Tenth Annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl to be Played Saturday, Dec. 19


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The 10th-annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl will kickoff on the FBS Bowl season opening day, Saturday, Dec. 19 at Noon MT/2 p.m. ET, announced the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. The game will be played at University Stadium in Albuquerque, and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN and ESPN Radio.


"We are very happy to be able to continue what is now a decade-long tradition of playing the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on the first Saturday afternoon and showcasing the beauty of our State and City to the national television audience," said Jeff Siembieda, Gildan New Mexico Bowl executive director. "Our 10th-annual game is something special for our community and we are looking forward to a great celebration on December 19th."


The Gildan New Mexico Bowl has ignited the collegiate bowl postseason before, playing on the first day since 2008. As the first game on tap from 2010-2013, it provided multiple storybook endings. Last year, the Gildan New Mexico Bowl was the second game on the schedule but still churned out an improbable tale as Utah State garnered a 21-6 win against UTEP, at times with its fifth-string quarterback leading the offense.


The 2015 Gildan New Mexico Bowl is scheduled to feature teams from the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA. The leagues were pitted against each other in last year's game, as well as the 2010 Gildan New Mexico Bowl when the MW's BYU Cougars cruised to a 52-24 victory over the UTEP Miners. The Mountain West has won two consecutive bowl games in Albuquerque.


Tickets for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl range from $25-$40 and are available at the UNM ticket office and at www.gildannewmexicobowl.com.


The Gildan New Mexico Bowl is one of 13 games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN.


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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.


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AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (Houston); AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Popeyes Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Hawai‘i Bowl (Honolulu); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney (Orlando, Fla.); Orlando Kickoff (Florida); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); St. Petersburg Bowl (Florida); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Orlando, Fla.) and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth)


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