Most people are surprised to learn that over a quarter of the land within the borders of Arizona belongs to one of several Indigenous Peoples Groups. Those sovereign governing bodies use a solid amount of their over 20 million acres to operate Arizona tribal casinos.
For that reason, people visiting the state for Super Bowl LVII in February have plenty of opportunities to do some gambling while they’re in Arizona. Some of the casinos are also offering special events for Super Bowl Sunday 2023 to both locals and visitors.
While there are some facilities visitors might be able to access with a rideshare app, many of the properties are more accessible if you’ve rented a car for your stay. The details for Super Bowl fans who also enjoy hitting up some slots or gaming tables follow based on proximity to Glendale.
Glendale’s only Arizona tribal casino
If you booked your AirBnB or hotel far enough in advance to stay right in Glendale, you can find some gambling without leaving the city limits. The Desert Diamond Casino West Valley is right in Glendale at 9431 W Northern Ave. The casino is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Besides its Desert Diamond Sportsbook, the casino also offers more than 1,400 slot games, various table games, and a 27-table poker room. Amenities include a food court, a steakhouse and three bars.
For those in the city but without game tickets, the casino’s website says it plans to host a Big Game Day & Viewing Party on Feb. 12. If you’re willing to pay up for a little longer Lyft or Uber ride, there are three other casinos within about a half-hour drive of Glendale.
Venture a little further for more options
The Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino in Laveen Village has a BetMGM Sportsbook with bar service from 9 a.m. through 11 p.m. and food service from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays. The sportsbook plans to host “The Big Game” event with complementary seating on Feb. 12 starting at 12:30 p.m.
In Scottsdale, Casino Arizona offers its CAZ Showroom in addition to all the gambling options you’d expect. On Super Bowl Sunday, the showroom is hosting a “Big Game Viewing Party” that starts at 3 p.m.
Admission is free but available on a first-come, first-served basis and only open to those at least 21 years of age. The event will offer prizes and FOX Sports 910’s Bauer, Grose, and Jax will host.
Perhaps the biggest special event for Super Bowl week as far as casinos in the area go is at Talking Stick Resort, also in Scottsdale. From Feb. 9 through Feb. 12, the casino has daily “Superzona” events featuring celebrities like Machine Gun Kelly, Shaquille O’Neal, and Shaq.
For the game itself, Talking Stick’s Salt River Grand Ballroom has “The Game” featuring appearances by Doug Flutie and Bo Jackson with prizes and food. Advance tickets for all events are available online via Talking Stick Resort’s website.
If you got a rental car and you’re willing to drive a tad further you can find more selections within an hour’s jaunt.
Less than an hour to other gaming choices
Chandler, which is about a 45-minute drive from Glendale, offers two options for gambling aficionados. Lone Butte Casino and the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino both offer a BetMGM-branded sportsbook.
Both offer “The Big Game” Super Bowl Sunday events starting at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 12.
At Lone Butte, the seating is free but there are no reservations. Also at Lone Butte, bar and food service run from noon to 10 p.m. on Sundays. At Wild Horse, tickets are available at the sportsbook counter. Beverage service runs from 8:30 a.m. through 10 p.m. and food service is available from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Two other tribal casinos are also less than an hour from Glendale. Those are Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort in Maricopa and We-Ko-Pa Resort in Fort McDowell. Neither of those casinos is currently advertising special events for Super Bowl LVII on their websites.
If you’re staying outside of Glendale or you’re willing to double your drive time, there are even more opportunities within a two-hour journey.
Two hours or less for eight more alternatives
About an hour and 20 minutes from Glendale you’ll find the city of Camp Verde and therein the Cliff Castle Casino Hotel. That facility is advertising a “Tailgate Party” in its Dragonfly Lounge on Feb. 12 starting at 4:30 p.m.
The Mazatzal Hotel & Casino in Payton sits a few minutes further away. In Prescott, you have the option of Bucky’s Casino or the Yavapai Casino. A trip to Winkleman offers a chance to check out the Apache Sky Casino.
If you head out to Tucson, three distinct options await you for casino play. Those are:
- Casino del Sol
- Casino of the Sun
- Desert Diamond Tucson
For those who have some time to kill and want to take in some scenery on the way to hit up some blackjack or roulette tables, several more choices will take you at least two hours but no more than four hours to reach.
The road trip options for Arizona tribal casinos
Following are the rest of the currently operating Arizona tribal casinos in order of proximity to Glendale:
- Desert Diamond Why
- Apache Gold Casino Resort (San Carlos)
- Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort (Flagstaff)
- Desert Diamond Sahuarita
- Blue Water Resort & Casino (Parker)
- Cocopah Casino & Resort (Somerton)
- Paradise Casino (Yuma)
- Hon-Dah Casino (Pinetop)
- Spirit Mountain Casino (Mohave Valley)
Depending on how adventurous you are while you’re in Arizona for Super Bowl LVII you can enjoy plenty of entertainment options. While there are no commercial gaming properties in the state, Arizona tribal casino operators are ready to welcome NFL fans for Super Bowl week.