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12/25/09
World is a blur in $2.3 million Bugatti Veyron
Filed under: General, Sports
Posted by: Lillian Wong @ 3:52 pm

At full throttle, the intense thrill of driving the 1,001-horsepower Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport alarms the senses into focusing on the road rushing past as you try to harness the car’s power with its equally capable agility.

Crashing this $2.3 million supercar loaner into a lake is not an option I care to explore as I blast down the twisting Bartlett Dam Road on a recent morning.  more…



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08/09/08
Spring-training site touted as among best
Filed under: General, Sports
Posted by: Lillian Wong @ 11:39 am

Glendale’s spring-training facility is expected be among the best of the Cactus League’s nine parks while raising the bar nationwide.  more…

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06/01/08
Shaq leases Emmitt Smith’s former PV residence
Filed under: General, Real Estate, Sports
Posted by: Lillian Wong @ 7:20 pm

Thud! Shaq has landed in Paradise Valleymore…

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05/25/08
Scottsdale golf architects spread reach
Filed under: General, Sports
Posted by: Lillian Wong @ 2:08 pm

< ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Scottsdale’s Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley know their way around a golf course, having designed or collaborated on nearly 100 of them.  more…

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05/17/08
Super Bowl wasn’t a windfall
Filed under: General, Sports
Posted by: Lillian Wong @ 7:47 pm

Glendale did not recoup what it spent to host Super Bowl XLII, according to a new study that showed out-of-towners here for the game added an estimated $1.2 million to the city’s tax coffers.  more…

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04/12/08
Garage gives team owners big win
Filed under: General, Real Estate, Sports
Posted by: Lillian Wong @ 11:47 am

Ownership of a parking garage has become a battle between influential downtown Phoenix players, and, in the end, representatives of the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks are likely to get to control the game.   more…

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03/30/08
Safeway features quality field
Filed under: General, Sports
Posted by: Lillian Wong @ 3:58 pm

When Annika Sorenstam, Juli Inkster and Lorena Ochoa have won the previous titles, it speaks volumes about the quality of your golf tournament.  More…

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01/06/08
Your guide to Valley events leading up to kickoff
Filed under: General, Sports
Posted by: Lillian Wong @ 1:53 pm

You’ve known for years that the Super Bowl was returning to the Valley. But if you haven’t been paying attention, don’t fret.

Today, The Arizona Republic’s Super Bowl XLII team provides a crash course on what you can expect when the world’s largest and most lucrative sporting event descends on the Valley.

With less than a month until kickoff, we’ll let you in on which celebrities and broadcast personalities will be in town, where you can rub shoulders with them and how much you’d have to pay. You also might want to study our cheat sheet on where to catch Super Bowl block parties, concerts and events guaranteeing you a piece of the action.

The game is set for Feb. 3 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, but events span the Valley ranging from free family-friendly events to high-dollar exclusive parties and performances. When the big game comes to town, there’s something for everyone.

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12/24/07
Valley cities vie for parts in Super Bowl
Filed under: General, Sports
Posted by: Lillian Wong @ 3:35 pm

It’s Arizona’s Super Bowl, but Valley cities are competing for their piece of the action, including where the national news networks will stage broadcasts leading up to the February showcase.  More…

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10/28/07
Building booms near Glendale sports venues
Filed under: General, Real Estate, Sports
Posted by: Lillian Wong @ 1:54 pm

Zanjero Falls, cbd 101, Main Street, 91 Glendale. Most are still unfamiliar names to residents in Glendale and the Valley. But, they are some of the projects that aspire to reshape west Glendale from farmland to economic hub. More than a dozen restaurants and hotels race to open by February’s Super Bowl at Glendale’s University of Phoenix Stadium. Others are just being announced such as Hyatt Place and Ruth’s Chris Steak House at the Districts at Zanjero.  More…

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07/21/07
Super Bowl panel walks fine ticket line
Filed under: General, Sports
Posted by: Lillian Wong @ 7:09 pm

The local group helping to organize next year’s Super Bowl is walking a delicate line. As it tries to lure big-money sponsors, it’s also trying to retain control of its most precious asset: Super Bowl tickets. E-mails recently obtained by The Arizona Republic show that when the Arizona Office of Tourism pledged $750,000 to sponsor the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, the office was offered just four game tickets in return. That didn’t sit well with Margie Emmermann, the state agency’s director. She thought the cash contributions warranted more tickets.  More…

