Arizona State University homecoming: 5 things you need to know about parade, block party, traffic

Posted at 3:33 PM, Oct 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-22 21:08:15-04

Happy Homecoming Arizona State University!

On Saturday, the ASU Sun Devils will take on the Washington State Cougars at Sun Devil Stadium. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Before kickoff, head to downtown Tempe to take part in ASU's homecoming traditions such as the parade and block party. Best of all, both events are free and open to the public!

Below you'll find details on the parade route, games and activities.


Dress up in your maroon and gold and head to University Drive to watch as floats, the ASU Marching Band and community organizations make their way down the street.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

The parade route starts at Lot 20 near University Drive and Mill Avenue and travels along University Drive and ends at McAllister Avenue.


After the parade, head to the lawn at Old Main for the Block Party. There will be more than 120 booths representing ASU departments and organizations. There will be games, music, photo booths and prizes.


The atmosphere going into the game is already tense.

Earlier this week, Washington State's coach accused ASU of having a "command center" dedicated to stealing opponent's signals, as our sports writer Shane Dale reported. Then on Friday, the Pac-12 fined Washington Coach Mike Leach $10,000. ASU's Todd Graham wasn't happy about the comments. It's hard not to think Leach is happy about the fine.

So, how will the Sun Devils fair? Read Shane's prediction report before Saturday's game. The game starts at 7 p.m.


Tempe police said University Drive will be closed between McAllister and College avenues beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21.

University Drive will close between Mill and Rural avenues beginning Friday, Oct. 21 at 10 p.m. Both roadways will reopen on Saturday, Oct. 22 around 9:30 p.m.

Northbound McAllister Avenue will be closed during the parade.

Veteran's Way will be closed from 2 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22.


You can grab a pretzel, hot dog or popcorn at Sun Devil Stadium, but if you're looking to eat ahead of the game, there are a lot of restaurants right in downtown Tempe. Since it is homecoming, the wait times will probably be long so get there early if you can.

Below are a few places to check out:


Near College Avenue:
- Mad Hatter Brew Pub
- Postino Wine Cafe
- Fractured Prune (doughnuts!)
- The Blend (smoothies)
- Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Near Mill Avenue:
- Pedal Haus Brewery
- Original ChopShop Co
- Mellow Mushroom
- Zipps Sports Grill
- Gordon Biersch
- Wasted Grain
- Five Guys
- ZTejas
- Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row
- Loco Patron
- La Bocca Urban Pizzeria 
- Macayo's Depot Cantina
- Grill on Mill
- P.F. Chang's

Sun Devil Stadium, 500 E. Veterans Way, Tempe AZ 85287