Thousands Flock to Tempe to Ring in the New Year


Lauren Sujkowski


Scottsdale, Ariz. - Jimmy Eat World rocked the stage in front of thousands of shivering, screaming fans on Friday night at the Fiesta Bowl Block Party.

The cold weather couldn’t keep party-goers away from the biggest New Year’s celebration in Arizona. Heaters, hot drinks and the new multi-media dance club helped people warm up at one of coldest celebrations in recent history.

Fans from Connecticut and Oklahoma, who were in town for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, enjoyed performances by school bands in front of the main stage before watching the first of two spectacular fireworks shows.

Families and children enjoyed the carnival rides and kids’ area while the beer gardens and newly-added Scandelesque stage catered to the older crowds.

Local music favorites like Kinch, the Maine, 74th Street Band and the Big Bang Dueling Pianos kept the party rocking throughout the night. National band Jimmy Eat World, who originates from the Mesa/Tempe area took the main stage at 11 p.m. and played through the stroke of midnight. Mayor Hugh Hallman counted down with the band before fireworks lit up the sky and confetti blasted off into the crowd 

Block Party veterans and newcomers alike enjoyed a fun-filled night in downtown Tempe. Now in its 27thyear, the Fiesta Bowl Block Party is well-known for bringing in top national acts and providing the most variety of entertainment on New Year’s Eve.

Always looking for ways to improve, the Block Party added a sports club where fans could watch games, built a stage for dazzling Scandelesque performers and placed a wildly popular multi-media dance party in the heart of Mill Ave. There was no hesitation on the dance floor as party-goers both young and old boogied their way into 2011.