that the franchise currently holds the longest active championship drought of North American sports at 75 consecutive seasons.
The Phoenix Coyotes are a professional hockey team that has been playing in Arizona since 1996. They play their home games at Gila River Arena, which is located in the suburb of Glendale. The Coyotes have never won a Stanley Cup, but they did make it to the Western Conference Finals in 2012, where they lost to the Los Angeles Kings; the eventual winners.
College sports are also big in Arizona
As you can see, Arizona is a great place to be a fan of professional sports. However, it should be noted that the team is also home to a number of college teams, too!
The University of Arizona Wildcats compete in the Pac-12 Conference and have won multiple national championships in various sports. They play their home games at Arizona Stadium, which is located in Tucson.
The Arizona State University Sun Devils also compete in the Pac-12 Conference and have won numerous national championships. They play their home games at Sun Devil Stadium, which is located in Tempe.
No matter what your favorite sport is, you are sure to find a team to root for in Arizona. So, whether you are looking to catch a game of baseball, basketball, football, or hockey, be sure to check out what the professional teams in Arizona have to offer!
You might just find yourself becoming a fan of one of these teams in no time.