Hawai‘i Bowl To Be Showcased On Christmas Eve
HONOLULU - The 2015 edition of the Hawai‘i Bowl will be played on Thursday, Dec. 24, on Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN and played on Christmas Eve for the eleventh time. Kick-off is 8 p.m. ET (3 p.m. HT).
In its 14th year, the bowl will pit a team from the American Athletic Conference against a team from the Mountain West or BYU. BYU – an independent program – will play in either the Hawai‘i Bowl or the Las Vegas Bowl in 2015, if bowl eligible. Whichever game the Cougars do not participate in this season, BYU will be a part of in 2019.
"The Hawai‘i Bowl and Christmas Eve go together like fish and poi," said Daryl Garvin, Hawai‘i Bowl executive director. "With temperatures dropping across much of the country, ESPN showcases Hawai‘i’s warmth – both in terms of weather and spirit – to millions of viewers."
Last year’s game featured Fresno State of the Mountain West and Rice of Conference-USA. The Rice Owls earned the 30-6 victory with quarterback Driphus Jackson throwing for 318 yards and three touchdowns.
The Hawai‘i Bowl is known for its high scoring (the winning team has scored 40 or more points nine times), thrilling offenses and close games with two overtime contests and five games decided by one touchdown or less.
In addition to promoting the island way of life by sponsoring events intrinsic to Hawai‘i, the bowl supports many non-profit organizations through the Hawai‘i Bowl Foundation. More than $1 million has been awarded to charities since the inception of the Hawai’i Bowl Foundation.
The bowl game was created in 2002 after the hometown University of Hawai‘i finished the 2001 season with a 9-3 record and was not invited to a bowl game. The Hawai‘i Bowl provides UH an invitation when bowl eligible. The Rainbow Warriors have participated in the bowl six times.
Tickets to the 2015 Hawai‘i Bowl are expected to go on sale this summer.
The Hawai‘i Bowl is one of 13 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN.
ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; 13 college bowl games, nine college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 250-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Boca Raton, Boise, Birmingham, Dallas-Fort Worth, Albuquerque, St. Petersburg and Las Vegas, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.
ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.
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