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.
Coach Mitch started Beginners Edge Sports Training in 2005 as a soccer program for kids. Now, he operates a variety of sports classes including basketball, football, golf, and karate for kids as young as 18 months. These age-appropriate programs introduce the skills of the sport gradually, challenging kids at first to gain coordination and eventually to strategize, scrimmage, and switch agents mid-season. In addition to its regular sessions, Beginners Edge Sports Training runs summer camps, sports parties, and parent's night out events.
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.
A kaleidoscope of multichromatic blossoms and emerald leaves bursts from the soil, blanketing 65 acres of desert landscape at Desert Botanical Garden. Diverse walkways flanked by more than 1,200 types of cacti, succulents, and wildflowers educate visitors on the importance of protecting the environment and not hugging every plant they see. In addition to the garden's more stationary organisms, some of which go home with local green thumbs during biannual plant sales, numerous avian and insect species make their homes amid the thriving greenery.