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The semifinal college football playoffs game at the Fiesta Bowl 2016 kicks off Saturday, December 31 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Don’t pass on the 46th annual event, where the winner will go off to compete against the winner of the Peach Bowl semifinals in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship.

So, who will take home the Fiesta Bowl Trophy? That, we don’t yet know. We don’t even know which two teams will be competing. No one does—except the psychics with ESPN. But we do know how to get your tickets and where to stay when you go.


GasLight Inn

The moment you step inside this wonderfully charming three-star bed and breakfast, you will feel at home. It’s located right in the heart of Glendale, close to Cerreta Candy Factory and Sahuaro Ranch Park. The parking and wifi are free. The building is old and enchanting. The free homemade breakfast is a touchdown. The rooms themselves are affordable, so that’s worth a few more points. And 96% of guests recommend it, so you know this is the truth.


Four Points by Sheraton Phoenix North

The indoor and outdoor pools are probably what gives this hotel its final half star (out of three and a half). You’ll be resorting near the western sect of the Arizona State University campus, just a snap away from Castle N’ Coasters and Cave Creek Golf Course…and a short five miles from Glendale. Every room has a private balcony to take in the scenic, quintessential Arizona mountain views. And of course there’s a bar and an inviting spa tub, both perfect places to pregame or come home to unwind after the big game.


Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

Touch down on four stars of fantabulous. Freakin’. Fun. You know the perf complement to your pregame beverage at one of the delish dining establishments? A postgame facial. Or body scrub. Or…scratch that. If your veins are overflowing with excitement from the game, jump on over to the water park, and visit one or two or six or eight of the outdoor swimming pools. Yes, water park. There’s a water park here! Oh, and 8 pools. With 27 acres of waterfalls, waterslides, lazy rivers, mini golf, tennis courts, spa amenities and more, one weekend of Fiesta Bowling at Squaw Peak may not be enough time to enjoy everything this resort has goin’ on.


Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

An official hotel of the FB (Fiesta Bowl 2016), this oasis is just about a half-hour drive to the game and proudly boasts 4 stars. This Native American-owned respite from real life celebrates the detailed architecture, design and legends of the Pima and Maricopa tribes—making it one of a kind (not just another luxury resort, even though it definitely is a luxury resort). So, besides being a drop kick away from the stadium, you and your fellow travelers can splash around in the four pools with cascading waterfalls and 111-foot waterslide (modeled after the ancient Casa Grande Ruins, duhhh). Or take riding lessons. Or challenge your friend, hubs, wife, partner to a tennis match or a race along the extensive jogging trails. You can also go on a boat ride along the 2.5-mile river that surrounds the property. There’s even an Adventure Club with daily activities for the li’l boys and girls. I mean, saying there’s something for everyone is like saying Friday is the best day of the work week. Duhhh again.

The official (and sprawling) hotel of Fiesta Bowl 2016.

Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes

Making it a football weekend with the fam? This official Fiesta Bowl 2016 hotel has precisely what you need. No ifs, ands, or buttes about it. It’s a free kick away from Sea Life Aquarium, the Phoenix Zoo and Arizona Mills Mall. It’s also close to Sky Harbor Airport, so you don’t have to trek your people and things too far after you disembark from the plane. The kiddos will heart the waterslide and two outdoor pools; you’ll love the majestic hillside backdrop and panoramic views. It’s about a thirty minute drive from the stadium, and zero minutes from affordability and cactus-balls of fun.


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