NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl
Kick off the New Year with a two-day football festival in Tucson. Returns in December 2020!
What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? Warm Up at Tucson's Football Festival!
Returns in December 2020
The NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl takes over Arizona Stadium with an after-party in downtown Tucson every year for New Year's Eve.
It's an NCAA-certified match-up between bowl-eligible foes from the Mountain West and the Sun Belt conferences. Expect Tucson-style football-perfect weather -- not too hot, not too cold -- for this post-season college game. The festival begins with a pep rally the night before the game, followed the next morning by a gameday tailgate party on University of Arizona Mall before the big game begins at Arizona Stadium (a 10-minute walk from the mall), and afterward ends with a bowl bash in downtown Tucson (two miles from the stadium) featuring a New Year taco drop and a fireworks show.
NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl 2019 score: Wyoming Cowboys beat Georgia State Panthers, 38-17
Arizona Stadium, University of Arizona | December 2020 | Teams & Game Time TBA
Video: Cowboys vs. Panthers at 2019 Arizona Bowl (photo: Kelly Presnell/Arizona Daily Star)
About NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl
The NOVA® Home Loans 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. In 2019, the Wyoming Cowboys beat the Georgia State Panthers, 38-17. 100% of the game's net proceeds are donated to local causes like the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson, Youth on Their Own, the Ronald McDonald House and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. 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 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).
UA Visitor Center
Get information about attractions on the University of Arizona 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 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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