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2018 WeAreSC Travel Guide: At Arizona


SEPT. 29: 7:30 p.m. MT/PT
Televised: ESPN2
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 96 degrees, low of 71 degrees, 30 percent humidity, 0 percent precipitation

Websites:  arizonawildcats.com/usctrojans.com

Host alumni hotel: Tucson Marriott University Park

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: Approximately a 1 ½ hour drive south of Phoenix depending on road construction and time of day, 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 follow the signs.

The Tucson Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) consistently put forth outstanding collections from all eras. Live concerts, comedy shows and plays at venues like The Temple of Music and Art, Rialto Theatre and Fox Tucson Theatre prove the only thing that’s historic in the downtown entertainment scene are the venues themselves.

Hotel Congress, built in 1919 and once the famous hideout of John Dillinger, boasts award-winning restaurants, a renowned club, one of the city’s best bars, and even a resident ghost. And all year-long weekly, monthly, and annual events around downtown keep the city buzzing.

Then there are the restaurants: Two James Beard award winners (Janos Wilder at Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails, Chris Bianco at Pizzeria Bianco), exciting takes on Mexican cuisine (Elvira’s, Cafe Poca Cosa, Penca, El Charro and sister steakhouse Charro Steak), comfort food re-imagined in delicious ways (HUB, 47 Scott, Diablo Burger) and so much more. Add craft breweries (Borderlands and Pueblo Vida), cocktail spots, live music and entertainment and you have a downtown unlike any other.

Tommy Trojan Game Day Tips

Tailgate: https://arizonawildcats.com/sports/2017/1/24/tailgating.aspx

Parking: https://arizonawildcats.com/sports/2014/8/13/209604993.aspx

Fan Fiesta: The Coca-Cola Fan Fiesta: Coca-Cola Fan Fiesta is the place to be on game day for pre-game fun. Beginning four hours prior to kick-off, the Fan Fiesta offers live entertainment, food vendors, interactive displays and a fun zone for the kids. Fan Fiesta will be located at the intersection of University Blvd and Cherry Ave for all home games except homecoming. Admission is free and open to the public.

  • 6 hours prior to kick-off:
    Tailgating lots open
  • 5 hours prior to kick-off: Ticket Office opens
  • 4 hours prior to kick-off: Coca-Cola Fan Fiesta open-University Mall-West of Cherry; Free Admission; Closed for Homecoming
  • 2 hours and 15 minutes to kick-off: Wildcat Walk-begins at Fan Fiesta through Cherry to Button Salmon bust
  • 2 hours to kick-off: Gates open for ZonaZoo
  • 1 hour and 30 minutes to kick-off: Gates open to general public
  • 20 minutes to kick-off: Pride of Arizona pre-game show
  • 12 minutes to kick-off: National Anthem
  • 3 minutes to kick-off: Coin Toss
  • 2 minutes to kick-off: ZonaZoo Thunder
  • Kick-off!

The Arizona Walk: If you want an up-close look at head coach Kevin Sumlin’s Wildcats, Arizona makes its grand entrance through tailgating, as they are dropped off on Cherry and University around 5:15 p.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 5:00 p.m.

Game Day Sports Bar/Restaurant

Gentle Ben’s 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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