Posted on 17 November 2013 by WNST Staff
Navy Qualifies For The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl In Fort Worth, Texas; Tickets On Sale Now
ANNAPOLIS, Md.– Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced after Saturday’s victory over South Alabama that the Naval Academy has qualified to play in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Monday, Dec. 30 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas against a projected opponent from the Mountain West. Kickoff is set for 10:45 AM in Fort Worth (11:45 AM in Annapolis) and will be televised nationally by ESPN. This will be Navy’s 10th bowl game in the last 11 seasons.
This will be Navy’s fifth trip to Texas for a bowl game and the first since Navy’s 35-13 rout of Missouri in the 2009 Texas Bowl in Houston. Navy has also played in the 2003 EV1.net Houston Bowl (lost to Texas Tech, 38-14), the 1964 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (lost to Texas, 28-6) and the 1958 Cotton Bowl in Dallas (beat Rice, 20-7).
“We are excited about the opportunity to travel to Fort Worth and play in a first-class bowl game,” said Gladchuk. “The city of Fort Worth, the stadium, the hospitality from the community and the bowl administration present as fine a postseason experience as we could possibly enjoy. The Academy is sincerely grateful to Brant Ringler and his staff for inviting us and setting the stage for our team to earn an enjoyable trip to the great city of Fort Worth and an inspiring matchup versus an opponent from the Mountain West Conference.”
“I am very happy for our young men and our program that we are going back to a bowl game for the 10th time in the last 11 years,” said Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo. “Right now our only focus is to finish out the regular season on the right note by beating San Jose State and Army and winning the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, but we are thrilled to be going to Fort Worth.”
“Congratulations to the U.S. Naval Academy football team on becoming bowl eligible for the fifth time in six years under Coach Niumatalolo’s watch,” said Brant Ringler, the Executive Director of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. “The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl and the City of Fort Worth are very excited to roll out the red carpet for Navy’s football team, its midshipmen, alumni and fans. I’ve witnessed firsthand the pageantry and tradition that is Navy football and truly look forward to it all being put in display for our city and fans to enjoy.”
Posted on 19 April 2013 by WNST Staff
2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl announces December 30 kickoff
The 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will be played in Fort Worth, Texas, on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. The 11th edition of this postseason college football bowl game will kick off at 10:45 a.m. (CT) from Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU. The game will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio.
This year’s Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl is slated to feature a team from the Mountain West Conference versus the U.S. Naval Academy, pending bowl eligibility. While the bowl game played in honor of the armed forces has previously hosted the U.S. Military Academy (2010) and the U.S. Air Force Academy (2007-2009, 2012), this is the first year that the bowl is contracted with the Naval Academy.
“The Monday kickoff will be great for our out of town guests to enjoy Fort Worth over the weekend and then watch our game,” said Brant Ringler, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl executive director. “We are excited to host the Naval Academy and know the Mountain West will have a worthy opponent.”
This will mark the third year for the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl to be held on December 30, as the 2010 and 2011 contests were both held on that date. The most recent Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl was played Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 featuring a match-up between the Rice Owls and U.S. Air Force Academy Falcons, in which the Owls claimed the bowl victory 33-14. The 2012 showcase drew an attendance of 40,754 and the largest TV audience in the game’s history with an average of 2,584,000 households. The ESPN telecast had a 2.6 average household coverage rating – marking the bowl’s second-highest rating in the event history.
Owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl has featured the “armed forces” theme since 2006. Patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of the service are prevalent throughout the game. Past Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowls have included fan-fest areas showcasing armed forces hardware; flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military’s top skydiving teams; custom homes awarded to wounded warriors; on-field induction ceremonies; armed forces bands and honor guards; the annual Great American Patriot Award presented by Armed Forces Insurance; and the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America.