Tailgates, restaurants and more for Spartan fans traveling to Arizona
According to the Arizona Spartans, a Michigan State alumni group based in Arizona, there will be around 10,000 Spartan fans attending Saturday’s first road matchup against Arizona State. For those of you traveling, here are some of the activities, restaurants and things to know before heading to Sun Devil Stadium.
For fans arriving earlier in the day, AZ Spartans Vice President Kevin Vaughn recommends fans to visit restaurants owned by Fox Concept, such as Salt Cellar in Scottsdale, which serves a wide variety of seafood. Other restaurants in the area includes Blanco, which has street style tacos, enchiladas and burritos, and Flower Child, which offers vegan and gluten-free options.
On Friday, Vaughn and other Arizona Spartans will host a free pep rally around 6 p.m. at Wasted Grain in Scottsdale, where fans can hang around and get pumped before the game the following day. Fans can purchase tickets to see The Verve Pipe, who are scheduled to perform later on at 9 p.m.
Starting at noon on game day, the group is hosting an all day tailgate at the ASU Karsten Golf Course where fans can enjoy music, games and other activities under air conditioned tents to keep out of the heat before heading into the stadium. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. The alumni group will also be selling white shirts with ‘Spartan Nation’ written across the front to white-out Sun Devil Football Stadium in an effort to ‘Storm the Desert' come game time.
To keep updated with news on the pep rally and tailgates, be sure to follow the group’s Facebook page in case the events are changed.
Before heading to the game, fans are told to continually stay hydrated and dress cool throughout the day to avoid any medical emergencies due to the extreme heat.
Fans are also encouraged to park on the South and North ends of Sun Devil Stadiums with prices ranging from $20 to $40 for cars and $75 for RVs. Only clear bags and small clutch bags are allowed inside the stadium.