Tempe, Arizona Welcomes The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and The Texas Tech Red Raiders Football Teams to the Insight Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium

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Witness the clash of the Big Ten and Big 12 as The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and The Texas Tech Red Raiders Football Teams go head to head to win this year's Insight Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona.

Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau (http://www.tempecvb.com) invites you to Sun Devil Stadium this December where you'll see who's going home with an Insight Bowl Victory: the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers or the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team. Stay tuned, as the Insight Bowl charges into Tempe, Arizona on December 29, 2006. The game, played for the first time at Sun Devil Stadium on the Arizona State University campus, will begin at 6:00 p.m. MST, but the excitement for Golden Gophers and Red Raiders fans will build up long before kick-off.

With the Insight Bowl's new venue at Sun Devil Stadium, set in the heart of Tempe's fun loving Mill Avenue District, comes a new match up: the Big Ten and Big 12. For the Big Ten's University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, the 2006 Insight Bowl will be their fifth consecutive trip to a bowl game. Representing the Big 12, the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team will play in their seventh straight bowl game, a record unmatched in school history. The Insight Bowl will be televised live from Sun Devil Stadium to a nationwide audience on the new NFL Network.

In addition to the big game for the Insight Bowl title, Tempe, Arizona (http://tempecvb.com/landing_Insight.asp) is the perfect home away from home for Texas Tech and Minnesota fans. Besides the warm hospitality of Tempe's residents, there is a strong base of alumni that have made their homes in Tempe, Arizona and the surrounding area. The warm December weather is the perfect backdrop for a variety of activities, including pre-game tailgating, mingling with football fans in the more than 100 restaurants, taverns and shops in the Mill Avenue District adjacent to Sun Devil Stadium, exhilarating outdoor recreation in the scenic Sonoran desert, shopping for bargains at Arizona Mills outlet mall and engaging arts and cultural experiences.

The fun doesn't end when the game does. Fans will want to extend their stay and take part in the Tempe Insight Bowl Block Party, one of the nation's top 10 New Year's Eve celebrations. This lively street party, taking place in the Mill Avenue District, offers something for all ages, including rides, fireworks and beer gardens. Live musical acts performing on multiple stages are always a crowd favorite. This year will be no exception with headliners Third Eye Blind and Vanessa Carlton.

Make plans now to cheer for your team in Tempe, Arizona. Visit (http://www.tempecvb.com) and click on the Insight Bowl banner for ticket information, special hotel rates and information on events and activities to make this trip to a football game a true vacation. Or, call the Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-283-6734.

About Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau is a non-profit organization devoted to marketing Tempe, Arizona as a desirable visitor and group destination site. The Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau's mission is to also provide visitors, media professionals and meeting planners with information on Tempe hotels, Tempe restaurants, Tempe entertainment, and local points of interest. To learn more about Tempe, Arizona please call 480-894-8158 or 800-283-6734 or visit us at (http://www.tempecvb.com).

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