We're kicking off New Year's weekend at Tucson's football festival. Be here for it, December 2019!
NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl
Returning December 2019
What are you doing New Year's weekend? Come to Tucson's 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 teams from the Mountain West and Sun Belt conferences.
In 2018, the game was a "Dances With Wolves Bowl" between the Nevada Wolf Pack and the Arkansas State Red Wolves; Nevada beat Arkansas, 16-13. The Nevada Wolf Pack is the first team to return, having played in Arizona Bowl's inaugural match in 2015 and winning against the Colorado State Rams (28-23). In 2017, the New Mexico State Aggies beat the Utah State Aggies, 26-20. In 2016, the Air Force Falcons triumphed over the Southern Alabama Falcons, 45-21.
2018 Football Festival Recap
Game day began at a tailgate festival on the UA Mall. Afterward, fans headed over to Arizona Stadium for the pre-game show, followed by the kickoff. After the 2018 NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl champ was crowned on the field (Nevada beat Arkansas, 16-13), everyone returned to the UA Mall for the Desert Diamond Casino Goal Post Party and concert by Everclear. The party got started the day before at the University of Arizona Downtown Block Party presented by Rio Nuevo at Armory Park.
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 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).
The Arizona Bowl in Tucson is one of only three new bowl games sanctioned by the NCAA in 2015.