Everything you need to know about the Big Game, Scottsdale-style
Arizona plays hosts to the Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1 – and much of the glitter, glam and festivities leading up to the NFL championship will be focused in Scottsdale.
- For all things Super Bowl, visit Big Game in Scottsdale, a website hosted by the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau packed with details on events and activities.
- Get the latest traffic information by following @DriveScottsdale.
- The city’s information phone line at 480-312-CITY will carry the latest event, traffic and parking information starting Monday, Jan. 26.
- An interactive web map will list the latest traffic and parking conditions in Downtown Scottsdale starting Wednesday, Jan. 28.
- Avoid the crowds ... use the trolley: During peak event days, parking in Scottsdale will be at a premium. Park in an outlying lot and use Scottsdale’s free trolley service. It's a convenient way to travel to events and activities. Several trolley routes work together to connect resort corridors, special event locations and the downtown shopping and entertainment districts. The trolleys run daily on a convenient schedule and connect to the regional Valley Metro transportation system.
Catch the football frenzy! If your goal is to tackle football-related fun, you won’t have to look far. Check out these events:
The Waste Management Phoenix Open runs Monday-Sunday, Jan. 26- Feb. 1, Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road. Find out why this tournament boasts the largest galleries in golf and has earned the nickname “The Greatest Show on Grass.”
- Fan Fest Scottsdale takes place Monday-Sunday, Jan. 26-Feb. 1, just north of Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. It’s the spot where ESPN will broadcast more than 120 hours of live programming. This free open-to-the-public event will highlight Scottsdale’s unique elements including culinary activities, fashion shows, interactive gaming; entertainment; team lounges; and fan rallies.
- The Entertainment District Experience will be Thursday-Sunday, Jan. 29-Feb. 1, along Saddlebag Trail and Indian Plaza streets, just south of Camelback Road. Experience this lively street party 11 to 2 a.m. daily showcasing numerous restaurants, bars and nightlife venues in a pedestrian-friendly, high-energy environment!
- Hashknife Pony Express gallops into town at high noon, Friday, Jan. 30, at the Hashknife sculpture on Scottsdale’s Marshall Way Bridge. More than two dozen members of the Navajo County Sheriff's Posse participate in this 200-mile horseback trek from Holbrook delivering 20,000 letters by horseback.
- The Big Game ArtWalk is set from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, in the downtown arts district. Enjoy Big Game artist exhibits, sports collectibles, live music and more
- Learn about more events associated with the Big Game.
Noise alert: Low-flying helicopter to make Super Bowl security sweeps start Friday
Areas of Scottsdale will soon see a low-flying helicopter conducting security sweeps. The flyover is part of Super Bowl security preparations. The helicopter will be flying as low as 150 feet and will generate a higher-than-normal level of noise in the flight areas. Please note these locations, dates and times for the helicopter flights:
- Friday, Jan. 23, between 10 and 11 a.m., Downtown Scottsdale area, including Fashion Square.
- Sunday, Jan. 25, between 10 a.m. and noon, area covering the Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Airpark and WestWorld.
Scottsdale will be the location of a variety of events and activities tied to the Super Bowl. The flyovers are an effort to keep residents and visitors safe from any potential threats. For more information about Scottsdale Super Bowl events, visit The Big Game In Scottsdale.
Hiking preparation important for visitors and visitors
The city is preparing for the influx hikers in our majestic Sonoran Desert during the next couple of weeks. Follow these tips to make the experience safer:
- Don’t overestimate your hiking abilities
- Hike with a buddy
- Begin hydrating the day before your hike
- Carry enough water. If you’re bringing pets, bring enough water for them too
- Bring a charged cell phone
Wear sensible shoes: hiking boots or tennis/gym shoes, a hat and sunglasses
- Tell friends where and when you are going and when you expect to return
- Know your location and the closest trailhead
What’s more, don’t let our 70-80 degree temperatures fool you. Many heat-related incidents occur during these seemingly mild temperatures.
It’s not too late to ring in the new year
The Via Linda Senior Center is hosting a “Swinging in the New Year” Dance at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, at the center, 10440 E. Via Linda. The event features live entertainment, refreshments and raffle prizes. Cost is $5 for residents; $7 for nonresidents. Register online using class code #112272.
Check out these ongoing activities and events:
- Free Downtown Trolley – Runs daily, every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Thursdays until 9 p.m. for ArtWalk.
- Celebration of Fine Art – Watch art as it’s being created! 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through March 29, housed in the big white tents southwest of Hayden Road and the Loop 101.
Old Town Farmers Market – local growers and specialty food producers, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 3806 N. Brown Ave., 602-290-5093.
