Phoenix named one of top 10 cities for sports travel

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GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Phoenix Suns are in action, NASCAR is at Phoenix International Raceway and, of course, Spring Training has started.

It isn't a bad weekend for sports fans, and the sporting world is bringing big money to town.

Phoenix also made the top 10 list for best cities for sports travel. 

The sports events bring in more than $500 million since Spring Training and NASCAR alone brings in more than a million fans.

Those fans said they're not surprised Phoenix made the list.

"They've got great facilities here, so I understand why they made it," said John Atkinson, who is from Utah,

"They've got other major league teams as far as other sports, so I can see why," said Bob Ortiz from California. "I'm sure it is a very nice city."

These fans said they're happy to be in the Valley of Sun this week.

"We enjoy being able to be out any time of the day and not worry about the weather so much," said Sharon Kersey from Ohio. "We have snow back home."

Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Glenn Hamer said the great weather is a big reason people travel to Arizona for sports, but that's not the only reason.

"The prices in Arizona are far more reasonable. So, for the tourist coming here; that dollar goes a lot further than in other places," Hamer said.

Hotel.com and Seat Geek ranked Phoenix sixth in their list of best cities for sports travel.

The cities were ranked based on affordability and sports popularity.

"I would imagine that over time we'll become No. 1 in the country. That's our goal," Hamer said.

Some fans said they wouldn't be surprised.

"It's just a perfect environment for that," said David Sutton of California.

The No. 1 city on the list is Washington D.C., followed by Detroit and Los Angeles.

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