Arizona Bowl

How Will NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl Ticket Sales Compare to Others?

The positive way to look at this year’s ticket sales for the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl between Arkansas State and Nevada is that 34,000 tickets were reportedly allocated as of yesterday without either team having bowl-starved fans.

The negative way to look at it is the bowl might fall short of last year’s record number of 39,132 when New Mexico State (experiencing its first bowl since 1960) played Utah State. The goal for today’s game at 11:15 a.m. at Arizona Stadium was to reach at least 40,000.

That might be a difficult plateau to reach.

Order your tickets for the Arizona Bowl by visiting the Arizona Bowl site.

A T-shirt painting vendor displays their work at the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl block party (Mackenzie Morales/

Nevertheless, the Arizona Bowl is holding its own with ticket sales compared to more established bowls. If the at least 34,000 tickets sold to this point is the correct number, it would be more than 15 of the bowls already played this year.

Last year, the Arizona Bowl was in the top 10 in terms of attendance of non-New Year’s bowls or bowls affiliated with the BCS. It finished at No. 9, ahead of the likes of the Las Vegas Bowl, Cactus Bowl, Independence Bowl, New Mexico Bowl and Foster Farms Bowl.

The following is a listing of last year’s bowl attendance figures of the bowls before New Year’s Day that aren’t affiliated with the BCS:

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The Tucson Sugar Skulls indoor professional football team had a booth at the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl block party (Mackenzie Morales/

Here’s a look at the official attendance numbers for each college football bowl game this season:

Saturday, Dec. 15
Celebration Bowl (Atlanta)
Attendance: 31,672
NC A&T 24, Alcorn State 22

Cure Bowl (Orlando, Fla.)
Attendance: 19,066
Tulane 41, Louisiana-Lafayette 24

New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque)
Attendance: 25,387
Utah State 52, North Texas 13

Las Vegas Bowl
Attendance: 37,146
Fresno State 31, Arizona State 20

Nevada’s mascot and pom squad entertain the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl block party crowd (Mackenzie Morales/

Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.)
Attendance: 17,710
Georgia Southern 23, vs. Eastern Michigan 21

New Orleans Bowl
Attendance: 23,942
Appalachian State 45, Middle Tennessee 13

Tuesday, Dec. 18

Boca Raton (Fla.) Bowl
Attendance: 22,614
UAB 37, Northern Illinois 13

Wednesday, Dec. 19

Frisco (Texas) Bowl
Attendance: 11,029
Ohio 27, San Diego State 0

Thursday, Dec. 20

Gasparilla Bowl (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Attendance: 14,135
Marshall 38, South Florida 20


Capsulized preview of the game between Arkansas State and Nevada

Festivities schedule throughout the week

Local school districts benefit from Arizona Bowl ticket sales

Inaugural NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl Youth Match Play Championships a success
Friday, Dec. 21

Bahamas Bowl (Nassau)
Attendance: 13,510
FIU 35, Toledo 32

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Idaho)
Attendance: 18,711
BYU 49, Western Michigan 18

Saturday, Dec. 22

Birmingham (Ala.) Bowl
Attendance: 25,717
Wake Forest 37, Memphis 34

Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, Texas)
Attendance: 44,738
Army 70, Houston 14

Dollar General Bowl (Mobile, Ala.)
Attendance: 31,818
Troy 42, Buffalo 32

Hawaii Bowl (Honolulu)
Attendance: 30,911
Louisiana Tech 31, Hawaii 14

Wednesday, Dec. 26

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl (Dallas)
Boston College (7-5) vs. Boise State (10-3)

Quick Lane Bowl (Detroit)
Attendance: 27,228
Minnesota 34, Georgia Tech 10

Cheez-It Bowl (Phoenix)
Attendance: 33,121
TCU 10, California 7

Thursday, Dec. 27
Independence Bowl (Shreveport, La.)
Attendance: 27,492
Duke 56, Temple 27

Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium
Attendance: 37,821
Wisconsin 35, Miami 3

Texas Bowl (Houston)
Attendance: 51,104
Baylor 45, Vanderbilt 38

Friday, Dec. 28

Music City Bowl (Nashville, Tenn.)
Attendance: 59,024
Auburn 63, Purdue 14

Camping World Bowl (Orlando, Fla.)
Attendance: 41,125
Syracuse 34, West Virginia 18

Alamo Bowl (San Antonio)
Attendance: 60,675
Washington State 28, Iowa State 26

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