The Spazmatics, a cover band out of Austin, is set to headline the 2017 Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta presented by El Paso Live, Thursday, December 28 at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center from 4-9 p.m. (MT), with a fireworks show concluding the event.
An El Paso holiday staple since 1998, the Fan Fiesta has gained a new sponsor in El Paso Live, and the sponsor helped bring The Spazmatics on board to entertain the crowd on the eve of the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl.
The group is described as “a nerdy new wave dance party” that provides outstanding musicianship combined with creative flair and style making for an evening of pure energy and entertainment.
Admission to the event is free with a wide variety of activities planned for the party including: matachines dancers, mariachis, ballet folklorico and the annual ‘Battle of the Bands’ that will feature the Arizona State marching band and the NC State marching band.
“The Fan Fiesta has really become a tradition here in El Paso and we encourage everyone to head downtown to enjoy everything the downtown area has to offer,” said Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association Bernie Olivas.
Restaurants including Forti’s Mexican Elder, Carnitas Queretaro and Delicious Burrito will be serving up signature dishes. Academy Sports’ interactive tent, along with Sports World and Hyundai Sun Bowl Apparel, are providing team gear to Arizona State and NC State fans, as well as with El Paso-themed items.
“If there is one thing El Paso is known for, it’s the amazing and delicious food,” Olivas said. “Join us down at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center for food, fun, and my favorite, fireworks!”
A kids’ area will also be set up with 18 interactive and inflatable activities. A $5 wristband is required. Military guests with a valid ID can enjoy the interactive attractions for free.
The Fan Fiesta is a way to showcase the spirit, flavor and hospitality of El Paso. Along with the various performing groups representing different artistic styles, multiple food and merchandise vendors will be on hand.
Sun Bowl Association Special Events Director Joe Daubach mentioned that the event continues to grow in popularity, and he fully expects great attendance.
2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta -Presented by El Paso Live
MAIN HALL PERFORMANCES
4:00 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. – National Anthem
4:05 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Performance by the City of Juarez
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Introduction of the Sun Court
5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. – Performance by the City of Juarez
5:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – House Music
6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. – Battle of the Bands
6:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. – Performance by the Spazmatics
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Performance by Paso Del Norte Mariachi
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Performance by Paso Del Norte Mariachi
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Performance by Matachines San Patricios
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Performance by Matachines San Patricios
5:00 p.m. -5:45 p.m. – Both University Bands will march from the El Paso Convention Center around San Jacinto Plaza and Winter Fest back to the El Paso Convention Center.
Other Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta Entertainment
*FREE admission from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
*FREE– Face painting for kids and adults
*FREE– Entertainment including Bands, Dance Groups, Mariachi Players and much more
*FREE – Ability to take picture with a Wild Western Group and Hyundai Sun Bowl Selfie Booth
* $5 wristband (unlimited entries) – inflatable/interactive games for adults and children
Restaurants – There will be various restaurants represented with El Paso’s signature foods in the food court area to include Delicious Burrito, Destination El Paso and several others
Various Booths –Sun Bowl apparel, El Paso souvenirs, Academy Sports + Outdoors, El Paso Times, Simon Properties, Sport World Sporting Goods, Sun Metro and several interactive displays and many other vendors
The Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta will COMP all military children under 12 a $5 wristband. This will allow unlimited entries to all the inflatable/interactive games. You must present your Military ID at the inflatable games ticket tent to receive the wristband
The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai of El Paso have announced that Las Cruces police officer turned country singer, Frank Ray, is scheduled to perform during halftime of the 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl on Friday, December 29.
Frank Ray, from Las Cruces, will perform at halftime of the match-up between Arizona State and NC State. He was recently featured in Rolling Stone magazine in an article titled “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: December 2017.”
“It’s great to have another regional up-and-coming star from the Borderland region,” said Executive Director of the Hyundai Sun Bowl Bernie Olivas. “Mr. Ray also has a great story as he was a police officer in Las Cruces, N.M.”
The Hyundai Sun Bowl is featuring a Borderland-halftime performer for the second year in a row after Elia Esparza and Khaliya Kimberlie performed in 2016. In 2014 Lone Star performed in front of more than 47,000 fans. The Andress High School Band, out of El Paso, teamed-up with the UCLA and Virginia Tech bands, to put on a show in 2013, as Three Dog Night performed at the 2013 Fan Fiesta.
