Welcome to January in Arizona, a time and place that offers something for everyone. If you’re visiting from the Midwest, Northeast, Canada, or other parts cold, snowy, and gloomy, then metro Phoenix and Tucson offer you blue skies, sunshine, heated swimming pools, nature trails, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, and tall, cool drinks.
If you’re still in the Holiday Spirit and need a fix of snow and winter activities, then Northern Arizona can help. The scenic cities of Prescott and Sedona may still have a light dusting on the distant mountains and red rocks, while skiers, snowboarders, and sledders will find plenty of the white stuff in Flagstaff. The Grand Canyon in winter is stunning – get there if you can.
This month is a sport lover’s dream. As of this writing, locals are confident that our beloved Arizona Cardinals will be hosting a few home playoff games at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
Speaking of football, Arizona takes center stage this month with the Fiesta Bowl on January 1st, the Cactus Bowl on January 2nd, and the College Football Playoff National Championship on January 11th.
For those unfamiliar with the new college playoff system, a new system is in place. This is the second year to feature a four-team playoff. The winner of the Orange Bowl will play the winner of the Cotton Bowl – both games are on December 31st – in the College Football Playoff National Championship at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on January 11th. Criteria for the final four teams to be selected include strength of schedule, head-to-head results, comparison of results against common opponents, and championships won.
Golfers rejoice. PGA Tour golf returns to the Valley of the Sun for the 81st playing of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community, the tournament tees up February 1st through the 7th at TPC Scottsdale.
Fear not baseball fans… Cactus League Spring Training is almost here too! The first pitch is tentatively scheduled for March 1st at the Goodyear Ballpark where the Reds and Indians will kickoff Spring Training 2016!
Welcome to Arizona! This issue features some of the best experiences offered throughout the Grand Canyon State. It is my hope that you can experience the beauty of Arizona and the hospitality of our people while you’re in town. On behalf of everyone at Arizona KEY Travel Magazine, I wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!
Thomas J. Ruberto