Cactus Bowl in Tempe, AZ

Cactus Bowl Tempe, AZ

Welcome Pac-12 and Big 12 fans to the Cactus Bowl!

Tempe, Arizona will welcome two teams from the Pac-12 and Big 12 conferences to the Cactus Bowl on Friday, January 2, 2015! Kick-off is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. MST at Sun Devil Stadium and the game will be televised on ESPN.

College football fans love the warm hospitality in Tempe. Home to Arizona State University, Tempe is known for sunny weather, fun activities and a youthful spirit. Tempe is located just 10 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. METRO light rail connects downtown Tempe and Sun Devil Stadium to the airport and downtown Phoenix.

The Cactus Bowl, formerly known as the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl and Insight Bowl, has become a must-see for fans and a favorite destination for teams. This year marks the 26th anniversary of the bowl game, which began in 1989, and has grown and changed over the years. In 2005 the Cactus Bowl was moved to Tempe to be hosted at its current location, ASU Sun Devil Stadium. In early 2012, the title sponsor became the Buffalo Wild Wings, and the bowl name today is now officially the Cactus Bowl.

Game History at Sun Devil Stadium:
2006 – Texas Tech 44, Minnesota 41 (OT)
2007 – Oklahoma State 49, Indiana 33
2008 – Kansas 42, Minnesota 21
2009 – Iowa State 14, Minnesota 13
2010 – Iowa 27, Missouri 24
2011 – Oklahoma 31, Iowa 14
2012 – Michigan State 17, TCU 16
2013 – Kansas State 31, Michigan 14

Ticket information:
Cactus Bowl tickets may be purchased online, through the Cactus Bowl Ticket Office at 480-350-0911 or 800-635-5748, or at the gate on game day.

Parking and Transportation Information:
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Tempe Resorts and Hotels:
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Tempe Special Offers:
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Things to Do in Tempe Before and After the Cactus Bowl:
Be sure to save time before and after the Cactus Bowl for all the attractions and entertainment that Tempe has to offer. From hiking and biking adventures, to unique shopping and dining districts close to Sun Devil Stadium, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained all weekend long.

Circle K New Year’s Eve Block Party

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

This December 31, Tempe will be transformed into the ultimate celebration for the Circle K New Year’s Eve Block Party on Mill Avenue. This New Year’s Eve event will bring impressive high-energy video dance clubs to the streets creating a party like never seen before. Mill Avenue will be filled with local entertainment and attractions, a family fun zone (with an early fireworks show at 10 p.m.), a variety of gourmet food trucks, beer gardens and champagne lounges, and a midnight countdown consisting of a shimmering firework display and confetti blast. The Circle K New Year’s Eve Block Party on Mill Avenue is sure to be the perfect place to ring in 2015 for revelers of all ages! The party starts at 6:00 p.m. on December 31st.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at, at any Circle K store throughout Arizona (discounts available in store until Dec. 29) or at the gate the night of the event.

Tempe Sports Bars, Taverns and Local Hangouts

With the Cactus Bowl right around the corner, it’s time to start planning out the best Tempe watering holes to enjoy the bowl experience. With Tempe offering so many destinations to fulfill this quest, it’s hard to just narrow it down to one location. So why not make a weekend out of it? Some of the best sports bars, restaurants and taverns can be found in three areas: Tempe Marketplace, Downtown Tempe and Arizona Mills.

Tempe Marketplace is bustling night and day with shopping, dining and nightlife destinations. Tempe Marketplace is home to favorites such as Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill and Dave & Buster’s – perfect to catch the game or just catch up with friends. Head towards the Arizona State University Tempe Campus and you will come across the famous Mill Avenue in Downtown Tempe. This pedestrian-friendly area is home to some of the greatest bars and local hangouts in Metro Phoenix. Downtown Tempe is just steps away from the bowl game and is a great spot to go before and after the game. If your hotel or resort is located near Arizona Mills, there are plenty of options to whet your whistle and spend your free time. Arizona Mills is a shopper’s paradise, featuring a full mile of outlets, shops and entertainment venues such as Harkins IMAX and GameWorks and SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium. And, favorite eateries such as Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant and Joe’s Crab Shack are perfect places to fuel up before the big game.


44th Annual Fiesta Bowl

Football fans will be able to celebrate New Year’s Eve at the 44th Annual Fiesta Bowl on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 3 p.m. MST at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The match-up will be determined by the College Football Playoff selection committee. Stay in Tempe for the best place to siesta and fiesta!

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