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Nova Home Loans Bowl block party draws thousands as game approaches

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TUCSON - For the third straight year, Tucson plays host to the Nova Home Loans Bowl. Thousands of New Mexico State and Utah State fans have descended on the Old Pueblo for the festivities. 

The game kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Arizona Stadium. It's a big boost to the Tucson economy. Hotels, restaurants, and tourism all get a boost. 

140 band members with New Mexico State arrived at a block party at Armory Park downtown on Thursday afternoon. Estrella and Andres Gomez are siblings and tuba players. 

"When I first started out I didn't even think I'd be playing in high school but I fell in love with band that I had to keep going after high school," Estrella, a senior, said. 

"It gives me confidence because she's better than me so it's a little competition we have that makes us better as a section," Andres said. He is a freshman in the NMSU marching band. 

It will be a battle for Aggie supremacy on the field. For Estrella and Andres this week is one they'll cherish together. 

"Sharing this together, it's just super awesome," Estrella said. 

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