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Mesa to Host 2024 National Pickleball Championships

Mesa, Ariz., has been named the location of the 2024 Biofreeze USA Pickleball National Championship. USA Pickleball, the National Governing Body for U.S. pickleball, has announced that the Pickleball Nationals will be hosted at the Arizona Athletic Grounds from November 10-17.“The 2024 Biofreeze USA Pickleball National Championships will be a true destination event for the best of the best in our sport. We look forward to welcoming our community to the Vall...

Mesa, Ariz., has been named the location of the 2024 Biofreeze USA Pickleball National Championship. USA Pickleball, the National Governing Body for U.S. pickleball, has announced that the Pickleball Nationals will be hosted at the Arizona Athletic Grounds from November 10-17.

“The 2024 Biofreeze USA Pickleball National Championships will be a true destination event for the best of the best in our sport. We look forward to welcoming our community to the Valley of the Sun to enjoy this year’s Nationals along with the beautiful weather, outdoor activities, and tourist attractions that Arizona has to offer,” says USA Pickleball CEO Mike Nealy.

“Our team has been listening intently to the feedback and insights from our players, which is why this year’s Nationals will truly be a reimagined version with the player experience prioritized above all else from beginning to end. We are thrilled to work with the team at Arizona Athletic Grounds and ELITE Sports to host a fantastic and high-quality competition experience at a state-of-the-art pickleball venue,” says Nealy.

Arizona Athletic Grounds is Arizona’s premier sports and entertainment facility. With 41 pickleball courts and a 2,000-seat pickleball stadium, thousands of pickleball lovers will be able to enjoy the National Championship. Players at the 2024 Pickleball Nationals can look forward to a week of elite competition at one of the top pickleball and sports facilities in the country. There will also be exclusive gift experiences, fantastic spectator and viewing experiences for friends and family, player events on and off the court, practice courts available all day, partner activities, a variety of food and beverage options and much more.

“I’m excited to partner with USA Pickleball to host the 2024 Biofreeze USA Pickleball National Championships at Arizona Athletic Grounds,” says Arizona Athletic Grounds President Mike Burke. “Both organizations are hard at work to deliver an exceptional experience for athletes, fans, and the community. We welcome everyone to join us for a week of great competition and to enjoy an unforgettable experience at the newly revitalized Arizona Athletic Grounds.”

Outside of the National Championships, Mesa offers countless activities for families and visitors. Superstition Mountains, Apache Trail, Salt and Verde Rivers and the Usery Mountain Regional Park are just some educational and cultural adventures visitors can experience. Mesa is known as one of the most family-friendly communities in Arizona and has many activities that appeal to all ages.

“The 2024 Biofreeze USA Pickleball National Championships in Mesa, Arizona, is not just a major sports event, but a catalyst for economic growth. With USA Pickleball at the helm, the event promises substantial economic benefits for local businesses, from hotels to restaurants. It’s a unique convergence of Mesa’s warm hospitality and elite sports facilities, set to deliver an unparalleled experience . . . This championship is a game-changer for Arizona’s economy,” says Nikki Balich, executive director of the Arizona Sports & Entertainment Commission.

To learn more about the USA Pickleball National Championships, visit usapickleball.org.

USA Pickleball will host national championships in Mesa

USA Pickleball, the National Governing Body for pickleball in the U.S., today named Mesa, Arizona as the location for the 2024 Biofreeze USA Pickleball National Championships, the premier tournament in the sport of pickleball. Pickleball Nationals will be hosted at the Arizona Athletic Grounds from November 10-17, welcoming competitors around the country to sunny Arizona.LEARN MORE: ...

USA Pickleball, the National Governing Body for pickleball in the U.S., today named Mesa, Arizona as the location for the 2024 Biofreeze USA Pickleball National Championships, the premier tournament in the sport of pickleball. Pickleball Nationals will be hosted at the Arizona Athletic Grounds from November 10-17, welcoming competitors around the country to sunny Arizona.

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“The 2024 Biofreeze USA Pickleball National Championships will be a true destination event for the best of the best in our sport. We look forward to welcoming our community to the Valley of the Sun to enjoy this year’s Nationals along with the beautiful weather, outdoor activities, and tourist attractions that Arizona has to offer,” said Mike Nealy, USA Pickleball Chief Executive Officer. “Our team has been listening intently to the feedback and insights from our players, which is why this year’s Nationals will truly be a reimagined version with the player experience prioritized above all else from beginning to end. We are thrilled to work with the team at Arizona Athletic Grounds and ELITE Sports to host a fantastic and high quality competition experience at a state-of-the-art pickleball venue.”

