Saturday Night in Tempe Arizona

Jonathan Dalton, Phoenix Real Estate AgentAll of the following photos are from last Saturday night in Tempe Arizona before Arizona State University’s 33-14 victory over Colorado at Sun Devil Stadium.

Yesterday I speculated on whether a Curbed-like blog would work here in the Phoenix area. Maybe if I were closer to Tempe and maybe if Tempe were just a little larger, it would. There seems to be a city ordinance that mandates nothing can remain the same for more than two consecutive years.

Tempe Arizona

This is the view of Sun Devil Stadium from along College Avenue. The parking lot on the lower left was, until last fall, the National Guard armory. Soon it will be another in the growing collection of high-rise condos. More on this at a later date.

Arizona State University

Tempe Butte, most commonly known as “A” Mountain for fairly obvious reasons. Every year, students from the University of Arizona paint it (or try to paint it) red and blue. For the last 15 or so years, ASU students have taken to camping on the mountain. The task became much easier in the early 1990s when hiking trails were added. (Take this from someone who once scaled the side of the mountain sans trails.)

Tempe Arizona

Students queuing up to enter the stadium. When I bought my first student seats 19 years ago, we had assigned seats. Me thinks I’d prefer that to the mob but that’s just me.

Arizona State University

The field was renamed for former coach and local legend Frank Kush back in 1996, right before ASU upset then top-ranked Nebraska 19-0. ASU had been retiring a number a year earlier in the decade but has slowed of late.

Tempe Arizona

Two Pac-10 Championships, two Rose Bowl appearances. Will Dennis Erickson bring a third to each list? Time will tell …

Arizona State University football

The student section 90 minutes before kickoff. By game time, the entire area out to the top of the frame was filled along with two sections of the upper deck. One thing hasn’t changed since my day (and even before) – the students stand throughout the game.

Tempe Arizona

Reminders of former Sun Devil Pat Tillman are never far away. Tillman left the Arizona Cardinals after September 11 to become an Army Ranger and was killed in 2004. While most fans wear gold to the games, there are hundreds of Tillman jerseys to be seen on any given Saturday.

Arizona State Marching Band

Arizona State’s marching band underwent an overhaul thanks to a six-figure donation – new uniforms, far more brass than in past years and a long-gone swagger are back. The pregame show includes not only the Star Spangled Banner and Maroon and Gold (the fight song) but also the Al Davis Fight Song (it’s the Al Davis fight song, it’s the Al Davis fight song … the Al Davis Fight Song, it’s the Al Davis fight song), and the Arizona State alma mater.

Tempe Arizona - Rio Salado

The view across Rio Salado into Scottsdale and to the McDowell Mountains to the north.

Incidentally, Arizona State plays host to San Diego State at 7 p.m. tonight. Buy a ticket, find a gold shirt and we’ll see you there.

[tags]Tempe Arizona, Arizona State University[/tags]

Jonathan Dalton

Jonathan Dalton is a 40-plus-year resident of the Valley and has been helping folks buy and sell homes since 2004. He can be reached at 602-502-9693 or info at


  • Jeff Brown 10 years ago

    Jonathan – Go ahead and make plans for a night out beginning immediately after the first half ends tonight. You’ll be ahead by at least three TD’s. 🙂

  • Jonathan Dalton 10 years ago

    They’ll be sizeable crowd heading out to the Dirty Devil for some beer at halftime, to be certain.

    I really wish this series was back to a home-and-home. Made two trips to San Diego back in 2002 – one for the Andrew Walter comeback and the second for the Holiday Bowl. A total of six nights at the Town & Country for the two trips, two trips to Point Loma …

    Man, I need to feel the ocean on my feet sometime soon.

  • Jeff Brown 10 years ago

    Had lunch at World Famous today at the foot of Pacific Beach Blvd. in PB. Took a half hour walk along the strand – enjoying the ah – great scenery. 🙂

    When you’re here next, try eating at the Indigo Grill, and before dinner, try their duck nachos. Oh yeah.

  • Jonathan Dalton 10 years ago

    I dragged my family to World Famous twice on our trip in February, even refusing to leave when there was a 75-minute wait on a Saturday night.

    You’re killing me.

  • Brian Brady 10 years ago

    24-10 at the half with an eventual margin of 21 points. Does anyone wonder if the Bawld Guy works for a 900-line sports service when he’s not picking investments?

  • Jeff Brown 10 years ago

    Brian – You haven’t lived in San Diego long enough.

    Eventually you’ll figure out that when folks in football talk of scheduling the Little Sisters of the Poor? They’re talking about SDSU. 🙂

  • John Wake 10 years ago

    Jonathon, Do you have season tickets? Where? You going to Saturday’s game?

  • Jonathan Dalton 10 years ago

    Yes and Yes … Section 22, Row 32. I’m going to be late, though. Apparently the president of the temple isn’t allowed to leave Yom Kippur services early to make kickoff. 🙂

  • John Wake 10 years ago

    Excellent! Maybe we can chat. I’m in Section 29, Row 12, Seats 1 & 2.

    Yom Kippur huh? Can you forgive Greenspan for screwing up the real estate market? You’ll have your work cut out for you.

  • Jonathan Dalton 10 years ago

    You’re over by the students, huh? Good luck with that.

    And I think Alan can take care of his own al chaits without my help. But I would argue that there were fewer voices arguing the market was being screwed up back then than there are right now.

    Take it from a sportswriter – speaking in hindsight is the easiest thing in the world.