Founded in 2010, the EHCL's Greenville Road Warriors don't have the rich legacy of their parent squad, the NHL's legendary New York Rangers. But judging from their first two seasons, the team is eager to make up for lost time. The Road Warriors took the league by storm in their debut season, earning the top playoff seed in the Eastern Conference before losing in overtime of Game 7 in the second round of the playoffs. Their quest for Kelly Cup glory continued in the 2011–2012 season, when they yet again made it to the playoffs and fell in the conference quarterfinals. Although championship hardware may have eluded the Road Warriors in their short history, the squad has produced enough top-notch regular-season performances to keep NHL scouts, fans, and trophy-case carpenters on their toes.
Outdoor Family Fun Center nurtures the various swing-based abilities of its patrons with multiple driving, putting, and batting facilities. Customers can exchange batting-cage tokens ($1.75/each) for 15 pitches from an arm-style machine. The batting cages launch line-drive ammo at various speeds that range from slow-pitch softballs to 80-mph baseballs. Throughout the year golfers can calibrate their crosshairs with buckets of balls ($6+) on the driving range's covered and heated hitting stations or the artificial mats and grass tees. The 3-acre Bermuda grass short-game area ($8 for all-day play) includes target greens and uphill lies while enabling golfers to practice picking the locks on sand traps. The 18-hole, par 42 miniature golf course ($5 for kids younger than 12, $6 for adults) challenges putters with slopes, turns, and professionally landscaped ponds and waterfalls.
• For $25, you get two tickets, two T-shirts, two sodas, and two hot dogs at the game on Sunday, August 14, at 4 p.m. (a $57 total value). • For $25, you get two tickets, two T-shirts, two sodas, and two hot dogs at the game on Tuesday, August 16, at 7 p.m. (a $57 total value). • For $50, you get four tickets, four T-shirts, four sodas, and four hot dogs at the game on Sunday, August 14, at 4 p.m. (a $114 total value). • For $50, you get four tickets, four T-shirts, four sodas, and four hot dogs at the game on Tuesday, August 16, at 7 p.m. (a $114 total value).
Recognized by SI.com in 2010 as one of the last decade's best new stadiums, University of Phoenix Stadium welcomes the rumble of international sportsmanship when Mexican Primera fútbol teams Club America and Morelia meet up in a rematch of last year's playoff clash. This year, the clubs assemble on the first completely retractable natural-grass pitch in North America in a preseason friendly, which, unlike unfriendlies, does not end in one team deleting the other on Facebook. Club America, one of Mexico's most storied franchises, arrives with eight FIFA-approved titles under their seasoned cleats, and Morelia takes the pitch bearing the 2010 North American SuperLiga title and a burning desire for permanent residency in the league's upper echelon. Footy fans immerse themselves in the beautiful game from a VIP Party Loft that sports lounge areas, flat-screen TVs, and dedicated servers keeping eagle-eyed watch as both teams tune up for the beginning of league play and the end of offseason mahjong clubs.