Tucson Historic Sports Venues and Artifacts: Mike Dawson’s Sports Page Lounge

Mike Dawson at his sports bar circa 1997 from the Tucson Citizen.

Former Tucson High, University of Arizona and NFL standout defensive lineman Mike Dawson opened the Sports Page Lounge in 1984 in the old Cork & Keg Discount Liquor spot located at 4255 N. Oracle. Dawson would later mention to Anthony Gimino of the Star in 1994 that the Sports Page Lounge was the first actual sports bar in Tucson and it just might have been.

The location is now an empty spot, sometimes filled with food trucks located between a couple of fast food restaurants.

The Sports Page Lounge moved to 915 W. Prince Rd. in 1992, taking over a spot that housed “Pet Craze” which was a pet store. The name was soon changed to O’Boys Sports Page in 1996 and it went through various different names after that from “Howl at the Moon,” “New Moon,” Sagebrush Cantina,” and “Loudhouse.” A tax firm and a fishing tackle store now occupies the location.




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