Lee Bryce worked the crowd of about 48,000 fans in 2012 and the Sun Bowl Association is expecting at least that many fans to support Frank Ray this year. Other notable halftime performances include the Village People in 2008 and Rhianna in 2006.
Ray released his first solo EP Different Kind of Country earlier this year. A Hispanic-American, Ray sings about the Hispanic experience in the United States. The lead single from his EP “Every Time You Run” is currently 20th on the Texas Regional Radio Report.
“It’s an absolute honor to get to end the year in front of such a massive crowd. It gives me an opportunity to represent my community but also serves as a symbol of continued success for my team and my family,” said Frank Ray. “I’m humbled to have been given the opportunity by the great representatives of the Sun Bowl.”
Ray plays shows from Albuquerque, N.M. to Austin, Texas. He has appeared in both El Paso and Las Cruces as well.
The 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl game will be played Friday, Dec. 29, at 1 p.m. MT (3 p.m. ET) at Sun Bowl Stadium.
The 2017 game will mark the 84th anniversary of the Sun Bowl game and the 50th consecutive broadcast on CBS. This year’s game features No. 24 NC State out of the ACC and Arizona State from the Pac-12.
Tickets are available by calling the Sun Bowl Association office at 915-533-4416.
A Western Hills Elementary School Kindergarten Class has been chosen winner of the first-ever Hyundai Sun Bowl “A’DOOR’N The Schools” Door Decorating Contest.
Students of the kindergarten class, which is taught by Ms. Delgado and Ms. Garcia, won tickets to the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl and will also be provided a hot dog and beverage during the game.
“This is the first year we had the opportunity to do this and we are excited for the students from Western Hills Elementary to hang out and enjoy the game on Friday, Dec. 29,” said Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “We hit a little bump in the road when we began to verify votes so we decided to take another route.”
Due to an error in getting accurate votes tallied, the Sun Bowl Association had to vote on the doors to choose the winner.
Members of the Sun Bowl Association staff, the Sun Bowl Association Board members and members of various Sun Bowl committees voted to choose the inaugural winner.
Mr. Olivas will be presenting the tickets to the class at Western Hills Elementary, Monday, December 11 at 10 a.m.
This year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for a 1 p.m. (MT) kick-off at Sun Bowl Stadium on Friday, December 29.
The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai of El Paso have announced that No. 24 North Carolina State University will take on Arizona State University in the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl.
The game is scheduled for Friday, December 29 at 1 p.m. (MT) at Sun Bowl Stadium.
NC State comes into the game 8-4 on the year finishing the regular season ranked No. 24 in the final College Football Playoff Rankings while its opponent out of the Pac-12, Arizona State, is heading to El Paso for the second time in four years after finishing with a 7-5 overall record and a 6-3 conference record.
“We feel this matchup will make for another great game here at the Hyundai Sun Bowl,” Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association Bernie Olivas said. “We cannot wait for the teams to arrive here to the Borderland so that we can show them a great time. As we have seen in the past, teams that come to the Sun Bowl normally have future professional players on the team and we are ecstatic that they will get to perform in front of the best football fans around.”
NC State will be making its fourth consecutive bowl appearance, all under head coach Dave Doeren. In Doeren’s seven-year stint as a head coach, he has advanced to the postseason six times. The Wolfpack finished 6-2 in the ACC, tying the most conference wins in a single season all-time at NC State.
ASU will play in its 30th bowl game overall and the team’s sixth bowl appearance in the last seven seasons. It will be the Sun Devils’ sixth appearance in the Sun Bowl. This marks the third meeting between ASU and NC State, and the Sun Devils hold an 8-10 record all-time against the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Sun Devils last faced the Wolfpack in 1974, a 35-14 loss in Tempe, while defeating NC State at home in a 25-22 effort during the 1960 season.
“The buzz is there at Arizona State and at the end of the day all of this is about the kids and about football,” said ASU graduate and football selection committee chairman John Folmer said, “We want to make sure that the team, the coaches and the families all have a great time when they are in El Paso.”
Tickets for the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl are on sale through Ticketmaster and the Sun Bowl Association office. The 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for Friday, Dec. 29 in Sun Bowl Stadium with kick-off scheduled for 1 p.m. (MT).
All information for the game can be viewed online through the link available at www.sunbowl.org. Customers and fans can also call the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416) and are also invited to stop by the Sun Bowl Association office located at 4150 Pinnacle Street, Suite 100 in El Paso to purchase tickets.
