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March Madness Begins March 11th

Now that it’s March, the madness can begin. The annual basketball tournament begins with Selection Sunday on March 11th, when the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee reveals which 68 teams have made the field for that year’s basketball championships. In addition to the selection, the 2018 NCAA March Madness Selection Show, televised on TBS at 6pm ET, will feature the exclusive live first-time announcement of pairings for the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. Since the tournament began in 1939, UCLA has the most titles with 11, followed by Kentucky with eight and North Carolina with six. Will

Spring Training Soon to Begin

Athletes and coaches are already making their way to Arizona to get a head start on spring training. Games officially begin February 23rd across different stadiums in the Valley, so there is no shortage of baseball for the next few weeks. Members of the Cactus League include: Arizona Diamondbacks Chicago Cubs Chicago White Sox Cincinnati Reds Cleveland Indians Colorado Rockies Kansas City Royals Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Dodgers Milwaukee Breweres Oakland Athletics San Diego Padres San Francisco Giants Seattle Mariners Texas Rangers   See schedules, games and buy tickets at the official spring training site here.

Construction to Begin on the University of Arizona’s $15M Indoor Football Practice Facility

The University of Arizona is expected to break ground on a $15 million practice facility for its football program in April and the architect recently released some possible renderings of the project. The schools plans to have the 65-football tall facility finished by the beginning of 2019. Arizona describes the project on its construction website: “The proposed new building would provide safe all-weather practice for football and other sports. The multi-use facility is envisioned to benefit multiple sports and could also possibly serve as an additional game day venue.” Details on the facility: Arizona hasn’t announced its final plan for the

The Best Meteor Shower of 2017

This Wednesday night/Thursday morning (December 13 – 14) will be your chance to view the best meteor shower of 2017. The annual Geminid meteor shower produces up to 120 meteors per hour at is peak, more than any other of the year. There is also an increase in meteor activity in the nights leading up to and after the peak shower. “It’s definitely an easy thing to see. Just go outside and wait,” said Brian Skiff, an astronomy research assistant at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff. The only drawback: It’s December. So, you’ll need to bundle up if you plan to be outside for

2017 December Supermoon

The year’s largest and brightest moon, the so-called supermoon, is scheduled to make its appearance in the December sky this weekend, December 2nd through 3rd. Supermoons are up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than typical full moons, and they only happen when a full moon is closest to Earth in its orbit. The supermoon officially happens Sunday evening. But nearly full moons on Saturday and Monday nights are equally good nights for viewing, astronomers say. To get the best views, you have to time it just right: The best time is the 30-minute period after moonrise, which will

Sun Devil Stadium – For More Than Just Football

Arizona State hockey. Professional soccer. Goat yoga. If ASU administrators have their way, all three will find a home in Sun Devil Stadium soon. “There’s a reason why we beat MIT and Stanford three years in a row, and it’s going to be four and five,” Colleen Jennings-Roggensack said about ASU’s No. 1 ranking in innovation. The university has started its final phase of renovating and retrofitting Sun Devil Stadium. The role of Jennings-Roggensack, ASU’s vice president for cultural affairs and executive director of ASU Gammage, will be significant. She has been tagged to lead Sun Devil Stadium 365, an initiative

ASU Football is Going High-Tech

The college football season officially kicks off tonight at Arizona State University. The players aren’t the only ones practicing hard — a team of engineers and researchers have been mapping out a game plan to make major technology upgrades to sun devil stadium. The school has partnered with Intel and put 44 sensors around the stadium that track noise, temperature and vibration. They can launch a noise game that breaks the crowd into sections for cheer battles and see which section is the loudest with the sensor data. This season, wearable Sun Devil horns will be tested that’ll light up

Upcoming Restaurant Openings in the Valley

Eight months into 2017, we’ve had more than 50 restaurants either open their doors for the first time in the Valley or open second, third, and fourth locations. The openings include everything from modern Japanese cuisine to Chicago deep-dish pizza, Mexican cuisine, Hawaiian-inspired poke, and fast-casual breakfast joints. July restaurant openings June restaurant openings May restaurant openings April restaurant openings What can we expect for the rest of the year and into 2018? So far, we’ve found more than 40 restaurants with plans to open around the Valley. Restaurants coming to Tempe include: Tempe Public Market Cafe – Chef Aaron Chamberlin,

ASU Students Move-In

Thousands of students will move into the Valley for the start of the Arizona State University school year. The Downtown Phoenix campus will start the move-in process Friday. The bulk of students will continue settling in over the weekend in Tempe. One student says, “Move in day is going to be, I think it’s going to be a day of excitement especially for all the new freshman and engineering students moving in.” There is an ASU housing boom in Tempe. New housing spot RISE is located on Apache Boulevard and Rural Road. It’ll be packed with more than 380 students

2017 Arizona Fall Festivals

Once the temperatures drop below 95 degrees in Phoenix, the events and festivals move right in. Between August and November, there are more than 70 food and drink, music, art and family festivals happening throughout the Valley whether you live in the East Valley or West Valley. From mac & cheese to bacon and beer, Lost Lake Festival and Oktoberfest, there is a lot of eating, drinking and singing (in whatever order you choose) to be had. The festival season kicks off with the Hell City Tattoo Festival at the end of August with many more through the end of

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