Posted: Monday, December 4, 2017 – 10:44 AM
UCLA will face Kansas State in the Cactus Bowl Dec. 26 in Phoenix in a matchup of teams that won two of their final three regular- season games, organizers announced Sunday.
The game will be played for the second consecutive year at Chase Field, home of baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks. The game had been played at Arizona State’s Sun Devil Stadium from 2006-2015 but moved to allow for post- season renovations.
The Cactus Bowl is among three bowl games to be played in stadiums primarily used by Major League Baseball teams, along with the Gasparilla Bowl, which is played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium, where the New York Yankees play.
This Cactus Bowl is the only football game of the year to be played at Chase Field.
The Bruins (6-6) will be playing under interim coach Jedd Fisch for the final time. Fisch guided UCLA to a 30-27 victory over California in its regular- season finale Nov. 24 to become bowl eligible.
Bill Snyder is in the ninth season of his second tenure as the coach of the Wildcats (7-5). The 78-year-old Snyder also coached the team from 1989- 2005, when he temporarily retired.
UCLA leads the series 2-1, with victories in 2009 and the 2015 Alamo Bowl and a loss in 2010.
The game is operated by the Fiesta Bowl organization. All tickets purchased support Fiesta Bowl Charities, which provides grant funding to nonprofit organizations throughout Arizona for youth, sports and education programs.
Fiesta Bowl Charities projects include the Wishes for Teachers program, which grants $5,000 each to 150 teach to benefit their classrooms and students, according to Scott Leightman, the Fiesta Bowl’s senior director of communications.