With all the bad new surrounding professional sports these days, it is refreshing to see that there will be an event in Phoenix this summer that will celebrate and promote everything that is good about sports, athletes, and the fans that love them. On June 28-29, 2014, the first Arizona Sports Fan Expo (AZSFE) will be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
All six of Arizona’s professional sports team will be gathered under one roof for a first-of-its-kind interactive sports fan festival and sports-related shopping extravaganza. It will showcase team mascots, cheerleaders and an assortment of players and sports celebrities along with special Expo features like the Tailgate Party Pavilion, Ultimate Fan Cave, The Money Zone and Sports Card Collectors Corner with a live memorabilia auction.
Susan Ratliff, CEO of Susan Ratliff Presents, Inc., a long-time hospitality consultant in the Valley, is the organizer of the AZSFE.
“We are expecting 7000+ health and fitness minded adults who are actively participating in sports, families with kids in sports, and enthusiastic sports fans,” Ratliff says. “It is a great opportunity for families, as kids under 12 get free admission, and for companies and sponsors to be part of an Epic Expo.”
Ratliff has assembled an impressive group of partners for this event. One partner is Linking Sports & Communities, LLC, an 11-year-old Arizona non-profit, which hosts annual events like Arizona Youth Sports Day. “We are excited about this new partnership,” says President Denise Meridith, “AZSFE complements our mission of enhancing relationships among athletes, sports organizations and the community.” LSC will host panels, such as “How to Avoid & Recover from Sports Injuries” and “Plan B: Life Beyond Sports;” book-signings from local sports icons, like Suns broadcaster Eddie Johnson; and an interactive basketball experience by the NBA Baller Beats.
Sports fans can get more information about the event and tickets at the website www.azsportsexpo.com There is also still time to become a sponsor or get an exhibit booth, as well.
Sports are important to Arizona economically, socially and emotionally. Events like these remind Arizonans about the wonderful aspects of professional sports.