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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

Fans Invited to Sign Up for Fifth Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl Golf Challenge

Fans looking for some fun in the sun while visiting El Paso for the 84 Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl are invited to play with other college football fans and El Paso natives in the 2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge.

The challenge, scheduled for Wednesday, December 27 at Vista Hills Country Club, will feature representatives (Fans) from NC State and Arizona State University pitted against each other in an 18 Hole Two-Person-Scramble Match Play Format.

“It’s always great to see the fans and the locals having a great time out on the course,” said Executive Director of the Hyundai Sun Bowl Bernie Olivas.  “The volunteers and organizers of this event do a great job and the turnout last year was tremendous.”

The winning university will be determined by the number of matches a university wins.  Two-person teams will be formed from each university, and they will go head-to-head against a two-person team from the other university.

You can sign-up as a two-person team or you can sign-up as an individual, and we will place you on a team.  You also have the option of playing with an El Pasoan who knows the golf course.

This event is open to all fans.

Teams must be entered and paid in full not later than noon on Monday, Dec.25, 2017.

CHECK-IN – 9:00 to 10:30 AM

BURRITO BAR – 9:00 to 10:30 AM

WARM-UP / FREE RANGE BALLS – 9:00 to 10:30 AM





Previous Results: 2013 (VT 9 – UCLA 9); 2014 (ASU 10 – Duke 8); 2015 (WSU 12.5 – Miami 8.5); 2016 (UNC 12.5 – Stanford 7.5)

Entry Fee:  Seventy-five dollars ($75) per person includes Green Fee, Cart, Range Balls, Prizes, Goodie Bag, Burrito Bar and Awards Dinner.  VHCC Golf Members ($55). Golf Club Set Rental is an additional $10 (Be sure to indicate a need at Sign-Up).

You can sponsor a Wounded Warrior or Soldier for $100.

Questions:  Terry Jennings or Danny Lopez at 915-592-6565.  Course Information:  915-592-6565 or  Special Hyundai Sun Bowl Golf Rates with cart Dec. 18-30 ($20 plus tax).

Show your Hyundai Sun Bowl Ticket at the Pro Shop during Check-In.  Schedule your Tee Times (915-592-6565).

Kindergarten Class Wins the Hyundai Sun Bowl’s “A’DOOR’N” Contest

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.

Hyundai Sun Bowl to Host Announcement Party Sunday

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.

84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets for the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl are on sale now and game officials say that fans have already begun purchasing tickets and renewing their ticket plans.

“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

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 Eligible to Win Sun Bowl Tickets by Entering “A’DOOR’N” Contest

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

Tickets for 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl Selling at Steady Pace

While the college football season may have just started, fans are already looking to the bowl games and Hyundai Sun Bowl tickets are selling at a brisk pace.

“It seems like with the date of the game moving to Friday, December 30 the fans are excited to get back to their traditions,” Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association Bernie Olivas said.  “With last year’s game the day after Christmas, it was hard for people to get here. But with the game on Friday, December 30 this year, we are seeing more fans buying early and anticipate more fans in attendance.”

In last year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl fans saw Washington State defeat Miami 20-14.

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. The game features select teams from the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) and the Pac-12.

Fans have already been renewing their ticket plans and making new ticket purchases with the many options available.

Tickets for the game can be purchased online through the link available at 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 Hyundai Sun Bowl also works with Ticketmaster and fans can buy tickets by going to their website, by calling the Ticketmaster toll free line at 800-745-3000 or by using the Ticketmaster apps, which are available for both Android and iPhone users. Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster will have additional handling and convenience fees attached to the price.

Ticket prices start at just $22 in the end zone as well as in the upper corners of the stadium. The other options are priced at $32, $47, $57 and $62.

A map and layout of the Sun Bowl Stadium with ticket prices is available online. Tickets may be purchased and set up on an annually renewable account by calling the Sun Bowl Association office.

Fans may want to purchase of one of two ticket programs to help others attend the 83rd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl:  the “Salute a Soldier Program” and “Take a Child to the Game Program.”

With the “Salute a Soldier Program” fans and companies have the chance to give a Fort Bliss soldier a memory that will last a lifetime. As a sponsor you will give a soldier the opportunity to attend the game while your company will not only benefit out of goodwill, but will also be given recognition at 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 gives a child the opportunity to attend the game, which would make for a great Christmas gift as the game falls only a five days after the holiday. Anyone who takes part in this program will not only benefit out of goodwill but will also be given recognition at the game. The goal is to send 3,000 children to the game and give them an experience that will last a lifetime. The Sun Bowl Association can provide a list of youth organizations that your company may choose from, if you do not already have a personal favorite you are connected to in the community.

Contact the Sun Bowl Association ticket or marketing office for details on the two programs.

Outlets to choose from:

Sun Bowl Association


Office Number: 915-533-4416



Toll Free Number: 800-745-3000

UTEP Ticket Office

Phone Number: 915-747-5234

Pan American Center Box Office

Phone Number: 575-646-1420

Listing of local and regional retailers to purchase tickets:

UTEP Ticket Center In front of the Don Haskins Center

2901 N Mesa (12)

M-F 8-6, Sat 8-4

UTEP Miner Store

1455 N Zaragosa Ste A-500 (36)


Tues – Sat 12-6

El Paso County Coliseum

Pan American Center Box Office on the campus of New Mexico State University (Las Cruces)

Head Coaches talk about 82nd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl

The Sun Bowl Association hosted a press conference featuring Miami interim head coach Larry Scott and Washington State head coach Mike Leach on Monday morning at the DoubleTree Downtown in El Paso, Texas.

Hyundai Sun Bowl Football Selection Committee Chairman John Folmer

Opening Statement…

“I appreciate the coaches for coming in here. Needless to say, all you have to do is look at the map to realize that they both came from a long way away. This is a good place for them to meet in a scenario that we thank and are very proud of. I think although our sales have been very brisk and very good, this is really the kick off of our ticket sales and the kick off for lots of enthusiasm and excitement that our game has brought to this community for so many years. I want to say before we introduce the coaches that it wouldn’t be possible for us to stay in business for as long as we have without all of the volunteers. I have been fortunate enough to have been involved for over 45 years. We do this because we love El Paso and that’s why we’re able to bring two good football teams like we’ve got this year from Miami and Washington State.”

Miami Interim Head Coach Larry Scott

Opening Statement…

“It’s great to be here and to have the opportunity to come back to El Paso and bring the 2015 Miami Hurricane football team. I had the chance and the opportunity to be here a few years ago when I came with the University of South Florida. We played the Oregon Ducks here and we’re looking for a different result this time around. What an awesome experience it was and there are certain things when you go to bowls that stick out that you remember and that you hold to.

Especially as a young coach, it was the hospitality and the service from the staff, the volunteers and all the people that made it such a great experience for our coaches, our families and our players. To have that experience and be able to share that with this year’s team, and share what it’s all about coming to the Sun Bowl. The kids understand the tradition of it and how long it’s existed and it’s some of the best in the business that put on the bowl. People around the city rally around the bowl and that’s a big piece to it being successful. The way that I explained it is that it’s all about tradition and it takes on a different meaning.

You set their mindsets and attitude; they understood what this means and what it’s all about and they are really excited to have the opportunity to play in one of the oldest bowl games. The last time we played was the day after Thanksgiving; we spent Thanksgiving in a hotel and this time we’re spending Christmas in a hotel. The only difference is, we’ll have our wives and our families with us and so it makes it special for the coaches.”

On what he learned leading his team…

“First thing I learned is that, it takes everybody. No one man can do it all alone or can do it by themselves. It’s a true team and takes a lot of team work and joining people together and putting people behind the same message to accomplish putting ourselves in the position to be successful. That’s the first thing I learned and there’s a lot of pieces that come into play and there’s a certain amount of appreciation you have to have for the job for the people all the way up from the top to the bottom. There’s an appreciation that goes into changing the attitude and mindset in the locker room so, that’s one of the biggest things that I’ve learned.”

On how he’s grown as a coach…

“Uh, very fast! Very fast to say the least, but I had some really good people, some really good coaches that I work with. Along the way, I had an awesome opportunity to as a player be a part of the start of a startup program in the University of South Florida to play for and coach for a man that I got a lot of appreciation for in Jim Levy and what he did for that program and had a chance to develop under him as a young coach. Some of the other coaches like Rod Smith who’s at Arizona now.

You know, a lot of really good coaches and of course Al Golden. At the University of Miami, we appreciate all that he started for the program there, and just a couple of days being around Coach Mark Richt. The things that you learn if you have an open mind and willing to learn, there’s always something that you can digest and learn from every situation that you face and are a part of. You know, I am fortunate enough to be around a lot of really good football coaches that I had the opportunity to learn from.”

Washington State Head Coach Mike Leach

Opening Statement…

“Well, and I continue in my pursuit of following Coach Price around. You know, I mean when I was at Tech, they dragged me into all these games and they tried to beat up on our teams and pound on us and so I followed him there and then just as I thought I could escape, I went all the way down to South Florida, just three and a half hours South of Miami actually, I got reeled into Washington State University where Coach Price was a part of such a great tradition there.

So, it wouldn’t be El Paso without him as far as I’m concerned, and then of course H&H Car Wash and all those guys, you know you walk in and this guy walks in and bear hugs you and carries you around until his arms get tired but you know, it’s worth it cause afterwards you get some tacos. I have great memories of El Paso and the other thing is, I enjoy the history; it’s got some unique history and unique landscape. You know every coach that all these guys that I look up to, all these guys have inspired me to get into coaching and stuff like that.

