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Pints For Pat Signals 42-Day Countdown to 8th Annual Pat’s Run

March 2, 2012

Rula Bula, 401 S. Mill Avenue in Tempe, will open its doors to the Pat Tillman Foundation for the Fourth Annual Pints for Pat event beginning at 4 p.m., Friday, March 9. “Pints for Pat” is the official start of the 42-day countdown to the 8th Annual Pat’s Run, scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Arizona State University. Pat’s Run is the signature fundraising event for the Pat Tillman Foundation. Held annually in April at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium, the event attracts more than 35,000 participants, volunteers and spectators from across the country. Together they Run, Walk and Honor Pat’s legacy while raising important funds to support the programs created to pay tribute to his commitment to leadership and service. Pat’s Run features a 4.2-mile run/walk, a .42-mile Kids Run for children 12 and under and a Finish Line Expo. The 4.2-mile course winds through the streets of Tempe and both events are staged so that all participants finish on the 42-yard line on Frank Kush Field inside Sun Devil Stadium, symbolic of the #42 jersey that Pat wore while he was a Sun Devil. Proceeds from Pat’s Run directly support the Tillman Military Scholars program. In 2002, Pat Tillman proudly put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country. Following Pat’s death in 2004, while serving with the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan, his family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation. The mission of the Pat Tillman Foundation […]

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Tempe Sports Bars to Watch the Super Bowl XLVI

February 1, 2012

Super Bowl XLVI is this Sunday! Get your appetites and thirst buds ready for some great parties in Tempe! Still not sure where to get the best seat for watching the game? Here are a few great options to watch the game and get some good eats too! Cadillac Ranch at Tempe Marketplace –  Watch the Super Bowl come alive at Cadillac Ranch with rich surround sound on one of their 25 HD Plasma TVs or on the 150 inch HD projector. Enjoy $1 Coors Light Drafts, $3 Mimosas and $4 Bloody Marys! Buffalo Wild Wings –  What could be better than watching the Super Bowl while eating a basket of hot wings and drinking a cold beer? With TVs located at every angle, there’s not a bad seat in the house for the big game! Dave & Busters at Tempe Marketplace – Not only can you watch the big game at Dave & Busters, but you can also play several fun games before and after the big game! Score great deals on drinks and appetizers too! Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant – Attached to Embassy Suites Tempe, Garcia’s offers a Southwest twist on watching the big game. Enjoy a big screen TV as well as free chips & salsa and bean dip! Garcia’s offers local beers on tap too! Hooters on Mill Avenue – Located in the heart of the Mill Avenue District, Hooters is always a great spot to watch sports games and enjoy drink specials! San Felipe’s Cantina at Tempe Marketplace – The […]

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What’s Happening in Tempe This Week – ROGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S SOUTH PACIFIC & the B-52s

January 9, 2012

What a week and terrific start to 2012.  Broadway musical lovers will be thrilled to know that the classic ROGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S SOUTH PACIFIC will be on stage at ASU Gammage Tuesday through Sunday. Set in the South Pacific during World War II, it’s the story oft two couples whose happiness is threated by the harsh realities of war and the conflicts caused by their own prejudices. Lush sets and a gorgeous score complete this this timeless love story. On Sunday get ready to rock and roll when the popular P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon returns. Will you be there as a participating runner or as an enthusiastic music-loving spectator who enjoys rooting for the athletes and listening to all the great live music? With 70 live bands, 40 cheer squads and a free headliner concert, the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon is both a sporting and a cultural event and is as much fun for the spectators as it is for the athletes. Once again, Tempe’s the finish line. And a grand finish it will be when everyone will want to head over to ASU Sun Devil Stadium, that “little old place where we can get together,” to hear some of the best dance music ever performed by headliners the B-52s. Yep, it’s a great week to be in Tempe! Check out this short list of this week’s highlights. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for […]

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Walk your Way to Feeling Good – 5K Events in Tempe

