Welcome to the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl and to beautiful Southern Arizona. The Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl is not just a game, it’s a week of fun-filled events that we have affectionately nicknamed “Tucson’s Football Festival.” Through these events and festivities, you will experience first-hand the best parts of our community, which are the warmth of our hospitality and the pride for
our Southern Arizona traditions.
While here, and in between all the exciting events we have planned around the Bowl game, I encourage you to explore our region and share in the unique experiences that make Southern Arizona exceptional. Whether you choose to hike or bike our scenic trails, be entertained in our spirited downtown district, taste our inspired cuisine or visit any number of our world-renowned attractions, you are guaranteed to enjoy every moment of your time in Southern Arizona.
One of the unique aspects of the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl is that we are committed to donating 100% of our net proceeds to local Tucson charities. In the past four years, we have donated over $3.5M to local charities, heroes, and universities and we strive to donate more and more each year. It is because of your participation in our game and events that we can make such an incredible impact on these communities.
On behalf of the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl Staff and 85 Committee Members, we thank you for sharing this week with us and hope you will return each year to be a part of the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl tradition.
The Pep Rally is held outside of the Downtown Library at Jacome Plaza. Friends, families, and fans are invited to join in the fun. University representatives will be there to address the fans. Cheerleaders, mascots, and bands will come together in a friendly rivalry that will get participants excited for the big game.
Free entry, no ticket required.
University of Arizona Mall (Campbell & University)
Begin your New Year’s Eve celebration at the Barstool Sportsbook Tailgate Festival. You will find food vendors and beer, a dynamic car show, Alumni Tailgate parties, and a stage filled with live entertainment. Barstool Sports will have a large activation area, including the site of the Barstool College Football Show, which will stream live from 10:30 am to 11:00 am.
Individual tailgating is NOT permitted, so please plan on attending the Barstool Sports Tailgate Festival for your pregame fun. You can take the experience to another level by purchasing a ticket to our VIP Tailgate. Passes are available to all and cost $95 per person. Included with each pass is a brunch meal from El Charro, three alcohol drink tickets (for guests 21 and older), and unlimited non-alcoholic beverages.
Free entry, no ticket required.
Be sure to take your seat early to watch the Heroes Tribute Pregame Show. Be prepared for goosebumps as A-10 jets from Davis Monthan Air Force Base fly overhead and the legendary Wings of Blue skydivers descend into Arizona Stadium to honor the men and women who serve on our behalf.
The University of Arizona Stadium will host the Boise State Broncos and the Central Michigan Chippewas, who will be competing to win the title “Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl Champion.” 2021 marks the 152nd year of college football, which will be celebrated through a thrilling college football bowl game.
Fans in attendance will be treated to an electrifying halftime experience unlike any other. Living legend Scott Stapp, the Voice of Creed, will be performing in the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl halftime show.
Tucson’s Time Square
After the Bowl Game Trophy Presentation has ended, jump on the Sun Link Streetcar and join us Downtown in Tucson’s Time Square for the New Year’s Eve Bowl Bash. While downtown, you can enjoy amazing restaurants and the fun atmosphere that has earned Tucson the title of Unesco Capital of Gastronomy. There will be food vendors and beer, live entertainment, and much more. Including performances from The Plain White T’s, Sophia Rankin, and 80’s and Gentleman. Excitement will build throughout the night to midnight when the famous Taco Drop and a firework show from the Hotel Congress rooftop will officially ring in the New Year!
The Taco Bell NYE Downtown Bowl Bash is open to guests of all ages.
Free entry, no ticket required.
One of the things that makes Tucson so “attractive” to visitors are the great “attractions” found around the city and across the region – the name says it all. Taking a trip through Southern Arizona means you’ll find an endless number of these great attractions, perfect for families, couples or even those who are traveling solo.
Explore the Universe at Kitt Peak National Observatory, just west of the city or at Flandrau Science Center, conveniently located on the University of Arizona Campus. Experience the unique flora and fauna at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Voted one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 10 Museums in the U.S.” See science come to life at Biosphere 2, where you can visit all of earth’s life zones in one place.
If family fun is on your itinerary, be sure to visit Children’s Museum Tucson and Oro Valley where kids will be wowed by the interactive exhibits. Discover tiny worlds of wonder in the intricate displays found at the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. And if it’s the great outdoors your family craves, then you’ll surely enjoy the short trip to the top of Mt. Lemmon. At over 9,000 feet above sea level, this alpine paradise offers cooler temps and spectacular mountain vistas¬. Insider tip: download the Mt. Lemmon Science Tour App for your smartphone to get the full story behind what makes this mountainous terrain so scientifically unique.
History buffs can travel though time at the Arizona State Museum, which boasts one of the largest collections of Native American artifacts in the country or at Mission San Xavier del Bac, one of the world’s finest examples of Spanish-Colonial architecture. Head over to Old Tucson to see the Old West brought to life on the set of your favorite Western Film - this was one of John Wayne’s favorite movie studios. Need we say more?
If military history is your passion then be sure to stop at Pima Air & Space Museum, one of the largest privately- operated museums of its kind in the U.S. And just down the road near Green Valley, AZ is the
Titan Missile Museum, one of the few places you can actually go inside of a decommissioned Cold War-Era missile silo.
Whether it’s your first time in Tucson or you’re a frequent visitor, you’ll find a world of opportunities and endless places to explore.
In 2015 Tucson received this designation from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for our region’s unique gastronomical heritage.
The designation isn’t just about the great food that you can find here today but also a long history of native peoples growing and cultivating deliciously edible crops. In fact, Carbon dating has shown evidence of a 4,000-year-old tradition of farming in the Tucson area and luckily, many of our local chefs and restaurants are still serving up dishes made with heritage ingredients to this very day.
Experience the City of Gastronomy at these places:
• Mission Garden
• Historic Canoa Ranch
• Native Seeds Search / Retail Store
• Tucson Botanical Garden
• Tohono Chul
• San Xavier Co-op Farm
• Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum
“The Best Mexican Food that you’ll find anywhere north of the border.”
Tucson is home to The Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food in the U.S. This means that you can find more restaurants dishing out authentic Mexican flavors than anywhere else in the country. For most of us “Mexican food” is just “Food”. Venture to Downtown Tucson or to South 12th Ave, also known as “La Doce” to start your tantalizing culinary journey. Try delicious dishes like tender chicken covered in mole, street tacos served on handmade tortillas, refreshingly cold raspados (think shaved ice with fresh fruit) and a bevy of Mexican-style pastries baked fresh daily. With all this, eating here is like an international trip for your taste buds.
Meet the Sonoran Hot Dog
A beef hot dog, wrapped in bacon, smothered with a delicious blend of toppings like beans, grilled onions, mayo, mustard and jalapeño salsa. Sounds good, right? We wouldn’t blame you if you ran out to get one right now. This tasty Tucson tradition is often imitated, but never duplicated. Depending on where you go around town you’ll find different versions of the beloved Sonoran Dog, including the classic one found at the famous Tucson restaurant, El Güero Canelo, which recently took home a prestigious James Beard Award.
This Mexican-born street food delicacy has swept the nation, challenging the nation’s other top dogs from Coney Island to Chicago. But if you ask anyone around here there’s no doubt which they’ll say is the best. It’s the Sonoran Dog, hands down!