Pro Sports Teams
Arizona may have arrived late to the professional sports game, but our momentum is unstoppable. For three decades, the NBA Phoenix Suns were Arizona’s only representative in professional sports. After Phoenix acquired the NFC’s Arizona Cardinals in 1988, taking over one of the oldest professional football teams in the nation, the city gained its first professional hockey team, the NHL Arizona Coyotes, in 1996, again providing a new home to an old team. In 1998, after hosting spring training for other teams for decades, the MLB Arizona Diamondbacks were hatched as one of America’s newest professional baseball franchises.
In the 1990s, Arizona led the nation in joining the newly established professional leagues of Arena Football League (AFL) and the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Arizona Rattlers and the Phoenix Mercury are some of the oldest teams in these young leagues, and they are some of the strongest, both winning two championships in under twenty years.
These teams continue to gain fans every year and inspire all amature athletes in the state. Watch them play in their state-of-the-art home arenas, and you’ll see first hand what our athletes and can do.
The Arizona Cardinals are a professional American football franchise based in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The Cardinals compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member of the league’s National Football Conference (NFC) West division. The Cardinals were founded as the Morgan Athletic Club in 1898, and are the oldest continuously run professional football team in the United States. The Cardinals play their home games at the University of Phoenix Stadium, which is located in the northwestern suburb of Glendale, Arizona.
The Arizona Diamondbacks, often shortened as the D-backs, are an American professional baseballfranchise based in Phoenix, Arizona. The club competes in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the National League (NL) West division. Since the team’s inception in 1998, the franchise has played home games at Chase Field, formerly known as Bank One Ballpark. The Diamondbacks have won one World Series championship (in 2001), becoming the fastest expansion team in the Major Leagues to win a championship, doing it in only the fourth season since the franchise’s inception in the 1998 Major League Baseball season.
The Arizona Coyotes are a professional ice hockey team based in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, Arizona. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).
The Phoenix Suns are an American professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member team of the league’s Western Conference Pacific Division, and are the only team in their division not to be based in California. Since 1992, the Suns have played their home games at Talking Stick Resort Arena in downtown Phoenix.
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