Over the years, the University of Arizona’s athletic teams have been linked together by one phrase: “bear down.” Now the official battle cry of the Wildcats, those were the dying words of an iconic student-athlete, John “Button” Salmon, who died in 1926 after a fatal car accident. Since then, the phrase has stood behind countless milestone moments, such as when Lute Olson, in 1983, became the 11th head coach of the Wildcats men’s basketball team, setting off a string of 25 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances—including a national title in 1997. Several other national titles belong to Arizona outside of the hardwood, including four from the men’s baseball team and eight from the women’s softball program. Every fall inside Arizona Stadium, the Wildcats football team rouses up to 56,000 fans with hard-hitting Pac-12 showdowns, by far the most popular event on campus behind the linguistics department’s weekly phonetics bee.
The cultural traditions of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales have enlivened Tucson for more than a quarter century thanks to the Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish Highland Games. Along with traditional music, dancing, and food, guests can also witness feats of athletic prowess during the internationally sanctioned Scottish Highland Games. The traditional event features activities such as a caber toss, which consists of participants lifting and throwing gargantuan wooden poles so that they land parallel to the thrower but not touching any of their vital organs, and Highland croquet, substituting the usual equipment with bowling balls and sledgehammers. If any questions as to the event?s authenticity remain, one need only look to the audience for confirmation: each year sees 30 to 40 Scottish clans come together to celebrate their heritage.
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.
Celebrating their ninth season of bone-jarring hits, the lady-led squads of the skater-run, nonprofit Tucson Roller Derby thrill crowds with supersonic skating, cringe-worthy spills, and multiplayer pileups. During each event, two 60-minute bouts pin rival troops against each other for full-contact, closely refereed matches set apart by halftime performances and redirection of confused zambonis. In a battle for home-team territory, three local packs, much like highly competitive circus clowns, seek to defend the circular combat zone, including the Furious Truckstop Waitresses, the Copper Queens, and 2010's crowd favorites, the Vice Squad. As an added bonus, this season marks the inaugural campaign of the league's second travel team, the Bandoleras, who debut on December 17.
7500 square foot Indoor Batting Cage facility for fast pitch softball, slow pitch softball, and baseball practice. Instruction is available for hitting, pitching, catching, and fielding. Great Indoor batting cages to for both individual and team practices!
AAG Sports Academy was founded to instill kids with healthy habits, sportsmanship, and love of movement. Eventually, it occurred to the founders that adults could use plenty of those things, too. Today, programs include youth football and competitive track and field in addition to basic fitness options for adults such as running clubs and personal training. Coaches also lead Fit Family classes, where caregivers and their kids get the chance to exercise together and work toward being able to sell tickets to their family games of tag.