Tailgating at Arizona Stadium is a time-honored tradition that that brings Wildcat fans all over the country together again on game days. If you’re looking to get the most out of your Arizona pregame experience, then The Mall is the place to be. On The Mall, you’ll find the most die-hard Wildcat fans and the biggest tailgates since this is where all the season ticket holders tailgate. The Mall is also home to all the official and sponsored tailgates, so don’t feel shy about heading over there even if you don’t know anyone.
Another reason The Mall is a great place to be before kickoff is that it is home to the Wildcat Walk. During the Wildcat Walk the team, coaches, and staff is dropped off at University and Cherry to walk through the tailgating action at The Mall to greet fans. The Wildcat Walk occurs two hours before the game as the team makes their way to Arizona Stadium. Don’t miss out on the Wildcat Walk, as it is an excellent opportunity to see the players face to face.
It is also important to note that if you want to make friends with the people around, then it is in your best interest to wear red and blue as Wildcat fans are very friendly to fellow fans. Put on your red and blue and head down to The Mall for a great tailgating experience that any college football fan would love.
Following the game, the band marches to the administration building where they put on a post-game concert for all the fans. At the end of the concert the student union clock tower, bell is rung and everyone in the band yells, “Bear Down!” Follow the band to the administration building after the game so that you can take part in this wonderful tradition.Watch video
Bear Down Fridays
University Boulevard hosts Bear Down Fridays, which is a pep rally that takes up the entire area the night before a home game. The band, cheerleaders, and even some of the coaches from Wildcat athletics are present for the celebration. Why wait until Saturday to get in on the game day festivities when you could join in on this great tradition.Watch video
Sentinel Peak got the nickname “A” Mountain because of the large, painted rock in the shape of an A. The “A” was whitewashed onto the mountain in 1916 and has remained there over the years. Arizona State also has a similar “A,” which has led to both schools trying to change their opponent’s “A” to their colors.
Where to tailgate
The MallTailgating at The Mall, a grassy area along 3rd Street in the middle of campus, includes individual tailgaters as well as the officially sponsored tailgate. Make sure to buy a parking pass though as you need one to tailgate at this prime location.
Coca-Cola Fan FiestaLocated at Bear Down Field the Fan Fiesta starts three hours before kickoff. Here you’ll find live entertainment, food, interactive activities, and a fun-zone for kids.
GameDay GrillThe GameDay Grill can be found inside the Fan Fiesta and features new food every week. It’s a great spot to check out if you’re looking to catch up on the action going on around college football as it features 10 large screen TVs.
Tailgate LotsIf you can’t get a spot at The Mall and still want to set up your tailgate then the tailgate lots around campus offer a good alternative. Here you’ll meet and mingle with other fans creating a great game day experience.