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42nd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Photo: fiestabowl.org

42nd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Guide

Are you ready for it? The 42nd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl takes place Thursday, January 3, 2013, and we’ve provided our picks of the best places to Eat, Play and Stay around the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale — as well as the best places to be in the Valley for both Oregon and Kansas fans.

The 42nd Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl details:

WHO: No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 5 Kansas State
This is the only BCS bowl pitting two of the nation’s top 10 offenses.
WHEN: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. MST
WHERE: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ

From Tostitos Fiesta Bowl’s website:

  • Combining to average 91.5 points (50.8 Oregon, 40.7 Kansas State) and 960.5 yards (550.1 Ducks, 410.4 Wildcats) per game, this could be the year the two-team Tostitos Fiesta Bowl single-game records for points (86 in 1996) and total yardage (1129 in 1972) is threatened.
  • The Ducks ranked in the top four slots of the BCS every week, climbing as high as No. 2 in early November, the same week the Big 12 Conference champion Wildcats reached No. 1. In the final BCS rankings, the Ducks and Wildcats finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
  • Click here for more information about the teams.

Places to eat, play & stay around the stadium:


Yard House
Saddle Ranch


The Shout! House
Westgate City Center
Tanger Outlets Westgate


Sheraton Crescent Hotel
Residence Inn by Marriott
Renaissance Glendale

Ducks & K-State Fan Zones & Pep Rallies:

Oregon Ducks, Photo: sportslogos.netOREGON DUCKS FAN ZONE:

Head to Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill in Tempe at Tempe Marketplace, the “Official Ducks Fan Zone” for this year’s Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

The Oregon Ducks Fan Zone Party will take place January 2 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Guests can participate in two live radio show broadcasts and enter for a chance to win two Fiesta Bowl tickets. The “Duck Insider Bowl Preview Show” will air live in Eugene, Oregon on the local sports station, “The Score” and will air live at goducks.com. Ducks gear will be given away throughout the day.

“With our roots in Oregon, this was a natural fit for us,” says John Plew, CEO of Thirsty Lion. “We are proud to be called the official home of the Ducks during this Fiesta Bowl event.”

Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., #1041, Tempe
(480) 968-2920


The UO Pep Rally will take place Wed., Jan. 2 at 3 p.m. at Salt River Fields’ main stadium field; doors open at 1 p.m.

Free entry includes access to the Fan Fest as well as live music, access to the Duck Store Merchandise shop, visits with Oregon VIPs, photos with the Duck, family friendly activities, the UO Marching Band, cheerleaders and more.

Salt River Fields

Main Stadium Field
7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
Doors, 1 p.m.; begins 3 p.m.

K-State logo. Photo: sportslogos.netKANSAS STATE FAN ZONE:

Head to Tilted Kilt at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix, the “Official Bud Light Kansas State Headquarters.”

Tilted Kilt partnered with Kansas State radio station, Power Cat Radio, and the restaurant will serve $4 Bud and Bud Light specials with giveaways and other promotions.

Tilted Kilt
2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
(602) 293-3888


The pep rally for the K-State football team will take place Wed., Jan. 2 at 2 p.m. at Chase Field in Downtown Phoenix; gates open at 1 p.m.

The rally is free and open to the public. The football team, coaches, band, cheerleaders, university dignitaries and Willie the Wildcat will participate. The K-State Bowl Bash, a post-pep rally event, will begin 30 minutes following the conclusion of the pep rally, also at Chase Field.

Chase Field
401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Gates, 1 p.m.; begins 2 p.m.
Enter through Gates C, D, and E on the west side