The 2021 season is shaping up to be a big one for the Arizona State University Sun Devils. Thanks to an explosive offense under 4th-year coach Herm Edwards, ASU promises to be in the mix for the Pac-12 championship. That’s going to be great for tailgating at Arizona State University, already renowned for being one of America’s biggest party schools.
We’ll help you seize the day in Tempe with this guide to tailgating service at Arizona State University.
Before Game Day
Sun Devils 2021 Home Schedule
Arizona State faces these opponents at Sun Devil Stadium this year. Except where noted, all games are on Saturday.
- Sept. 2 (Thursday) – Southern Utah
- Sept. 11 – UNLV
- Sept. 25 – Colorado
- Oct. 8 (Friday) – Stanford
- Oct. 30 – Washington State
- Nov. 27 – Arizona
Rivalry Games: The Duel In The Desert — the Sun Devils’ annual game against their biggest rival, the University of Arizona — happens in Tempe this year. Pac-12 matchups with Colorado, Stanford, and Washington State will also be big-ticket items.
The Sun Devil Ticket Office is the place to get a full season and single-game tickets for all 2021 home games. Obtaining tickets as far in advance as possible is always a good idea, and with ASU expected to contend for the Pac-12 title this year, it’s especially wise to do so now.
Travel, Accommodations, and Transportation
The Sun Devils play in Tempe, just a few miles east of Phoenix. Here are some tips on how to get there and where to stay.
Traveling to Tempe
Driving: Plenty of routes serve the greater Phoenix area. I-10 and US Route 60 both go through town, and I-8 and I-17 aren’t too far off.
Air Travel: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is less than five miles from the University of Arizona. One of the nation’s ten busiest airports, PHX will almost certainly take in flights from the major metropolitan airport nearest you.
Nearby Hotels and Accommodations
Almost 5 million people live in the Phoenix greater metropolitan area, so a hotel room should be very easy to score. Accommodations closest to Sun Devil Stadium include Hyatt Place, Hyatt House, Residence Inn, Tempe Mission Plans (yet another Hyatt hotel), Graduate Tempe, Canopy by Hilton, and AC Hotel.
Check out some TripAdvisor suggestions for hotels near ASU.
If you’re bringing your own tailgating rig to Tempe, certain hotels may not have enough room for your vehicle and all its equipment. Airbnb has plenty of residential rentals in the greater Phoenix area that may be able to handle them. Alternatively, you can check out tailgate equipment rentals!
Getting to Sun Devil Stadium
Valley Metro provides public transit to Sun Devil Stadium and has a lot of options. The light rail — which directly serves Sky Harbor Airport — stops on the west side of the stadium, and six bus routes pass nearby, as well.
Many hotels also offer a game-day shuttle service. Between these options and Uber, Lyft, and walking, you’ll have no trouble going straight to the stadium.
How to Tailgate at Arizona State University
Tailgating at Arizona State University is well-supported by ASU, happening in several areas in and around campus. Here are some of the prime spots, traditions, and regulations for pre-game parties.
Where to Tailgate at Arizona State University
Outside of the parking lots, ASU-sponsored tailgating happens at no fewer than four locations in and around campus:
Devils on Mill
Located on 6th Street between Forest and Mill near the Tempe Municipal Building, this is a free tailgating event just steps from the stadium. It attracts ASU students, alumni, and their families. Everything you need to get riled up is here: Food, beverages, music, game-day gear, games, and even carnival rides.
Sparky’s Touchdown Tailgate
Near the corner of 6th and College, Sparky’s party is hosted by the ASU Alumni Association and starts three hours before kickoff. It’s got games and activities galore, plus occasional appearances by Sun Devil legends. Admission is free, food is available for purchase, and drink tickets cost $5 each (or $20 for a book of 5).
Coors Light Sun Devil Tailgate
This is a paid event in the Desert Arboretum on the stadium’s east side. For $30 in advance or $40 at the door, you’ll get some of the finest food from nearby restaurants and plenty of HD TVs to keep tabs on all other games. Tickets go on sale when single-game tickets do.
