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February 9, 2010updated Feb 08, 2013

W Scottsdale Offers Insider Perks for High-End Sports Fans

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Scottsdale, Arizona – For one month out of the year athletes, celebrities and sports fans flock to America’s “Most Livable City” as Scottsdale transforms to host a handful of Major League Baseball’s elite during spring training, but it’s not all big league fun.

Scottsdale has quickly become a hotbed for famed eateries, eclectic art galleries, exciting nightlife and world-class shopping. As hundreds of thousands of baseball fans head to the Southwest in March, they may be surprised to know Scottsdale has evolved into one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Given its high-profile status, in recent years Scottsdale has introduced some of the most well-known global brands including the debut of the first W Hotel, W Scottsdale. Located in the heart of downtown, W Scottsdale is the only luxe, lifestyle hotel in the area offering spring training fans insider access to all things baseball and beyond. Guests are only minutes from five-star restaurants, premier shopping with the opening of Barneys New York, Jimmy Choo, Burberry and several others at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall, and an abundance of vibrant nightlife and entertainment choices.

“We’re in the center of it all,” said W Scottsdale General Manager, Leon Young. “March is a great time of year to visit. The weather is amazing, there are a variety of activities taking place here on property and around the city and we have some great hotel packages specifically designed for spring training fans.”

Catering to the crowds in town for a preview of their favorite teams, W Scottsdale has two, one-of-a-kind special offers this season, each including transportation to and from Scottsdale Stadium via the property’s VIP Acura car service, two game tickets for the price of one and a couple of baseball bucks. W Scottsdale’s premier sports fan package even features an invite to a San Francisco Giants’ practice and on-field meet and greet, signed sports memorabilia and a stay in the hotel’s Cool Corner Suite – an experience sure to make anyone feel like a star athlete.

For fans interested in Scottsdale’s nightlife, W Scottsdale boasts three popular destination bars to include its rooftop, indoor/outdoor Mediterranean-inspired bar, Shade; its poolside, sand beach bar, sunset.beach; and its indoor lounge, the Living Room. Recently the hotel launched its Friday night Living Room Live music series where a new, acoustic musician performs each week, creating an energetic environment where guests can listen to smooth sounds, sip and savor signature wines with special offers on bottles and mingle with friends.

Additionally, W Scottsdale is within walking distance of the hottest nightclubs, dining and shopping at the Scottsdale Waterfront, local wine bars, the city’s downtown arts district and more.

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