Appearances in Sun Bowl
North Carolina State (0-0)
FIRST APPEARANCE – 2017
Arizona State (3-1-1)
Tie vs. Catholic, 0-0 (Jan. 1, 1940)
Loss vs. Western Reserve, 26-13 (Jan. 1, 1941)
Win vs. Iowa, 17-7 (Dec. 31, 1997)
Win vs. Purdue, 27-23 (Dec. 31, 2004)
Win vs. Duke, 36-31 (Dec. 27, 2014)
About the universities
North Carolina State
Location: Raleigh, N.C.
Nickname: Wolf Pack
School Colors: Red (PMS-186) and White
Stadium (capacity): Wayne Day Family Field (57,600)
Surface: Natural Grass
Conference: Atlantic Coast
Chancellor: Dr. Randy Woodson
Athletic Director: Deborah A. Yow
Previous Bowl Appearance: 2016 Independence Bowl
Location: Tempe, Ariz.
Nickname: Sun Devils
Colors: Maroon and Gold
Stadium: Sun Devil Stadium (67,704 capacity)
President: Dr. Michael Crow
Athletic Director: Ray Anderson
Previous Bowl Appearance: 2015 Cactus Bowl
Gallery by Andres Acosta, Chief Photographer, El Paso Herald-Post
Elementary students all across the El Paso region had the opportunity to submit an entry into the “A’DOOR’N The Schools” Door Decorating contest for a chance to win tickets to the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl with classmates.
“We are impressed with the entries we received, especially because this is the first time we’ve had the opportunity to do something like this,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “The entries we received reflect the artistic and creative minds we have in the El Paso school systems.”
The entries have been submitted and now it is time for everyone to vote for the winner. The top entries have been posted on the Hyundai Sun Bowl Facebook page and will be up from Friday, Dec. 1 at 8:00 a.m. (MST) until, Friday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m. (MST).
The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai announced that former Virginia Tech player and head coach Frank Beamer along with CBS Sports are the 2017 Legends of the Sun Bowl for the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl.
Frank Beamer retired from Virginia Tech in 2015 with an impressive career record of 238-121-2. Virginia Tech found plenty of success under Beamer as it made 23 consecutive bowl appearances, including an appearance in the 80th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl in 2013.
“It was an honor for Virginia Tech, our football program and myself to participate in the Sun Bowl,” Beamer said. “I am also honored to be inducted as a Legend of the Sun Bowl.”
While at the helm for Virginia Tech, Beamer led the charge helping his team post 23 straight seasons of seven or more wins, longest streak in school history. He also guided his team to the BCS National Championship Game in 1999 against Florida State. Beamer helped the Hokies to become one of only six programs in college football history to go to a bowl in at least 20 straight years (Nebraska, Michigan, Florida State, Alabama, Virginia Tech and Florida).
Beamer also helped his team compile a school-record streak in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll at 84 consecutive weeks. His team also earned seven conference titles and eight “major” bowl bids in a 23-year span. Including his tenure at Murray State from 1981-86, he finished his illustrious career with 280 head coaching victories.
“Hosting Mr. Frank Beamer and his team in 2013 was such an honor and pleasure,” said Executive Director of the Hyundai Sun Bowl Bernie Olivas. “We are extremely excited to have Coach Beamer back in El Paso and talking with him, we know he is excited to come visit the Borderland.”
The Sun Bowl Association is also inducting CBS Sports as a Sun Bowl Legend this year in accordance with the celebration of 50 years of partnership.
“We have such a great relationship with CBS and they have treated us extremely well over the years, it’s simply the logical and right thing that we honor the company as a Sun Bowl Legend,” Olivas said. “CBS has helped put us among the best-of-the-best bowl games in the country and we cannot thank them enough.”
The Sun Bowl was first televised on CBS in 1968 when Auburn defeated Arizona 34-10 with Lindsey Nelson and Hall-of-Famer Frank Gifford announcing the game. Other notable announcers that CBS Sports has provided over the years include Verne Lundquist, Pat Summerall, Tom Brookshier, Burt Reynolds, Pat Haden, Pat O’Brien, Dan Fouts, Ara Parseghian, Michele Tafoya, Tracy Wolfson, Brent Musburger and Jim Nantz.
Jim Nantz, who called the play-by-play action for the Sun Bowl numerous times, has called the Master’s for 32 consecutive year on CBS.
