Bennett Silvyn
Bennett Silvyn BEH-nit SIL-vin
Sports Reporter, Phoenix

Bennett Silvyn expects to graduate in May 2024 with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism and a minor in business, marketing and sports management. Silvyn has interned in marketing and social media for the Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission, as a reporter for Arizona Foothills Magazine, in sponsorships for the Arizona Rattlers and in social and digital media for FC Tucson. Silvyn has also reported for the Walter Cronkite Sports Network and The State Press.

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Purdue’s season a success despite men’s national title loss to UConn

GLENDALE – The Purdue Boilermakers wanted nothing more than a national championship in front of a fan base that came out strong to support the team. But they walked away feeling good about the season they had.

The Hurley Risers: UConn coach lifts men’s program to new heights after back-to-back titles

GLENDALE – The dominance the UConn men have shown all season continued into Monday night's championship game with a convincing victory over Purdue. Dan Hurley and his squad will leave Arizona with back-to-back titles.

Final Four Updates: Purdue fans, students have large presence at men’s national championship game

GLENDALE – Arizona’s early elimination from the Men’s NCAA Tournament have help make championship tickets a little more affordable. Some were going for as low as $100 Monday afternoon.

Purdue coach Matt Painter can change the fortune of the Big Ten Conference. In seven title game appearances since 2001, the conference is 0-7. (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)

UConn coach Dan Hurley’s recipe for success: passion, tough love and player respect

GLENDALE – UConn coach Dan Hurley is on the brink of his second national title in as many years ahead of Monday’s matchup with Purdue. But what makes one of the biggest personalities in college basketball unique and so dominant?

‘They’re close to being bulletproof’: A united UConn team outlasts Alabama in Final Four showdown

GLENDALE – Teamwork helped the UConn Huskies handle the Alabama Crimson Tide Saturday night in Glendale. They will try to win their second straight men’s title game when they face Purdue Monday night.

National championship bound: Purdue’s supporting cast fuels victory over NC State

GLENDALE – For the first time since 1969, the Purdue Boilermakers are in the men’s national championship game after defeating NC State 63-50. Purdue will face Connecticut in the title game.

Walter Davis, Doug Collins, Michele Timms highlight Arizona ties to 2024 Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame class

GLENDALE – Saturday morning the 2024 Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame class that included Phoenix Suns legend Walter Davis was announced in Glendale. Of the 13 inductees, Phoenix played some role in a majority of their playing careers.

Guards could take spotlight when UConn, Alabama square off in Men’s Final Four

GLENDALE – In the NCAA Tournament, guard play can be the difference in making a deep postseason run. Mark Sears of Alabama and Tristen Newton of UConn are game-changers in the Men’s Final Four.

Math to Madness: Nate Oats’ underdog journey leads Alabama to Men’s Final Four

GLENDALE – Just 11 years ago, Alabama men’s basketball coach Nate Oats was a math teacher and high school basketball coach in Michigan. His underdog approach has fueled the Crimson Tide to the Men’s Final Four.

‘It’s going to be a bloodbath’: Purdue, NC State highlight battle of the big men in 2024 Men’s Final Four

GLENDALE– In a world of positionless basketball, Purdue and NC State are riding on the backs of big men Zach Edey and DJ Burns Jr. in the Men’s Final Four.

DJ Burns Jr. shines bright during remarkable NC State March Madness run

PHOENIX – NC State DJ Burns Jr. has captured the hearts of college basketball fans, from how he plays the game to his vibrant personality. With a chance to win the school’s third championship, he has never strayed from what brought him to this point.

Senior forward DJ Burns shares his infectious smile while sharing a laugh with teammates during practice ahead of their Men’s Final Four showdown against Purdue. (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)

Finding joy: Mudita and the mindset that changed Alabama men’s basketball

GLENDALE – The high hopes of starting the season strong quickly fading away with a 6-6 record for the Alabama Crimson Tide, but soon something sparked within the program. Mudita, a Buddhist philosophy that preaches taking joy in the accomplishments of other, helped change the entire program's attitudes during its Men’s Final Four run.

