A Big Bowl of Fiesta

It had been less than one day that the University of Phoenix Stadium hosted a professional football game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers.

As the final fans were filing out of the stadium, workers began assembling to transform the venue from the NFL to college football. Since the University of Phoenix Stadium opened in 2006 it has been the home not only to the Cardinals but also to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

Because vendors and sponsors are different between the two events, workers would spend the night taking down signage from the NFL and replacing it with signage for a college football bowl game.

It would start with the banners around the field and would continue to the concourses of the stadium. The turf would have the Cardinals logos removed with the end zones and midfield repainted to feature college football names and teams.

The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl is one of the Bowl Championship Series bowls meaning there will be a national audience that will tune into the telecast or experience the game in person. Besides the stadium, the parking facilities also go through a transformation.

In the adjacent park area a fan experience area has been erected with inflatables, stages, and other activities. These will be open and available all day and during the game allowing fans who do not have tickets to still enjoy the game’s festivities.

For the first time in Tostitos Fiesta Bowl history, the game consisted of two non-BCS football teams with the undefeated Boise State Broncos facing the undefeated Texas Christian University Horned Frogs.

This is a game that leaves me struggling on who to root for. On the one hand I’m originally from Idaho and would love to see Boise State win. On the other hand TCU plays in the Mountain West Conference and a win by the Horned Frogs would benefit BYU’s season ending ranking. In the end I’ll just root for whoever has the ball.

When the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl ends, the fans will file out the door leaving stadium workers to begin the process once again to get ready for the National Football League playoff game that will be held here on Sunday. The work never seems to end which is a good thing for Arizona sports fans.

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