“The Hyundai Sun Bowl’s history is on the field and in the booth,” Olivas said. “El Paso has been lucky to have CBS showcase the game and the City of El Paso for 50 straight years.”
Announcers Verne Lundquist, Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshier along with producer Craig Silver have all been inducted as Sun Bowl legends in the past. Summerall and Brookshier, who called the game together from 1977-80 were inducted in 1997 while Lundquist was inducted in 2005.
Producer Craig Silver was inducted in 2008 after producing the game from 1983-2005. He also produced the game in 2008 and again from 2009-16. Silver has been a part of over half of the CBS broadcasts and has won multiple sports Emmy Awards and has produced multiple Winter Olympic broadcasts on CBS. He also produced several NCAA basketball tournament broadcasts, including the 1992 NCAA East Regional final between Duke and Kentucky, when Christian Laettner hit the buzzer-beater to lift the Blue Devils over the Wildcats to advance to the Final Four.
CBS Sports will bring viewers all the color, artistry and drama inherent to the nation’s second oldest bowl game with live coverage of the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Friday, Dec. 29 (3 p.m. ET; 1 p.m. MT). The game features select teams from the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) and the Pac-12.
The NCAA, the Football Bowl Association and the Division I football conferences are scheduled to announce all placements for post-season play Sunday, Dec. 3 at approximately 2 p.m.
The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai will be hosting a “Selection Sunday Party” from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, which is located at 1200 Futurity Drive in Sunland Park, N.M.
“With the way the games ended up in the final weeks of play we have an idea of who will be coming from the Pac-12,” said Executive Director of the Hyundai Sun Bowl Bernie Olivas. “Out of the ACC there are a few different teams that we could get including Louisville, NC State, Wake Forest and Virginia.”
The 2017 game will mark the 84th anniversary of the Sun Bowl game and the 50th consecutive broadcast on CBS. The game features selections from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences.
Stanford defeated North Carolina, 25-23 in the 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl.
The 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl game will be played Friday, December 29, at 1 p.m. MT (3 p.m. ET) at Sun Bowl Stadium.
“Looking at our reports this past month, we noticed that we have had more people renew early than we’ve had in the past, so that is telling me that our regular ticket buyers are excited to come back to the game,” said Hyundai Sun Bowl Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “Our game is an El Paso tradition and the prices for tickets are very affordable, especially when one compares it to other forms of entertainment.”
This year’s game marks the 50th consecutive year the Sun Bowl has been broadcast by CBS, which makes it the second longest program on the same network on all of television only behind the Master’s. The 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl will kick off at 1 p.m. (MT) Friday, December 29, 2017; and features teams from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences.
Last year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl featured the second and third overall picks in the NFL draft, Mitch Trubisky and Solomon Thomas, with Stanford edging UNC 28-26.
“We have various ticket options and packages to choose from,” Olivas said. “Sun Bowl Stadium does not have a bad seat in the house so any option will give the purchaser a great view of the playing field.”
The Hyundai Sun Bowl also offers Sun Bowl Six Pack ticket packages. The Sun Bowl Six Pack includes six Hyundai Sun Bowl Game Tickets, six Hyundai Sun Bowl Pregame VIP Tent Party tickets, six The Hospitals of Providence Rotary Sun Bowl Team Luncheon tickets and six WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Tickets.
Fans can purchase tickets and set them up to be renewed on an annual basis by calling the Sun Bowl Association office.
Tickets for the game can be purchased online or by calling the Sun Bowl Association office at 915-533-4416. Fans can also stop by the Sun Bowl Association office in El Paso at 4150 Pinnacle Street, Suite 100 to purchase tickets.
Ticket prices start at just $22 with other options priced at $32, $47, $57 and $62. A map of the stadium’s layout can be found at www.sunbowl.org
Fans can also help send others to the game through our “Salute a Soldier Program” and “Take a Child to the Game Program.”
“As a non-profit organization we are always looking for ways to have others join us in giving back to the community,” Olivas said. “Our ‘Salute a Soldier Program’ and ‘Take a Child to the Game Program’ are two great ways to show love to the community we live in. The Fort Bliss soldiers who have received tickets in the past have been ecstatic and it’s always great to give tickets to children, especially as a Christmas gift.”
The “Salute a Soldier Program” allows fans and companies the opportunity to give a Fort Bliss soldier a memory to last a lifetime. As a sponsor, you will give the soldier an opportunity to attend the game while your company is recognized during the game.
