Where is the New Westgate City Center?:
Westgate City Center, anchored by Jobing.com Arena and University of Phoenix Stadium off Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, is easy to find.
Annual New Year's Eve Party:
With fantastic restaurants like the Yard House and Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, a great main stage with headline entertainment, and a magical look to the whole complex, Westgate puts on a great New Year's Eve Party.
Westgate has some great restaurants, martini bars and, of course, their signature dancing fountains. The main stage has excellent acoustics and there is plenty of room for side parties with smaller bands and DJ's. But what is spectacular about New Year's Eve at Westgate is Westgate itself. No special decorations are needed. The desert sky is aglow with Time's Square sized lighted ads and there are fantastic displays of neon outlining the neo-deco architecture. The place literally rocks with celebrations and blazes with light.
The first hotel, a Four Star Renaissance Hotel and attached convention center is expected to open in mid 2007. Others will follow.
Look to Westgate to provide plenty of special New Year's events and surprises. In 2006 we watched people line up with dreams of winning special Arizona lottery prizes. Then, without fanfare, the gates opened and the beautiful Budweiser Clydsdale horses and wagon trotted past the main stage. Westgate is full of surprises, big and small.
Getting to Westgate:
If you can get to Jobbing.com Arena, you can get to Westgate. It is basically located off the Loop 101 on the west side of the Phoenix valley. Here is a Map
Westgate City Center - From Cotton Fields to Chic Urban Entertainment Village:
Westgate City Center
The growth in the West Valley of Phoenix is amazing to watch. First we watched as the space-ship like Cardinal's Stadium grew from the dusty fields off the Loop 101. Next, the stadium was sponsored by the University of Phoenix and the name was changed. Then shoppers and sportsmen flocked to the grand opening of Cabela's, complete with indoor trout pond and a Disneyland-like taxidermy display.
And now, Scottsdale is being given a run for its money with the new urban Westgate City Center, a totally created entertainment and shopping village built on, you guessed it, dusty old cotton fields. Its exciting to experience the energy and creativity.
New Year's Eve Event Review
Westgate was just fantastic as our 2006 New Year's choice. The complex takes on an exciting urban glow after dark and is perfect for a New Year's Eve mega-party. Those that missed the 2006 event, Westgate's first, missed a great time. The place literally rocked with enthusiasm. While the fountains danced, people sipped drinks from well-stocked stands. There were frozen Hurricane drinks, micro-beers and wines. The bands playing on the main stage were excellent, the sound system more than ample and everyone was having a great time.<br/>
The main event drew families, Tostito's Bowl fans, and tourists. There was a "sub-party" for every taste. Just outside the main complex was a special party just for the over 21 set. That was for the "serious partiers!" On the second floor was the Finlandia VIP party where you could party like a rock star overlooking the $5 million dollar Bellagio style “WaterDance” Fountain, stage and the events plaza. I recommend paying whatever ticket level will get you up to the second floor overlooking the plaza. It's a great view from up there and makes the event even more spectacular.
Comfort and security were important. Strategically placed warmers and tables give revelers a place to stand, restrooms and port-a-potties were available and there were lots of people hired to make sure the grounds were kept clean.
Parking was plentiful and even late comers were accommodated in auxiliary lots. And, parking was free!
I highly recommend Westgate City Center for a fantastic New Year's Experience. I can't wait to return for the 2007 event and see how the center has progressed.<br/>