Due to ongoing construction at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., the TicketCity Cactus Bowl has announced its decision to make the move to Chase Field, an MLB stadium in Phoenix that is home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, for the next three seasons.
“We are proud to partner with Chase Field for the upcoming Cactus Bowl games,” said Fiesta Bowl chairman of the board Matt Winter. “Chase Field has a proud history in the Arizona community and we look forward to working with them to not only deliver the superior bowl experience that our fans have come to know and love, but also to help further our mission to make Arizona a better place.”
The Cactus Bowl, which has been held in Tempe since 2006, matches up the No. 5 team from the Big 12 with the No. 6 team from the Pac-12, after the College Football Playoff semifinals and New Year’s bowls are filled.
Last season, the Cactus Bowl featured a 30-22 Oklahoma State victory over Washington.
The Cactus Bowl had previously been held at Chase Field from 2000-2005. In 2002, current Arizona Cardinals’ wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald caught a diving 40-yard touchdown pass to help Pittsburgh to victory over Oregon State. Arizona State also beat Rutgers 45-40 in the 2004 Cactus Bowl behind the arm of Rudy Carpenter, then a redshirt freshman, who threw for 467 yards and four touchdowns and was named the Offensive Player of the Game.
The Cactus Bowl will join the Pinstripe Bowl, Miami Beach Bowl and St. Pete Bowl as one of four BCS bowl games held in a MLB stadium.