If a fan or company would prefer to take part in the “Take a Child to the Game Program” that person or company affords local children the opportunity to attend the Hyundai Sun Bowl.
With the game falling only four days after Christmas, this would make an excellent Christmas gift. The goal is to send 3,000 children to the game and give them an experience they will never forget. Along with the goodwill that comes with sending a child to the game, any person or company taking part in this program will receive recognition at the game.
The Sun Bowl Association is happy to provide a list of youth organizations that your company may choose from, if you do not already have a connection with one in the community.
Contact the Sun Bowl Association ticket or marketing offices for details on the two programs.
Elementary students all across the El Paso region have a unique opportunity to enjoy the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl with classmates by winning tickets through the “A’DOOR’N The Schools” Door Decorating Contest.
Elementary school classes in the El Paso region grades K-5 interested in winning tickets to the game, which is on Dec. 29, 2017, can read all the rules and regulations of the contest on Facebook at the Official page of the Hyundai Sun Bowl.
“We came up on this opportunity to give tickets to children in the El Paso region and are excited to see what these talented, young minds come up with,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “There are some great and inspiring teachers in our region who, I know, will help these students create some amazing door decorations that represent the Hyundai Sun Bowl and El Paso.”
A maximum of 30 students from one class in El Paso will win tickets and also be provided a hot dog and beverage during the game by following the rules, regulations and submission process of the contest.
A picture of the uniquely decorated door should be submitted by Nov. 17 2017.
The winning class will be determined based on how many “likes” it gets on Facebook. The winner will be notified by phone on December 11, 2017.
For more information and a complete list of Rules and Regulations of the contest, visit the Sun Bowl Website or call Sun Bowl Executive Director Bernie Olivas at 915-533-4416
Inspired by the 50th consecutive showing of the Hyundai Sun Bowl on CBS, the Sun Bowl Association unveiled its 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl poster on Friday, September 1.
The poster showcases the amazing broadcasters who have made the historic bowl game memorable for those watching on national television.
“We cannot find words to show our appreciation for the partnership we have with CBS so as the saying goes ‘A picture is worth a 1,000 words’ but in this case, a poster is even worth more,” Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas said. “Only one other sporting event has been on one network longer than the Sun Bowl.”
Only the Master’s, which also airs on CBS, has a longer consecutive showing on one network. The Hyundai Sun Bowl is also one of only five bowl games not televised on ESPN.
The Sun Bowl was first televised on CBS in 1968 when Auburn defeated Arizona 34-10 with Lindsey Nelson and Hall-of-Famer Frank Gifford announcing the game. Other notable announcers that CBS has provided over the years include Verne Lundquist, Pat Summerall, Burt Reynolds, Pat Haden, Pat O’Brien, Dan Fourts, Ara Parseghian, Michele Tofoya, Brent Musburger and Jim Nantz.
“The Hyundai Sun Bowl’s history is on the field and in the booth,” Olivas said. “El Paso has been lucky to have CBS showcase the game and the City of El Paso for 50 straight years.”
Jim Nantz, who called the play-by-play action for the Sun Bowl numerous times, has called the Master’s for the 32 consecutive year on CBS.
CBS Sports will bring viewers all the color, artistry and drama inherent to the nation’s second oldest bowl game with live coverage of the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Friday, Dec. 29 (3 p.m. ET; 1 p.m. MT).
CBS Talent who have covered the Sun Bowl (alphabetical order – includes play-by-play announcers, color analysts and sideline reporters):
Jill Arrington, Gary Bender, Steve Beuerlein, Carter Blackburn, Todd Blackledge, Dean Blevins, Craig Bolerjack, Tim Brant, Tom Brookshier, Jane Chastain, Don Criqui, Irv Cross, Randy Cross, Gary Danielson, Steve Davis, John Dockery, Terry Donahue, Fred Dryer, Doug Flutie, Dan Fouts, Frank Gifford, Artie Gigantino, Frank Glieber, Pat Haden, Paul Hornung, Dan Jiggets, Gus Johnson, Mike Joy, Andrea Joyce, Allie LaForce, Scott Lasky, Dave Logan, Verne Lundquist, Sean McDonough, Mike Mayock, Scott Moore, Johnny Morris, Brent Musburger, Jim Nantz, Lindsey Nelson, Brad Nessler, Pat O’Brien, Ara Parseghian, Don Perkins, Burt Reynolds, Sam Ryan, Tim Ryan, John Sauer, Dick Stockton, Hank Stram, Pat Summerall, Michelle Tofoya, Lesley Visser, Andre Ware, Tracy Wolfson
The Sun Bowl Association and Executive Director Bernie Olivas confirmed the date and start time for the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl, which is set for Friday, Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. MT (3 p.m. ET).
The game will feature a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) taking on a team from the Pac-12 Conference and will be televised on CBS for the 50th consecutive year.
“All games played here are special but this one has a little extra prestige as it marks a 50-year tradition of being televised on CBS,” Olivas said. “The game this year starts at 1 p.m. local time as CBS has elected to have the game start immediately after the Kentucky-Louisville basketball game.”
The Sun Bowl’s contract with CBS Sports is the longest continuous relationship between a bowl game and one TV network, spanning since 1968 and running through at least 2019. It is one of only two college football games on CBS that does not involve the Southeastern Conference (the other being the Army–Navy Game). Although every other year, CBS broadcasts the Notre Dame–Navy game when the latter is playing as the home team.
Another unique trait the Hyundai Sun Bowl carries is that as of 2015, the game is one of only three bowls that is not being carried by the ESPN family of networks.
There has been a long list of broadcasters that have made it to El Paso including broadcast legends such as Frank Gifford, Pat Summerall, Burt Reynolds, Pat Haden, Verne Lundquist, Jim Nantz and Brad Nessler.
Others to join the broadcast team over the years include Michele Tofoya, Doug Flutie, Pat O’Brien, Dan Fouts, Andre Ware and Steve Beuerlein just to name a few.
“We believe that the history of our bowl game is great,” Olivas said. “Just look at the list of teams that have been here, the list of great players that have been on the field and the list of amazing broadcasters we’ve been graced with in the broadcast booth.”
The 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl resulted in North Carolina falling just short of a comeback to Stanford 25-23 in front of 42,166 loud and boisterous fans.
On October 18, 1934, at a meeting of the El Paso Kiwanis Club, Dr. Brice Schuller suggested that the club sponsor a football game on New Year’s Day matching an El Paso High School All-Star Team against a worthy opponent. The motion was passed unanimously.
It was decided to ask for public suggestions as to the name of this annual game, and the name “Sun Bowl” was submitted by Dr. C. M. Hendricks, who became the first Sun Bowl Association President.
The Sun Bowl football game was first played on January 1, 1935, as a fund-raising event for a local service club, to benefit underprivileged children and to finance improvement to the El Paso High School Stadium. It has grown into El Paso’s number one national attraction.
The following year a week-long schedule of events was added to the Sun Bowl festivities, and four other local service clubs (Rotary, Lions, Optimist and Active 20-30) joined the Kiwanis in coordinating the entire “Sun Carnival” calendar.
In 1936, New Mexico State and Hardin-Simmons Universities were invited to play, and the Sun Bowl has been a college game ever since.
For more information about the Hyundai Sun Bowl and all the events supported by the Sun Bowl Association visit the website at www.sunbowl.org while also following on Social Media platforms such as Facebook (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Twitter and Instagram (@HyundaiSunBowl).
The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai of El Paso have announced that Stanford University will take on the University of North Carolina in the 83rd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl, Friday, Dec. 30 at noon in Sun Bowl Stadium.
Stanford enters the game 9-3 on the year, while winning its last five games. The Tar Heels head to El Paso with an 8-4 record. The Cardinal is 2-1 all time in the Hyundai Sun Bowl, while UNC will make its fifth appearance in the Hyundai Sun Bowl carrying a 2-2 record in the second oldest bowl game.
“It’s hard to ask for a better matchup,” Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association Bernie Olivas said. “Both teams have great records and exceptional players. We are truly excited to bring these teams to El Paso and show them a great time. We are also excited for our fans as they will get to watch an extraordinary match-up with plenty of future pro players.”
North Carolina’s offense has seen success with first-year starting quarterback, junior Mitch Trubisky. Trubisky has thrown for over 3,000 yards and 28 touchdowns with just four interceptions this season. He finished the regular season second in the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) in passing, behind Clemson’s Deshaun Watson.
“We’re excited to represent the University of North Carolina and the Atlantic Coast Conference in the Sun Bowl, a game with so much history going back more than 80 years,” mentioned head coach Larry Fedora. “Our team is looking forward to a terrific experience in El Paso with the opportunity to finish the season with positive momentum. Stanford consistently competes for the Pac-12 championship and this will be a tremendous challenge for our team.”
Stanford heads to El Paso making a school-record eighth consecutive postseason football bowl game. This will also mark the 28th bowl appearance for the Cardinal in school history and last played in the Hyundai Sun Bowl in 2009. Joining the Cardinal will be running back Christian McCaffrey, who finished second in the Heisman voting after the 2015 season.
Tickets for the 83rd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl are on sale through Ticketmaster and the Sun Bowl Association office. The 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for Friday, Dec. 30 in Sun Bowl Stadium with kick-off scheduled for noon.
Tickets for the game can be purchased online through the link available at www.sunbowl.org. Customers can call the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416) and are also invited to stop by the Sun Bowl Association office that is located at 4150 Pinnacle Street, Suite 100 in El Paso to purchase tickets.
The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai of El Paso have announced that two former participants from “The Voice” are scheduled to do the halftime performance at the 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl on Friday, Dec. 30 in El Paso, Texas.
Elia Esparza of El Paso and Khaliya Kimberlie, who resides in Mescalero, N.M. will perform at halftime of the match-up between a team from the ACC and the Pac-12.
“It’s great to bring in not only one, but two performs who have had national exposure,” said Executive Director of the Hyundai Sun Bowl Bernie Olivas. “Both are from the region and we anticipate that many fans will come out to support them.”
The Hyundai Sun Bowl is featuring a halftime performer for the first time since 2014 when Lone Star performed in front of more than 47,000 fans. The Andress High School Band, out of El Paso, teaming-up with the UCLA and Virginia Tech bands, putting on a show in 2013, as Three Dog Night performed at the 2013 Fan Fiesta. Lee Bryce worked the crowd of about 48,000 fans in 2012 and the Sun Bowl Association is expecting for at least that many fans to support Esparza and Kimberlie this year.
Esparza, 24, is a Mexican-American pop-soul singer who was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She moved to New York City at the age of 17 to attend the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, a prestigious performing arts school that accepts only 150 people per year.
“I feel honored to be singing for the 2016 Sun Bowl and it’s been a dream of mine to sing for my city, especially at such an important event,” said Esparza. “I’m grateful and extremely excited to be a part of this, and I can’t wait to perform.”
After she trained in New York, she released her debut EP, in which she wrote and co-produced. Esparza premiered on season 11 of NBC’s “The Voice” as part of Team Adam. She will be premiering her new single through Beacon Hills Recording Studios at the Hyundai Sun Bowl.
Kimberlie, 17, is half Apache, and an enrolled member of the Mescalero tribe in New Mexico. She started singing in fifth grade, when she performed a Hannah Montana song for a school talent show. Kimberlie auditioned for all state choir in sixth grade, and was one of four performers chosen in their district.
Kimberlie auditioned for the TV show, XFactor, in 2013 and got cut right before televised rounds. She competed in Alamogordo Idol shortly after, and came in second place. Kimberlie has also sang for Cope (raising awareness and funds for domestic violence victims and their children), Relay for Life events and military appreciation events. She competed in the 2015 New Mexico State Fair Karaoke Competition and took first place.
“Performing at the Sun Bowl for the halftime show means a lot to me, because this is going to be the biggest audience I have ever performed in front of,” said Kimberlie. “I am honored to perform with Elia as we got to know each other during our time on ‘The Voice.’ She is so talented and kind. I am so happy that I was chosen to do this. I can’t wait to come to El Paso and sing for you all.
Kimberlie auditioned for NBC’s “The Voice” five times, each time advancing further. Kimberlie had a blind audition on season 11 of The Voice, which aired on NBC, and she became a part of Miley Cyrus’s team. After Kimberlie was eliminated during the The Voice’s battle rounds, she received media exposure from newspapers and magazines, such as Rolling Stone and Cosmo. She is now recording music and performing at different events. Khaliya will be performing with ‘Press Play’, a collaboration of young artists, in Phoenix on Dec. 3.
The 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl game will be played Friday, Dec. 30, at 12 p.m. MT (2 p.m. ET) at Sun Bowl Stadium.
The 2016 game will mark the 83rd anniversary of the Sun Bowl game and the 49th consecutive broadcast on CBS. The game features selections from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences. Tickets are available by calling the Sun Bowl Association office at 915-533-4416.