We're kicking off New Year's at Tucson's official football festival. It's Dances With Wolves, December 29, 2018!
NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl
December 29, 2018 | 11:15 a.m. Kickoff
What are you doing for New Year's? Come to Tucson's official football festival!
Start your party at the fourth annual NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl, Saturday, Dec. 29 at Arizona Stadium on the University of Arizona (UA) campus. With an expected high temperature of 68 degrees, you'll be basking in sunshine for our "Dances With Wolves Bowl" between the Nevada Wolf Pack and the Arkansas State Red Wolves.
Begin game day at our official tailgate festival on the UA Mall on campus; enjoy food vendors, beverages, music and a kid's zone, 8-10 a.m. (free admission). Head over to Arizona Stadium for the 10:45 a.m. pre-game show, followed by the 11:15 a.m. kickoff (ticket required). Immediately after the 2018 NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl champ is crowned on the field, everyone will head back to the UA Mall for the Desert Diamond Casino Goal Post Party, 3 p.m.-8 p.m., for a concert by '90s rock band Everclear ("Everything will be wonderful someday"), food, beverages and a beer garden, a kid's zone and a charity village (free admission).
For those in Tucson on Friday, Dec. 28, you won't want to miss the University of Arizona Downtown Block Party presented by Rio Nuevo, 3-8 p.m., at Armory Park in downtown. This all-ages event features live music, food, beer, marching bands, carnival rides, and games for kids (free admission).
Tucson's post-season college football game matches bowl-eligible teams from the Mountain West (Nevada Wolf Pack) and Sun Belt (Arkansas State Red Wolves) conferences. The Wolf Pack played in Arizona Bowl's inaugural match in 2015 and is the first team to return. Arkansas State is an 8-4 team that won its final four games after a 4-4 start.
Free travel information is available at the UA-Visit Tucson Visitor Center at the west end of Main Gate Square, on the western edge of campus.
The pedestrian-friendly UA campus features historic and modern architecture and five museums, including the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab located beneath Arizona Football Stadium, where the world’s largest telescope mirrors are produced. To explore campus, follow the multi-use paved paths either on foot or on rented bicycle from Tugo bike share.
Off campus, Tucson boasts numerous world-class attractions like the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, Biosphere 2, Pima Air and Space Museum, Reid Park Zoo, Old Tucson, Tucson Botanical Gardens and many, many more. Explore over 80 of the region’s best attractions with the Tucson Attractions Passport.
Getting Here & Around
The easy-to-navigate Tucson International Airport is a quick drive (15-30 minutes) from the UA main campus in Midtown Tucson. The main campus is on the four-mile Sun Link Streetcar line, connecting excellent dining, shopping, and entertainment in the walkable University of Arizona, Historic Fourth Avenue, Downtown, and Mercado districts.
If you are planning an overnight stay, Tucson has several options for lodging close to the UA, including Tucson Marriott University Park, Aloft Tucson University Hotel, and Doubletree Reid Park. See our list of accommodations for more options.
Where to Park
In downtown Tucson, there are 5,000 parking places, including on-street and garage options. Browse Where to Park Downtown or visit Park Tucson for more information. Get the scoop on visitor parking at the University of Arizona on the UA Visitor Center website.
Late December is brisk enough for football outdoors, but it's not shivering cold. Tucson's average maximum daytime temperature in December is a comfortable 66°F (19°C). The average night-time temperature is usually a cold 41°F (5°C). December 29 is forecast to be sunny with temperatures at 68 degrees for high and 40 degrees for low.
The Arizona Bowl in Tucson is one of only three new bowl games sanctioned by the NCAA in 2015.