The fortunes of the Alabama men’s basketball team changed this season after players started embracing the philosophy of mudita. (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)

Final chapter: Teams set, storylines aplenty at NCAA Men’s Final Four

PHOENIX – Final Four week has arrived in the Valley, as UConn, Purdue, NC State, and Alabama fans descend upon Phoenix to watch their teams on college basketball’s biggest stage.

Mark Sears, named the West Region MVP, lifts the trophy high after leading Alabama to its first-ever Final Four appearance. (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)

Sears is open … again: Alabama guard’s 7 3-pointers lead to MVP award, trip to men’s Final Four

LOS ANGELES – Mark Sears scores 23 points and leads Alabama to its first men’s Final Four appearance in school history. The guard hopes for similar success at State Farm Stadium.

Won, not done: No. 4 seed Alabama heads to Arizona for first men’s Final Four in program history

LOS ANGELES – The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Clemson Tigers to advance to the program's first Final Four. With a chance at a national title, the Tide must face No. 1 overall seed UConn in Glendale.

Arizona’s shooters turn cold as Clemson finally returns to Elite Eight in men’s NCAA Tournament

LOS ANGELES – A poor night of shooting from 3-point range contributes to Arizona’s loss to Clemson in the men’s NCAA Tournament. Meanwhile, the Tigers advance to only their second Elite Eight.

Easy, Tigers: Clemson controls tempo early, knocks off No. 2 Arizona to advance to Elite Eight

LOS ANGELES – In a game of momentum, Clemson was able to hold off Arizona 77-72 in the battle for the jungle. In a men’s NCAA Tournament meeting where Pac-12 Player of the Year Caleb Love struggled, the Tigers advanced to their first Elite Eight since 1980.

Clemson senior guard Chase Hunter drives through defenders for a contested layup, contributing to his team-high 18 points in the Tigers' victory over Arizona in the men's NCAA Tournament in Los Angeles. (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)

Battle of the Bigs: Arizona’s Oumar Ballo faces tall task in Sweet 16 matchup against Clemson’s PJ Hall

LOS ANGELES – The matchup between Arizona center Oumar Ballo and Clemson’s PJ Hall will be intriguing to watch considering their different playing styles as Hall scores from shooting mid-range jumpers and posting up compared to Ballo, who primarily gets his points from the low post.

Arizona’s Oumar Ballo believes “at this point of the season, you just have to find a way to get the job done.” (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)

King of the Jungle: Arizona Wildcats looks to pounce on Clemson Tigers in Sweet 16 meeting

LOS ANGELES – Thursday’s Sweet 16 showdown between the Arizona Wildcats and Clemson Tigers offers a chance for the Wildcats to reach the Elite 8 for the first time in nearly a decade. Clemson displays a slow pace which Arizona has struggled with in the past.

Caleb Love, the senior guard for Arizona, who is shooting 30% from the 3-point line throughout the tournament, begins practice by shooting corner threes. (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)

Lights, churro, action! Diamondbacks highlight upgrades to Chase Field despite uncertain future

PHOENIX – From new lights to new food, the Arizona Diamondbacks unveil changes and upgrades to various areas of Chase Field, even as the team’s future in the ballpark hangs in the balance.

Chase Field will sports new lights and a new sound system as well as a variety of unique food items. (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)

Remarkable turnaround by Grand Canyon men’s hockey club team earns Lopes first ACHA nationals appearance

PHOENIX – GCU club hockey rebounds after a rough start and wins its final nine regular season games to earn the Lopes a first nationals appearance in program history.

‘I’ll run through a wall for y’all’: Phoenix Mercury lure talent, strengthen reputation as destination team

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Mercury are one of the most accomplished franchises in the WNBA, but a new regime has made the team one of the most attractive destinations in the league.

Owner Mat Ishbia’s commitment to the Phoenix Mercury, which will soon see a new $100 million-plus practice facility, has helped make the organization a destination for free agents. (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)

‘I feel really good’: Brady Singer poised for redemption season with Kansas City Royals in 2024

SURPRISE – After a relatively down year for Brady Singer in which he dealt with injuries, the Kansas City Royals starter enters spring training feeling good and expecting better results.

