The kickoff is scheduled for 7:50pm, and the game will be broadcast nationally on Fox and ESPN radio. OU will wear their dark uniforms while Boise State will wear white.
In the following few pages, you'll find a complete breakdown of the 2006 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, including team analysis, ticket-buying options, Glendale accomodations and travel tips and an in-depth look at the gameday match-up.
The Fiesta Bowl, sponsored by Tostitos, is played on New Year's Day 2007 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. It is one of the 5 "BCS Bowls" that include the National Championship game, part of the upper tier of NCAA bowl games.
Initially conceived as an automatic tie-in for the Western Athletic Conference in 1971, the game was played in Tempe, Arizona at Sun Devil Stadium until this year. It became part of the Bowl Championship Series in 1999, a rotating system that would see the Bowl host the National Championship every four years, most recently the Ohio State/Miami game in 2003. This year, the BCS has gone to a new format which places a 5th BCS game for the National Championship. Tostitos will also host the game in 2007, and it will be played on January 8th.
University of Phoenix Stadium is the regular location for Arizona Cardinals NFL games. It opened just a few months ago, originally as Cardinals Stadium before University of Phoenix bid for the naming rights a short time later. It seats 73,000 and includes 88 suites, a retractable roof and natural grass playing surface.
Here is a seating chart for University of Phoenix Stadium.
The stadium is located between Highway 101 and 99th Avenue in Glendale, Arizona.
Here are driving directions for each possible entry detailed by the Fiesta Bowl's website:
- From the north:
* Take the AZ loop 101 South. Exit at Glendale Avenue and make a left onto Glendale Avenue, Stadium will be on the right.
- From the south:
* Take AZ loop 101 Freeway North. Exit at Glendale Avenue and make a right onto Glendale Avenue, Stadium will be on the right.
- From the east:
* Take Glendale Avenue West towards 91st Avenue. Turn left onto 91st Avenue and follow it to Stadium Drive. Take a right onto Stadium Drive into Stadium parking lots.
- From the west:
* Take Glendale Avenue East to 95th Avenue. Turn right on 95th Avenue and follow it past University of Phoenix Stadium, on the left, and in to the stadium parking lots.
For a detailed map of the stadium location, check this article from About.com's Guide to Phoenix Judy Hedding.
Tickets are selling fast, and the game is expected to be a sell-out. There are limited tickets available for $135. Once those are gone, you'll have to check with a ticket vendor.
Tickets from vendors and private individuals are selling for as much as $300 each in many locations.
Judy Hedding, About.com's Guide to Phoenix, has more on purchasing Fiesta Bowl tickets from vendors here.