ASU football game-day parking, tailgating, ticket information at Mountain America Stadium
Get ready for the 2023 Arizona State football season opener with this guide on parking, tailgating, and stadium entry.
The highly anticipated 2023 Arizona State football season is set to commence on Thursday with a thrilling game against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds at Mountain America Stadium in Tempe. Sun Devil fans are buzzing with excitement as they look forward to a new era under the leadership of head coach Kenny Dillingham and the emergence of freshman starting quarterback Jaden Rashada. However, before experiencing the exhilaration of the game, it is essential to navigate the challenges associated with parking, tailgating, and entering the stadium.
Parking has always been a major concern for ASU football games, but fear not, as we have you covered. To park in Lots 6, 9, and 10, 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 before kick-off. Alternatively, guest/pay lots are available and open 3.5 hours before the start of the game. Game day parking is also offered at various locations such as Lot 8 on Rio Salado and Rural Road, Lot 6, University Center, Athletes Place and University (block east of Rural), Disabled Parking, Lower Level Packard, Gammage Lot, Lot 10, NOVUS Parking Garage, and Stadium Structure 5. For those looking to minimize the hassle of parking, public transportation is highly encouraged. The light rail conveniently stops just west of the stadium and Veterans Way/College Avenue.
After parking your vehicle, you may want to indulge in the beloved tradition of tailgating. Fortunately, there are several free options around Mountain America Stadium to enhance your pre-game experience. Dos Equis Pitchfork Pregame, located on the north side of Desert Financial Arena (excluding the season opener against Southern Utah), opens three hours before kick-off. Additionally, Sparky's Touchdown Tailgate on College Avenue also opens three hours before games and is free for students and alumni (excluding the season opener). If you prefer a more organized and reserved tailgating experience, ASU offers reserved tailgating for every home game.
As game time approaches, it is important to be aware of the stadium entry procedures. The gates open 90 minutes prior to kickoff, and all attendees are subject to screening upon entering. Metal detectors serve as the primary means of screening. Once your ticket is scanned and you enter the stadium, re-entry is not permitted upon exit. It is crucial to have your digital tickets downloaded and readily available before approaching the entry gates. Arizona State has a comprehensive list of prohibited items within the stadium, including outside beverages, tortillas, ice chests, balloons, beach balls, weapons, and artificial noisemakers, among others. Additionally, the stadium enforces a clear-bag policy, allowing only clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC bags that do not exceed 12" X 6" X 12". To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all, a fan code of conduct is strictly enforced. Violations of the code may result in ejection from the event and possible arrest. Prohibited behaviors include throwing objects, wearing offensive clothing, unruly behavior, attempting to enter the field of play, attempting to climb goal posts, and making threats towards coaches, student-athletes, fans, staff, or game officials.
Lastly, guests are encouraged to utilize the text messaging system if they encounter any issues or have concerns while attending an ASU football game. This system allows individuals to report problems by texting "Sparky" followed by a space, the issue, and the location to (602) 962-4962.
In conclusion, the 2023 Arizona State football season promises to be an unforgettable journey filled with excitement and anticipation. By familiarizing yourself with parking options, tailgating opportunities, stadium entry procedures, and the fan code of conduct, you can ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience as you support the Sun Devils. So gear up, gather your friends and family, and get ready to cheer on your favorite team at Mountain America Stadium in Tempe!