The Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority
(AZSTA) is a corporate and political body having the rights, powers and immunities of a municipal corporation. It was created on April 24, 2000 by Arizona Senate
Bill 1220. The mission of the AZSTA is to build and operate a multipurpose facility
, to provide funding for tourism promotion in Maricopa County, to improve spring training
facilities, and to build community youth and amateur sports and recreational facilities.
The AZSTA Board of Directors consists of nine citizens of Maricopa Co. who volunteer their time and accept no compensation or per diem. The Board members are appointed to five-year terms by the Governor (5), the President of the Senate (2) and the Speaker of the House (2) and are eligible to serve two terms. Board appointees are appointed to achieve a balanced representation of the Valley's regions as well as the tourism industry, Cactus League and youth sports. The daily operation of the AZSTA is overseen by the Executive Staff Members.
On April 24, 2000 Arizona Governor Jane Dee Hull
signed Arizona Senate Bill 1220 which created the Arizona Tourism and Sports Authority
(initially known as the TSA). Later in April 2004 the Arizona Tourism and Sports Authority
was renamed to the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority
in order to avoid confusion with the similarly abbreviated Transportation Security Administration
The first order of business for the TSA was to bring a stadium financing package to voters in......