Despite setbacks, Brady Singer remains focused on refining his craft during spring training to return to top form for the Kansas City Royals in the 2024 MLB season. (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)

Swinging into spring: Previewing every Cactus League team as countdown to 2024 Opening Day begins

PHOENIX - The Cactus League has started and that leaves many fans eager to learn what’s in store for their team in 2024. As teams prepare to play spring training games, learn what’s new and what to expect from all 15 Cactus League teams.

With anticipation in the air and dreams of World Series glory, the Cactus League sets the stage for the 2024 MLB season. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

Midseason Ukrainian additions to GCU’s club hockey team take on college-athlete life amid war at home

PHOENIX – Grand Canyon University’s first European freshmen jump into the season adjusting to college life and being far away from home amid an ongoing war at home.

It’s not ‘doom and gloom’: WM Phoenix Open officials remain optimistic despite weather concerns

SCOTTSDALE – Rainy conditions failed to dampen the spirits at the WM Phoenix Open, where charitable initiatives, practice rounds and celebrity challenges set the stage for an action-packed week of golf.

Weather woes? Incoming storms become major player at WM Phoenix Open

SCOTTSDALE – The WM Phoenix Open started Monday directly following the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am which was cut short due to inclement weather. That storm is expected to arrive in Arizona on time for the tournament, meaning fans, players and staff have to be ready to adapt.

Although the weather looks perfect as fans enjoy the 18th hole at TPC Scottsdale Monday, a storm front is expected to move in Tuesday and stay for much of the WM Phoenix Open. (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)

ABOR clarifies UA budget shortfall, says athletics responsible for $35 million of $140 million deficit

TEMPE – Although the University of Arizona’s budget shortfall is closer to $140 million than the $240 million previously reported, the school is prepared to undergo sweeping changes in budget and oversight, including addressing the $35 million shortfall for which the athletic department is responsible.

John Arnold, the executive director of the Arizona Board of Regents, speaks to the board about the financial challenges facing the University of Arizona. (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)

Stealing the show: Frankie Collins’ defensive mastery anchors ASU men’s basketball

TEMPE – Known for his exceptional swiping ability, Collins not only bolsters ASU's defensive strategy but also fosters discipline and leadership in the Sun Devils’ pursuit of the Pac-12 crown.

ASU guard Frankie Collins brings intensity on offense and defense to help position the Sun Devils for the No. 1 seed in Pac-12 play. (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)

Photo essay: Arizona State men’s basketball gives rude welcome to Bronny James, USC

TEMPE – Witness sights from Saturday’s intense clash, featuring an electric atmosphere and roaring crowd as the Sun Devils continue their pursuit to finish the season atop the Pac-12.

ASU's Jose Perez enthusiastically hypes up Frankie Collins after one of the USC Trojans' season-high 22 turnovers. (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)

Boo-SC: ASU men’s basketball, fans show Bronny James tough love in first visit to Tempe

TEMPE – Following years of hype on social media, Bronny James finally visited Tempe for the first time to face ASU and brought out a large crowd.

Bronny James, son of NBA legend LeBron James, draws a massive crowd eager to witness his on-court prowess Saturday at Desert Financial Arena. (Photo by Alyssa Buruato/Cronkite News)

79 days and counting: NCAA officials, local leaders preview festivities in lead-up to men’s basketball Final Four

PHOENIX – NCAA officials, Gov. Katie Hobbs and local leaders met Wednesday to showcase some of the upcoming festivities for the Final Four. In the panels, they previewed what local and visiting fans can expect throughout the weekend.

Josh Bartelstein (CEO Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury), Dan Gavitt (NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball) and Dr. Charles McClelland (Chair of the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee) take time to reminisce on past Final Four experiences at a Wednesday press conference. (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)

College football 2024: After leading team to Fiesta Bowl, Liberty quarterback Salter opts for transfer portal

GLENDALE – The Vrbo Fiesta Bowl spotlighted what college football in 2024 looks like thanks to NIL deals and the transfer portal. After leaving the Tennessee football program to leading the Liberty Flames into a New Year's Six bowl, quarterback Kaidon Salter told his team he is entering the transfer portal. Just a earlier, after a loss to Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl, Liberty coach Jamey Chadwell said, "He's the face of the football program.”