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Venues set aside 4 days for Super Bowl sponsors
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Posted by: Lillian Wong @ 6:51 pm

The local group helping to put on Super Bowl XLII is trying to make it easier for the NFL and its sponsors to host private dinners, pregame parties or corporate meetings ahead of next year’s game. The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee has reached out to dozens of venues throughout the Valley and asked them to block out the four-day period leading up to the Feb. 3 game at University of Phoenix StadiumMore…

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07/08/07
Grant helps Buckeye airport grow for Super Bowl traffic
Filed under: General, Sports
Posted by: Lillian Wong @ 11:13 pm

Jerry Thiele wasn’t worried about the score of last year’s Super Bowl. When the festivities unfolded in Miami, he was keeping an eye on air traffic. As the airport manager of Buckeye Municipal Airport, he knew what happened in Florida airports as a result of the big game was a solid indicator of what to expect in Arizona come February. Thiele’s forethought has given Buckeye a chance to spruce up its airport with $1 million in improvements for the Feb. 3 Super Bowl. An Arizona Department of Transportation grant will expand the airport’s ramp by 85,000 square feet.  More…

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07/01/07
Private reserve: Super Bowl organizers snapping up
Filed under: General, Business, Sports
Posted by: Lillian Wong @ 11:00 pm

The reserve of 18,000 hotel rooms and a calendar that has the FBR Open overlapping Super Bowl XLII will make it difficult, though not impossible, to get a room for that February weekend. Super Bowl XLII will be held Feb. 3, 2008, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. The FBR Open, a popular stop on the PGA Tour, will be played at the Tournament Players Club in Scottsdale from Jan. 28 through Feb. 3. These two high-profile events will bring thousands of visitors to the Valley.  More…

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Glendale close to $80.7 mil ballpark deal
Filed under: General, Business, Sports
Posted by: Lillian Wong @ 10:14 pm

Glendale officials, in the final stretch, hope to knock home deals to make spring training with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox a reality. The City Council tonight, in its last meeting before summer recess, is expected to finalize details to open an $80.7 million spring-training site in 2009. Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, who is in town as the Dodgers play the Diamondbacks, is expected to attend tonight’s council meeting. The agreements include a tax-revenue sharing plan with Phoenix because the ballpark is planned on 151 acres of Glendale-owned land in Phoenix at 107th Avenue and Camelback RoadMore…

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06/03/07
Indoor golf center bets on heat to draw players
Filed under: General, Sports
Posted by: Lillian Wong @ 6:11 pm

Derek Martinez, who plays his Xbox regularly, says playing indoor golf resonates with him. “As a gamer, I really like it,” Martinez said Thursday night at CrossWoods Indoor Golf Center in Gilbert. “It’s pretty realistic.” CrossWoods is the first center of its kind in Arizona, said Michael Rus, owner and general manager. The business opened in March, just before the time when Valley golf courses lower their prices as the temperatures rise. It is trying to gain an indoor foothold for a sport that has a 365-day outdoor season in the Valley.  More…

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Surplus of courses, decline in play show signs of stabilizing
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Posted by: Lillian Wong @ 6:01 pm

SCOTTSDALE - Stung by an oversupply of new courses and a decline in play, the golf industry is showing signs of stabilizing. Hodges Ward Elliott, a golf course brokerage that represented Scottsdale-based Troon Golf, reports an increase in golf real estate deals in the past two years. But industry observers say that success varies by individual markets and golf courses.  More…

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02/19/07
5 firms in line to design ballpark
Filed under: General, Sports
Posted by: Lillian Wong @ 5:19 pm

Five companies are being considered to design Glendale’s latest professional sports venue, a spring training stadium for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. City and team representatives will meet in the coming weeks to whittle the list to one. Then they will search for a construction manager. The city hopes to break ground this summer and start playing ball in 2009.  More…

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200 celebrate opening of Reach 11 soccer fields
Filed under: General, Sports
Posted by: Lillian Wong @ 5:15 pm

NORTHEAST PHOENIX - A rainbow of balloons swayed in the breeze at the entrance to one of the Reach 11 soccer fields Friday, welcoming people of all ages to the grand opening of what will eventually be the largest single-site sports complex in < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />ArizonaMore…

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