Your Guide to the 2023 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl

El Paso is a city that can be enjoyed to the fullest year round, but there’s one date on this year’s calendar that will be an extra special time to visit. Plan your trip around December 29, 2023 for the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl. This is the sporting event of the year, and you won’t want to miss the chance to cheer on your team in the heart of Texas. We can’t wait to host you at The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park. Our timeless accommodations, luxe amenities, and world-class dining offer a one-of-a-kind El Paso experience. Consider this your guide to making the most out of your stay.

Prep for the Big Game at the Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta

Kick off your 2023 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl journey with the Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center on December 28, 2023. This family-friendly event offers live music, dance performances, and magicians for a truly entertaining experience. Kids will love the free balloon animals and face painting, while the inflatable games (available with a $5 wristband) offer an exciting way to engage in pregame festivities.

Get Ready for Game Time

When the time for the main event comes, you’re just a quick, five-minute drive away from Sun Bowl Stadium when you stay at The Plaza. To be prepared for game day ahead of time, purchase your tickets in advance on the official site, where you can choose your preferred spot in the stadium to have a good view of the action. In the days leading up to the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl, don’t miss out on all of the festivities and entertaining performances, which are all laid out in the schedule of events.

Explore Downtown El Paso by Streetcar

Before or after the game, take the opportunity to discover the charm of downtown El Paso through a ride on the city’s iconic pastel-green streetcars. These streetcars offer both convenience and style, taking you to various attractions, restaurants, and shops. Immerse yourself in the city’s heritage at the El Paso Museum of History and appreciate the diverse art collection at the El Paso Museum of Art. It’s the perfect way to warm up from the cold and soak in a bit of the city’s rich cultural scene. 

Soak Up the Desert Sunshine

Stretch your body after game day and embrace the pleasant El Paso winter weather by basking in the sunshine. Head to Franklin Mountains State Park for hiking and biking trails amidst cactus-covered valleys and high-desert mountains. Alternatively, explore Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site, where you can admire ancient Native American pictographs while hiking through rocky hills.

Explore El Paso’s Flavorful Dining

No exploration of El Paso would be truly satisfying without experiencing its rich culinary scene. Here are a few of our favorite restaurants in El Paso that bring the city’s diverse flavors to life.

Pay a visit to Ámbar Restaurante to immerse yourself in the fusion of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez. Savor churrasco-grilled meats, artisanal tortillas, and regional specialties like carnitas. To round out your day with more flavorful cuisine, head to Mi Piaci. Embark on an Italian journey, indulging in house-made pasta and signature-certified 1855 Prime Black Angus Reserve steaks.

Alternatively, if you prefer modern American cuisine like handcrafted pizzas and luxurious cuts, check out Anson 11. And if you find yourself in the downtown area again, dive into the essence of the Southwest through seafood platters, prime rib tortas, and other dishes that embody the region’s flavors at Cafe Central.

Stay at The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park

Elevate your stay by choosing The Plaza as your modern and stylish accommodation. With a prime location, sophisticated amenities, and glimmering hospitality, we ensure your comfort and convenience during your Sun Bowl trip. Before packing your bags, take advantage of our Advance Purchase special offer. Save up to 15% off when you pay in full at the time of booking.