Arizona Athletic Grounds serves as Arizona’s premier sports and entertainment facility, boasting an impressive 41 pickleball courts and a 2,000 seat pickleball stadium. Off the court, Mesa offers visitors and families countless activities and exploration, from the area’s popular natural attractions including Superstition Mountains, Apache Trail, Salt and Verde Rivers, and Usery Mountain Regional Park, to educational and cultural adventures like interactive museums, Broadway musicals and old west towns. Recognized as offering one of the most family-friendly communities in the nation, Mesa and the surrounding area are home to attractions and activities that appeal to visitors of all ages.

“The 2024 Biofreeze USA Pickleball National Championships in Mesa, Arizona, is not just a major sports event, but a catalyst for economic growth. With USA Pickleball at the helm, the event promises substantial economic benefits for local businesses, from hotels to restaurants. It’s a unique convergence of Mesa’s warm hospitality and elite sports facilities, set to deliver an unparalleled experience,” says Nikki Balich, Executive Director of the Arizona Sports & Entertainment Commission. She further emphasizes the impact of the event, stating, “This championship is a game-changer for Arizona’s economy.”

Players at this year’s Pickleball Nationals can expect a week of elite competition at one of the country’s top pickleball venues and sport facilities, an exclusive gifting experience, fantastic spectator and viewing experience for family and friends, engaging player events on and off the court, ample and free practice courts available to use all day, exciting partner activations, a multitude of food and beverage offerings, an all-player hospitality lounge for all competing, and much more.

“I’m excited to partner with USA Pickleball to host the 2024 Biofreeze USA Pickleball National Championships at Arizona Athletic Grounds,” said Mike Burke, Arizona Athletic Grounds President. “Both organizations are hard at work to deliver an exceptional experience for athletes, fans, and the community. We welcome everyone to join us for a week of great competition and to enjoy an unforgettable experience at the newly revitalized Arizona Athletic Grounds.”

More information will be announced in the coming months about the 2024 Biofreeze USA Pickleball National Championships.

What is Mesa, AZ Known For? 10 Things to Love About This City

Welcome to Mesa, AZ, a city known for its vibrant arts scene, outdoor adventures, and friendly communities. With a commitment to educational excellence, diverse culinary offerings, and a thriving business environment, Mesa offers a remarkable destination for residents and visitors alike. Join us in t...

Welcome to Mesa, AZ, a city known for its vibrant arts scene, outdoor adventures, and friendly communities. With a commitment to educational excellence, diverse culinary offerings, and a thriving business environment, Mesa offers a remarkable destination for residents and visitors alike. Join us in this Redfin article as we uncover the unique attributes that make Mesa truly stand out.

1. Arts and cultural districts

Mesa is known for its vibrant arts and cultural districts. These districts are home to a diverse range of art galleries, theaters, and performance spaces. Visitors can explore the local art scene, attend live performances, and immerse themselves in the city’s rich cultural heritage.

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Mesa offers a plethora of outdoor adventure opportunities. From hiking and biking trails in the nearby Superstition Mountains to water sports on the Salt River, outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to do. The city’s warm climate and stunning natural landscapes make it an ideal destination for those seeking adventure and exploration.

3. Friendly communities

The city offers a welcoming environment, with excellent schools, parks, and recreational facilities. Residents can enjoy a wide range of activities together, from visiting the local zoo to exploring the interactive museums.

4. Educational excellence

The city is home to top-rated schools and colleges, providing students with a high-quality education. Additionally, Mesa is known for its commitment to lifelong learning, offering a variety of educational programs and resources for residents of all ages.

5. Vibrant local markets

Mesa is famous for its vibrant local markets. These markets showcase the city’s diverse culinary scene, local artisans, and unique products. Visitors can browse through a wide array of fresh produce, handmade crafts, and specialty goods while experiencing the lively atmosphere of the market.

6. Culinary diversity

The city boasts a wide range of restaurants, cafes, and food trucks, offering cuisines from around the world. From Mexican street food to Mediterranean delicacies, food lovers will find a plethora of options to satisfy their taste buds.

7. Thriving business environment

Mesa is home to a diverse range of industries, including aerospace, healthcare, and technology. With its strategic location, skilled workforce, and supportive business community, Mesa provides ample opportunities for entrepreneurs and businesses to thrive.

8. Historic downtown areas

Mesa is known for its historic downtown area. The downtown area is filled with charming architecture, quaint shops, and local businesses. Visitors can stroll through the streets, admire the historic buildings, and explore the unique shops and restaurants that give the city its distinct character.

