Welcome to Phoenix, Washington State and Air Force Academy fans! If you're looking for a spot to cheer on your team, here's where alumni associations are hosting watch parties, and where you can be with your fellow fans to watch the Cheez-It Bowl.
Washington State: The Duce
The Washington State University Alumni Association is hosting a pre-game to cheer on the Cougs at 4 p.m. before the Cheez-It Bowl kicks off at Chase Field. The exclusive three hour tailgate experience includes food and drink, music, ping-pong, shuffleboard, corn hole, and all the other classics of downtown hangout The Duce, as well as appearances by WSU President Kirk Schulz and First Lady Noel Schulz, Athletics Director Pat Chun, WSU Foundation CEO Lisa Calvert, and WSUAA Executive Director Tim Pavish.
Washington State: Seamus McCaffrey's and Cornish Pasty
WSU's alumni group is hosting a Cougar Crawl the day before the game at two of downtown Phoenix's favorite pubs - Seamus McCaffrey's Irish Pub and Cornish Pasty Co., which happen to be right across the street from one another. Festivities start at 8:30 and include special food and drink options at each stop.
Air Force Falcons
Though the US Air Force Academy's alumni have not organized any watch parties as of yet, there's plenty of great sports bars to choose from in the greater Phoenix area, including some stellar downtown spots like The Vig, Majerle's Sports Grill, and Paz Cantina.