The 7th Annual Arizona Balloon Classic is excited to be hosted by Mayor Georgia Lord and the City of Goodyear.

January 26-28, 2018.

Within 7 years, the Arizona Balloon Classic has grown to attract more than 75,000 families and consumers within the Phoenix Metro communities.

We are happy to be hosted by the City of Goodyear at the Goodyear Ballpark in 2018 and beyond.

The ABC7 team is truly honored to be bringing hot air balloons to the community of Goodyear.

Are you ready for lift off?



Phoenix, AZ – August 9th, 2017: The hot air balloon races are back
in a brand NEW location at the Goodyear Ballpark in Goodyear,

The 7 th Annual Arizona Balloon Classic will benefit the Home

The HOME Foundation is a non-profit organization engaged
in a mission to enhance the quality of life for seniors in our
communities through caring service, fulfilling essential needs and providing education to caregivers.

The Arizona Balloon Classic is
Arizona’s premier hot air balloon race & festival and the only race
in town. In 2018, the Arizona Balloon Classic will consist of
multiple “Hare and Hound” Hot Air Balloon races.

Actual hot air balloon racing consists of multiple competitions  in order to receive points to add to their total score which will determine who the winner of the “race” is.

The “Hare” balloon leaves
first and the rest of the balloons. The “Hounds” chase the “Hare” to
the target.

The “Hound” balloons are subjected to drop markers on to
a large target on the ground.

The closer the marker is to the target the more points are given. Sort of like darts from the sky,
except you’re moving where the winds take you.

On Saturday and Sunday mornings, up to 25 hot air balloons will participate and partake in the competitions that are set up.

Spectators and fans are encouraged to watch the hot air balloons as they participate in the “Hare and Hound” races.

Races will be open to the public on Saturday, January 27th and Sunday, January 28th .

Evening “Glows” on Friday night, January 26th and Saturday night, January 27th .

Weather permitting & all events are subject to change.

The event will be held at a brand-NEW location – the Goodyear
Ballpark (1933 S. Ballpark Way – NE corner of Estrella Parkway &
Goodyear Blvd. in Goodyear, AZ.   (MAP)

Advance ticket sales start on
“Black Friday”, November 24th at For additional
details – or

If you would like additional information about this topic:

Tim Matykiewicz, (480)560-9095 or email: