Poinsettia Bowl Tickets
Event: Poinsettia Bowl
League: College Football
Location: San Diego, Calif.
When It’s Held: December
Standout Matchups: Bolling AFB vs. NTC San Diego (1952), Navy vs. Colorado State (2005), BYU vs. Wyoming (2016)
Poinsettia Bowl TicketsFor those who love college and armed forces football, the Poinsettia Bowl is an event that has been known for pitting intense football rivals against each other during the latter half of December. This famous event is played in San Diego, and not only do college conference teams play, but the football teams of the US armed forces (Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines) have played in this bowl game as well. In fact, when the event began in 1952, these were the only teams that played. For this initial run, there were only four games from 1952 to 1955, and then event was suspended for 50 years. In 2005, it was resurrected so that fans could see matchups between the Navy and other college teams like the Colorado State Rams. The first returning game in 2005 was famous because of the fact that it not only broke a record for points scored, but the combined yardage in the game set an NCAA record. Get your tickets at StubHub to see the next Poinsettia Bowl game.
What is the seating capacity of the Poinsettia Bowl?Over the years, this has changed due to the fact that the game has been played at two locations. Most recently, since the game is played at SDCCU Stadium, the event comfortably seats about 70,561 people at a time. When the game was played among the armed forces, the capacity for each event was lower; in that period, about 20,000 people could be seated.
Where is the Poinsettia Bowl game played?The games that were played in the 1950s were played at Balboa Stadium, which is in San Diego. After the 50-year hiatus, during the next 11 years, the game was played exclusively at SDCCU Stadium, which is also in San Diego. This field is known for being able to be converted to both a baseball and a football field.
Why did the hiatus start in 1956?Despite a reasonable level of popularity, the Poinsettia Bowl ended after 1956 and didn’t pick up again until the next century in 2005. This is due to the fact that the Suez Crisis occurred, and the organizers announced that there would be no 1957 game. It’s important to note that the teams that played the game were entirely made up of servicemen, so once they had been deployed, there were effectively no backups to continue the Poinsettia Bowl schedule for the next year.
What are some famous matchups?When it comes to some of the more truly memorable events that happened during the Poinsettia Bowl, the 2005 game, which resurrected the event, stands out. Not only did the yardage and scoring in that game reach some all-time highs, but the Navy's Reggie Campbell scored five touchdowns. Additionally, this game, which was played between Navy and Colorado State, featured a 22-yard pass from CSU’s Johnny Walker and a 34-yard pass from Campbell.
What was the final score of the 2005 game?The final score of the game saw Navy defeat CSU 51-30. With such a wild game, the Poinsettia Bowl was clearly making a comeback after its 50-year hiatus.
Have Poinsettia Bowl players gone on to play in the NFL?While some of the MVPs of the Poinsettia Bowl, like Reggie Campbell, went on to pursue other careers, some went on to play professional football. For example, Keenan Reynolds, who played in the 2014 game for the Navy, went on to play for the Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens. In addition, the last MVP of the Bowl, Jamaal Williams, is currently playing for the Green Bay Packers.
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