The Fiesta Bowl is played every season at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona approximately 9 miles from downtown Phoenix. The stadium is one of the most high tech stadiums in the world, is the home of the Phoenix Cardinals and is famous for its retractable roof and natural grass field that moves in and out of the stadium. The Fiesta Bowl is one of the six central bowl games that make up the college football playoff. The game will serve as the site of one of the college football semi-final games every 3rd season, and will feature a premier matchup the years that it is not a college football semi-final game. The Fiesta Bowl has had a number of large corporate sponsors including: Tostitos, Sunkist, and IBM. Score with Ticketcity - the place to go for Fiesta Bowl tickets.
2017 Fiesta Bowl Preview
The 2016 Fiesta Bowl will be a battle of blueblood college football programs, as the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The 2016 Fiesta Bowl is scheduled to kick off on January 1st, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona. Both Ohio State and Notre Dame have championship caliber teams, and win by controlling the point of attack. The Buckeyes have just a single loss on the season, and still believe they are the best team in the country. Ohio State will enter the 2016 Fiesta Bowl, led by running back Ezekiel Elliott, who headlines one of the top rushing attacks in the country. Notre Dame’s strong defense is ranked 25th in the nation in run defense, and the battle up front between the Buckeyes and Fighting Irish will likely decide the 2016 Fiesta Bowl.
Check out our Fiesta Bowl Preview History page for previews of previous Fiesta Bowl games.
Fiesta Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium Address: 1 W Cardinals Dr, Glendale, Arizona, 85305
The University of Phoenix Stadium is in right off the 101 in the Glendale Sports and Entertainment District. The stadium is relatively new and was only completed in 2006 and boasts the rights as the only stadium with retractable roof and field. The stadium is so well liked it hosted Super Bowl XLII, has been declared one of the top 10 sports facilities in the world but Business Week and has some amazing views for football. Capacity of the University of Phoenix Stadium for the Fiesta Bowl is approximately 78,000. There are 3 main levels to the stadium; 100 level, 200 level and 400 level.
University of Phoenix Stadium 100 Level
The 100 or lower level section provides seats closes to the action. Sideline lower level seats are some of the most sought after seats in the stadium. Seats behind the team benches are located in sections 104-112 and 126-134, these are awesome and go fast. End Zone seating (Sections 117-121 & 138-144) offer the perfect spot for fans wanting to view touchdowns up close or even be part of the celebration.
University of Phoenix Stadium 200 Level & Suite Level
The Club Seating or 200 Level is comprised of almost 8,000 club level seats divided up into 3 sections; Club Goalline are sections 206-208, 215-17, 232-234 & 241-243, Club Sideline are sections 209-214 & 235-240 and Club Corner which are sections 201-205, 218-222, 227-231 & 244-248. Like the 100 level, seats in on the sideline and goaline are preferred but all seats in this section provide a great view of the action. The Suites sit directly above this section and provide fans, groups and companies unparalleled luxury during the game.
University of Phoenix Stadium 400 Level
Level 400 or the Upper Level Main Sections, provide an awesome selection of seats at more much cheaper prices without sacrificing full view of all the action. The best sections in this level are along the center of the sideline and are sections 442-445 and 411-414.
Fiesta Bowl Event Guide
What are best attractions to see when in Glendale and Phoenix for the Fiesta Bowl?
Just north of the University of Phoenix Stadium you can find the Glendale Sports and Entertainment district where you can choose from multiple restaurants for food and drink, there is shopping in the Tanger Outlets, some upscale hotels as well as Fountain Park and Lake Glendale. It’s a great place to spend time before and after the game with something for everyone. Glendale is a true sports fans town and home to the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes and Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals won’t be playing but the Phoenix Coyotes season will be in full swing so why not extend your stay and catch a game at the Jobing.com area that is just a stone’s throw away.
How can I buy cheap Fiesta Bowl tickets?
TicketCity offers a large selection of Fiesta Bowl tickets which includes some of the lowest priced seats on the market. Fiesta Bowl ticket prices fluctuate based on demand for the games. Bigger matchups typically push demand higher & ticket prices. The opposite can happen if the Fiesta Bowl matchup is less intriguing. Marquee teams, like the Texas Longhorns, Oklahoma Sooners, Ohio State, and other teams with large fan bases, can drive up Fiesta Bowl ticket prices. The Fiesta Bowl is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, so if you’re looking for cheap tickets you may want to act early before the big push in December.
Where are the best places to eat in Glendale and Phoenix for the Fiesta Bowl?
Just north of the stadium in the Westgate Entertainment District, you can find the Gordon Biersch Brewery and restaurant. This is the perfect pre/post game stop offering a wide selection of ever changing craft brews (the Hefeweizen is spectacular) and high end pub fare that includes steaks, Korean BBQ, Seafood and their famous knife & fork burgers. My Big Fat Greek restaurant is another staple that is close and offers a different option to traditional game day grub. You can’t go wrong with the Gyro Platter or the stuffed peppers, they also offer some great pizza and calzone options. One other option that is a local favorite is the La Pizza al Forno provides an authentic Sicilian style pizza with thin chewy crust and a perfectly charred bottom. You have to go with the Italian Stallion meat pie, it’s the best on the menu and you also have to try the baked ravioli appetizer with fresh mozzarella. There is more game info available on our Fiesta Bowl event guide page.
What are the best games in Fiesta Bowl history?
Over the years the Fiesta Bowl has been the home of some of the most exciting games in college football history. In 1986, Penn State knocked off the Miami Hurricanes and claimed the National Championship, in one of the memorable bowl matchups in history. Again in 2003 Miami got the short end of the stick at the Fiesta Bowl, when they lost the BCS National Championship game to Ohio State. And in 2006 the Fiesta Bowl hosted one of the wildest bowl games in history, when underdog Boise State used a variety of trick plays to knock off the Oklahoma Sooners. You can find more information on our Fiesta Bowl history page and famous Fiesta Bowls page.
Who are the most famous players to play in the Fiesta Bowl?
Dez Bryant, Antonio Smith, Casey Matthews, Josh Freeman, Jermichael Finley, Brian Orakpo and Adrian Peterson are all popular players that played in the Fiesta Bowl. Visit our Fiesta Bowl past champions page to see a full list of all teams that have won the Fiesta Bowl.