Rams bound for inaugural Arizona Bowl

Arizona_Bowl_logo_300Warm sun. Palm trees swaying in the breeze. And a chance to watch the CSU Rams play in their 15th bowl game.

All of that and more is on the menu when CSU plays Mountain West rival Nevada in the inaugural NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl , set for 5:30 p.m. Dec. 29 in Tucson.

“Our guys are excited about it,” first-year CSU coach Mike Bobo said. “I know everybody is excited to get the chance to go to Arizona. We’ve been looking into the bowl and everything that we’re going to be able to do with our players. It’s going to be an exciting time for us to have another opportunity to play together with this 2015 team, and we’re looking at that as an opportunity to go 8-5.”

The Rams (7-5) enter the game against the Wolfpack (6-6) on a roll, having won their past four games and five of six after opening the season 2-4. Led by quarterback Nick Stevens, wide receiver Rashard Higgins, the punting of Ray Guy Award finalist Hayden Hunt and a fast-improving defense, CSU enters the game as one of the hottest teams in the Mountain West, with its only loss in the second half of the season coming at the hands of league champion San Diego State.

Tickets are on sale

Tickets can be purchased through the CSU Ticket Office either online, by phone (800-491-7267) or in person at the McGraw Athletic Center ticket windows during regular business hours. Fans can best support CSU Athletics by purchasing their tickets, which start at $25, through the Rams ticket office. Purchasing from the official CSU allotment ensures the best seat locations and seating with fellow Rams fans.

CSU students also may purchase their tickets online at the special student price of $10 by logging into their student ticket account. Tickets purchased by students must be picked up in person either at the McGraw Athletic Center ticket office or at the bowl site, by showing student ID. CSU faculty and staff will receive a 20 percent discount on any tickets they purchase through the CSU ticket office.

Fans can even purchase tickets for the CSU Alumni Association pregame tailgate event with game tickets. Find more information on the Alumni Association website.

“We are thrilled to be participating in the inaugural NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl,” said Joe Parker, CSU director of athletics. “Tucson is a great destination for Rams fans and it allows our students to complete their academic obligations before traveling to the bowl.”

Travel packages

Travel packages to Tucson to see the bowl will be available through Colorado State’s official travel partner New Horizons Travel. Fans may call New Horizons at (970) 223-7400 for information.

The Rams begin bowl practices Friday, departing for Tucson on Christmas Day. If you’re unable to see the game in person, it will be televised by the American Sports Network and available in Colorado on KWGN, and streamed globally by Campus Insiders online and on mobile devices.