Liberty, Liberty, Liiiberty: Flames’ resurgence spotlights coach Jamey Chadwell, despite Vrbo Fiesta Bowl loss

GLENDALE – When Liberty University brought on a new football coach for the 2023 season, few knew what to expect. Yet Jamey Chadwell brought a unique team together and ended up in a New Year's Six bowl. Even though the loss in the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl wasn't what the team wanted, the foundation is set.

Bo-dacious: Oregon’s Nix ends storied college career with record-setting Vrbo Fiesta Bowl

GLENDALE – Oregon quarterback Bo Nix sets multiple school and bowl records in a convincing victory over Liberty at the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl in Glendale on New Year’s Day.

‘We’re mentally soft’: Arizona State struggles, Arizona thrives in Jerry Colangelo Classic

PHOENIX – The opportunity to showcase their teams' talents on an NBA stage – Footprint Center – failed spectacularly for the Arizona State men's basketball team but worked perfectly for Arizona Wednesday night in the Jerry Colangelo Classic.

Adam Miller exemplified Arizona State's struggles from the field against Northwestern, as he finished the game 1 of 10. (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)

ASU football seeks Territorial Cup redemption in bid to spoil UArizona’s Pac-12 title pursuit

TEMPE – Amid high stakes and fierce rivalry, the 97th Territorial Cup between ASU and UArizona looms large. ASU seeks redemption in a challenging season, facing the Wildcats’ resurgence in a bid for Pac-12 contention. With ESPN's spotlight and national viewership, the duel promises intensity and pride in this iconic clash.

‘Weird’ and exciting: Emotions, memories flow as ASU basketball prepares to move to Big 12 after 46 years in the Pac-12

TEMPE – With Arizona State moving to the Big 12, many around the program reflect on the past and consider what the future could look like in a new conference.

Bobby Hurley talking to the media.

From Salpointe Catholic to the NFL: Arizona’s own Bijan Robinson returns for homecoming matchup against Cardinals

GLENDALE – Bijan Robinson, born and raised in Tucson, is set to return to his home state as a professional athlete for the first time with the Atlanta Falcons. From his high school days at Salpointe Catholic High School to becoming a top 10 pick in the 2023 NFL draft, Robinson’s journey as a rookie has come full circle in his return home.

As Salpointe Catholic alum Bijan Robinson readies to face the Cardinals, his football journey comes full circle in his return to Arizona. (Photo courtesy of Atlanta Falcons)

March Toughness? Wildcats aim at final Pac-12 title, deep NCAA tournament run in Tommy Lloyd’s third season

LAS VEGAS – Toughened by a crushing NCAA Tournament loss, Arizona’s men's basketball team is aiming to defend its Pac-12 Tournament championship and make a deep NCAA Tournament run.

U of A Head Coach Tommy Lloyd

Poor birds: Eerie similarities between 2001 and 2023 Arizona Diamondbacks provide extra layers of World Series intrigue

PHOENIX – From game schedules mirroring the 2001 World Series games to uncanny parallels in their playoff runs, the Arizona Diamondbacks' journey this season seemed destined to echo their legendary past.

Diamondbacks players 22 years apart celebrating together.

‘I’m still the Slim Reaper’: Kevin Durant inspires new era of excellence for Phoenix Suns as leader of Big Three

PHOENIX – As the NBA season approaches, Kevin Durant finds himself in a winning position once again, alongside Devin Booker and Bradley Beal. But this isn’t his first time – and he’s prepared to manage the expectations.

Kevin Durant's relentless pursuit of excellence and his impact on the team's preparation are making a definitive difference in the Phoenix Suns' preparation for the 2023-24 NBA season. (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)

Why fans attending NLCS Game 3 will pay more for beer than tickets

PHOENIX – Following the Diamondbacks’ shutout loss in Philadelphia, ticket prices for Game 3 of the NLCS have nosedived to $5 for the cheapest ticket at Chase Field. This drastic change has raised questions about the price drop.

Walkway to ticket will call outside of Chase Field.

Consistency is key: ASU’s steady goal drives success as men’s basketball season looms

LAS VEGAS – Coming off an appearance in the NCAA tournament and with the addition of nine new players, ASU’s key to being successful this season is being consistent.

Bobby Hurley talking to media.

