Become The Next Sol Bowl Tailgate Champion! 

Casino Del Sol's Executive Chef, Ryan Clark, kicks off the Sol Bowl Tailgate Championship on September 7! 

One lucky winner will be crowned at every University of Arizona home football game live on the field during the first half of the game.
Casino Del Sol is looking for Tucson’s best tailgate cooks to compete in the upcoming Sol Bowl Tailgate Championship starting on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the University of Arizona’s first home football game of the season.
At each UA home football game during the 2019 season, Casino Del Sol’s Executive Chef Ryan Clark will be on the hunt for the best tailgate dishes to crown one winner as the Sol Bowl Tailgate Champion of the Week.

The weekly competition will take place at each of the six Saturday home games at Arizona Stadium: Sept. 7 vs. NAU, Sept. 14 vs. Texas Tech, Sept. 28 vs. UCLA, Oct. 12 vs. Washington, Nov. 2 vs. Oregon State and Nov. 23 vs. Utah. Starting three hours before kick-off Chef Clark will be on Arizona Stadium’s Main Gate Lawn looking for tailgaters with the best tailgate masterpieces. He will taste one dish from each contestant and select one winner as the Sol Bowl Tailgate Champion of the Week.

Each week’s winner will join Chef Clark on the field during the game to be presented with an official Sol Bowl chef’s apron from Chef Works and $500 in gift cards towards their next tailgate experience from Casino Del Sol.
“As a Tucson native, I’m a huge Wildcats fan so tailgating has always been something I look forward to,” said Chef Clark. “I thought it’d be a fun way to show our support for the home team and let local chefs and foodies boast their game day specialties.”


Tailgate cooks are encouraged to register online prior to each game at the link below. Entrants must be 21 or older, have tickets to the game and an official tailgating location on the Main Gate Lawn.
For expert advice on how to prepare delectable tailgate cuisine, Chef Clark has put together a weekly series of tailgate recipe videos that will be available for viewing before each UA football game. Each video demonstrates how to make unique game day dishes such as Sweet Chile Thai Chicken Wings, Dragoon IPA Pork Ribs, Grilled Green Chile-Lamb Burger and more. Ingredients for the featured dishes are supplied by local purveyors including Forbes Meat Company, Heirloom Farmers Markets, Pivot Produce, Barrio Bread, local farmers across Southern Arizona and paired with beers from Tucson favorite Dragoon Brewing Company. The recipe videos will be available soon on this page. 

Tailgate Recipes

Week Nine

Week Eight

Week Seven

Week Six

Week Five

Week Three

Week Two

Week One


Sol Bowl Schedule:

  • Sept. 7 vs. NAU
  • Sept. 14 vs. Texas Tech
  • Sept. 28 vs. UCLA
  • Oct. 12 vs. Washington
  • Nov. 2 vs. Oregon State
  • Nov. 23 vs. Utah

Prizes :

  • Two (2) tickets to the current home game
  • Live presentation on the field during the first half (you and a guest)
  • $200.00  Gift Card from Heirloom Farmer’s Market
  • $50.00  Gift Card Forbes Meat Co .
  • $250.00 Gift Card from Casino Del Sol
  • An official Sol Bowl Chef’s apron


  • Entrants must be 21 or older
  • Must have tickets to game
  • Must have a valid tailgating location at the Main Gate Lawn
  • Encouraged to register online prior to each home game