Originally founded in 1987 as the tourism arm of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, Experience Scottsdale became a standalone organization in 2001. The organization has more than 40 full- and part-time employees, along with a volunteer board of directors composed of local hospitality and tourism industry leaders.
The Fiesta Bowl has been an Arizona tradition since 1971. As the state's premier college bowl game, it has contributed more than $2,750,000,000 to the local economy and given over $12 million to area charities in the last eight years alone. The annual parade and team match-up are exciting events that are not to be missed.
The Fiesta Bowl Museum, located on the Scottsdale Waterfront, lets football fans relive some of the biggest moments in Fiesta Bowl history. The helmets of all 128 college teams that have played in the bowl are represented here. Also on display are some of the sport's biggest awards, including the Heisman, Fiesta Bowl, and National Championship Coaches’ Trophies.
The Fiesta Bowl Museum was found in 2006 by local philanthropists Michael and Ellie Ziegler. It is free and open to the public weekdays during regular business hours. In addition to bowl game memorabilia, the museum also pays tribute to the nine founders who managed to bring a bowl game to Arizona against tough odds as well as the Fiesta Bowl Charities.
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