How close have you stood to an Indianapolis 500 race-winning car? Have you seen a Heisman or Fiesta Bowl trophy in person?
At locales around Metro Phoenix, you can see those up-close plus hockey, baseball and football memorabilia, and so much more. From restaurants that decorated with signed and unique items to a museum dedicated to the Fiesta Bowl, there are plenty of stops for sports lovers to explore.
Penske Racing Museum
Cars, trophies and racing memorabilia from Penske Racing at showcased at this museum-in-the-middle of a row of car dealerships. In addition to a number of Indianapolis 500-mile race-winning cars (including the 2006 Dallara Honda which Sam Hornish Jr. drove to win the 2006 Indy 500) there is a replica of the 1963 Pontiac Catalina which Roger Penske drove when he won the 1963 Riverside 250. A café, located on the second floor, is open for breakfast and lunch on the weekdays. For those looking to take home a unique souvenir, find car parts signed by Penske Team drivers at the on-site shop. 7125 E. Chauncy Lane, Phoenix, 480.538.4444.
Owned by legendary shock rocker Alice Cooper, this sports bar showcases not only a selection of bar/American food and beers, but a selection of baseball, football and hockey collectibles. And of course, this "Where shocks and jocks meet" locale also features rock 'n' roll items. 101 E. Jackson St., Phoenix, 602.253.7337.
Ziegler Fiesta Bowl Museum
For those who love college football, this is the place to be. At this museum located amongst a row of shops and restaurants near Fashion Square Mall, view memorabilia from Fiesta Bowl events and bowl games, in addition to all 128 FBS team helmets, some uniforms, photos and more. Take time to marvel at the array of trophies showcased—you'll find Fiesta Bowl, Heisman, The National Championship Coaches' Trophy and Eddie Robinson. 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, 480.350.0900.
Don & Charlie's
Long revered as much for its famous barbecue baby back ribs and prime rib as much as for the collection of sports memorabilia that decorates nearly every inch of the walls, this iconic locale is a sports-lovers dream. The array of items includes everything from signed jerseys, basketballs, footballs, photos and pennants to signs and so much more. View the impressive array of signed baseballs in multiple wall cases by the entrance. 7501 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, 480.990.0900.
Big City Sports Lounge
At Lone Butte Casino, there is so much more than just gaming. Big City Sports Lounge is located inside the casino, and not only will you find a full-service sports bar, multiple TVs, video poker progressives and table games, but showcases of sports memorabilia that you can spend your time viewing when you need a break from gambling. 1077 S. Kyrene Road, Chandler, 1.800.946.4452.