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2016 WeAreSC Travel Guide: At Arizona

By Greg Katz – WeAreSC.com


OCT. 15: 12:30 p.m. MT/PT
Televised: FOX
Location: Tucson
Stadium: Arizona Stadium
Capacity: 56,029
Surface: FieldTurf
Seating Chart: https://ev12.evenue.net/evenue/linkID=uazts/core/seating_charts.html
Tickets: 520-621-2287

Projected game day Tucson Weather Forecast: Sunny with a high of 91 degrees, 22 percent humidity, and a low of 63 degrees.

Websites:  arizonawildcats.com/usctrojans.com

Host alumni hotel: Tucson Marriott University Park

Friday night Kickoff “Mixer”:

SoCal Meet and Mingle
4:00 – 8:00 PM
Reforma Cocina and Cantina in St. Philip’s Plaza. Admission includes one drink ticket per person and hors d’oeurves. Additional drinks and food are available for purchase on your own at Happy Hour prices until 8:00 PM. Reforma Cocina and Cantina is located at 4310 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson.


From the south, take the I-19 North and take exit 102 toward Silver Springs Rd/Star Pass Blvd/29th St – 22nd St. Continue straight onto S. Fwy Rd. Turn right on W Congress Street, which turns into W Broadway Boulevard. Take a slight left on E Broadway Boulevard, a left on N Cherry Avenue, a right on E 6th Street and a left on N National Championship Dr.

From the Northeast, take the I-10 East and exit at Prince Road, exit 254. Merge onto N Business Center Dr. and continue until it turns into N Fwy Road. Turn left on W Speedway Boulevard, right on N Campbell Avenue, right on 5th Street and stay on 5th street until it becomes N National Championship Drive.
Tucson: An approximately two-hour’s drive south of Phoenix, Tucson offers excellent restaurants, shops, and museums. To get to Tucson if you’re driving down from Phoenix for the game, simply head south on I-10, and you’re there in about 2 hours.

Along the drive is Picacho Peak, site of the only Civil War battle in Arizona. For those that love old and new television cowboy sets, you can visit old Tucson Studios, used in over 300 movies. Then there is the Pima Air and Space Museum for those interested in old aircraft. More than 300 aircraft are on display.

A popular destination in Tucson is also the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which brings appreciation and understanding of the Sonoran Desert. Of course, you want to visit the University of Arizona, which is basically a very flat campus for those that don’t want to climb hills like at UC Berkeley. The Arizona campus is lined with palm trees and has a very good student union for those that want a nice food court.

Tommy Trojan Game Day Tips

Fan Fiesta: The Coca-Cola Fan Fiesta is the place to be on game day for pre-game fun! Beginning four hours prior to kick-off, the Coca-Cola Fan Fiesta will be located on the University Mall, just west of Cherry and is a great place to be for the Wildcat Walk. There will be giveaways, inflatables, and much more! Admission is free and open to the public. The Fan Fiesta is the equivalent to the Trojans fan fest in the peristyle end of the Coliseum.

Tailgate: Before the Trojans take on the Wildcats, join the official USC Alumni Association pre-game tailgate party (3 – 7 p.m.) at Tucson Marriott University Park featuring a buffet, drinks, entertainment, and the company of your fellow Trojans!! Cost is $65 for adults and $45 for children 14 and under.

Parking: $10 parking is available in both the 2nd St. and 6th St. Garages along with the Arid Lands Marshall lot.

The Arizona Walk: If you want an up-close look at head coach Rich Rodriguez’s Wildcats, Arizona makes its grand entrance through tailgating as they are dropped off on Cherry and University, two hours prior to the game, which means around 10:00 a.m.

Trojan Walk: Traditionally, the Trojans will get dropped off on E. 6th Street, which runs parallel to Arizona Stadium. It’s more or less a busstop and nothing formal. Figure the Trojans busses will roll in around 10:30 a.m.

Game Day Sports Bar/Restaurant

Gentle Bens Brewing Company
865 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85719

Greg Katz

Now entering his 59th season of either writing, broadcasting, or just plain watching USC football, WeAreSC columnist Greg Katz began his affiliation with the website back in 2001, introducing his well-received O/NSO (The Obvious/The Not So Obvious) column and later adding his respected IMHO Sunday opinion and tidbits column. Greg, a former ESPN.com college football columnist covering USC, is also a member of the Football Writer's Association of America. He is also known in Southern California as a professional public address announcer, having called the the 1996 Rose Bowl Game between USC and Northwestern. Greg also holds a master's degree in athletic administration and was a former varsity high school coach of 27 years.

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