The Cactus Bowl is played each December at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. Since 1989 the Cactus Bowl has treated millions of fans to some of the most exciting bowl games in college football. The game matches up one of the top teams from the Big Ten Conference with a peer from the Big 12 Conference. The former Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl lost its sponsor, Buffalo Wild Wings, becoming the Cactus Bowl in 2014. The Cactus Bowl has been sponsored in the past by Domino’s Pizza, Weiser Lock and Insight Enterprises. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Cactus Bowl tickets.
2015 Cactus Bowl Preview
The Wildcats controlled the 2013 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl from the very beginning taking a 21-6 lead before halftime. With a scoreless third quarter the Kansas State defense seemed to have all the answers for stopping Michigan's big play offense. The Wolverines would find the end zone at the end of the fourth quarter along with a two point conversion from Justice Hayes, but the Wildcats lead would hold strong giving them the 31-14 win. Check back later for a preview of the 2014 Cactus Bowl between the Big Ten and the Big 12.
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Cactus Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium Address: 500 E Veterans Way, Tempe, Arizona, 85287
The Cactus Bowl is played at Sun Devil Stadium, the home of the Arizona State Sun Devils. It has also been home to the Arizona Cardinals and the Fiesta Bowl. Capacity is currently 71,706, expandable to 76,000 if necessary.
Sections 4 through 10 are directly behind the visitor’s bench and provide a great field level view of the field. Sections 7 and 8 are right at the 50-yard line. Sections 27 through 33 are right behind the Arizona State (home team) sideline.
A smaller level that extends all around the stadium, each section only has about five rows each. These seats are usually priced around what the lower level ones are because they offer a great view with less people in front of you. The loge level gives you access to free
This is the most cost-efficient way to get into the game, but you don’t give up too much in terms of your view. It’s higher up, but Sun Devil Stadium doesn’t have many bad seats. Sections 206-207 are at the 50-yard line behind the visitor’s sideline, while 241-242 is at the 50 on the other side.
Cactus Bowl Event Guide
What are the best attractions to see when in Tempe for the Cactus Bowl?
Check out the Mill Avenue District, as that’s where most of Tempe’s shopping and nightlife lives. Of course, Arizona is famous for its golf courses, so take your clubs and get a round in while in the area.
Where are the best places to eat when in Tempe for the Cactus Bowl?
If you like a good pasty, Cornish Pasty Company is the place you need to check out. The Italian, Cajun and Oggie all get rave reviews. If you want a good beer with your meal in Tempe, check out Four Peaks Brewing Co., their IPAs are great.
What are the best games in Valley of the Sun history?
2012’s nail-biting win by Michigan State in the last minute of the game is a good start, but there have been a lot of close games in the history of this contest. Cal beat Virginia Tech 52-49 in 2003, while Texas Tech got past Minnesota 44-41 in overtime in 2006.
Who are the most famous players to play in the Cactus Bowl?
Previous game MVPs include Drew Bledsoe, who went on to get drafted #1 overall in the NFL just months after throwing an 82-yard TD pass in the BBW Bowl (then called the Copper Bowl). Aaron Rodgers also played in the bowl, securing a win for his Cal Bears.