Mesa is the third largest city in Arizona, providing some of the best sports facilities in the nation for all kinds of athletic events. Tack on great weather year round and Mesa is a sports planner’s dream. With the team of experts at the Visit Mesa office, every team will receive the best possible service and assistance with their sports event. A major draw is Chicago Cubs spring training and the new baseball stadium being built adjacent to Wrigleyville West, a retail and entertainment development that will open in 2014.
Skyline Aquatic Center
Skyline is a 28-lane, Olympic-size competition pool and diving area with one- and three-meter boards. The pool can be configured into two water polo courts, and the stadium seats over 2,000 people. It was recently named as a host for the 2013-2016 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series.
Hohokam Stadium, the Chicago Cubs’ spring training home for many years, is home to the Mesa Sox of the Arizona Fall League and the annual Men’s Division I Baseball Tournament. The stadium accommodates 13,030 spectators and has two fields. Surrounding the fields are six batting cages, four bullpens and one practice field—accessible for any skill level. Neighboring Fitch Park training facility has four fields, plus batting cages and bullpens.
Gene Autry Sports Complex
This complex once served as the spring training home of the California Angels. Today it hosts baseball, sand volleyball and tennis tournaments, leagues and camps, as well as city programs and youth groups. The complex features three lighted and electronically scored baseball diamonds, four outdoor sand volleyball courts and 16 tennis courts. The venue has bleacher seating and parking for over 380 vehicles. It’s also home to the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League.
Kino Aquatic Center
Kino is a 70-meter complex equipped with a 24-lane short course design and a separate six-lane instructional pool. In recent years it hosted the US Masters Swimming Short Course Nationals. There is seating for 1,500 and three adjacent soccer fields for parking.
Quail Run Sports Complex
Quail features four softball/baseball diamonds and four lighted soccer/multi-purpose fields. It has bleacher seating and parking that accommodates over 350 vehicles. There is plenty of green space to put up tournament headquarters, booths and concessions within the park.
Attractions & Accommodations
Mesa’s metropolitan area has plenty to offer, including shopping malls, movie theaters and outdoor recreation. Groups will love the serene setting at both Saguaro and Canyon lakes with more than 20 miles of cactus-studded shoreline to explore. At Saguaro Lake, guests can ride the Desert Belle, which offers 90-minute tours focusing on desert wildlife and plants. At Canyon Lake hop aboard the Dolly Steamboat, a nature cruise along the pre-historic canyon walls. Special twilight dinner cruises with a local astronomer are offered on select evenings.
At Mesa Art Center, visitors can explore the grounds of the best arts complex in the Southwest. Guests flock to the free concert series along the Shadow Walk – an inviting, outdoor oasis plaza. Mesa offers a variety of entertainment options including The Duttons, the showstoppers at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater and high-energy performances by Barleen’s Arizona Opry.
Mesa has a variety of restaurants and nighttime hotspots and makes it easy to stay within budget with nearly 5,000 hotel rooms at various prices.
Getting Here & Getting Around
Mesa has two nearby airports, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International. From Los Angeles, the flight time is about 35 minutes, from Denver one hour and 50 minutes and from Dallas/Fort Worth two hours.
Interstate 10, east to west, and 17, north to south, intersect near Phoenix. From Las Vegas it’s about a five-and-a-half-hour drive to Mesa. The drive from Albuquerque is six-and-a-half-hours and from San Diego six hours and 15 minutes.
Mesa offers public buses, Metro lines, and cab services.
Mesa Convention and Visitors Bureau can assist tournament planners in selecting a venue, provide access to volunteers, coordinate giveaways to draw more spectators and assist with local media promotion.