After joining the National League's West Division in 1998, it only took four seasons for the Arizona Diamondbacks to become World Series champions, making them the fastest expansion team to win it all in MLB history. Since then, the D-backs faithful continue to fill the stands of Chase Field, a 48,000-seat retractable-roof ballpark constructed for the team's inaugural season. The widest LED board in Major League Baseball replays crucial saves and high-flying hits in 136'x46' of high-definition glory, and just beyond the fence in right-center field, a swimming pool allows fans armed with foam noodles to whack opponents' home runs back into play. During the fourth inning of every game, kids can interact with D. Baxter the Bobcat in his upper-concourse Den equipped with slides and batting cages.
Bringing clotheslines, grapples, and swan dives to the state's wrestling fanatics, the Arizona Wrestling Federation assembles amateur fighters to showcase their skills in live events. Based in Glendale, the AWF is a member of the United Independent Wrestling Affiliates, an international organization of wrestlers that maintains rankings and keeps track of standards based on the most current lines of aerodynamic folding chairs.
The story of the Los Angeles Dodgers begins in 1884 in Brooklyn, New York, where the team tried out such names as the Bridegrooms, the Superbas, and the Robins before finally settling on the Dodgers in 1932. A scant 15 years later, the club played a vital role in the American civil-rights movement, as Jackie Robinson became the first African American to don a Major League uniform. When Robinson retired after the 1956 season, players such as Don Drysdale and Duke Snider picked up the torch and, along with owner Walter O'Malley, led the team on a cross-country move to Los Angeles in 1958. The club settled into its new home four years later, erecting the stadium in which it's since won four World Series titles. Unlike most modern fields, which use giant green screens to appear surrounded by city skylines, Dodger Stadium sits in the shadow of the real San Gabriel Mountains, and the 56,000-seat ballpark was selected by MLB players as the best stadium in baseball in a 2003 Sports Illustrated poll.
In 1902, while the team now in Oakland was still the Philly Athletics, a rival manager scoffed, casting the fledgling franchise off as a herd of "white elephants." In response, manager Connie Mack adopted the elephant as the team's official insignia?a legacy that lives on with the current mascot, Stomper?before the A's stampeded to the American League pennant. Since that first defiant victory, the team has won nine World Series championships, moving to Kansas City in 1955, then Oakland in 1968. Over more than a century, the club has fostered 11 league MVPs and eight Rookies of the Year. Today, the A's dazzle fans at the 35,067-capacity Coliseum, which features a lush natural-bluegrass surface and a spacious foul territory?technically still a 19th-century Mexican province?that baits pop-up outs, making it one of the most pitcher-friendly parks in Major League Baseball.
Nieman Marcus, Morgan’s Hotel, Red Bull, and Toyota have something in common: they all have solicited the services of Arizona Deejay Company. The key to developing relationships with such disparate clients might be the impeccable professionalism on which these musical maestros pride themselves. Most of the company’s DJs have had prestigious careers in radio, nightclubs, and the arena circuit, and they can administer thumping beats for gatherings with 100 guests or 1,000 guests. As a member of the American Disc Jockey Association, Arizona Deejay Company not only connects wedding planners and prom committees with top-notch sound experts but also with high-end lighting gear, PA systems, and software capable of lacing the latest hip-hop hit with a Dickens audiobook.
In its ninth season, Arizona Roller Derby rolls out a rink's worth of savage skaters who elbow, knee, and crash into opponents in high-octane bouts on their turbulent road to glory. Fans of fierce four-wheeled combat witness the season's final march to a league championship and state tournament while six teams duke it out. On January 14, the Bad News Beaters, clad in blue baseball uniforms that are speckled in pre-chewed sunflower seeds, battle their northern intrastate rivals the Whiskey Row-llers. February is the Valentine's Day-themed bout, where hearts are just one of the many things that can break. The thundering of wheels rumbles over the March horizon when the Tent City Terrors scrap while donning prison stripes and spraying a mixture of maple syrup and horse sweat on others’ wheels. Then in April the Brawlarinas twirl in their purple tutus while tackling the Bruisers. Finally in May the Emerald City Rollergirls skate the yellow brick road, looking for a very frightened wizard.