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Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl Press Release

(Friday, May 9, 2014)

Hawai'i Bowl To Be Played On Christmas Eve

HONOLULU – ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, announced that the Hawai‘i Bowl will be played on Wednesday, Dec. 24, on Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium. Kickoff is 3 p.m. HT (8 p.m. ET) and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN.

Now in its 13th year, the bowl will pit a team from the Mountain West against a team from Conference USA. The game will be played on Christmas Eve for the tenth time.

“We are excited to continue our holiday tradition of showcasing Hawai’i to the entire nation on ESPN,” said David Matlin, Hawai‘i Bowl Executive Director. “While mainland families are enjoying their Christmas Eve in frigid winter conditions, they can escape from the weather for a few hours of college football in paradise.”

In 2014, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts will transition from title sponsor to official hotel sponsor of the Hawai’i Bowl.   Sheraton’s sponsorship over the past eleven years has been key to the Hawai’i Bowl’s success.   We are pleased that Sheraton Hotels and Resorts will continue to provide an unforgettable bowl week experience for our visiting teams and their fans.

Last year’s game featured Boise State of the Mountain West and Oregon State of the Pac-12. The Beavers earned the victory with Rashaad Reynolds returning two fumbles for touchdowns in a 38-23 victory.

The Hawai‘i Bowl has been known for its high scoring (the winning team has scored 40 or more points nine times), thrilling offenses and close games (two overtime games and five games decided by one touchdown or less).

The Hawai‘i Bowl has supported many non-profit organizations through the Hawai‘i Bowl Foundation.  Over $900,000 has been awarded to charities since the inception of the Hawai’i Bowl foundation.  In addition, the Hawai‘i Bowl promotes our island way of life by sponsoring sporting events intrinsic to Hawai‘i.

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 guarantees UH an invitation when bowl eligible. The Warriors have participated in the bowl six times.

Tickets to the 2014 Hawai‘i Bowl are expected to go on sale this summer. For more information, visit the official Web site: HawaiiBowl.com.

The Hawaii Bowl is one of 11 bowl owned and operated by ESPN Events.

ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes two Labor Day weekend college football games; 11 college bowl games and eight college basketball events, which accounts for approximately 200 hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over a half a million 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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