You know that summer is really over when we can enjoy walking and running outdoors, attend outdoor festivals and plan our days at gardens and zoos.
We won't have to travel far to see the Pac-12 Football Championship Game. It will be held this weekend in our own backyard.
Who's playing? The Stanford Cardinal, with a record of 10 wins and 2 losses, will meet Arizona State University on Sun Devil home turf at ASU Stadium in Tempe. The Sun Devils have the same record, 10 wins and 2 losses, for the season, but a slightly better record than Stanford for PAC-12 matchups. While ASU has a 16-12 record when they play Stanford, the last time they met Stanford gave us a 42-28 thrashing. It's payback time! The winner of this game will go to the Rose Bowl.
Sparky and the Sun Devils
Saturday, December 7, 2013
5:45 p.m. MST
ASU Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. Here is a map, including directions and instructions for METRO Light Rail. Leave plenty of time, since thousand of your friends will be there, too! Street restrictions will be in place; the Arizona Department of Transportation usually provides detailed motorist information, including any travel or road restrictions, for this event. Call 5-1-1, then *7. The call is free.
How to get tickets:
At this time the only tickets available are in the upper deck, mostly in the corners and end zones. If those seats work for you, you can see the seating chart and purchase your tickets through ASU. Most of those tickets will be in the $50 - $60 range. There are also some Loge Box seats that start at $165 per ticket.
If you can't find the seats that you prefer, you might try a reputable ticket broker like TicketsNow.com (Buy Direct) or Ticket Liquidator (Buy Direct). I checked today, and I saw some not-too-outrageous prices on lower level tickets. You'll probably also see scalpers at the game, but with those there is no guarantee that they aren't fake tickets!
The visiting team's band is in Section 1 in the southwest corner. It's a safe bet that the Stanford fans will be in the areas around that section.
If tickets aren't an option for you, you can avoid the traffic and watch the game on ESPN. You are still required to dress accordingly; any ASU logo attire will do. Fear the Fork!
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In this issue: see Estaban, get to know bugs, unwind, be a better photographer, stand up for kids, help a school, Celtic fun, make tamales, run on a golf course, go to a music festival, eat and relax, bake bread, be an artist, learn first aid and make holiday cupcakes.
With the holidays upon us, with so many local events, festivals, concerts and shows, we won't see much in the way of non-holiday free events until after the first of the new year. Many holiday activities are very reasonably priced (or even free); check the Big Holiday Guide.
This column includes announcements of seminars, workshops, community events, fundraisers and other programs for which there is an admission charge, a donation expected or you are otherwise expected to spend money (even if admission is free). Advance registration is required at some these events, so you might see them listed here weeks before they are scheduled to occur.
If you are looking for programs or activities where there is no charge for admission, you can check my weekly "Free Things To Do" column (it comes out every Monday), or check the monthly calendar of recurring annual events or the concert/show calendar -- both of those list the typically the bigger, well-known events.
Events are presented here in date order.