Game Day in Downtown Tempe

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Football is in the air all over Downtown Tempe. You can see it - at Sun Devil Stadium, in the maroon and gold banners hanging, in the Fear the Fork and No Pitty for the Kitty T-shirts. And you can hear it - in the roar of the crowds, the laughter at tailgates, the sound of the Sun Devil Marching Band getting ready for the halftime show.

Part of the fun of game day is getting to downtown before the game to enjoy all the game day experiences that Downtown Tempe has to offer. 

Sparky's Touchdown Tailgate is located on College Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets and is hosted by the ASU Alumni Association three hours before kickoff on home game days. Enjoy live entertainment, a beer garden and family fun. Admission is free, food & drink available for purchase. 

If tailgating isn't your scene, try tablegaiting! Downtown Tempe has a treasure trove of different restaurants for you to go enjoy the game and most of them have open-air patios for you enjoy the amazing football season weather. Not only do all these places have scrumptious food and endless drink options, they have some specials to help kick off this football season.

Before you hit the eating & drinking tablegaiting experience, you'll want to dress the part. Downtown Tempe also has several places for you to load up on ASU gear before you make your way to one of our restaurants to watch the game.

Cactus Sports

Located just south of 5th Street on Mill Avenue, Cactus Sports has a sea of maroon and gold in their jam-packed store of all things ASU. You can get shirts, key chains, masks, sweaters, and vintage, old school ASU merchandise. It's a great place to get your clear bag for the game (see ASU Bag Policy). Take a trip and explore the shop for your own ASU treasures. 

Sun Devil Marketplace

Located on the corner of 7th Street and College Avenue, this one-stop-shop has some unique ASU-themed items that will be sure highlight your support for the home team. They offer an excellent selection of ASU apparel for the whole family as well as hats and water bottles. 


Game Day Venues (“P” means Patio)

Pedal Haus Brewery (P)

Pedal Haus is the official ASU Game Watch Party Headquarters featuring food & drink specials, giveaways and appearances by the Spirit Squad, Sparky & more. 

BONUS: Pedal Haus is the home of the bottomless breakfast on Saturdays (and Sunday!) from 11 am - 2 pm, $12 will get you breakfast and a PH beer, mimosa or Bloody Mary - yum!


Snakes & Lattes (P)

Featuring three patios, two with full shade and TV's with games on, Snakes & Lattes is the go-to place for coffee drinks, alcoholic drinks and terrific food (Loaded Poutine anyone?). You'll also find over one thousand board games to play, well... while the big game is on! 

Alibi (Rooftop bar at Canopy by Hilton) (P)

Game Day Special: Enjoy the cool morning weather at Canopy’s rooftop bar while indulging in happy hour pricing all day and night!

Loco Patron Mexican Grill (P)

Zipp's Sports Grill (P)

ASU games with sound on AND their regular Weekend Hangover Happy Hour on Saturdays from 11 am - 4 pm. How can you lose?

The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen (P)

Home of the Football Brunch to enjoy the game on with sound and misters galore on their ginormous patio. The Lodge is also home of the All Aboard with Coach Edwards radio show, broadcast 2 days before game day. 

Fat Tuesday (P)

Game sound on, it's a game day watch party featuring $20 buckets of Coors Light or Miller Lite, $15 bottles of champagne and $4 Fireball - the place to watch the Sun Devils play!

C.A.S.A (P)

Buckets o'fun on game days, CASA is home to Devil's Disco with a live DJ, big screen-gam watching on 6th Street.

Sunbar (P)

Illegal Pete’s (P)

Game Day Happy Hour specials, tacos, burritos and bowls plus great patio vibes, you can't beat Illegal Pete's on game days!

The Handlebar Tempe  (P)

Varsity Tavern (P)

In addition to great people watching from their 2nd story patios at 5th & Mill, Varsity Tavern shows games on with sound, a special ASU Game Day menu and 10% off your bill after the game when you show your ticket stub. 

Alter Ego (at Canopy by Hilton) (P)

Special: While chilling on their patio or indoor lounge, enjoy game day specials for ASU home games: 12 wings and a pizza for $20 (all craft pizzas are made to order!) and $5 drafts. 


414 Pub & Pizza (P) 

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop (P)

Detroit Coney Grill (P)

A new game day destination on Mill Avenue, Detroit Coney Grill has you covered with a pre-game special of $1 off all drinks at the bar and featured beer specials on Four Peaks Drafts, PBR & Coors Light. You can't go wrong with a dog & a beer or a Detroit Loose Burger & a beer!


Head over to ASU's website for this season's football schedule. 

See you all in #DowntownTempe! Tag us or use the hashtag to share your best game day moments! We'll keep our eye out on our Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter.  

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