With the constant buzz around the Mill Avenue District and the tens of thousands of ASU students in downtown Tempe, things seem to stay pretty active. Of course, we love our Sun Devil football team and are always looking to cram even more excitement in to the area. Apparently, Buffalo Wild Wings wants to try and capture some of that excitement as they have purchased the naming rights to what had been the Insight Bowl here at Sun Devil Stadium.
The 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl will feature the TCU Horned Frogs and the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday, December 29th, 2012 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. Kickoff for the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl will be 8:15 PM MST, the game will be shown on ESPN.
Without a doubt, there will be plenty to do for Horned Frogs and Spartans traveling to the BWW Bowl. Mill Avenue has all that a traveling football fan could want or need without having to worry about being up to their waist in snow.
For fans traveling to the game, our light rail line is sure to be a big hit. For sure, there is plenty to do near Sun Devil Stadium and traveling to Tempe from Sky Harbor Airport is a breeze. A free shuttle will take Bowl fans from Sky Harbor to the light rail station at 44th Street and Washington. From there, Sun Devil Stadium is just a short distance. Your light rail pass costs just $3.50 and is good for unlimited use for the transit day. ( more info below )
A few ideas to consider for football fans heading to the Valley of the Sun would be to stay at a hotel near the light rail line and to learn how to use our Phoenix light rail system. If you do those two things, you might not even need to rent a car. Of course, there are many things to do while you are in town for the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. Heck, if you are a Buffalo Wild Wings fan, you are in luck as there is a BWW right across from the stadium that will be hosting a tailgating party in their parking lot on game day. 705 S Rural Road, just north of University. ( close to a light rail station ) See the map below.
Sun Devil Stadium reflection at BWW Tempe
If staying nearby, it is easy for travelers to find some holiday cheer anywhere along the 20 mile light rail route. The maps below will help with finding a hotel or with finding a fun place to grab a beer, a cup of coffee or more. Of course, any football fan traveling to Tempe should be sure to follow RailLife on Twitter and to check out their Facebook page for more area information. Welcome to Tempe - we promise to help you learn more about having fun in our great town.
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Our “holiday cheer” map features a bunch of our favorite places along the line. For just $3.50, Insight Bowl fans can purchase an all day light rail pass to any of these destinations. Who knows… After you see how much fun it is around here, you might want to stay a while! :)
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