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)

Affordable events to attend leading up to the Super Bowl

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.

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Wheelchair basketball athletes compete at Ability360

PHOENIX – Some of the best wheelchair basketball players in the country competed over the weekend at the 23rd Annual D1 Phoenix Invitational.

The Courage Kenny Rolling Timberwolves and the Ability360 Wheelchair Suns line up and shake hands after their game at the 23rd Annual D1 Phoenix Invitational at Ability360 in Phoenix Jan. 28, 2023. (Photo by Brooklyn Hall/Cronkite News)

Suns rising? Phoenix turning a corner after first-half struggles

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns struggled through much of the season with injuries piling up, testing the club’s roster depth. But with the return of forward Cameron Johnson and veteran point guard Chris Paul, and star Devin Booker expected back soon, the Suns may be poised to make a run after the upcoming NBA All-Star break.

The Phoenix Suns look poised to make a run after winning six of their last seven games to climb the Western Conference standings. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)

With owners including Larry Fitzgerald, Major League Pickleball launches season in Mesa

MESA – Major League Pickleball kicked off its first event of 2023 in Mesa, Arizona this past weekend. The sport is the fastest growing sport across the U.S. and the tournament was televised on the tennis channel from Jan. 26 - Jan. 29.

Major League Pickleball opened the 2023 season last weekend at Legacy Sports Complex in Mesa, Arizona. Players competed in a high-stakes four-day tournament. (Photo by Nikash Nath/Cronkite News)

Golf isn't the only headliner at this year’s WM Phoenix Open

PHOENIX – With the WM Phoenix Open coming up at TPC Scottsdale, event organizers are planning some special events. Plans include concerts headlined by Maroon 5 and The Chainsmokers and pro-ams featuring Michael Phelps and Larry Fitzgerald.


For Bobby Hurley, Myles Rice, Suits and Sneakers Week hits home

PHOENIX – The American Cancer Society’s Suits and Sneakers Week hits home for Arizona State men’s basketball coach Bobby Hurley, Washington State guard Myles Rice.

Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley remembers how he felt when his grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer. (Photo by Brooklyn Hall/Cronkite News)