Things to do at the 2011 MLB All-Star Game in Phoenix

Things to do at the 2011 MLB All-Star Game in Phoenix

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2011 MLB All-Star Game

One of the highlights for baseball fans every year is Major League Baseball's annual All-Star Game, and this year's game will take place at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday, July 12. For those fans living in the area or planning a trip to see the game, this season's All-Star Game and its host city have a lot to offer fans of all ages, both inside and around the ballpark.

Around Chase Field

According to Weather.com, the city of Phoenix averages 107° during the week in which the All-Star Game is scheduled. That means most fans, unless you like being slow-cooked, will be looking for a reprieve indoors with a cold drink and maybe something to eat. If you have never been to the capital city of Arizona, here are some places to check out during your trip:

Pizzeria Bianco

Address: 623 E. Adams St. (0.35 miles from Chase Field)

Web site: http://www.pizzeriabianco.com/

One of the most celebrated pizza restaurants in the country, Pizzeria Bianco has received national acclaim from multiple sources including GQ, Bon Appetit and, probably the most importantly, OPRAH! Located less than a mile from Chase Field, baseball fans will flock here, so make sure you get there first because this may be a rare chance to taste the best pizzas in the country. Oh yeah, and they have bar next door.

Arizona Science Center

Address: 600 East Washington Street (0.18 miles from Chase Field)

Web site: http://www.azscience.org

For fans looking to take a break from baseball for a few hours, the Arizona Science Center may give you just that chance. Featuring a planetarium and an IMAX theater, the center has plenty of exhibits and hands-on activities for kids and adults. With the All-Star Game in town, there will be All-Star sports demonstrations going on from July 9 through July 13.

Five Guys Burger and Fries

Address: 50 West Jefferson St. (0.40 miles from Chase Field)

Web site: http://www.fiveguys.com

Yes, Five Guys is a chain that you probably can find at a location near you, but seriously, have you ever had a cheeseburger from Five Guys? They are… amazing. I am usually looking for a reason to go and get a burger from Five Guys, so if you have never tried one before, use your trip to Phoenix as your chance.

Alice Cooperstown

Address: 101 East Jackson St. (0.35 miles from Chase Field)

Web site: http://www.alicecooperstown.com

Opened by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Alice Cooper and made famous on "Man v. Food," the restaurant features a hot dog on its menu that is perhaps the craziest version of the classic ballpark food. Named the "Big Unit," after legendary Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson who shared the same nickname, the hot dog is 22 inches long and has toppings including chili, cheese, bacon, jalapeno, onions, relish and sauerkraut. Good luck.

At Chase Field

MLB All-Star Fan Fest

Ok, so this is not exactly AT Chase Field, but close enough. Right across the street, Major League Baseball has set up its annual MLB All-Star Fan Fest at the Phoenix Convention Center. For just the price of admission, visitors get access to every attraction there including video games, baseball clinics, and autograph sessions, among others. Definitely a must-see for any die-hard baseball fan.

Chase Field Pool

While you probably won't be able to take a swim, you definitely have to check out the pool in the right field stands. The only one like it in the Major Leagues, the pool is a luxury that few get to experience; and with the heat in Phoenix, they are definitely lucky.

Concessions

This blog is no stranger to great concession foods, and Chase Field has some great food options for everybody. In addition to classics like hot dogs and beer, Chase Field has things like crispy shrimp tacos, southwestern steak & cheese sandwiches and churros. Click here for more info on concessions »

On the field

Home Run Derby

Who doesn't love seeing home runs? The Home Run Derby provides some of the best entertainment of the whole weekend, so it is definitely a must-see.

Celebrity All-Star Softball Game

This game may not be the most well played, but it will be entertaining. Some of the participants in this year's game include Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals, singer Jordin Sparks and Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers.

The 2011 MLB All-Star Game

Everything that you do over the course of All-Star weekend is just a prelude to the game itself. The best players from every team across baseball will come together to play for bragging rights and to see which league gets home-field advantage in the World Series.

Have you ever been to Phoenix before? What other places should people check out during All-Star Weekend?

 

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Scott Allen
Scott Allen said...

If you are adventuresome, you can get yourself out of the immediate ballpark are of downtown and can find some great places to eat, great places to see.  

Some great places to eat in downtown/central Phoenix area:

Original Hamburger Works -  some of the best burgers in town  
2801 North 15th Avenue

Pita Jungle - awesome array of pitas, nice friendly staff
1001 N 3rd Ave

If you are willing to part ways with downtown and get to other parts of the metro area:

Los Taquitos 7000 N 16th St, Phoenix - an awesome happy hour 4-7 M-F.  Tacos, Burros, Torta's (featured on Food Network's DDD)

Chino Bandito 15414 North 19th Avenue # K, North PHX, and 1825 West Chandler Blvd # 2, Chandler - another DDD favorite - this unusual Chinese/Mexican Fusion is the bomb!

There are a million restaurants to fill every need in this city.  I could go on forever.  

Also, for places to see, I agree, the Arizona Science Center is a good start.  Most of the best things to see are outdoors and it will be warm.  Unless you are taking a day trip to the mountains, better to just go to a movie (there is an AMC Theatre downtown at Arizona Center just up the street from Chase Field.  There is also a Lucky Strike Bowling Alley downtown.  

I would recommend against Pizzeria Bianco this time of year, only because you'll be in two-hour long wait line (and with many people here for the game/Fanfest, those lines will probably be longer.  You don't want to stand out in this heat for long.  Cooperstown is a good place to eat, but can fill up fast, especially at happy hour/dinner time.  Jackson's on Third and Coach and Willies are good alternatives if Cooperstown gets busy.  Also, there is Friday's Front Row at Chase Field.  

Hit me up if you want any other suggestions.  I'm a native Phoenician.  I'm also the lead writer for the Dbacks blog venomstrikes.com, so if you have a question, I should be able to answer it or at least have the resources to find the answer for you.  

June 26, 2011 at 2:52 AM Reply

Tim
Tim said...

Thanks for your help Scott!

June 27, 2011 at 10:18 AM Reply

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