Looking for things to do in Scottsdale, Arizona? While baseball fans cheer the arrival of spring, football fans may find themselves mourning the end of the NFL season. In Arizona, we have the cure for the post-NFL season blues: the Fiesta Bowl Rugby and Balloon Classic. Rugby is not only the sport that inspired American football, it is also the fastest growing sport in the country, with rugby participation increasing 350% from 2004 through 2011.
The annual Fiesta Bowl Rugby and Balloon Classic is the hottest rugby event in the country. Over 5,000 fans attended last year’s event and organizers expect even more attendees in 2016. This year, the Arizona State University team takes on the Mexico National team in an epic battle of college versus country. This one of a kind event is held less than 15 minutes away from The Scottsdale Resort, in the Spring Training home of the San Francisco Giants, Scottsdale Stadium. Seating options range from general admission lawn and grandstand seating to shaded VIP Dugout seating that includes access to the field. You can even bring the whole family, as this all ages event welcomes children 12 and under for free.
New to the Rugby Bowl this year, there will be a hot air balloon glow after the match. Hot air balloons will be inflated and illuminated, but stay close to the ground for this spectacular evening event. While there will be a variety of balloons to check out, we expected the world-renowned Star Wars themed balloons to garner quite a bit of attention. Created by Benoit Lambert of Belgium, these hot air balloons in the shape of Yoda and Darth Vader have been featured in ballooning festivals around the world. The Fiesta Bowl Rugby and Balloon Classic marks the first time they will come to Arizona. Guests can keep the party going all night at GLOW, a one night only nightclub experience, inspired by the evening’s illuminated hot air balloons.
Come find out why so many Americans are becoming rugby fans. While you’re here, why not stay a few days and soak up the warmth of the Arizona sunshine? Less than 15 minutes from scenic downtown Scottsdale, The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch is convenient to Scottsdale Stadium and many more Scottsdale attractions. Surrounded by lush golf courses with the majestic Camelback Mountain in the distance, The Scottsdale Resort is the perfect luxury vacation resort. Contact us today to book your stay for the Fiesta Rugby Bowl and Balloon Classic.