We're kicking off New Year's weekend at Tucson's two-day football festival. Join the party, December 30-31, 2019!
What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
December 30-31, 2019
Party on at Tucson's football festival!
The NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl takes over Arizona Stadium on the University of Arizona campus on Monday-Tuesday, Dec. 30-31.
Start your new year's celebration at the Downtown Tucson Pep Rally on Monday, and keep the momentum going at the Desert Diamond Casino Tailgate Festival on Tuesday morning before heading over to the big game that afternoon. Expect Tucson-style football-perfect weather -- not too hot, not too cold -- for this post-season college game. It's an NCAA-certified match-up between bowl-eligible foes from the Mountain West and the Sun Belt conferences. Watch for the 2019 teams announcement soon!
Arizona Stadium, University of Arizona | December 31 | Game time 2:30 p.m. MST (4:30 p.m. EST)
Video: Highlights from Southern Arizona’s only college bowl game.
Arizona Bowl 2019 Game Plan
DOWNTOWN PEP RALLY
December 30 @ 3:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Jacome Plaza, downtown Tucson, presented by Rio Nuevo. Battle of the bands, cheerleaders, pep speeches by University presidents and athletic directors. Free admission.
DESERT DIAMOND TAILGATE FESTIVAL
December 31 @ 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. University of Arizona Mall, University of Arizona, Campbell Road and University Boulevard, between East Sixth Street and East 2nd Street. Food vendors, beverages, car show, live performances by Backroads and the Billy Shaw Jr. Band, charity village, Kids Zone. Free admission.
NOVA® HOME LOANS ARIZONA BOWL KICKOFF
December 31 @ 2:30 p.m. Arizona Stadium, University of Arizona. An exciting football game, followed by the Desert Diamond Fireworks Spectacular with fireworks being shot off the top of Arizona Stadium. Ticket required.
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA NEW YEAR’S EVE DOWNTOWN BOWL BASH WITH THE TUCSON FEDERAL CREDIT UNION FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR AT MIDNIGHT
Decenber 31 @ 6:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m. Downtown Tucson. Live music, food trucks, beer trucks, ice skating, the world’s largest pinata, Kids Zone, a taco drop at midnight followed by fireworks off the top of the historic Hotel Congress. Located in Tucson’s Times Square (Congress and 5th Streets). Free admission.
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 To and Around Tucson
Easy-to-navigate Tucson International Airport is a quick drive (normally 15-30 minutes) to Arizona Stadium on the UArizona main campus in midtown Tucson. From Arizona Stadium, the four-mile Sun Link Streetcar connects four Tucson dining, shopping and entertainment districts (University of Arizona-Main Gate Square, Historic Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and Mercado San Agustin) offering excellent dining, shopping and entertainment choices.
Planning an overnight stay-and-play? Tucson has several options for lodging near to UArizona, including Tucson Marriott University Park, Aloft Tucson University Hotel, and Doubletree Reid Park. See our list of Visit Tucson partner accommodations for more options.
Information about garage parking options near Arizona Stadium is available at the Visit Tucson Visitor Center (VisitTucson.org/visitor-center) and at the UArizona Visitor Center (VisitorCenter.Arizona.edu). Find metered and garage parking options in the downtown Tucson area on Where to Park Downtown 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 nearly 100 visitor attractions, or arrange a campus tour at the UArizona-Visit Tucson Visitor Center near Main Gate Square. The pedestrian-friendly campus has nine museums -- including the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab, where the world’s largest telescope mirrors are produced beneath the Arizona football stadium -- and many restaurants and pubs all connected by a network of tree-lined roads, sidewalks and multiuse paths that can be explored on foot or via bike.
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