The Cactus Bowl in Phoenix

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The sponsors may have changed over the years, but the Cactus Bowl is still bringing gridiron action to Arizona football fans each December.


The bowl initially started in Tucson, Arizona in 1989 as the Copper Bowl. Then the Copper Bowl became the Bowl in 1997 when Insight Enterprises inked a deal to be the 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, and finally, in 2018, snack food titan Kellogg's purchased the naming rights and rebranded the title to the Cheez-It Bowl.


The Cactus Bowl is on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Arizona time.


The Cactus Bowl is at the Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson Street in Phoenix, Arizona. The stadium is the home of Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks, but is transformed into a football field for the Cactus Bowl.

How to Buy Tickets

The cost of seats vary wildly depending on the package and seat location but tickets usually start at about $25.00 plus fees.

  1. In person at the Fiesta Bowl/Cactus Bowl office at 7135 E. Camelback Rd, #190, Scottsdale.
  2. By phone at 480-350-0911.
  3. Online. Parking passes for the garage may also be purchased online in advance for $20.00 plus fees. 
  4. If the game sells out, or you can't find the tickets you want, try a reputable ticket broker like Ticketmaster.

The Pre-Game Party

The Oasis Cactus Bowl Pregame Party takes place outside and is located west of Chase Field, at 4th Street and Jackson. The party features live music, marching bands, cheerleaders, pep rallies, interactive games, and Jumbotrons playing team highlights. Entry is free.


Fans can drive to the game and find a variety of parking options near Chase Field. The fee for parking in a lot can range from $5.00 to $15.00, depending on how close the location is to the stadium. 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.

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 game can also be reached by the Metro Light rail, with trains arriving about every 10 minutes. On evenings and weekends, the trains arrive around every 20 minutes. It is suggested to purchase an all-day pass for the game to skip waiting in line after the game completes.

Park-N-Ride Locations:

  • Montebello and 19th Avenue
  • 19th Avenue and Camelback
  • Central Avenue and Camelback
  • 38th Street and Washington
  • Dorsey Lane / Apache Blvd
  • McClintock Drive / Apache Blvd
  • Loop 101 Freeway / Apache Blvd
  • Sycamore / Main Street

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 a hotel on the Valley Metro light rail line. There are the standard chain options, like Raddison, Sheraton, and Westin that will offer a clean and comfortable place to bunk. If you are driving, a hotel in downtown Scottsdale would be close, too.

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