Don’t miss your last chance to watch the Triple-A Tucson Padres play in Tucson this season. Head to Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2500 E. Ajo Way, any night through Sunday, Aug. 28, to watch the Padres play the Reno Aces.
Games start at 7 p.m. except on Thursday, Aug. 25, when a doubleheader starts at 6 p.m. Gates open one hour before game time.
All college students will be admitted to the doubleheader for $4.50 with a school ID. Former University of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson will be signing books and UA items all throughout the first game and throwing out the “first pitch” for Game One.
Friday, Aug. 26, is Teacher Appreciation Night. All southern Arizona teachers will receive a complimentary family ticket.
The last post-game Fireworks Spectacular of the season will be Saturday, Aug. 27. For Padres tickets, call (520) 434-1367, visit www.tucsonpadres.com or visit the stadium box office between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. or before each game. Parking is free.
A series of concerts, Pima Community College football games, and an international baseball tournament in September and October make Kino Sports Complex the place to be as the weather cools down.
Lil’ Jon and Rusko headline N9NE Fest – a concert for all ages – on Friday, Sept. 9, on Field 9. They’re joined by The Eye, Silver Medallion, Protohype, DJ Abate and Soulman. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Buses will run between the event and the intersection of East Sixth Street and North Euclid Avenue from 6:15 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. (passes must be purchased in advance). Tickets, bus passes and more information are available at www.n9nefest.com. Parking is free.
Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson bring the Xtreme Muzik Tour to Kino Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 10, with special guest Cowboy Troy. Also appearing are Bradley Gaskin (Mr. Bartender), Greg Hanna, and Nathan Dean and The Damn Band. The show starts at 4 p.m.; gates open at 3:30. Tickets and more information are available at www.clickjab.com.
The 2011 KFMA Fall Ball is Sunday, Sept. 25, at Kino Stadium. Stone Temple Pilots top a lineup that includes Staind, Chevelle, Five Finger Death Punch, Middle Class Rut, Redlight King, Falling in Reverse and Asking Alexandria. Gates open at noon. Parking is free. For more information and tickets, go to kfma.com. Tickets are also available at all Tucson-area Domino’s Pizza locations.
Pima Community College’s football Aztecs begin playing their home games at Kino Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 17. The game against Snow College starts at 7 p.m.
Three Pacific League of Mexico teams and a team of top young players in the San Diego Padres minor league system will play doubleheaders on Oct. 7, 8 and 9 at Kino Stadium in the Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta. Games begin at 4 p.m. on Oct. 7 and 8 and at 1 p.m. on Oct. 9. Tickets can be purchased in person at Kino Stadium, by calling (520) 434-1367 or online via www.tucsonpadres.com.
Save the date: The Tucson Padres return to Kino Stadium on Thursday, April 5, 2012.
Kino Sports Complex is the largest professional sports and entertainment venue of its kind in Pima County. It includes the 11,000-seat Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, 12 baseball fields (five with lights) and lighted softball and soccer fields. With its panoramic view of the Santa Catalina Mountains, it is a natural fit for youth, high school and collegiate sports. Plus, it makes a great setting for social gatherings, concerts, and community events. To learn more, or to schedule an event, go to www.kinosportscomplex.com.