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Fiesta Bowl Kickoff Luncheon to Feature Urban Meyer as Special Guest Speaker

Apr 04, 2019

Fans can place table requests for August 20 luncheon at Arizona Biltmore, limited VIP tables available

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Continuing its tradition of bringing college football’s biggest names to Arizona for its Kickoff Luncheon, the Fiesta Bowl will feature Urban Meyer, one of the winningest coaches in college football history, at the Seventh Annual Fiesta Bowl Kickoff Luncheon on Tuesday, August 20, at the Arizona Biltmore.

Tables are open to the public, and start at $2,000 for 10 people, with VIP tables that include a meet-and-greet session for four with Coach Meyer available at $8,000. For more information about the event or to reserve a table, please visit or call 480.350.0911.

In addition to an exciting presentation from Meyer, the Fiesta Bowl Kickoff Luncheon will feature exclusive ticket packages for the 2019 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl and the Cheez-It Bowl. Attendees will also experience photo opportunities and grant recipients from the 2019-20 Fiesta Bowl Charities Grant Cycle will be honored. A portion of each table sale is designated for Cheez-It® Bowl ticket purchases as part of the Community Champions program.

“The Fiesta Bowl has been fortunate to host Urban Meyer several times in his career, watching him evolve into one of the best to ever coach,” said Mike Nealy, Executive Director of the Fiesta Bowl. “Urban is one of the most decorated coaches in college football’s storied history and we are excited to have him in Arizona to visit with our fans and share his coaching stories.”

The Fiesta Bowl will welcome Meyer back to the Valley of the Sun after he posted a 3-1 record in Bowl appearances with Utah, Florida and Ohio State. Meyer’s first trip to the Fiesta Bowl came in 2004-05 when he helped Utah become the first non-power conference school win a New Year’s Six bowl game, beating Pittsburgh 35-7. Meyer won his first of three national championships in Arizona at State Farm Stadium with the Florida Gators in 2007. As head coach of Ohio State, he guided the Buckeyes to a Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame to cap the 2015 season and then back one year later with a CFP Semifinal berth at the Fiesta Bowl in 2016.

“I have fond memories of the Fiesta Bowl after winning here early in my career with Utah, a national championship with Florida and then in front of Buckeye Nation, which loves coming out to the Fiesta Bowl,” said Meyer. “The Fiesta Bowl is one of the premier bowl games in college football and that is a testament to the warm hospitality shown during each of my visits and I am excited to kick off college football with the great people of this organization and of Arizona.”

From 2001 until he announced his retirement on December 4, 2018 from Ohio State, Meyer won 186 games in his 17 years leading FBS programs, more than any other coach over the same period. An Ohio native, Meyer most recently led Ohio State to an 83-9 record (54-4 in Big Ten) with seven division titles, three conference championships and a national championship after the 2014 season, the first year of the College Football Playoff.

The Fiesta Bowl Kickoff Luncheon will take place on Tuesday, August 20, in the Arizona Lloyd Wright Ballroom at the Arizona Biltmore, with registration opening and a VIP meet-and-greet at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. Last year’s keynote speaker was former Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops and other former elite coaches and players to speak at the event include Notre Dame’s Lou Holtz, Nebraska’s Tom Osborne and Tommie Frazier and Arizona State’s Jake Plummer.

The Kickoff Luncheon marks the beginning of the Fiesta Bowl season of events, with the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl and Cheez-It Bowl, Wells Fargo Par 3 Challenge and Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade also highlighting the calendar. Through these events, the Fiesta Bowl has donated over $12.5 million to Arizona nonprofits in the last eight years – including more than $7 million in the last three years alone.


The Fiesta Bowl is a world-class community organization that executes innovative experiences, drives economic growth and champions charitable causes, inspiring pride in all Arizonans. As a nonprofit organization, it believes in the importance of community outreach and service. Through charitable giving, the organization strives to enhance Arizona nonprofit organizations that contribute to the success of communities through youth, sports and education. Since 1971, the Fiesta Bowl has worked to increase its footprint across the state and work to benefit Arizonans year round, during and outside of bowl season.