Traditions

Traditions

Year-round

ASU Gold Friday

Wearing Gold on Fridays

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear gold every Friday as an expression of Sun Devil spirit and pride.

ASU Game Day

Game Day – Inferno

The student section at all ASU athletic events, The Inferno turns up the heat. A sea of gold, students stay on their feet the entire game cheering on the Sun Devils and stay until the game is over.

Fall

ASU White Wash

Whitewash “A” Mountain

Every year since the 1930s, students hike “A” Mountain to whitewash the coveted letter indicating the beginning of another school year.

ASU Homecoming Parade

Homecoming Parade

Hundreds of student organizations and community businesses launch floats in the parade through downtown Tempe in celebration of ASU life and culture.

ASU Lantern Walk

Lantern Walk

Nearly a century-old tradition, on the Friday before Homecoming, with lanterns in hand, participants climb to the top of “A” Mountain to hear speakers and enjoy community spirit and Sun Devil pride.

ASU Duel in Desert

Duel in the Desert

Honoring the football rivalry between Arizona State University and University of Arizona, the winner of the game receives the nation’s oldest rivalry trophy — the Territorial Cup, which refers to when Arizona was a U.S. territory.

ASU Devils on Mill

Devils on Mill

The official pre-football game event, participants enjoy food, games, giveaways and activities for Sun Devils of all ages in preparation for the Devil Walk.

ASU Devils Walk

Devils Walk

Two hours before a home football game fans cheer-on the ASU football players as they walk to Sun Devil Stadium – and just before kickoff are greeted to a video of Sparky running through a dust storm, crushing everything in his way as enters Sun Devil Stadium to stomp the visiting team’s bus. A new tradition that hypes the crowd.

Spring

ASU Pats Run

Pat's Run

The annual 4.2 mile walk/run around the Tempe campus honors the memory and legacy of former Sun Devil football star, NFL star and army ranger, Pat Tillman.

ASU Devils in Disguise

Devils in Disguise

A sixteen-year tradition, Devils in Disguise is the largest student-led day of service at ASU with clubs and organizations hosting a variety of service projects throughout the community

The History and Evolution of Sparky

School mascots change and evolve to capture the spirit, pride and tradition of the institution. Before Sparky, ASU’s mascot was a bulldog from 1922 to 1946. Originally designed as a logo by artist and former Disney employee, Berk Anthony in the late 1940s, Sparky was debuted as a mascot in 1951. His costume was created and portrayed by ASU student, Dick Jacobs, who performed stunts that may be considered dangerous today. After a few costume updates to keep with the times, today’s beloved Sparky the Sun Devil is recognized across the country and can be seen “stomping” the opposing team’s bus before each football game and performing a push-up for every point scored after a touchdown.

ASU Sparky