If you’re a college football fan, not doubt this is one of the most exciting times of the year. The Bowl games have been announced and if you’re one of the passionate and lucky fans traveling to see your team play for the final time this season, you must act fast and plan ahead. Yes, buying your tickets is the first priority, but after that, booking your hotel and planning your trip is just as important.
This year, Arizona will be hosting three bowl games in addition to the National Championship Game and that’s great news for college football fans. After all, if you’re traveling to the Grand Canyon State, why not make the most out of your trip and make your stay in the desert a memorable one for you and your friends and family?
The Wigwam is the closest resort to all of your football action at the State Farm Football Stadium and we offer the most to traveling fans. Our staff is here to help you so that you not only enjoy your stay at Arizona’s most renowned and historic resort, but you also experience the entire state at the highest level. Whether you want to do some local sightseeing, experience local restaurants, discover the local shopping scene, or take a road trip to Sedona, our team can help you schedule the best things to do in Arizona before and after the big game.
The Phoenix metro area boasts over 190,000 areas of recreational open space which is more than any other major city in the United States. Ranking as the 6th largest city in the USA, Phoenix enjoys more than 300 sunny days per year, making it one of the preferred destinations during the winter months.
If 40 National Historic Landmarks is not enough to satisfy your explorer appetite, you may choose instead to head over to the Phoenix Botanical Gardens or the Phoenix Zoo for a day. The Phoenix Zoo sits on 125 acres of land boasting over 2.5 miles of walking trails and over 1,400 animals for guests. The Zoo’s Monkey Village, Stingray Bay and rainforest landscape of the Forest of Uco are some of the most popular attractions.
Adjacent to Phoenix is Scottsdale with its own variety of must-see attractions. Among the most popular ones is the organic architecture at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West and the Native American culture at the Heard Museum. If you’re looking for places to eat, Scottsdale is the place to be. Named the No. 2 Foodie City in the U.S. with over 600 locally owned and operated restaurants, you’re sure to find a place to satisfy your taste buds.
Parades and Block Parties
If you visit Phoenix to attend this year’s Fiesta Bowl and love parades, there’s no better way to celebrate the Fiesta Bowl than attending the 45th annual National Bank of Arizona Fiesta Bowl
Parade. This year’s parade includes The Ohio State University Marching Band, in addition to the traditional display of brilliantly colored floats, giant helium balloons, equestrian units, specialty and charitable groups, local celebrities as they make their way along the two-mile parade route through central Phoenix. The parade is free to the public with premium bleacher seating available for $25.
With two of the biggest games in college football being played State Farm Stadium in Arizona and the Cactus Bowl taking place at nearby Chase Field, The Wigwam Resort in Arizona welcomes you to discover our own destination within a destination. The Wigwam is the only resort in Arizona to offer 54 holes of championship golf on site including 2 Robert Trent Jones, Sr. courses. Enjoy luxury accommodations in our casita rooms and suites – rated 4 Diamond by AAA for 13 consecutive years. Pre and post-game enjoy a swim in one of our 3 heated pools, relax at The Red Door Salon & Spa or reserve some time on one of our 9 lighted tennis courts. Our world class dining includes our signature fining dining restaurant Litchfield’s featuring farm to table local cuisine and the new Red’s Bar & Grill, overlooking the golf courses, is the perfect place to kick off your game day showing all the games, all the time.
With a fantastic mix of culture and the great outdoors there is no shortage of things to do in Phoenix and its surrounding areas. Come make some history at The Wigwam while you explore Arizona and enjoy the games!
For room reservations, visit: https://wigwamarizona.com/college-football/
Phoenix Area Bowl Games
BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl, January 1, 2016
Notre Dame vs. Ohio State
Glendale, Arizona | State Farm Stadium
Motel 6 Cactus Bowl, January 2, 2016
West Virginia vs. Arizona State
Phoenix | Chase Field
College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T, January 11, 2016
Glendale, Arizona | State Farm Stadium