- Arizona's Singing Cowboy – Enjoy western music and cowboy poetry, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays, near Main Street and Brown Avenue in Old Town.
Food Truck Caravan – Eight gourmet food trucks, live music and comfortable seating under the stars, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturdays, Fifth Avenue and Goldwater Boulevard. 480-251-1769.
Artisan Markets – Mini-festivals feature live music and locally-sold products, Thursdays, 5 to 10 p.m. and Sundays, 10 to 4 p.m. through May, Downtown Scottsdale Waterfront.
ArtWalk – Visit many of the more than 100 art galleries in Downtown Scottsdale, 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, year ‘round, Scottsdale Arts District.
- Downtown Cultural Trolley Tours – 10:30 a.m. second Saturday of the month, Old Adobe Mission, Downtown Scottsdale. 480-634-6850.
- McDowell Sonoran Preserve hikes and educational programs – ongoing.
- WestWorld hosts various horse shows and other events.
- Downtown Update – Get details on all the goings-on in Downtown by subscribing to the Downtown Update e-newsletter.
- See more on the city's event calendar.
Be aware of coyotes at Camelback Park
Residents have reported coyote sightings at Camelback Park, located on the east side of Hayden Road between Camelback and Chaparral roads. The park has no recreation facilities and is essentially a large grassy area with a multi-use concrete path. Elevate safety by making sure pets are on a leash in this area and keeping a close eye on children. If you see a coyote, make loud noises and wave your hands to scare it away. If a coyote appears aggressive, call the Scottsdale Police non-emergency line at 480-312-5000 or during weekday business hours, the Arizona Game and Fish Department at 480-981-9400. Get more information on coyotes and how to respond to a sighting.
The Pony Express will deliver your mail
Want a letter delivered via the Hashknife Pony Express, the oldest officially sanctioned Pony Express in the United States? Simply drop off mail by Friday, Jan. 23, to the Scottsdale main post office, 1776 N. Scottsdale Road. Letter envelopes are $1 each and include a commemorative Pony Express hand stamp. Then celebrate the Old West and a Scottsdale tradition at high noon Friday, Jan. 30, when the Hashknife Pony Express makes the super delivery to the Scottsdale Waterfront. Get event details here.
These shoes are made for walking . . . and for creating a new sport court
Did you know that one heavy rubber sole shoe can take up to 80 years to biodegrade in a landfill? Then consider that more than 300 million shoes are thrown away each year. You have a chance to help our environment and the Family Promise homeless shelter. Nonprofit Keep Scottsdale Beautiful is sponsoring “Any Shoe Will Do!" and needs the community’s help. Its goal is to collect 49,000 shoes – in honor of Super Bowl XLIX – that will be recycled into a sport court for Family Promise. Collection boxes are located throughout Scottsdale. Get a list of locations here.
Registration available for Citizens Police Academy; classes begin March 4
Citizens get a chance to see what happens in our city every day through the eyes of Scottsdale police officers and the department’s civilian staff. The Scottsdale Police Department Citizens Academy spring session begins March 4 and runs 11 consecutive Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Applications are now available for this interactive session, which features many units within the department. This informative and educational program provides a close-up look at the Scottsdale Police Department and the men and women who serve our community. For more information about the program, contact Community Liaison Officer Chris Vassall at 480-312-1922.
Learn the inner workings of city government
Whether you’re a community leader, board member or volunteer … you are invited to participate in Scottsdale City Government 101. Registration is open for the free series of classes that provide a “nuts and bolts” overview of Scottsdale city government. Classes take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through March and April, at the Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road.
Get the latest City Council meeting agenda
Get City Council meeting and agenda information.
Fight roof rats -- citrus drop off available beginning Saturday
Scottsdale and Phoenix Arcadia residents are joining forces to remove citrus from area properties to help control the roof rat population. The Citrus Dropoff Program runs Jan. 24 through March 28. Residents are encouraged to drop off edible fruit from 8 a.m. to noon, and commercial drop off will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Individuals are no longer able to pick up fruit. The program will be at the Elk’s BPOE Scottsdale Lodge parking lot, 6398 E. Oak St.
Dispose of your brush and bulk
The city provides monthly brush and bulk item collection, offering residents a convenient way to dispose of items too large for refuse containers. Place brush and bulk items out for pickup by 5 a.m. Monday the week of scheduled service. Here’s when we’ll be in your neighborhood:
- Service Area #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of Jan. 26.
- Service Area #4 – Thomas Road to McKellips Road; and Pinnacle Peak Road to Thunderbird Road (including McDowell Mountain Ranch): Week of Feb. 2.
- Service Area #1 – Thunderbird Road to Indian Bend Road, east of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to northern city limits: Week of Feb. 9.
- Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of Feb. 16.