ARIZONA STATE FOOTBALL

Arizona State football to return to Camp Tontozona in August

Jun 8, 2023, 11:20 AM | Updated: 12:39 pm

Arizona State football's new turf field at Camp Tontozona. (Sun Devil Football / Facebook)...

Arizona State football's new turf field at Camp Tontozona. (Sun Devil Football / Facebook)

(Sun Devil Football / Facebook)

Arizona State football and new head coach Kenny Dillingham announced the team will be returning to Camp Tontozona in Payson again in August.

This will be the first trip up north for the team under Dillingham and the first time ASU has been back since 2019. The team has taken a hiatus due to turf renovations, COVID restrictions and weather conditions.

The Sun Devils will be in Payson from Aug. 10-12 and hold a scrimmage open to the public that Saturday.

“One of the main goals I wanted when I was named head coach was to get us back to ‘Camp T’ in 2023. It is one of the favorite traditions of the fans, and growing up I know all that goes into the history.” Dillingham said in a press release.

“I am excited that our players will be able to experience it. The relationships and bonds formed during this time can’t be replicated. Times have changed and we understand that not everything can be the same as it once was, but we want to get up there this year and make sure our current team understands where so much history was created in our program. Every Sun Devil legend spent time at Camp Tontozona, and it is important the 2023 team understands this.”

Camp T started in 1959 under coach Frank Kush and has been a legendary tradition for the football team ever since. The name comes from a combination of the Tonto National Forest and the state’s name.

Practice times and availability are still yet to be determined.

Dillingham said the coaches hope to use the time to judge how the team has evolved from the spring practices the team held.

The camp is surrounded by a sprawling forest, the Tonto Creek just steps away, mountain ranges, three man-sized waterfalls and clear-bottom swimming holes, bubbling springs and a multitude of wildlife.

Arizona State Football

Brandon Aiyuk #11 of the San Francisco 49ers runs with the ball during the first half against the G...

Kellan Olson

49ers star WR Brandon Aiyuk officially requests trade, per reports

With the clock getting nearer and nearer to a new NFL season, Brandon Aiyuk appears to be fed up with waiting on the 49ers to meet his price.

3 days ago

Wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan #4 of the Arizona Wildcats runs with the football against the Arizo...

Bailey Leasure

ESPN’s Connelly projects college football win totals for ASU, Arizona

ESPN's Bill Connelly projects win total for Arizona State and Arizona in their first season in the Big 12 conference.

7 days ago

(Graphic via Valero Alamo Bowl)...

Arizona Sports

Former Pac-12 teams in Big 12, elsewhere will retain prior bowl game affiliation

The Pac-12 announced that former conference members in the Big Ten, Big 12 and ACC will keep the old bowl game affiliations.

8 days ago

Brett Yormark, Big 12 commissioner...

Ryan Pasiecznik

Notable Arizona State, Arizona legends named to first-ever Big 12 Alumni Council

Four alumni who made their imprint on the Arizona schools were named to the first Big 12 Alumni Council on Wednesday.

9 days ago

Arizona State Sun Devils helmets during the college football game between the Utah Utes and the Ari...

Ryan Pasiecznik

Arizona State football enters Big 12 conference with ‘external motivation’

Arizona State football heads into its first year in the Big 12 conference with plenty to prove to its naysayers.

10 days ago

...

Arizona Sports Video

Video: Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark says the conference is the deepest in college football

Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark says the conference is the deepest in college football

10 days ago

Arizona State football to return to Camp Tontozona in August