Rugby takes over Scottsdale Stadium April 18

Rugby takes over Scottsdale Stadium on April 18 with exhibition matches, a fashion show, an arm-wrestling throw-down and other side shows to intrigue the uninitiated.

The Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale Rugby Bowl: Beauty the Beast’s main event features a match up between the Arizona State University Sun Devils and the Ohio State University Buckeyes rugby teams.

The Arizona high school rugby championship also will be decided that day and the University of Southern California Trojans will play the Grand Canyon University Antelopes.

Event producers want to build interest in the contact sport with a reputation for being dangerous and dirty by reaching fans of other sports.

Among this year’s ancillary attractions:

World Arm Wrestling Champion Travis Bagent will square off against both Rugby Bowl spectators and competitors at the World Armwrestling League Qualifier held at the stadium.

Bagent, a West Virginia-native who has won over 21 national championships, and the 2003 World Armwrestling Federation championship, says if challengers can last a second against him, they can consider themselves “one of the 10 baddest guys who ever lived.”

A “Warning Track Fashion Show” produced by Phoenix Fashion Week. Models will traverse the baseball warning track in short, spring fashions.

$1,000 seats in the dug outs for up to 25 at Scottsdale Stadium with exclusive access to locker room restrooms, shaded dug out space, and air conditioning.

The Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale Rugby Bowl

What: ASU Sun Devils face the Ohio State Buckeyes rugby team in an event that also includes the Arizona’s high school rugby championship and the USC Trojans versus the GCU Antelopes.

When: Gates open at 9:30 a.m. on April 18. The Arizona High School championship begins at 11 a.m., USC versus GCU is at 1 p.m., ASU versus Ohio State is at 3 p.m. A fashion show is at 2:45 p.m. Before the matches begin fans will have a chance to meet and challenge world arm wrestling champ Travis Bagent.

Where: Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 East Osborn Road, Scottsdale.

Tickets: $10 general admission or $15 at the gate. Grandstand stadium is $20 in advance, $30 at the door. Ages 17 and under get in free.


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