Arizona State Sun Devils Overview

Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Head Coach: Bobby Hurley

Team Mascot: Sparky the Sun Devil

Year Opened: 1974

Capacity: 14198

City / State: Tempe / Arizona

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Arizona State Sun Devils vs Arizona Wildcats

Rival Team: Arizona Wildcats

Arizona State and Arizona play for the Territorial Cup in football, and things are just as heated when the two meet on the hardwood. The rivalry between the two schools began on the court long before they two met in football and dates back to 1913. The Wildcats have gotten the better of the Sun Devils throughout most of the series holding a 149-83 lead in the all-time series, but you’ll still be in for a treat when attending an Arizona State-Arizona game.

Arizona State Sun Devils Stadium Guide

In Game

Arizona State is one of the biggest party schools in the country, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that their student section can get quite wild. The 942 Crew, as they’re known, create a lot of the energy inside Desert Financial Arena and play a prominent role in the fun atmosphere at a Sun Devils basketball game. Their energy is especially high when rivals Arizona come to town, and no matter who the Sun Devils are playing you won’t want to miss the curtain of distraction, which takes place when opponents shoot free throws.

In addition to the wild fans, Desert Financial Arena is also painted head to toe in maroon and gold. All around the arena you’ll see the school’s colors as well as tributes to the Sun Devils. The arena is home to the ASU Athletics Hall of Fame, which features exhibits dedicated to athletes, coaches, and teams from the Sun Devils past. You’ll also see a mural featuring former ASU student athletes when you walk in, and there are plenty of banners honoring the best Sun Devils basketball players from the past including the Houston Rockets James Harden.

After the game stop by Mill Avenue to grab a bite to eat or something to drink. There are a wide variety of different bars and eateries here, so no matter what you’re in the mood for you’ll find it. If you’re looking to experience an Arizona State staple, then stop by Devil’s Advocate on University.

An Arizona State basketball game is a fun game day experience that includes a fun in-game atmosphere, lots of Sun Devils history, and of course plenty of partying if you’re so inclined.

Things to check out

ASU Athletics Hall of Fame

Make sure to check out the ASU Athletics Hall of Fame if you want to learn more about Sun Devils athletics. Here you’ll find tributes to all of the best athletes in ASU history. There is also a trophy case in the south lobby of Desert Financial Arena, so stop by both when attending a Sun Devils basketball game.

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Right as you walk into Desert Financial Arena, you’ll be greeted with the sight of a mural that wraps around the entire facility. The mural contains pictures of former student-athletes and is a can’t miss for anyone attending an ASU basketball game.

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Hanging from the rafters of Desert Financial Arena are banners honoring the best of the best when it comes to ASU basketball teams and players. The banners honor the program’s three Elite Eight appearances as well as all-time greats such as Lionel Hollins and James Harden. Take a minute to remember all your favorite Sun Devils basketball memories during your trip to Tempe.


Sparky, the Sun Devil, is the official Arizona State University mascot, which can be seen all around the stadium on game days. Sparky was designed by Disney illustrator Bert Anthony in 1951 and has been representing ASU ever since. Look for Sparky to entertain the crowd with his trident and wild antics next time you take in a game at Sun Devil Stadium.

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The 942 Crew

The ASU student section, known as The 942 Crew, is the wildest group of fans at any Sun Devils basketball game. No matter what the score these gold clad super fans will be chanting and cheering loudly for their team. If you want to get loud, then make sure to sit in or near The 942 Crew.

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Curtain Distraction

The Sun Devils student section is famous for its signature free throw distraction technique. The student section distracts opposing free throw shooters by setting up a black curtain and then unveiling the fans behind it right as the player shoots. Don’t miss the curtain distraction when attending a Sun Devils basketball game.

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Fight Songs

  1. Maroon and Gold

    Fight, Devils Down The Field
    Fight With Your Might and Don’t Ever Yield
    Long May Our Colors Outshine All Others
    Echo From The Buttes, Give ‘Em Hell Devils!
    Cheer, Cheer For A-S-U
    Fight For The Old Maroon
    For it’s Hail, Hail, The Gang’s All Here
    And It’s Onward to Victory!

  2. Forks Up!

    Forks Up!

  3. National Anthem

    During the national anthem Arizona State fans yell, “home of the Sun Devils” rather than “home of the brave.” Join in on this fun tradition to show off your ASU school pride.

    Oh, say! can you see by the dawn’s early light
    What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming;
    Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
    O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
    And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
    Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there:
    Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

    On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
    Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
    What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
    As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
    Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
    In fully glory reflected now shines in the stream:
    ‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh, long may it wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

    And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
    That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
    A home and a country should leave us no more?
    Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution!
    No refuge could save the hireling and slave
    From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

    Oh, thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
    Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
    Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
    Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
    Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
    And this be our motto: “In God is our trust”:
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the Sun Devils!

