ASU Football: Mountain America Stadium Game-Day Parking, Tailgating, and Ticket Information
Get ready for the 2023 Arizona State football season opener with this guide on parking, tailgating, and entering the stadium.
The highly anticipated 2023 Arizona State football season is set to begin with a thrilling match against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds at Mountain America Stadium in Tempe. Fans are buzzing with excitement as they prepare for a new era of Sun Devil football under the guidance of head coach Kenny Dillingham. With a revamped roster and the talented freshman starting quarterback Jaden Rashada, the team is ready to make their mark. However, before experiencing the exhilaration of the game, there are some important factors to consider when planning your visit to the stadium.
One of the primary concerns for fans attending ASU football games is parking. To park in Lots 6, 9, and 10, as well as Stadium Structure 5, South Packard Drive Structure 7, and Whiteman Tennis Reserved, Reserved North, Reserved South, Disabled Lot, and Reserved Lot 3, a Sun Devil Parking Pass is required. These lots open five hours prior to kick-off. Alternatively, guest/pay lots are available, opening 3.5 hours before the game. Game day parking can be found at various locations such as Lot 8 on Rio Salado and Rural Road, Lot 6, University Center, Athletes Place and University, Disabled Parking, Lower Level Packard, Gammage Lot, Lot 10, NOVUS Parking Garage, and Stadium Structure 5. To alleviate parking concerns, it is highly recommended to utilize public transportation, with the light rail conveniently stopping near the stadium at Veterans Way/College Avenue.
Once you have secured a parking spot, you may want to partake in some pre-game tailgating. Luckily, there are several free options available around Mountain America Stadium. Dos Equis Pitchfork Pregame, located on the north side of Desert Financial Arena, opens three hours before kick-off (excluding the season opener against Southern Utah). Sparky's Touchdown Tailgate on College Avenue is another fantastic option, also opening three hours before the game. This tailgate is free for both students and alumni, although it is not available for the season opener. Additionally, ASU offers reserved tailgating for every home game, providing a more exclusive experience.
When it's time to enter the stadium, it's important to note that gates open 90 minutes before kick-off. Upon entering, all attendees are subject to screening, primarily through the use of metal detectors. Once your ticket is scanned and you enter the stadium, re-entry is not permitted. It is crucial to have your digital ticket downloaded and readily available before approaching the entry gates. Arizona State has implemented a detailed list of prohibited items within the stadium, including outside beverages, tortillas, ice chests, balloons, beach balls, weapons, and artificial noisemakers, among others. Furthermore, the stadium enforces a clear-bag policy, allowing only clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC bags that do not exceed 12" X 6" X 12". It is essential to familiarize yourself with these regulations to ensure a smooth entry process.
ASU games also adhere to a fan code of conduct, which must be followed by all attendees. Violating this code may result in ejection from the event and even potential arrest. The code of conduct prohibits actions such as throwing objects, wearing offensive clothing, engaging in unruly behavior, attempting to enter the field of play, trying to climb goal posts, and making threats towards coaches, student-athletes, fans, staff, or game officials. Guests are encouraged to utilize the text messaging system if they have any concerns or issues while attending an ASU football game. By texting "Sparky" followed by a space and the issue and location, individuals can communicate their concerns to (602) 962-4962.
In conclusion, as the 2023 Arizona State football season commences, fans eagerly anticipate the new era under head coach Kenny Dillingham. However, before immersing yourself in the thrilling atmosphere of Sun Devil football, it is essential to plan your visit to Mountain America Stadium. Consider parking options, take advantage of pre-game tailgating opportunities, familiarize yourself with entry procedures, adhere to the stadium's regulations and code of conduct, and utilize the text messaging system for any concerns or issues. By following these guidelines, you can ensure a memorable and enjoyable experience as you cheer on the Sun Devils.