We're kicking off New Year's weekend at Tucson's annual football festival. Join the party, December 31, 2019!
5th Annual NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019
Game time: 2:30 p.m. MST (4:30 p.m. EST)
Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Ariz.
What are you doing New Year's weekend? Come to Tucson's official football festival!
Start your party at the fifth annual NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl at Arizona Stadium on the University of Arizona (UA) campus. Expect football-perfect weather for Tucson's post-season college game -- an NCAA-certified match-up between bowl-eligible foes from the Mountain West and the Sun Belt conferences. Game day fun begins at 10 a.m. and continues into the new year. Here's the plan:
• Desert Diamond Casino Tailgate Festival, University of Arizona (UA), 10 a.m. - live entertainment, music, a charity village, and food and beverages for all
• NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl, UA Arizona Stadium, 2:30 p.m. - kick-off, with teams TBA
• Downtown New Year's Eve Bowl Bash, Downtown Tucson, 6 p.m. start - entertainment, fireworks, live performances, food vendors, a beer garden, and other bowl-related activities happening throughout the night and into the 2020 new year
Watch for news of the 2019 participating teams!
About the Arizona Bowl
The Arizona Bowl in Tucson is one of only three new bowl games sanctioned by the NCAA in 2015. Owned and operated by TD4Tucson, a Tucson-based non-profit organization, the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl provides world-class experiences for college student-athletes, fans, and the local community, culminating in a nationally recognized college football competition. The 2018 game was a "Dances With Wolves Bowl" between the Nevada Wolf Pack and the Arkansas State Red Wolves; Nevada beat Arkansas, 16-13. For more information, visit NOVAArizonaBowl.com.
Getting Here & Around
The easy-to-navigate Tucson International Airport is a quick drive (15-30 minutes) to the UA main campus in midtown Tucson. The campus is on the four-mile Sun Link Streetcar line, connecting excellent dining, shopping, and entertainment in the midtown Tucson districts including University of Arizona, Historic Fourth Avenue, Downtown, and Mercado.
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
Get details about convenient parking options at the University of Arizona on the UA Visitor Center website, visitorcenter.arizona.edu/. Find parking in the Downtown Tucson area easily, with more than 9,000 public parking spaces in garages and lots and more than 1,800 metered spaces on streets. Browse our Where to Park Downtown tips or visit the Park Tucson website, tucsonaz.gov/park-tucson.
Late December is brisk enough for football outdoors, but it's typically not shivering cold. Tucson's average maximum daytime temperature in December is 66°F (19°C). The average night-time temperature is usually a cold 41°F (5°C).
Tucson-UA Visitor Center
Get information about attractions on campus and around Tucson, purchase the Tucson Attractions Passport with special offers from over 80 regional attractions, or arrange a campus tour at the UA-Visit Tucson Visitor Center near Main Gate Square. The pedestrian-friendly campus has nine museums -- including the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab beneath Arizona Football Stadium where the world’s largest telescope mirrors are produced -- linked by a network of tree-lined multi-use paths that can be explored on foot or via a Tugo bike available for rent on campus.