(Tuesday, August 20, 2013)
Conference USA Extends Contract with the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl
ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, announced today that the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl and Conference USA (C-USA) have extended the contract for Conference USA to participate in the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl three times over the next six years beginning in 2014.
This year’s Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl will be played on Tuesday, Dec. 24 on Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium featuring a Conference USA team against an opponent from the Mountain West. Kickoff is 3 p.m. HT (8 p.m. ET) and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
Last year’s Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl featured Fresno State of the Mountain West and SMU of Conference USA. The Mustangs defeated the Bulldogs, 43-10, for their second Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl title in four years and in process, tied an NCAA record for interceptions returned for touchdowns in a season.
Conference USA will send a preferred selection team as mutually agreed upon by both C-USA and ERT to participate in Hawai‘i. The University of Hawai‘i will have the opportunity to represent the Mountain West if the Rainbow Warriors are bowl eligible.
“Conference USA has been an outstanding partner for the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl since day one,” said David Matlin, Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl Executive Director. “The student-athletes representing C-USA over the years have been first class representatives of their institutions both on and off the playing field. We are very pleased to have secured Conference USA to continue their participation in Hawai‘i.”
“The Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl has hosted most of our teams since its inception, and we are thrilled to be able to extend the relationship into the future,” said Britton Banowsky, Conference USA Commissioner. “It is truly among the best of all bowl experiences.”
The Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl, owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television, is played at 50,000-seat Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium. The inaugural game was played in 2002, when Tulane defeated Hawai‘i, 36-28. Hawai‘i won the next two bowl games, a 54-48 triple overtime victory over Houston in 2003, and a 59-40 win over UAB in 2004.
The tradition of high scoring, exciting offensive football continued when Nevada defeated UCF, 49-48, in overtime in 2005. The following year, Hawai‘i rallied past Arizona State, 41-24, while East Carolina rallied past Boise State in a thrilling 41-38 victory in 2007. Notre Dame made its only Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl appearance in 2008, defeating Hawai‘i 49-21.
C-USA returned former Hawai‘i head coach June Jones to the islands for SMU victories in 2009 and 2012, while Tulsa and Southern Miss claimed the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl trophy in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
Tickets to the 2013 Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl are currently on sale. For more information, visit the official Web site: SheratonHawaiiBowl.com.
The title sponsor of the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl is Sheraton Hotels and Resorts.
ESPN Regional Television
ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, owns and operates collegiate sporting events worldwide, including two Labor Day Kickoff college football games; nine college bowl games and eight college basketball events. These account for approximately 200 hours of programming, reach almost 64 million viewers and attract nearly half a million attendees each year. The owned and operated events build relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as provide unique experiences for teams and fans. In addition to event ownership, ERT manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.
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