Looking for an out-of-the-box way to spend the New Year’s Eve holiday? Want more out of your celebration that a night at an overpriced fancy restaurant then a glass of champagne at some soulless bar? Well, I have the perfect suggestion for you! Experience the perfect New Year’s Eve weekend in the heart of downtown Tucson, centered around the highly anticipated Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl. Embrace the festive spirit of the city as you enjoy thrilling football action, lively street parties, and an array of cultural and culinary delights.
Attend the Annual Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl
Since 2015, Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl has connected football fans and enthusiasts through an exciting post-season college football game. Certified by the NCAA, it is held annually at Arizona Stadium on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson. Fans come together to watch a swashbuckling lineup between bowl-eligible teams from the Mountain West and the Mid-American Conferences. In addition to the football game itself, the event includes various pre-game and post-game activities, such as tailgating and community events.
Enjoy a Pep Rally and Parade to Remember
Start your New Year’s celebration on Friday, December 29th at the 2023 Rio Nuevo Pep Rally in Downtown Tucson and get psyched for the festivities to come with marching bands, cheerleaders, and mascots from both the participating schools. Be sure to visit the Merch tents so you can suit out for your favorite team.
Partake in Tailgating Fun with Food, Beer & a Battle of the Marching Bands
And what perfect college football experience would be complete without tailgating? On Saturday, December 30th at 10:00 a.m., get your “pregame” on at the 2023 Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl Tailgate Festival. Enjoy food, beer, corn hole, a “Battle of the Marching Bands” and much more on the U of A mall. Then it’s game time! Head over to Arizona Stadium in time for kick-off at 2:30 p.m. for what is sure to be a riveting match up on the grid iron. This is guaranteed to be a fun and festive experience for both the teams and the fans attending.
Celebrate at the Taco Bell New Year’s Eve Downtown Bowl Bash
The fun’s not over yet! On Sunday, December 31st, ring in 2024 at the best and most original New Year’s Eve party in Tucson – the Taco Bell New Year’s Eve Downtown Bowl Bash. There will be live music throughout the night, headlined by a performance from Warrant and a unique music experience, the Silent Disco, presented by Tucson Federal Credit Union. Food trucks and beer stations will be available so no hard-to-get reservations necessary. And then when the clock strikes midnight, watch as they drop a giant taco…yes, a taco to ring in 2024. Cap off the night with a spectacular firework show and you have the perfect finish to an evening you will not want to miss. This year’s Taco Bell NYE Bowl Bash Taco Drop will take place at 41 E. Congress (The Mural Lot) across from The Monica Restaurant. Oh, and did I mention that the admission to the Downtown Bowl Bash is free?
100% of the Barstool Arizona Bowl Proceeds Goes to a Good Cause
Need another reason to incorporate the Arizona Bowl into your New Year’s Holiday plan? The Barstool Arizona Bowl is committed to having a positive impact in Southern Arizona. This is the only bowl game in the country that gives 100% of net proceeds to local charities. Yep, you read that right…100%! Since 2015, $4.5 million has been given to over 70 non-profit organizations in Southern Arizona, in addition to the many programs that provide support to our local small businesses, teachers, first responders and members of the military.
Unwind at a Top Tucson Bed and Breakfast with Quick Access to UofA.
And since the Armory Park Inn is located just a short walk from all of the downtown festivities and the Modern Streetcar which will take you directly to the University of Arizona campus, we are the perfect place to stay for your fun-filled, action-packed New Year’s weekend. Find out more and view the itinerary for the Arizona Bowl.Book Now