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See Hot Air Balloons at Goodyear Ballpark

Post Date:01/03/2018 11:24 AM

For Immediate Release

Contact: Amy Bolton, Public Information Officer
Office:  623-882-7053


Arizona Balloon Classic floats to new home at Goodyear Ballpark


Hot air balloon festival features rides, races and food


7th Annual Arizona Balloon Classic
Friday, Jan. 26 from 4 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 27 from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 28 from 7 – 10 a.m.

Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way

Goodyear, Ariz. (Dec. 11, 2017) – The Arizona Balloon Classic is floating on over to Goodyear Ballpark for its seventh annual festival. Featuring hot air balloon races at dawn, delicious food all day, and the enchanting evening glow, the festival offers a weekend full of family-friendly fun.

Each year more than 75,000 people enjoy the beautiful, larger than life balloons and the spectacular views they provide, both on the ground and from the air. 

“We are thrilled to be able to bring this wonderful event to Goodyear Ballpark,” said Mayor Georgia Lord. “My colleagues on the City Council and I have made it a priority to make sure that our city offers diverse and engaging activities that deliver a sense of community pride. We welcome the Arizona Balloon Classic to be among our premier events in Goodyear.”

Friday, Jan. 26 from 4 – 8 p.m.
This year’s festivities will kick off on Friday, Jan. 26 when gates open at 4 p.m. Balloons begin lighting up the evening from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. as part of the ‘Desert Glow’.

Saturday, Jan. 27 from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The event gets off to an early start on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 7:45 a.m. with the ‘Hare ‘n Hound’ balloon race competition where up to 25 hot air balloons will compete and rack up points in this multi-leg competition. The balloons heat up again at 6:30 p.m. for another night of captivating views of the balloons glowing. The evening caps off with a fireworks show at 7:45 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 28 from 7 – 10 a.m.
Gates open at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 28 in anticipation of the 7:45 a.m. balloon race competition to determine who the ultimate champion will be.

Each day of the event, there are a variety of activities and attractions including:

  • Food Trucks & Street Food Festival
  • Inflatable zone for kids
  • Zip line
  • Vendors with a variety of items to shop
  • Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides

Tickets for the event start at $15 per person and are on sale at Tickets, tethered balloon rides, food, crafts and inflatable activities can also be purchased the day of the event.

For more information on the event, and to inquire about vendor spaces still available, contact, or visit the event website at


About Goodyear
As one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, the city of Goodyear is poised to rapidly add to the current population of 78,189. Set in the West Valley of metropolitan Phoenix, the city encompasses 191 square miles. Home to a strong, educated and skilled workforce, Goodyear is well-positioned for growth. Featuring an ideal location, major transportation corridors – Interstate 10 and State Route 303 – reliable infrastructure, abundant land and a low cost of living, Goodyear has already attracted many major employers including Amazon, REI, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Macy’s, Subzero and the Michael Lewis Company. As the spring training home of Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians, fans from across the country flock to catch the exciting action at Goodyear Ballpark. A thriving healthcare corridor, anchored by Abrazo West Campus and Cancer Treatment Centers of America, serves not only the community but the entire region. Supported by a strong median household income of $69,078 and a median age of 36.7 years, the diverse retail, dining and recreation options offer residents choices to enjoy and support the local community. According to the most recent satisfaction survey, 93% of residents rate Goodyear as a good/excellent place to live.

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