It all started in Tucson, Arizona in 1989 as the Copper Bowl. The Copper Bowl became the Insight.com Bowl when Insight Enterprises inked a deal to be title sponsor of the game, and in 2002 the name was changed to the Insight Bowl. After 2011 the name of the bowl game was changed again, to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. In 2014 the bowl game got another new moniker: TicketCity Cactus Bowl. in 2016, it attracted a new name sponsor, so the name changed to Motel 6 Cactus Bowl.
Now, it's just Cactus Bowl!
The Cactus Bowl will be played at a new venue in 2016 and 2017 (and maybe beyond)—Chase Field in Downtown Phoenix.
When is the Cactus Bowl?
The Cactus Bowl will be played on December 26, 2017. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Arizona time.
It will also be carried by ESPN: try one of these popular local sports bars if you can't get tickets.
How to Buy Tickets
- In person at the Fiesta Bowl/Cactus Bowl office at 7135 E. Camelback Rd, #190, Scottsdale.
- By phone at 480-350-0911.
- Online. Parking passes for the garage may also be purchased online in advance for $20 plus fee. The garage is located at the corner of 7th Street and Washington Street with access off of Washington Street.
- If it sells out, or you can't find the tickets you want, try a reputable ticket broker like Ticketmaster.
- From scalpers/ticket exchanges. Note: beware of fake tickets!
Tickets usually start at about $25 plus fees.
There will be a charge for parking, too. Don't forget that parking meters in Phoenix are NOT free on weekends until after 10 p.m. and most parking meters don't allow someone to pay for more than one or two hours at a time.
Getting to Chase Field
Leave plenty of time—there are bound to be large crowds. Check for restrictions and parking information before you drive. For the Cactus Bowl, Valley Metro Rail will run regular service with additional trains to support pre- and post-event crowds.
The Arizona Department of Transportation usually provides detailed motorist information, including any travel or road restrictions, for this event. Call 5-1-1, then *7. The call is free.
The Pre-Game Party?
The Oasis Cactus Bowl Pregame Party takes place outside of Chase Field, south of the parking garage between Buchanan and Lincoln, in Downtown Phoenix. The party features live music, marching bands, cheerleaders, pep rallies, interactive games, and Jumbotrons playing team highlights.
Where to Stay
If you are just coming in for the game and related festivities, you'll probably want to stay at a hotel in downtown Phoenix or at a hotel on the Valley Metro light rail line. If you are driving, a hotel in downtown Scottsdale would be close, too.