Culture change: Mat Ishbia invests $100 million in new practice facility for Phoenix Mercury

PHOENIX – Phoenix Suns and Mercury owner Mat Ishbia has committed $100 million to build a 123,000-square-foot headquarters and a practice facility in downtown Phoenix, exclusively for the Mercury. This significant investment aims to revolutionize basketball culture for the Phoenix basketball teams.

Mat Ishbia, the owner of the Suns and Mercury, has announced a groundbreaking $100 million commitment to construct a 123,000-square-foot practice facility in downtown Phoenix. (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)

What is it like to be at the epicenter of college football? A weekend in Boulder highlights the Buffaloes’ wild surge

BOULDER – The talk of college football centers around Deion Sanders and the Colorado Buffaloes. Boulder has embraced this new persona and "Prime" mania doesn’t look like it is slowing down any time soon.

Colorado football players huddled together.

Tommy Lloyd, Arizona Wildcats set stage for electric 2023-24 season at Red-Blue Showcase

TUCSON – The annual Red-Blue Showcase offered the Tucson community a first chance to see the 2023-24 Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball team. Tommy Lloyd and Co. have a deep and talented squad looking to make a deep run come March.

KJ Lewis leaping over teammate in dunk contest.

‘We’ve got the best team in the league’: New-look Phoenix Suns enter 2023-24 season with big-time expectations

PHOENIX – Kevin Durant, Bradley Beal and Devin Booker are the centerpiece of a Phoenix Suns team that underwent a dramatic overhaul in the offseason. Despite significant roster changes, the Suns are optimistic about their postseason chances.

A new look: ASU men’s basketball offers hope, including (gasp!) a possible trip to Final Four

TEMPE – Bobby Hurley’s Arizona State men’s basketball team is looking to keep working on chemistry as a new group after returning from Europe. After seeing both sides of the transfer portal, Hurley believes his team is ready to compete.

ASU basketball team huddled together.

From Arizona state high school champion to Fresno State star, Mikey Keene returns home to face Arizona State

TEMPE – Chandler high school standout Mikey Keene makes his collegiate debut back home in Arizona with Fresno State as they take on ASU trying to remain perfect on the season.

Mikey Keene, the former Chandler High standout and UCF quarterback, returns home Saturday with Fresno State to face Arizona State in front of friends, family, peers and past coaches. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Who let the dogs out? Arizona Cardinals defense shows promise

TEMPE – After a tough week one loss to the Washington Commanders, the Arizona Cardinals are looking to their tenacious and promising defense to keep them competitive among offensive struggles.

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Dennis Gardeck speaks Monday during a news conference following Sunday's Week 1 loss to the Washington Commanders. "We got dogs in our room," Gardeck said. (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)

Spoiler alert: ASU football embraces villain role entering new season

TEMPE – After the announcement of ASU's self-imposed one-year ban on the football program, the Sun Devils quickly shifted their emotions to prepare for Thursday's season opener against Southern Utah.

ASU football team runs out on field with Sparky during Spring game

It’s official: ASU will open season with freshman quarterback Rashada

TEMPE – With the start of the Arizona State football season just eight days away, coach Kenny Dillingham confirmed Wednesday that freshman Jaden Rashada would take over as the starting quarterback to open the season.

Double standard: Duo of twins help raise level of play for ASU women’s lacrosse

TEMPE – The ASU women’s lacrosse team has a unique lineup with two sets of identical twins. Gigi and Bella Gaspar and Maddie and McKenna Riley are helping to raise the level of play in Tempe.

Maddie, left, and McKenna Riley have been through a lot together, including rehabbing from a torn ACL. (Photo courtesy of Sun Devil Athletics)

What direction should the Cardinals go? Arizona’s best eight options in NFL Draft

PHOENIX – The Arizona Cardinals, with a restructured front office and in need of a rebuild, face a potentially franchise-altering decision with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. A shaved-down current roster for the Cardinals begs the question, trade back and fill more holes or use the pick to select a centerpiece defender to build around?

Caption: The Arizona Cardinals will be on the clock Thursday with the third overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. That's if new general manager Monti Ossenfort chooses to stay put in his first draft. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Transfer portal forces reflection, changes for Arizona men’s and women’s basketball programs

TUCSON – After a subpar March Madness performance by the Arizona men’s and women’s basketball programs, it did not take long for players to take advantage of the transfer portal and choose to find a new home for next season.