Arizona State Sun Devils Bars & Restaurants

  1. Pitchforks & Corks

    Pitchforks and Corks

    Nestled on the second floor of College Avenue Commons on Arizona State University's Tempe Campus, Pitchforks and Corks is the perfect atmosphere to gather with friends

    Design Annex, 660 S College Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA

    480 727-4546

    Bar website

    european - $$

  2. Philly’s Sports Grill

    Philly Sports beer

    This classic, roomy neighborhood sports bar offers an extensive pub grub menu, pool & patio seating.

    1826 N Scottsdale Rd, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  3. Zipps Sports Grill

    Zipps Sports Grill beer

    Zipps Sports Grill combines homemade food, friendly service & drink, with top-notch entertainment in your neighborhood. Stop by one of our locations today!

    690 S Mill Ave #103, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $$

  4. Monkey Pants Bar & Grill

    Monkey Pants

    Boisterous hangout with a big burger menu & lots of games, plus an extended happy hour.

    3223 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  5. Vine Tavern & Eatery

    beer bottles

    Stop by the Rural and Apache location to experience the local sports bar that everyone in Tempe is talking about.

    801 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  6. Fat Tuesday


    Spacious bar with sidewalk patio serving New Orleans-style food in a Mardi Gras-themed space.

    680 S Mill Ave #106, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  7. Mill Cue Club


    DJs pump a mix of music through this trendy pool hall with dancing & drink specials.

    607 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  8. Devil’s Advocate

    Flying Saucer Draught Emporium Beer

    Bottled & on-tap beers accompany American offerings at this intimate fixture with games & TV sports.

    955 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  9. The Keg Steakhouse + Bar


    Classic steak & seafood dishes are the mainstays at this stylish yet casual chain restaurant.

    23 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    american - steakhouse - $$$

  10. Pedal Haus Brewery

    Pedal House beer

    This isn't your average brew pub. There are outdoor fire pits, games, ping pong, corn hole and more.

    730 S Mill Ave #102, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  11. The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen

    The Lodge

    Boasting a cozy “cabin in the mountains” concept and an hearty bar and food menu to match, The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen beckons many a backpacker to come in from the great outdoors.

    26 S Farmer Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  12. The Handlebar Tempe

    Handlebar bar

    A bike-centric, modern American beer garden with a rotating selection of 24 draft beers + 50 can, bomber, and bottle beer options including Local, European & American craft beers.

    680 S Mill Ave #109, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  13. Postino Annex


    It’s all in the details - inspiring yet familiar surroundings, high quality, approachable wines and fresh, colorful bruschetta boards built for sharing.

    Art Annex, 615 S College Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    italian - $$

  14. Casey Moore’s Oyster House

    Casey Moores

    Irish haunt serving seafood, pub grub, draft beer & whiskey in a cozy, memorabilia-filled setting.

    850 S Ash Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    european - $$

  15. Yucca Tap Room

    House of Wings Sportsbar Beer 3rd Base Sports Bar Beer Kilroys Beer

    A Tempe landmark, Yucca has showcased live music in an intimate setting for over 40 years.

    29 W Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $

  16. Four Peaks Brewing Co

    Four Peaks

    Loves the innovation involved in developing something completely new but it is brewing beer to style that they find the most challenging.

    1340 E 8th St #104, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  17. Taste of Tops


    30 rotating craft taps, 600 bottles/cans of craft beer, 20 by-the-glass wines, growlers and Growler filling.

    403 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  18. Spinelli’s Pizzeria


    Spinelli’s is more than a Pizza Place, it’s a place to hang out, meet all sorts of different people, enjoy good food and listen to your choice of music on the jukebox available at all our locations.

    420 S Mill Ave #101, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    pizza - $

  19. Original ChopShop


    Swing by, grab a quick, healthful meal and be energized to take on the rest of your day.

    222 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  20. Graduate Tempe



    225 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  21. Chompie’s Deli


    Chompie's is a family-owned, full-service restaurant, New York style deli, bakery, famous bagels, and catering service serving the Phoenix area since 1979.

    1160 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    american - pizza - $

  22. Nocawich

    Noca Wich

    Stay social with Nocawich.

    777 S College Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  23. El Pollo Supremo

    El Pollo

    Casual, counter-serve spot known for charbroiled chicken & fried fish plus Mexican & Cuban classics.

    221 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $

  24. The Dhaba


    This modest Indian market selling traditional grocery items also offers an on-site restaurant.

    1872 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    asian - $$

  25. Dickey’s BBQ Pit


    BBQ chain eatery featuring house-smoked meats, stuffed baked potatoes & classic sides.

    521 S College Ave #9, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    american - bbq - $$

  26. The Chuck Box

    Chuckbox burger

    Basic, cash-only burger joint turning out charcoal-broiled patties plus beer & wine.

    202 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  27. Boulders on Broadway

    Boulders on Broadway

    Boulders is all about the food, craft beer, bike riding, rock climbing and adventure! With 30 draft handles and 70 plus bottles of craft beer.

    530 W Broadway Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  28. Zuma Grill


    Zuma Grill offers the best in sandwiches, burgers, and much more.

    605 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  29. Cornish Pastry Co.

    Cornish Pasty

    Modern, minimalist bar/eatery cooking traditional & vegan Cornish pasties plus other English faves

    960 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA


    Bar website

    european - cafe - $