ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The 11th-annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl will take place on the FBS Bowl season opening day, Saturday, Dec. 17 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 air nationally on ESPN.
“We are thrilled to be a part of Bowl Season's opening day once again,” said Jeff Siembieda, Gildan New Mexico Bowl executive director. “That Saturday afternoon has turned into a great tradition in our community. We look forward to beginning the second decade of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl with another tremendous game.”
For the second straight year, the Gildan New Mexico Bowl welcomes the Noon MT/2 p.m. ET start. The collegiate bowl game is also playing on opening day for the ninth consecutive season. As the first game on tap from 2010-2013, it provided multiple storybook endings. Last year, the Gildan New Mexico Bowl returned to the opening FBS slot, and nearly saw an astonishing come-from-behind victory from the New Mexico Lobos. The Arizona Wildcats silenced the comeback with a late field goal to make it a two-possession game, and an interception with under a minute to go, sealing the 45-37 win.
The 2016 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 the 2014 game when the Utah State Aggies ran to a 21-6 win over the UTEP Miners, as well as the 2010 Gildan New Mexico Bowl when the MW’s BYU Cougars cruised to a 52-24 victory over the Miners.
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 division of ESPN.
ESPN Events, a division 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, 10 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 Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, 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.
AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (Houston); Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Camping World Kickoff (Orlando, Fla.); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Marmot Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); MEAC/SWAC Challenge (Orlando, Fla.); Popeyes Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); St. Petersburg Bowl (Florida); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta) and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth)
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