We started out in Sin City itself, the group of 15 colleagues from the sports trading industry landed into Vegas mid-afternoon on the Tuesday, in a tired but excited state and ready to kick things off.
After an air-conned sprinter van transfer into the hotel, we checked in to the wonderful sports themed Circa Resort Hotel. Circa opened in December 2020 and boasts the biggest Sports Book in the world…yes, world! See picture below, not your average hotel pool, they call it ‘Stadium Swim’. The guys loved it, it is such a unique hotel but absolutely pristine, the service impeccable and they have thought of everything. We highly recommend this place, it is off Fremont Street, about a 12 minute taxi ride to the main strip and the roof top bar named Legacy Club boast views where are forced to pinch yourself!
We then spent plenty of time placing sports bets, we managed some Top Golf, had a night at the world famous Hakassan Club and explored Vegas’s unique yet alluring nature. However, if you are reading this and have been to Vegas, you know that 4 nights is plenty. Next stop, Pheonix Arizona…
This is where the sport spectating adventure began. A quick 45 minute flight landed us in at 2pm. Now, the first thing that hits you upon walking out of the airport is the heat, it is a level up from Vegas and like nothing I have personally ever experienced. Another air-conned sprinter later with a very welcome batch of cold waters, we landed at the lovely Hyatt Place in Downtown Phoenix, a stylish and well located hotel where the staff cannot do enough.
It was a quick turnaround ready for an early arrival to the ballpark as we enjoyed pre-game on field access to watch the players prepare up close and personal, a real treat and memory to treasure. After a pit-stop to the club shop for some merch, it was up to our suite where the cold beers and food was waiting. We witnessed the Diamondbacks beat long-time rivals the Giants, the atmosphere was great, and thankfully for us Brits, the roof was closed to keep us nice and cool. Halfway through the game, Zach from the D’Backs bought us a signed ball from homegrown here Josh Rojas which will take pride of place in the guy’s office as memento of a great day!
Post-game we had an area of a bar booked close by, finished the evening with some live music and kept the drinks flowing! What better way to prepare for a 10am tailgate party…
Coffee was the name of the game first thing whilst another air-conned water filled sprinter was on hand to take us to the State Farm Stadium as we met Troy and Cherie from the fantastic Tailgate Warriors, Arizona Cardinals premier tailgaters and WOW did we have good time! We were welcomed in like one of their own, fed and ‘watered’ impeccably, we met so many fans from both the Rams and the Cardinals and experienced a totally unique sporting tradition, a real highlight of an epic trip, which is true testament to our kind hosts.
The game itself saw the home side come second best as they never really looked like threatening the Super Bowl champions LA Rams defence, the Rams coming out 20-9 winners in what was an exhibition in elite American Football and a pleasure to see. With the roof closed due to the heat, this created an electric atmosphere and with our club seats we enjoyed easy access to eateries and bars, more leg room and padded seats, the whole game was a superb experience. Post-game we had queue jump sorted at a bustling bar a 10 minute walk away as we sampled more of the atmosphere, whilst letting the traffic from the stadium die down.
In summary, this was a superb trip achieving all we aim to at US Sports Travel – unforgettable added value, seamless transportation and organisation whilst showcasing to our guests the fabulous way sporting events are carried out in the USA! Bring on the rest of the season!