Tempe, AZ Sporting Events

From College to the Major Leagues

In addition to Arizona State University athletics, Tempe is also home of four major professional sports teams including the MLB's Arizona Diamondbacks, the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes, the NBA's Phoenix Suns and the NFL's Arizona Cardinals. One of the only few regions in the country to have teams in all four major professional sports, Tempe is home to many diehard sports fans and athletes. Book our accommodations at Red Lion Inn & Suites Phoenix-Tempe to stay close to all the exciting sporting events in Tempe, AZ. 

Top Tempe, AZ Sporting Events

MLB's Cactus League Spring Training
Baseball aficionados swear that there's no better ball than spring training (unless, of course, we're talking about game 7 of the World Series). The Cactus League consists of 15 professional teams training in multiple stadiums around Phoenix. 

Ironman Arizona
Ironman Arizona is a triathlon that runs from Tempe Town Lake, through the Sonoran Desert, to Papago Park. Registration is open to anyone but fills up fast as this race is a qualifier for the big-daddy Ironman World Championship.

Arizona Dragon Boat Festival 
Dragon Boat racing as an amateur water sport held over the past 2,000 years throughout southern China. Thousands of paddlers and spectators from all over the United States, China, Canada and Taiwan flock to watch hundreds of teams compete in Tempe's version of Dragon Boat racing.

P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon
With live music every mile, this three-day event is more of a party than a race. The course starts in Phoenix, continues through Scottsdale, and finishes in Tempe. But the real fun is at the children's race, the two-person half marathon relay and the mini-marathon.