Congratulations to the Oklahoma State University Cowboys on winning the 26th Annual TicketCity Cactus Bowl on January 2, 2015 in Tempe, AZ! 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 TicketCity 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 TicketCity 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
2015 – Oklahoma State University 30, University of Washington 22
Ticket information: TicketCity Cactus Bowl tickets may be purchased online, through the TicketCity Cactus Bowl Ticket Office at 480-350-0911 or 800-635-5748, or at the gate on game day.
Parking and Transportation Information: Find parking and transportation information about how to get to the TicketCity Cactus Bowl and where to park near Sun Devil Stadium.
Tempe Resorts and Hotels: Find a complete list of Tempe resorts and hotels.
Tempe Special Offers: Enjoy special offers for hotels and restaurants available during the TicketCity Cactus Bowl and book your room today!
Things to Do in Tempe Before and After the TicketCity Cactus Bowl: Be sure to save time before and after the TicketCity Cactus Bowl for all the attractions and entertainment that Tempe has to offer. The Oasis Pregame Party , which will be taking place on the southeast corner of Sun Devil Stadium from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. MST on gameday, is the ultimate tailgate party featuring live music, marching bands, cheerleaders and interactive games. 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. Read our TicketCity Cactus Bowl blog post about what to see and do in the area or visit www.tempetourism.com to plan your trip.
Bowl game fans are encouraged to come to Tempe and ring in the New Year at the Circle K New Year’s Eve Block Party on Mill Avenue in Downtown Tempe. This exciting New Year’s Eve event will bring impressive high-energy video dance clubs to the streets, live music, including a headliner performance, a family fun zone, food trucks, beer gardens and champagne lounges, and a midnight countdown consisting of a shimmering firework display and confetti blast. There will also be fireworks at 10 p.m., carnival games, a Ferris wheel, video games booths and arts and crafts activities for kids.
The party starts at 6:00 p.m. on December 31. Discount tickets can be purchased in advance at www.blockpartyonmill.com. Local Circle K stores are also offering ticket discounts with purchase of selected items. On the day of the event, tickets will be $25. All VIZIO Fiesta Bowl ticket holders can show their ticket stub at the Block Party box office on the day of the event and receive $5.00 off of admission price.
The Circle K New Year’s Eve Block Party on Mill Avenue is sure to be the perfect place to ring in the New Year for revelers of all ages!
With the TicketCity 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.