The JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort will serve as the primary media hotel for the PlayStation® Fiesta Bowl. Located just 20 minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport, the hotel is in close proximity to both team hotels and practice sites.
This is where both media days and all press conferences will be held, as well as where all media credentials will be distributed. There will also be a media workroom with complimentary wireless and high-speed internet access and telephones, as well as complimentary hospitality with breakfast, lunch and continuous refreshments and spirits for all credentialed media.
Photo identification will be required for all media requesting a credential.
No interchange of credentials is permitted. Any outlet planning to cover the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl must have its credential needs finalized prior to game day. Photo credentials may also be obtained on game day at State Farm Stadium will call beginning at 7:00am.
Complimentary media shuttles will be available at the Camelback Inn from Monday, December 24 through Tuesday, January 1. Shuttles will run from 8:00 a.m. until 10 p.m. most days, and a motor coach will transport media to and from State Farm Stadium on game day (January 1). The shuttle service is available to credentialed media only and will go throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan area, including team practices and the stadium. It will not be available to pick up media from the airport upon arrival. Visit the media shuttle desk located directly outside the AZ Ballroom for more information.
The Media Lounge, located in the Lincoln Restaurant and the Media Hospitality Suite, located at the Jackrabbit Suite, will be open from December 23 to January 1. Please refer to the official media schedule for details on meals and open/close times, as they vary throughout the week.
The PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Media Party will take place at the Octane Raceway in Scottsdale on December 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Limited media access to State Farm Stadium will be available prior to game day. Media must coordinate in advance through PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Communications Staff. Per NCAA regulations, the stadium will be closed to media during team walk-throughs. On game day, the press box and digital media will be open to the media beginning at 7 a.m. Media may enter the stadium at the Media Entrance located just south of Gate 1.
Media members should pre-coordinate their wireless devices online by January 1. Download and complete the online Frequency Coordination Form by visiting www.FiestaBowl.org/Media-Room. Following submission, the requesting media outlet will receive a confirmation email to print and bring to the stadium on game day when the process is completed by turning on the device, checking the approved frequency and tagging it at the frequency coordination location.
Media outlets that do not utilize the pre-coordination option should obtain a Frequency Coordination Form at the Media Center at the Camelback Inn and must initiate the same approval process on game day in the digital media room. To minimize the possibility of interference during the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, all wireless microphones, intercoms, wireless video cameras and IFBs must be frequency coordinated (preferably in advance) and tagged (game day) before they can be used at the Fiesta Bowl. Cellular telephones and pagers are exempt from frequency coordination. Frequency coordinators Karl Voss and Jim Cole will be stationed outside the Digital Media Room prior to the game to screen all necessary equipment and affix tags. Only cameras displaying the appropriate colored tags will be allowed to operate.
Satellite trucks may park on December 31 between 4 and 10 p.m. or on game day (January 1) beginning between 5 and 7 a.m. Parking spaces will be reserved for only those media agencies that complete a satellite truck form, which can be found at www.FiestaBowl.org/Media-Room. It must be completed and submitted to the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl Communications Staff prior to game day. On game day, vehicle parking for media will be located on the west side of State Farm Stadium in the Orange Lot.
On game day, non-originating telecasters may originate live programming from the field until 45 minutes prior to kickoff. Live programming may resume after ESPN has discontinued its live coverage after the game. Television stations or networks may use a maximum of three minutes of taped footage on news programs only after ESPN has discontinued its live coverage after the game. The graphic -Courtesy ESPN- must accompany all highlights.
PRESS BOX AND DIGITAL MEDIA
Located in the southwest corner, the press box accommodates approximately 165 working media members. There is also a national television broadcast booth, coaches booths, an officials booth, a scoreboard and PA control booth, a stats booth and four radio booths.
Additionally, the auxiliary press box, located in section 401, will accommodate approximately 150 working media members. Located on the field level in northwest corner on field level, the Digital Media Room will provide space for photographers and print media and have televisions to monitor game action. The room offers high-speed internet, wireless internet, phones and power.
A complimentary pregame meal, halftime snack and postgame dessert will be served to all credentialed media in the press box, auxiliary press box and digital media room before the game and at halftime. Drinks and snacks will be available when the press box opens through postgame.
A professional statistical services company will provide all statistical information. Statistical books, consisting of a scoring summary, individual stats, team stats, quarter stats, descriptive play-by-play, drive charts, defensive stats, coaches and players quotes and new game records will be available as quickly as possible in the press box and Postgame Press Conference Room. A play-by-play account of down and distance will be provided verbally over the press box public address system and over a hard line for television and radio. Quick quotes from coaches and players attending the postgame press conference and quick stats will be distributed as soon as possible in the press box and Digital Media Room.
Photographers with sideline access must wear their assigned ENG vest at all times shooting the game. They are not permitted within the Team Bench Area (inside the 25-yard lines) at any time and must remain behind the 12-foot restraining line surrounding the field. This policy will be strictly enforced.
Media members are allowed on the field with five minutes or less remaining in the game. The press elevator will initially leave with seven minutes remaining in the game.
OPEN LOCKER ROOMS
Locker rooms will be open to the media as noted herein, for a minimum of 20 minutes after the postgame cooling-off period ends. See below policy for live transmission.
In addition, during the open locker room session, a minimum of four and a maximum of six student-athletes will be requested by the host communications director to be made available outside the locker room or other nearby designated area for media availability.
No Videography. No Live Transmission. No Live Streaming. Videography will not be permitted in the locker room after the game except for those designated below. This includes videography with cameras, phones, tablets and any other video recording devices. No live transmission of video, social streaming or live audio from the locker room will be permitted during the open locker room session. Still photographers are permissible.
After the cooling-off period, permissible videographers allowed access in each locker room:
- One camera from ESPN
- One camera from the participating team
- One camera from the participating team’s conference digital or linear network
The winning head coach and the entire team will remain on the field at the conclusion of the game for award ceremonies. Presentation of the winning team trophy and the outstanding player trophies will be made immediately following the conclusion of the game and broadcast by ESPN.
The head coaches and a minimum of two starters from each team will be available in the Press Conference Room (located on the northwest corner of State Farm Stadium on the field level) after a brief cooling-off period. The head coach and starters from the runner-up team will be escorted into the Press Conference Room after a 10-minute cooling-off period, which begins when the head coach enters the locker room. The head coach and starters from the winning team will be escorted into the Press Conference Room after a 20-minute cooling-off period, which begins after the conclusion of the trophy presentation.
Media may return to their seats or utilize the digital media room at the conclusion of the game to file stories.