Aaron S Terry, Stadium Journey

New Review: Cactus Bowl

Perhaps the lesser known bowl game in Phoenix, the Cactus Bowl nevertheless packs all kinds of excitement into the Arizona Diamondbacks home turf at Chase Field. The staff does a phenomenal job converting the baseball diamond into a first-class football field, so fans have a great view of the action, and the entertainment is piled on in the form of great Cactus-themed decor and paratroopers dropping through the open roof, trailing smoke and flags in support of the participating teams.

The Cactus Bowl has had many names since its inception back in 1989, including the Copper Bowl, the Insight.com Bowl, the Insight Bowl, and the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, but has always been played in Arizona, albeit in different stadiums. The game has been known as the Cactus Bowl for the past 3 years, and is currently sponsored by Motel 6.

The game is currently played at Chase Field (a baseball stadium in Phoenix, Arizona), which opened in 1998 as the home of the MLB expansion Arizona Diamondbacks.Chase Field is notable for being the first stadium built in the US with a retractable roof over a natural grass playing surface, and is one of four baseball stadiums that currently sponsor bowl games, the others being the Miami Beach Bowl, the St. Petersburg Bowl,and the Pinstripe Bowl. There is also a fifth bowl game that is not played at a football stadium, the Bahamas Bowl, which is played at a soccer stadium in Nassau.

Click to read the complete review of the 2016 Cactus Bowl at Chase Field


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