Go Beyond the Game in Tempe, Arizona

A variety of attractions and incredible natural beauty make Tempe one of the most popular destinations in Arizona.

Photo Credit: Tim Trumble

Introduction

Tempe, Arizona

With breathtaking landscapes and a vibrant college town, Tempe is on the rise as one of the hottest destinations in the country. From outdoor attractions and sightseeing ventures to excellent retail and dining opportunities, this metropolitan area is ideal for a week-long getaway. 

Downtown Tempe offers endless entertainment and dining options for any time of day. Countless culinary choices cover a wide array of cuisines, from quick eats to fine dining. Tempe also has great shopping including the fabulous Tempe Marketplace, which features a sprawling 1.3 million square feet of retail space, 100 shops and restaurants and more than 300 events happening year-round.

Tempe is full of great outdoor destinations including Tempe Town Lake, which provides visitors a true oasis in the desert, with recreational activities including fishing, kayaking, rowing and more. Adjacent to downtown Tempe, the lake also includes Tempe Beach Park and its 25 acres of paths, trails and exciting festivals.

Visitors can tour the historic Arizona State University (ASU) campus which features pedestrian malls and eclectic architecture set amid subtropical landscaping. One popular stop is ASU Gammage, an architectural landmark built as a home for the arts, with live performances such a musicals and other events taking place year-round.

For those seeking visual art, the Tempe Center for the Arts features a 600-seat proscenium theater, a 200-seat studio theater and a 3,500-square-foot gallery. For a more interactive experience, the annual Tempe Festival of the Arts hosts amazing artists across the country, great food, local music and more. With over 50 years of history, you can enjoy everything this community tradition has to offer all along historic Mill Ave.

Get a Planner’s Perspective

Don’t just take our word for it, hear what these planners had to say.

“Tempe is a vibrant urban destination for tournaments just minutes from PHX Sky Harbor airport. By hosting high-level competitions like IRONMAN® triathlons and Cactus League Spring Training our convenient location and sunny skies create a winning game plan.”

— Judy Stowers, Race Director IRONMAN Arizona

Find Your Perfect Tempe Facility

Facility Spotlight

Tempe Sports Complex

Sports Covered: Multi-use, softball, soccer, pickleball, flag football, skating

Built in 2005, Tempe Sports Complex is a 60-acre multi-purpose facility for sports tournaments and recreational activities. The complex includes seven multi-use fields, four lighted softball fields, 8 lighted pickleball courts – including two of the first ADA-accessible courts in the state. The skate park features two bowls and multiple street style ramps, open to skaters of all experience levels. 

Sun Devil Fitness Complex

Sports Covered:​ Multi-use, basketball, volleyball, racquetball, conference meeting space

The Sun Devil Fitness Complex is a 234,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose space that can host both indoor and outdoor events. The complex has five large gymnasiums, 11 racquetball courts, an Olympic size swimming pool, and 6.5 acres of outdoor field space. The facility is designed to be a center of recreational and intramural sports, and overall physical wellness. 

Tempe Town Lake | Tempe Beach Park

Sports Covered: Boating, Kayaking, Triathlon, Running, Beach Volleyball, Festivals and Special Events

Located in the heart of the Phoenix Metropolitan area, Tempe Town Lake provides a 2-mile recreational lake for both recreational and competition style activities such as kayaking, sailing, dragon boat racing, and triathlons. Tempe Beach Park has 25 acres of park space to accommodate beach volleyball, running events, music festivals and special events. 

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Luchie Javelosa

Luchie Javelosa

Senior Sports Sales Manager

Telephone: (480) 305-1365