January 5, 2012

Looking to keep your New Year’s resolution to get fit, while also supporting some fabulous organizations in the process?! What a better way to do both than to participate in a 5K! There are lots of different 5K and 10K walks taking place in Tempe this winter and spring. Here is a list of a variety of fun walks going on through the end of February in Tempe. For info about walks taking place throughout the spring visit the Tempe Tourism Office’s Calendar of Events. Run, Walk & Roll 5K/10K – January 7 – Tempe Beach Park This event is held at Tempe Beach Park and has been created to support and raise money for Arizona Disabled Sports (AzDS). The primary mission of AzDS is to provide a wide-variety of sports and recreation opportunities for individuals with all types of disabilities. Walk For Values USA – January 21 – Tempe Beach Park Unlike other walks, this is not a money-raiser. Rather, you will make the world richer by giving your commitment to practice values, and character-building. You may also be motivated to serve your community through volunteer work, or by donating blood, or by visiting the elderly or feeding the needy, or just striving to be an exemplary citizen. The Color Run 5K – January 28 – Tempe Beach Park The Color Run is a one of a kind experience that is less about speed and more about enjoying a color crazy day with your friends and family. This event is about […]

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The Insight Bowl is just part of the fun in Tempe

December 13, 2011

We can’t wait to see Oklahoma Sooners and Iowa Hawkeyes fans in Tempe for the Insight Bowl. The big game, December 30 at Sun Devil Stadium, is going to be an exciting match up for sure. But, Insight Bowl 2011 fans will want to extend their trip so they can experience even more of what makes Tempe such a fun place to be. The Mill Avenue District is the perfect gathering spot for visitors and locals alike. It is right next door to the stadium and the more than 100 restaurants, taverns and shops make for perfect gathering spots for football fans. Tempe Marketplace is active day and night. Local boutiques, national retailers, tasty restaurants and cafes combine with outdoor fireplaces, colorful fountains and free live music on Friday and Saturday nights are a perfect combo for family fun. Arizona Mills is home to a fantastic mix of traditional retail stores, value retail stores and entertainment venues such as SEA LIFE Arizona aquarium, GameWorks and an IMAX theatre. You’ll never think of matchbooks, hubcaps or brooms in the same way if you see STOMP at ASU Gammage, December 28-31. This celebration of percussion using everyday objects appeals to all ages and will have you dancing in your seat. And, as a bonus, you’ll get to see Tempe’s beautiful ASU Gammage, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Visitors, especially from colder climates, can’t get enough of our Sonoran Desert. There are trails at Papago Park and South Moutain Park that are easily accessible […]

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The Insight Bowl comes to Tempe December 30, 2011

December 8, 2011

In just a few short weeks the streets of Tempe will be filled with football fans – more specifically, filled with Oklahoma Sooners and Iowa Hawkeyes fans! The Insight Bowl is scheduled for Friday, December 30, 2011 where the Sooners and Hawkeyes will face off for the win. Kick-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. MST at Sun Devil Stadium and the game will be televised on ESPN. It’s a great time to be in Tempe if you’re planning a trip out for the Insight Bowl. The weather is just right – warm enough to keep the fans comfy in the stands, and cold enough to keep the players on their toes during the game. Visit or call 480-350-0911 for ticket information. Game tickets are a bargain starting as low as $25! Fans can enjoy game day in Tempe spending time in the Mill Avenue District, located adjacent to Sun Devil Stadium. Shopping, dining, pep rallies and tailgates will keep everyone pumped for the big game that night. Nearby shopping destinations Tempe Marketplace and Arizona Mills are great spots to relax and enjoy the weekend. Tempe Marketplace offers lots of choices for dining, shopping, nightlife and live music Friday and Saturday night. Arizona Mills is a bargain hunter’s dream featuring 175 popular outlets and attractions such as GameWorks and the SEA LIFE Arizona aquarium. Need help planning your trip to Tempe? There are plenty of Tempe hotels located near the stadium and shopping areas to make your trip convenient and fun. Visit or call 480-894-8158 for […]

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Ironman Athletes Flood Tempe