9. Community parks and recreation

Mesa is proud of its community parks and recreation facilities. The city offers a wide range of parks, playgrounds, and sports fields, providing residents with ample opportunities for outdoor activities and recreation. Whether it’s a leisurely picnic in the park or a competitive game of soccer, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

10. Cultural and historical landmarks

Mesa is home to a wealth of cultural and historical landmarks. From ancient Native American ruins to well-preserved historic sites, the city offers a glimpse into its rich past. Visitors can explore museums, heritage sites, and archaeological sites, immersing themselves in Mesa’s fascinating history and cultural heritage.

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Google Announces New Commitment To Arizona

Google's continued investment in technical infrastructure, including its data centers, plays a critical role in supporting the company's AI innovations and growing Cloud business. The new Mesa data center will help power popular digital services - like Google Search, Gmail, Maps, Google Cloud, and others - for people and organizations worldwide. Other industries rely on data center computing power as well–including healthcare, the public sector, manufacturing, financial services, retail and more–in order to serve customers and pr...

Google's continued investment in technical infrastructure, including its data centers, plays a critical role in supporting the company's AI innovations and growing Cloud business. The new Mesa data center will help power popular digital services - like Google Search, Gmail, Maps, Google Cloud, and others - for people and organizations worldwide. Other industries rely on data center computing power as well–including healthcare, the public sector, manufacturing, financial services, retail and more–in order to serve customers and provide key services to local communities.

To support its growing customer base, Google also announced a new Google Cloud region is coming to Phoenix to complement its existing network of regions around the world. The new Phoenix cloud region will bring Google Cloud technologies closer to local customers — ranging from small, medium and large businesses to public sector entities and other organizations — to help them deliver digital services to their own users more reliably and at higher speeds.

"Google's investment in Arizona will be critical for the Mesa community and our state's economy,” said Governor Katie Hobbs. “Arizona continues to attract global technology leaders due to our skilled workforce, dynamic economy and focus on innovation. We are proud to welcome Google to Arizona and look forward to the many opportunities this partnership will bring.”

“Thanks to years of hard work and targeted investments—in our STEM workforce, critical infrastructure and water conservation—the East Valley has become a premier destination for tech giants and startups alike,” said Representative Greg Stanton. “Google’s new data operations center means hundreds of high-tech, high-wage jobs for Mesans, and I couldn’t be more excited to welcome them to our state.”

“The City of Mesa is thrilled to welcome Google to our community,” said Mesa Mayor John Giles. “Google's decision to designate Mesa as the home for its first facility in Arizona underscores its profound confidence in our city and residents.”

In 2022, Google services provided more than $11.4 billion of economic activity for tens of thousands of Arizona businesses, nonprofits, publishers, creators and developers.

“We are proud to put down roots in Arizona with both the data center in Mesa and the Phoenix cloud region,” said Joe Kava, VP, Data Centers, Google. “Not only do data centers help keep digital services up and running for people and businesses, they are economic anchors in the communities where we operate. We are appreciative of the continued partnership with the local leadership across the state.”

Since 2017, Google has matched 100% of its annual electricity use with renewable energy. Today, the company is pursuing net-zero emissions across its operations and value chain by 2030, supported by an ambitious clean energy goal to run all its offices, data centers and cloud regions on carbon-free energy every hour of every day.

An important piece of this clean energy goal is Google’s climate-conscious approach to cooling data centers. This strategy prioritizes minimizing net climate impact and using natural resources responsibly, both today and in the future. In line with this approach, the Mesa data center will make use of air-cooled technology.

Beyond its operations, Google is committed to improving local watershed health where its office campuses and data centers are located and replenish 120% of the water it consumes, on average. As part of its commitment in Arizona, Google is announcing a $150,000 donation to help fund Salt River Project’s (SRP) effort focused on watershed restoration and wildfire risk reduction for surrounding rural communities. SRP is the largest provider of water to the Phoenix metropolitan area serving about 2.5 million people.

“We are committed to focusing our water stewardship efforts in water-scarce regions like Arizona,” said Kate Franko, Public Affairs Manager, Google. “This collaboration with SRP builds on our 2021 investment in the Colorado River Indian Tribes’ (CRIT) system conservation and canal lining project to improve water conservation in the Southwest.”

Learn more about Google in Arizona at: g.co/economicimpact/arizona.

Media ContactsKaty Gustafson, Gooden Group on behalf of Google, katy@goodengroup.com

Alyssa Tufts, Arizona Commerce Authority, alyssat@azcommerce.com

About the Arizona Commerce AuthorityThe Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state's leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona's economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: attract, expand, create - attract out-of-state companies to establish operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to expand their business in Arizona and beyond; and help entrepreneurs create new Arizona businesses in targeted industries. For more information, please visit azcommerce.com and follow the ACA on Twitter @azcommerce.