You know, as a kid you’d sit and watch TV you know, there’d be this coach and there’d be that coach and I mean all of them were in the Sun Bowl, and as a kid you’d watch the Sun Bowl. And plus, they had such a unique settings of the stadium. It’s unique and incidentally really loud. Anyway, I can’t say enough about the opportunity to be here to be a part of one of the oldest bowls in country and at Tech, we never did get the opportunity to come to the Sun Bowl. It’s great to be here, our entire team is excited and our entire program is excited.”


On having a reputation for putting the fun into football…

“It’s not really as conscience as that. I mean the most exciting thing really with the team is the different personalities. Football teams are a huge melting pot of people and you know their background interests and where they’re from and the different locations they’re from. You have all these practices and watch film and just exchange, getting to know the guy next to you it’s all fun and then uh, if you’re a little loose with it, there’s less to keep track of. You know, I’m not a guy that can keep track of too much. So, between staying out of trouble and not having to keep track of stuff, we just talk about it and discuss it like it is.”

On injuries…

“We’re 100% healthy as always, and I’m not a guy that talks about injuries but I can tell you, this will be the one thing I say which is slightly stepping over my line on that thing. I read about all these injuries and all of a sudden someone tries to hide behind injuries and it’s a pre-prepared excuse to lose. I don’t like that running through the players head you know? Well, if we lose we’ll have a good excuse, you know I kept reading all these articles and all these guys are injured, I don’t like that. You need to empower that guy and we expect to win. I can tell you sincerely that all of our roster will be expected to be available.”

On quarterback Luke Faulk…

“He studies film all the time and my quarterbacks in general have done that, but him, he’s pretty methodical about it all. He has it systemized and is focused on it, I mean, he’s focused on football right now I am certain of it. I thought he did a really great job as far as inspiring our off season and a lot of other players when our team first came together. I think that you know, he’s had the ability to really improve and develop.”

Author: Sun Bowl Association

Legend of the Sun Bowl Announced: Former Texas Western player joins historic group

The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai have announced Don Maynard as the 2015 Legend of the Sun Bowl for the 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl, Wednesday, December 2nd.

Maynard, a 1987 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and 1957 Sun Bowl game participant, will be inducted during pregame festivities of the 82nd Hyundai Sun Bowl, Saturday, Dec. 26 at noon.

“It’s great to see someone who is in the Football Hall of Fame and someone that played for our local university being honored as a Legend,” said Executive Director Bernie Olivas.  “Some can argue that Maynard’s amazing football career really started to take off here in El Paso. What an honor to have him join the rest of the Sun Bowl Legends.”

don_maynard_artistic (1)Maynard played one season at Rice and three at Texas Western (UTEP) before being selected in the 1958 NFL draft by the New York Giants. After one season with the Giants and a one-year stint in the Canadian Football League, Maynard became the first player to sign with the New York Titans (New York Jets) in 1960, where he garnered most of his career success.

Maynard finished his NFL career with 633 receptions, 11,834 receiving yards and 88 touchdowns, while being named a four-time AFL All-Star selection (1965, 1967, 1968, 1969).

Maynard also participated in one of the most memorable moments in football history. In 1969, he was a key figure of the New York Jets’ team that defeated the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. Maynard caught the game-winning pass that sealed one of sport’s biggest upsets, as the AFL Jets defeated the NFL Colts, 16-7.

In the 1957 Sun Bowl, Maynard helped the Miners to a 13-0 shutout victory over the George Washington Colonials at Kidd Field in El Paso.

As a member of the Texas Western (UTEP) football team, Maynard was a dual-threat offensive player who amassed 2,283 all-purpose yards, 843 rushing yards and 525 kick return yards for the Miners.

Maynard is the 31st member of the elite fraternity of the Legends of the Sun Bowl that includes Cornelius Bennett, Tom Brookshier, Terry Donahue, Vince Dooley, Tony Dorsett, John H. Folmer, Tony Franklin, Hayden Fry, Ken Heineman, Priest Holmes, Don James, Major Harris, Charley Johnson, Harrison Kohl, Verne Lundquist, Johnny Majors, Jimmy Rogers, Jr., Gerald J. Rubin, Craig Silver, Bill Stevens, Pat Summerall, Barry Switzer, Grant Teaff, Derrick Thomas, Thurman Thomas, Pat Tillman, Alex Van Pelt, Jesse Whittenton, Blake Brockermeyer and most recently Mike Price.

Tickets for this year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl are now on sale and can be purchased at the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416) or online Follow the Hyundai Sun Bowl on social media on Facebook (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Twitter (@hyundaisunbowl), Instagram (@hyundaisunbowl) and Snapchat (sunbowl2015).

Author: Sun Bowl Association

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