Arizona’s Kerr Kriisa is among the players the Wildcats are losing to the transfer portal and said on his podcast, “It’s sad to leave Tucson but it is what it is.” (File photo by Wesley Johnson/Cronkite News)

Jonathan Gannon settles in as new Cardinals coach, expects DeAndre Hopkins back

PHOENIX – The Arizona Cardinals' new front office is beginning to build a new roster together with rumors and headlines swirling around the organization. On Tuesday, new coach Jonathan Gannon gave an update on the process.

New Cardinals coach Jonathan Gannon shared the latest developments in the organization during Tuesday's NFL owners' meetings at Arizona Biltmore. (Photo by Olivia Eisenhauer/Cronkite News)

George ‘The Sodfather’ Toma sheds light on Super Bowl 57 field issues

GLENDALE – Weeks following the confetti raining down on the Super Bowl 57 champions Kansas City Chiefs, the answer to what caused poor field conditions remained at large. The man who has worked on all 57 Super Bowl fields, ‘The Sodather’ George Toma, stepped out of the shadows to spill on what caused the slippery playing surface.

The State Farm Stadium field for Super Bowl 57 caused slick conditions for the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles and forced players to change their cleats mid-game. (Photo by Susan Wong/Cronkite News)

‘It was a tearjerker’: Charity events, fundraising also big part of WM Phoenix Open

SCOTTSDALE – The WM Phoenix Open is one of the most famous golf events of the year. Largely known for its unique atmosphere, the tournament provides more than just rowdy fans and a one-of a-kind golf spectacle. It also gives back to the community and raises millions of dollars for Arizona charities.

The WM Phoenix Open offers more than “The Greatest Show on Grass” – the golf spectacle raises millions of dollars for Arizona charities. (Photo by Brooklyn Hall/Cronkite News)

Arizona Cardinals coach Jonathan Gannon makes it clear: The environment is about to change

TEMPE – After a long and grueling process that saw candidates come and go, the Arizona Cardinals have finally hired their new head coach, Jonathan Gannon. The former Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator has to quickly collect himself and get back to work on trying to reach the Super Bowl with the Cardinals.

Owner Michael Bidwill, left, looks on as new Arizona Cardinals coach Jonathan Gannon answers a question from the media during a press conference at Dignity Health Arizona Cardinals Training Center Thursday. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

NFL shines spotlight on local brands and artists ahead of Super Bowl 57

TEMPE – The NFL partnered with four local Arizona brands to design unique Super Bowl 57 merchandise. The final products were put on display at a NFL retail pop-up shop in Tempe for the community to see.

Wednesday's pop-up shop at the Showcase Room in Tempe featured artwork from local artists, clothing and more. (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)

Super Bowl deals: Affordable events to attend leading up to the big game

PHOENIX – As the average ticket cost for the 2023 Super Bowl reaches $5,000, here are events fans on a budget can attend during the week leading up to the big game.

The Super Bowl Experience presented by Lowe's will invite attendees to participate in the "ultimate NFL experience." For $20, fans can kick a field goal and run the 40-yard dash, among other interactive activities, ahead of the big game. (Photo by Grace Edwards/Cronkite News)

Field of work: State Farm Stadium undergoes final preparations for Super Bowl Sunday

GLENDALE – With the Super Bowl just weeks away, the preparation for the playing surface is in full swing as the grounds crew works around the clock to ensure that the field will look good to the eyes and keep players healthy.

On Super Bowl Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs will meet on a playing field made of locally grown, natural grass at State Farm Stadium. (Photo by Susan Wong/Cronkite News)

Arizona Cardinals begin front office rebuild with new GM Monti Ossenfort

GLENDALE – The Arizona Cardinals held an official press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 17 to name Monti Ossenfort as the club’s new general manager. This marks the beginning of a new era for Arizona Cardinals football.

Monti Ossenfort, right, was introduced last week as the new general manager of the Arizona Cardinals. Team owner Michael Bidwill says the GM's first priority will be finding a new head coach after Kliff Kingsbury was fired on Jan. 9. (Photo courtesy of Caitlyn Epes/Arizona Cardinals)