Investors to lose millions as bankruptcy judge OKs sale of Legacy Park in Mesa

A bankruptcy judge approved the sale of Legacy Park in Mesa to new owners, a deal that seemed the best option to keep the troubled — but popular — sports facility running. But the sale will cause financial pain for the investors who bought the bonds that financed it and the firms that built it.The $25.5 million sale price to Burke Operating Partners out of Florida represents a small fraction of the more than $280 million raised for the facility’s construction through bonds issued in 2020 by an arm of s...

A bankruptcy judge approved the sale of Legacy Park in Mesa to new owners, a deal that seemed the best option to keep the troubled — but popular — sports facility running. But the sale will cause financial pain for the investors who bought the bonds that financed it and the firms that built it.

The $25.5 million sale price to Burke Operating Partners out of Florida represents a small fraction of the more than $280 million raised for the facility’s construction through bonds issued in 2020 by an arm of state government, the Arizona Industrial Development Authority.

A group of investors has filed a lawsuit asserting that they should get their money back, naming several parties who should be liable, including the investment bank that underwrote the bonds. Money from those bonds went to the park's previous owner, a nonprofit called Legacy Cares, which filed for bankruptcy, prompting the sale.

Only one potential buyer, the Florida-based company, presented an offer, which the judge approved Wednesday. The owners of the park had expected to sell it through a competitive auction, but received no valid bids by the court-imposed deadline.

The deal was supposed to be finalized Monday. An army of attorneys had made its way into the courtroom in downtown Phoenix for hearings both Monday and Tuesday, only to be told each day the details were still being hammered out.

The judge approved the deal, though the final form of the documents were still to be prepared after the hearing.

The bulk of the sales price of $25.8 million will close liens filed by construction companies that installed the fields, plumbing and buildings.

The firms had claimed some $30 million in unpaid bills, but will make due with divvying up $19.1 million.

Okland Construction Company, Inc., the main contractor, was the last major lienholder to agree to the tentative terms of the deal.

Bondholders would receive $2.4 million — about 1% of the original investment — but gain an 11% equity stake in the firm that is taking over the park. The remaining funds were set aside for professional fees.

On paper, the new owner of Legacy Park is AZ Athletic Associates, a limited liability company created Nov. 13. Its sole member, according to corporate records, is Burke Operating Partners, based in Miami Beach, Florida. In a memorandum of understanding about the sale, it listed a "supporting entity" as Rocky Mountain Resources.

The Republic was unable to reach neither Burke Operating Partners nor Rocky Mountain Resources for comment.

After the hearing, Keith Bierman, the court-appointed restructuring officer for Legacy Cares, said that "the park will continue to operate and continue to serve the community."

That new owner was to provide approximately $19.7 million of the sales price. The remaining $6 million was to come from the landlord, Pacific Proving LLC. That firm is co-owned by William Levine and Arte Moreno, the owner of Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels.

Ahead of Wednesday's hearing, the court received some objections to aspects of the deal from parties involved in the case.

One objection came from Salt River Community Gaming Enterprises, operators of Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort. It said its sponsorship deal should not transfer to the new owners, saying it did not want its name associated with what its filing called “certainly one of the largest economic debacles in recent Arizona history.”

The objection from the U.S. Trustee, the government agency that oversees bankruptcy cases, said it wanted to make clear that the new ownership had no involvement with anyone involved with Legacy Cares previously. At a hearing Monday, the assistant U.S. Trustee said the office was particularly concerned about Randy and Chad Miller, the father and son who operated the park.

At that hearing, Mike Burke, head of Burke Operating Partners, appearing telephonically, avowed that he had no association with the Millers.

Mesa sports park bankruptcy case:Questions of fraud, misappropriation of bond funds

A vision for a park, but a lack of financing at first

Randy Miller had worked since at least 1990 to create a sports facility that could host several types of events at once. In an interview with The Arizona Republic, Miller said he got the idea after he and his then-wife spent weekends shuttling their two sons to varying sporting events. He thought of a spot that could host youth fields of varying types and that had a restaurant and bar where parents could relax between or after games.

But Miller had trouble cobbling together private financing for his vision. Miller said that at times he trusted the wrong people and got burned. At other times, according to court records, people accused him of fleecing them.

Miller finally found an avenue to bring his vision to life: the Arizona Industrial Development Authority.