November 15, 2011

While walking around the Mill Avenue District this week, you may have noticed the increase of highly fit people! That’s how I know that the Ford Ironman Arizona is on the horizon! The race kicks off in Tempe on Sunday, November 20 at 7:00 a.m. and the athletes have until midnight to complete the distance. This highly motivating and inspirational event has always amazed me. The athletes devote hours upon hours to train for this race. Competitors swim 2.4-miles, bike 112-miles and run a marathon (26.2 miles) in succession, earning the right to become an Ironman. Want to see this incredible event for yourself?  There are plenty of opportunities to see the athletes in action along their journey. The swim course takes place in Tempe Town Lake and the Mill Avenue bridges that span the lake provide perfect views of the swim. The transitions to the bike course and marathon course are held in Tempe Beach Park. The bike course is three loops, beginning in the park and circling the Beeline Highway. The marathon course, also three loops, winds around Tempe Town Lake and into Papago Park to the north, with the finish line at the edge of Tempe Beach Park at Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue. Whether you are seeing this event for the first time or cheering on a family member or friend, it is an emotional race to behold. The finish line is especially emotional as you see the athletes cross the finish line after hours of non-stop physical endurance. So if […]

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Sun Devils Football…it’s time!

August 31, 2011

It might still feel like summer outside, but at Sun Devil Stadium it feels a lot like fall. Why? Sun Devils football! The first game of the season is September 1 against UC Davis. The Devils have won their last 8 season opening games. And, this will be the first time that we’ve met UC Davis on the football field since 1940. In case you’re wondering, we won that one. Fear the fork. This is the 99th season of Sun Devil Football and there’s a lot to look forward to. The Pac-10 is now the Pac-12 with the addition of Colorado and Utah. We’ll have Brock Osweiler as the starting quarterback. He showed everyone his abilities last year and now the 6’8” junior is ready to lead his team. There are 27 seniors on the team, one of the largest senior classes in the nation. And, last but not least, we’ll see the debut of the new uniforms. This will be celebrated in style at the September 9 game vs. Missouri, where fans are encouraged to wear black. With help from Nike, the Sun Devils reincorporated black into the uniform color scheme as a tribute to ASU football teams of the past who wore black helmets. If you’re looking for a great fan experience, Tempe is just for you. There are so many choices of where to eat and have a beverage or two with friends before the game…you’re bound to find the perfect spot. The Mill Avenue District and […]

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Metro Light Rail, Take Me to a Ball Game!

June 17, 2011

After living in Tempe for almost 4 months I came to realize that I have not yet been to an Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game. I quickly looked up the D-Back’s schedule online and saw that a couple of good games were coming to town, found a good deal for tickets on, and was ready to go! Two days later, I got off of work as usual at around 5:00 pm and met up with a friend at Rula Bula’s on Mill Avenue where we enjoyed some Irish fish’n chips.  The game started at 6:40 pm which left us just enough time to grab another happy hour drink before we hopped on the Metro Light Rail. We beat rush hour traffic, avoided parking fees and made it conveniently to Downtown Phoenix in under 20 minutes. We got off at Third Street and Washington where we followed the crowd half a block to Chase Field. The game was a great experience. The stadium was nice, clean and truly impressive. Even though it was a 105 degrees outside, the roof of the stadium was left open which made it almost an outdoor game. Still the temperature was nice and cool inside. The D-Backs played a good game and after going into an extra inning they beat the San Francisco Giants, current World Series Champions, that night. Everything came together perfectly for my first baseball experience in Arizona. After the game, we walked to the next Metro Light Rail station which is literally right across the street from Chase Field. Going back to […]

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Tempe Welcomes Pat’s Run this Saturday

April 12, 2011

All running events and triathlons are inspirational in their own right, but Pat’s Run is one of those events that makes you want to do more and be more. This Saturday at 7 a.m., nearly 30,000 people will embark on their 4.2 mile Pat’s Run journey through Tempe to the finish line – the 42 yard line at Sun Devil Stadium’s Frank Kush Field. The number 42 is a symbol for Pat Tillman — he wore the #42 jersey when he was a Sun Devil football player. Online registration is now closed, but you may still be able to register this week at the north end of Sun Devil Staidum, where race packet pick up occurs. For more info, visit This event is expected to sell out. If you’re not able to participate in the actual race, you can still cheer along the race course and inside the stadium. There will be an expo and kid’s area inside Sun Devil Stadium, opening at 6 a.m. on race day. This is the main fundraiser for the Pat Tillman Foundation and funds support the Tillman Military Scholars Program. For more about this foundation and Pat Tillman, visit Good luck to all participants and their friends and family who live in Tempe or are traveling to our area for this great event. Let’s all be inspired by a true American hero.

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