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Tempe weekend events and traffic impacts you should know about

Posted at 5:31 AM, Dec 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-06 08:20:04-05

TEMPE, AZ — From the arts to sports, it's going to be a busy weekend in downtown Tempe, and city leaders are encouraging people to plan ahead.

Tempe Festival of the Arts
Downtown Tempe
10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., December 6 - 8

The Tempe Festival of the Arts is back downtown on Friday. This is the 51st year of the event that takes place Friday through Sunday, December 8. Organizers say more than 225,000 people are expected to attend the event that features more than 300 artists, food vendors, live music, street performers, beer, wine, spirits and fun family-friendly activities for the kids.

Traffic details: Downtown Tempe will be closed to all vehicular traffic from 10am - 5:30pm daily. Expect closure on Mill Avenue and side streets between Third Street and University Drive. See a map of the festival here.

Football Championship Games
Sun Devil Stadium
Red Mountain vs No. 6 Liberty – Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.
Williams Field vs No. 6 Campo Verde – Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m.
Open Division: No. 1 Chandler vs No. 3 Saguaro – Saturday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m.

The AIA is sharing this information for drivers:

For all fans coming to ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium Friday and Saturday for the football championships, come from the north off of the Loop 202 or Rio Salado Parkway. Due to the Tempe Arts Festival and the ASU basketball traffic, the north would be the best option.

Parking at Sun Devil Stadium will be in the lots on the north side and northeast corner of the stadium. Overflow parking will be in the lots on the north side of Rio Salado Parkway. ADA parking spots will be available, however, there will not be any shuttles or carts to take spectators to and from their cars.

ASU will be shutting down the lots on the east and south side of the football stadium, as well as the lots and garages on the east side of Packard Drive for the basketball games.

Parking will be $10 per vehicle. Cash and credit cards will be accepted upon arrival.

ASU Basketball
Desert Financial Arena
ASU Women Sun Devils vs BYU Friday, Dec 6 at 6 p.m.
ASU Men's Sun Devils vs. Louisiana - Saturday, Dec 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Get details on the arena here.

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