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  • Oakland A's
    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.
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    1235 North Center Street
    Mesa, AZ US
  • Arizona Deejay Company
    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.
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    Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1826 W McDowell Rd
    Phoenix, AZ US
  • Arizona Wrestling Federation
    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.
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    PO Box 6827
    Glendale, AZ US
  • University of Arizona Athletics
    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.
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    1721 E Enke Dr.
    Tucson, AZ US
  • Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish Highland Games
    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.
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    Rillito Raceway Park
    Tucson, AZ US
  • Tucson Roller Derby
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    5120 South Julian Drive
    Tucson, AZ US

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