Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Quick Bites: Wildcat Fans Unite (and Get Dining Deals)

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 12:30 PM

click to enlarge Wilbur the Wildcat takes a moment to entertain the crowd by playing with himself. - JOSH MORGAN
  • Josh Morgan
  • Wilbur the Wildcat takes a moment to entertain the crowd by playing with himself.

Calling all UA Wildcat fans—that's probably most of you: The Downtown Tucson Partnership, Playground Bar & Lounge and ZonaZoo have joined together to honor the fact that… well, the fact that most of you are Wildcat fans.

More specifically—and excitingly—the groups are celebrating with “Bear Down Downtown at Playground,” dubbing Playground Bar and Lounge the official new ZonaZoo Watch Party Headquarters. From now on, Playground and its host of bigscreens will be hosting road game watch events with ZonaZoo throughout the entire 2016–2017 Arizona men’s basketball and baseball seasons (and hopefully post-seasons, according to the Downtown Tucson Partnership’s press release).

What does this have to do with food? (Besides the obvious traditional inhaling of beer and snacks while game-watching, me mean?)

We’re glad we made you ask: In addition to Playground now hosting the game-watching events, there’s a brand new ZonaZoo app that’ll lead Wildcat fans to special deals and discounts (on game days) offered by a variety of downtown merchants, including Hotel Congress, Maynards Market & Kitchen, Ike’s Coffee & Tea, and Hub Restaurant & Ice Creamery—with more joints jumping on board every day.

The first “Bear Down Downtown” event happened Fri., Nov. 11—when the Cats beat Michigan State in basketball, 65–63—and according to the Downtown Tucson Partnership’s Marketing and PR Manager James Jeffries, “That party was pretty darned packed.”

Playground Bar & Lounge, 278 E. Congress St., will host a watch event for every televised road game; visit the website for a schedule. Meanwhile, download the ZonaZoo app anytime—it’s free and available now at the iOS and Android app stores.

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