The 2016 Cactus Bowl is in Phoenix

College Football in Tempe, AZ

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl
••• Motel 6 Cactus Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen / Getty Images

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 is now the Motel 6 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 Motel 6 Cactus Bowl?

The 28th Annual Cactus Bowl will be played on December 27, 2016. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. Arizona time.

Will it be televised?

Yes, it will be carried by ESPN. No tickets for the game? Try one of these popular local sports bars.

How much are the tickets?

Tickets start at $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.

How do I buy tickets?

  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 plus fee. The garage is located at the corner of 7th Street and Washington Street with access off of Washington Street.
  1. If it sells out, or you can't find the tickets you want, try a reputable ticket broker like Ticketmaster. See what tickets are being sold at Ticketmaster for the Cactus Bowl.
  2. From scalpers/ticket exchanges. Note: beware of fake tickets!

Generally speaking, the (team TBA) fans will be seated on the west side of the stadium and the (team TBA) will be seated on the east side of the stadium.

How do I get to Chase Field?

Here is a map with directions to Chase Field, including METRO light rail information. Leave plenty of time — there are bound to be large crowds. Check for restrictions and parking information before you drive. For the Cactus Bowl, METRO Light 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.

Who is playing this year?

Boise State Broncos (10-2) will represent the Mountain West Conference, while Baylor Bears (6-6) will represent the Big 12. Baylor is the home team and Boise State is the visiting team.

Is there a pre-game party?

The Oasis Cactus Bowl Pregame Party takes place south of the Chase Field parking garage, between Buchanan and Lincoln in Downtown Phoenix, on December 27, 2016 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each. The party features live music, marching bands, cheerleaders, pep rallies, interactive games, and Jumbotrons playing team highlights and a plated meal. 

Where should I look for a hotel room?

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.

What is the weather like in Tempe in early January?

Here are weather statistics and tips about the Phoenix area for late December and early January.

What if I have more questions?

You can visit Cactus Bowl online.

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

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Update: Since the 2016 and 2017 cactus Bowl will be played at Chase Field in Downtown Phoenix, the street closures below do not apply. If there are street restrictions announced for downtown Phoenix, I will post those here.

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Downtown Tempe is sure to be an exciting place on the day of the Cactus Bowl. I don't know about you, but I prefer that driving not be the exciting or adventurous part of the day, so if you intend to take your car into the area here are some things you should know.

Street Closures and Restrictions

The City of Tempe has provided the following information about streets and traffic before and after the Cactus Bowl.

These streets will be closed five hours prior to kick off until the game starts:

  • Veterans Way will be closed in both directions between 6th Street and College Avenue. 
  • Westbound Rio Salado Parkway will be closed at McClintock Drive.
  • College Avenue will be closed between 6th Street and 7th Street.

These streets will be closed or restricted two hours prior to kick off until one hour after game ends:

  • 5th Street will be closed in both directions between Forest Avenue and College Avenue (bus access maintained).
  • 6th Street will be closed in both directions between Forest Avenue and College Avenue (parking garage and University House access maintained).
  • College Avenue will be closed in both directions between 5th Street and 6th Street.
  • Eastbound Rio Salado Parkway will be closed between Ash and Mill avenues.
  • 5th Street will be closed in both directions between Farmer Avenue and Priest Drive. Local traffic will be permitted.
  • Ash and Maple avenues will be closed in both directions at University Drive. Local traffic will be permitted. Right turns will be permitted from southbound Ash Avenue to westbound University Drive.
  • 10th Street will be closed in both directions at Mill Avenue. Local traffic will be permitted.
  • Motorists heading eastbound on University Drive will be required to turn southbound onto Mill Avenue. 
  • Right hand turns will be prohibited from westbound University Drive to northbound Mill Avenue.
  • Left hand turns will be prohibited from southbound Mill Avenue to eastbound University Drive.
  • Left hand turns will be prohibited from Mill Avenue to 7th, 6th, 5th, 4th and 3rd streets and Rio Salado Parkway.
  • Left hand turns will not be permitted from eastbound 7th and 5th streets and Rio Salado Parkway onto Mill Avenue.

These streets will be closed from the start of the third quarter until one hour after game ends:

  • Southbound Scottsdale Road/Rural Road will be closed between Curry Road and Rio Salado Parkway.
  • Eastbound Gilbert Drive will be closed between Scottsdale Road and College Avenue.
  • Westbound Rio Salado Parkway will be closed between Karsten Golf Course and McClintock Drive.
  • Westbound University Drive will be closed between Rural Road and McClintock Drive.
  • Northbound Rural Road will be closed between Rio Salado Parkway and University Drive.
  • 5th Street, 6th Street, and 7th Street will be closed in both directions between Forest Avenue and College Avenue.
  • College Avenue will be closed in both directions between 6th Street and Veterans Way/5th Street.
  • Southbound McAllister Drive will be closed between University Drive and Terrace Road.
  • Eastbound SR202 off-ramp onto Scottsdale Road will be closed.
  • Westbound SR202 off-ramp onto Scottsdale Road will be closed.

Where to Park?

There are many pay parking lots in downtown Tempe. Bring cash. Parking lots may cost up to $20 or more on special event days.

Maybe You Shouldn't Drive to the Game!

With all these closures, restrictions and warnings, maybe your best bet is not to drive into downtown Tempe at all. The City of Tempe offers extensive bus service into the area, and it is accessible by Valley Metro Light Rail.

By Bus:

Transit Service Options: Most bus routes are extended until just after midnight for the game.

Tempe's Orbit will run until 10 p.m. There are five Orbit routes, all of which stop near Sun Devil Stadium. Here is a route map. If you are coming from outside the Tempe area, you can figure out how to connect to the Orbit system from Valley Metro buses by using the Trip Planner. Just enter the address or landmark that you'll be starting from, and enter Sun Devil Stadium as your destination.

By Valley Metro Rail:

You can drive to any park-and-ride location and take light rail to the tailgate party and the game. You'll use the Veterans Way (5th St) and College station. Buy your round trip ticket ($4.00) on the way in so you don't have top wait at the machines to buy a ticket on the way home.

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All dates, times, and offerings are subject to change without notice.