The Arizona Industrial Development Authority, created by then-Gov. Doug Ducey, had the power to issue bonds whose proceeds were exempt from taxation. It was a power granted by the federal government that was meant to give a leg up to certain projects that might have trouble getting financing on their own.

Most development authorities, including those run by Phoenix and Maricopa County, concentrate on affordable housing or senior living facilities located in their jurisdiction.

But Arizona’s authority started entertaining more exotic projects outside the state's borders. For instance, after the authority approved issuing bonds for the sports facility, the board moved on to the next project on the agenda: a convention center in Puerto Rico.

Arizona Industrial Development Authorit:Obscure Ariz. agency paved way for troubled $283M Mesa sports park

At the time, the authority’s president was Victor Riches, who was the deputy chief of staff to Ducey in his first term. Riches left that post to head up the Goldwater Institute, a think tank that advocates for the free market and Libertarian principles.

Riches stepped down from the authority in 2021, the year The Republic asked questions about its operations and the projects it pursued. He remains president of the Goldwater Institute.

Gov. Katie Hobbs, who took office in January, issued new mandates to the authority, asking it to concentrate on specific types of projects, including affordable housing and renewable energy. She also asked the agency to prepare statements outlining how projects would benefit Arizonans.

Miller created a nonprofit, Legacy Cares, in October 2019, in part to allow him to apply for government-issued bonds through the authority. Once the deal was approved in March 2020, he stepped away from Legacy Cares and, along with his son, Chad, agreed to run the facility through his Legacy Sports company.

The facility opened in early 2022. The 300-acre park became popular with youth, amateur and semi-pro leagues. Pro pickleball and cornhole leagues held events there. The formerly vacant land that was used by General Motors to put cars through their paces in the desert heat had suddenly become one of the busiest areas in the city on weekends.

Yet, the facility could not turn the foot traffic into profits.

Default and bankruptcy

By June 2022, investors on conference calls were asking pointed questions about the troubling picture in the financial spreadsheets. By October 2022, Legacy Cares defaulted on the bonds. It filed for bankruptcy in May.

Ahead of that filing, the nonprofit owners, Legacy Cares, changed the management of the park. Randy Miller’s company, Legacy Sports, was out. The new operator was Elite Sports Group. It was run by Brett Miller, another son of Randy Miller.

Wednesday's sale ended the bankruptcy case. But it does not end the court proceedings faced by Legacy Cares, Legacy Sports and Randy Miller.

A group of investors who bought the bonds that funded Legacy Park have filed a lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court that named as defendants both Randy and Chad Miller, their company Legacy Sports, Zigler, the investment house that underwrote the bonds and Gust Rosenfeld, the law firm that prepared the bond paperwork.

The lawsuit says the parties involved intentionally inflated the projected financial health of the endeavor “with the goal of collecting personal consideration through contracts, kickbacks, and other means.”

The investors, filing the lawsuit under a company called Legacy Cares Acquisition, asked that their bonds be paid back, using the financial term “rescission.” Essentially, the investors in the lawsuit are asking to be made whole since they believe they were investing based on false or misleading information.

By law, if a judge or jury finds merit in the claim, they would assign each party a percentage of responsibility. That entity would then have to pay back the money.

The lawsuit was pitched to investors on a September conference call. Jon Schotz of Saybrook Fund Advisors said bondholders could assign their legal rights to the newly created company in order to file the lawsuit. He also said that Saybrook had planned to acquire Legacy Cares bonds on its own.

A spokesperson for Zigler did not return emails seeking comment. A former public relations person who had previously done work for the Millers did not respond to an email. Neither did a crisis public relations agent who had done work for the facility.

The general counsel for Gust Rosenfeld, Charles Wirken, said the law firm had a limited role as bond counsel: affirming that the bonds would be tax-exempt. The firm was not tasked, he said, with concluding whether the project would be successful.

Wirken also said the investors who bought the bonds originally were institutional houses that were provided a thick prospectus that had plenty of disclaimers and warnings. "They came into it with eyes open," Wirken said.

Saybrook or anyone else who bought the bonds after signs of trouble also should have known the risks, Wirken said.

Those parties had their "eyes further opened by the fact the bankruptcy has already been filed," Wirkin said, "and by reading The Arizona Republic."

Reach the reporter at 602-444-8473 or richard.ruelas@arizonarepublic.com. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter: @ruelaswritings.

Reporter Maritza Dominguez covers Mesa and Gilbert and can be reached at maritza.dominguez@arizonarepublic.com or 480-271-0646. Follow her on X, formerly Twitter: @maritzacdom.

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