Sol Devils Tailgate
Immediately south of Wells Fargo Arena, this tailgating event is hosted by the Sol Devils, an ASU athletic booster group. It starts four hours before the Pac-12 games and features some of the best amenities around: A full bar, food, DJs, bands, and more. Members of the public can get a wristband for the event at the Sol Devils’ ticket page.
Tailgating at Arizona State University: Rules
ASU has some standard rules for parking lot tailgating, including:
- One space per vehicle per pass
- No glass containers
- Propane grills allowed (no open flames)
- Beer and wine allowed; other alcoholic beverages prohibited
See more on their parking policy page. Be aware that some of the rules regarding drinking have been modified since the publication of this page.
Tailgating at Arizona State University: Traditions
ASU has some game-day customs that every self-respecting Sun Devil fan should make sure to do at least once, more if possible.
The team and coaches’ march to the stadium goes through nearby Wells Fargo Arena. The Sun Devil faithful line up to exchange niceties and give directions if needed. Get there at least two and a half hours before game time to secure your spot.
Sports Hall of Fame
ASU athletics has a deep and rich history. The Hall of Fame at the Carson Student-Athlete Center celebrates that tradition with exhibits, displays, and interactive media.
AKA Tempe Butte, this hill made partially of volcanic rock has a gold letter “A” painted on the side. Visitors often make the long hike up the hill at some point during the game weekend. Mischievous fans of rival teams — especially the University of Arizona’s — have been known to paint the “A” in their own school colors.
Off-Campus Food and Drinks
Again, with the Phoenix area being so large and sprawling, there are tons of drinking and eating establishments to choose from. Here are a few that are closer to the stadium in Tempe.
Bars Near Sun Devil Stadium
Varsity Tavern is a sports-oriented bar west of the stadium, though it’s one of the fancier ones we’ve come across. You might need to make reservations. Starters Sports Bar & Grill may be the option for a more casual game-day fare.
Pedal Haus Brewery on S. Mill has an exceptional lineup of microbrews and food with a Bavarian twist. For a standard, no-nonsense, but festive game-day viewing, check out Devil’s Advocate on University Drive east of the stadium.
Here are some of the bars and pubs near Sun Devil Stadium courtesy of Google Maps.
Restaurants Near Sun Devil Stadium
Head to The ChuckBox for classic American burgers for extremely affordable prices. Postino Annex is a casual chain with Italian-inspired soups, salads, and panini sandwiches. Chompie’s has saved the life of many an East Coast transplant with its lineup of classic New York deli food. It’s down the road from Sunny’s, a breakfast-lunch diner with a menu that’s larger than the Sun Devils’ playbook.
For more options, have a look at TripAdvisor’s suggestions for restaurants near the stadium.
Arizona State University Tailgate Gear
With the new season fast approaching, it’s time to get some new Arizona State game day gear to rep at your tailgate.
If you want to start supporting your team before the season, this is a great flag to hang outside of your house or apartment. You can find it linked here from amazon.
These Logo Brands tailgate chairs are great. There are quite a few ‘fancier’ chairs out there, but these are all you need for a tailgate party. For the most part, you’re hardly even sitting. You can find them here.
For the grill master in your group – these are a great way to rep your team all summer! They’d make for a great Father’s Day gift, too. Linked here.
For all things attire Fanatics: Arizona State is a great place to start. They have something for every member of the family. Be sure to only buy when they have promotions running, which is quite often!
Fanatics also has a fun Arizona State: Tailgate & Party section that has cute decorations, car decals, and tailgate games. Outside of cornhole (bags) games, I’d stick to Amazon for your bigger tailgate items like tents, tables, chairs, etc. Or your actual team’s ticket office.
If you’re thinking of upgrading some of your basic equipment, be sure to check out the following blogs:
Few schools in the country are as welcoming to tailgate culture as this one. When you visit the Valley of the Sun, you can’t help but get swept up by the experience of tailgating at Arizona State University.
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