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84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl between North Carolina State Wolfpack vs Arizona State Sun Devils, Sun Bowl Stadium, December 29, 2017

85th Annual Sun Bowl Game to Kick Off at Noon on New Year’s Eve

The Sun Bowl Association and Executive Director Bernie Olivas announced on Wednesday, May 23 that the 85th edition of the Hyundai Sun Bowl will be played on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018 in Sun Bowl Stadium with kick-off set for 12 p.m. (MT).

The game, featuring a team from the ACC or Norte Dame taking on a team from of the Pac-12, will air on CBS for the 51st consecutive year.

“We are happy to announce that we are returning to our traditional New Year’s Eve slot,” Olivas said. “Many of our local fans had expressed to us that the New Year’s Eve date had become a family tradition and we are excited to have the game back on that day.”

Since the first Sun Bowl played on January 1, 1935, as a fundraising event for a local service club, the game has grown into El Paso’s number one national attraction. With its picturesque stadium nestled between two mountains it has become a staple to the Southwest.

Ara Parseghian played here, as well as Merlin Olsen. Through the years, the Sun Bowl has hosted some of the greats of the game – Tony Dorsett, Barry Sanders, Don Maynard, James Lofton, Carson Palmer, LaDainian Tomlinson and more recently Jonathan Stewart, Toby Gerhart, Mitch Trubisky, Solomon Thomas and Joey Harrington.

The 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl consisted of No. 24 North Carolina State racking up 52 points to defeat Arizona State, 52-31, in front of 39,897 fans on beautiful Friday afternoon. The Wolfpack’s 52 points is the second-most scored by a team in the Sun Bowl’s prestigious history, trailing only the 56 scored by Oregon in 2007. The 83 combined points is also second-most in Sun Bowl history. UCLA and Northwestern combined to score 88 points in 2006.

Parking, RV parking and party passes are available for purchase at the Sun Bowl Association office. For questions concerning ADA ticket purchases and parking, please call the Sun Bowl Association office.

For ticket information about the 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl go online or call the Hyundai Sun Bowl Ticket Manager at 915-533-4416.

Ticket Prices:

$22 – End Zone

$22 – Touchdown (upper corners of stadium)

$32 – Sun Seats

$47 – Stadium

$57 – Preferred

$62 – Premium

$652 – Captain’s Club

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