KJZZ's Empty Seats is a podcast and radio series produced by Matthew Casey. The project looks at how metro Phoenix grew into a sports capital and the local effect caused by the pandemic having made it not safe for most fans to go to games.
KJZZ's Empty Seats Episode 4: Sports Fans Missing At Westgate
A huge advantage to owning a business near one of metro Phoenix’s sports shrines was that you were guaranteed crowds for a certain number of days each year. Download Episode 4 to hear more from Westgate, plus game-day visits to State Farm Stadium next door and Chase Field in downtown Phoenix.
KJZZ's Empty Seats Episode 3: Virus Hit As Phoenix Sports Pageant Was Set To Peak
Tuesday of the week in March when COVID-19 crashed the sports industry — and started to shut down the United States — was also supposed to be a really important point in metro Phoenix’s yearly sports bonanza.
KJZZ's Empty Seats Episode 2: Sports Deal Decades Ago Changed Phoenix's Future
This story is part of a six-part podcast project called Empty Seats, the pandemic versus a sports capital. Download Episode 2 to hear more from Jerry Colangelo about his role transforming the city into the home of teams from each of the top four sports leagues in America. Visit emptyseats.kjzz.org to get a new episode every Monday through Nov. 9, 2020.
KJZZ's Empty Seats Episode 1: Phoenix Raceway
This story is part of a six-part podcast project called Empty Seats, the pandemic versus a sports capital. In part one, hear how Phoenix Raceway and three other home-grown major events made metro Phoenix a destination for sports tourism. Visit emptyseats.kjzz.org to get a new episode every Monday through Nov. 9, 2020.