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Story in Many Pics: Florida State to take on Arizona State in Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl

Surrounded by fans, the Sun Court and Sun Queen, officials with the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl announced that Florida State and Arizona State would be the featured teams in the annual Sun Bowl.

ASU will play in its 32nd bowl game overall and the team’s eighth bowl appearance in the last nine seasons. It will be the Sun Devils’ seventh overall appearance in the Sun Bowl, appearing in 1940, 1941, 1997, 2004, 2014 and 2017.

Florida State will appear in the postseason for an NCAA-best 38th time in the last 40 seasons. The Seminoles are returning to the Sun Bowl for the first time since 1966 and also played in the 1954 Sun Bowl, which was the second bowl appearance in program history.

“We are thrilled to be invited to El Paso for the opportunity to play in the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl,” Florida State Director of Athletics David Coburn said. “We will face an outstanding program in Arizona State, which should make for an exciting game. Our team and staff are excited about spending time in a different part of the country. It will be a chance for Seminole fans in the southwest to see their Noles in person.”

Florida State leads the all-time series with Arizona State 3-1 and has won three straight against the Sun Devils. The teams first met in the 1971 Fiesta Bowl before squaring off in Tampa in 1979 and playing in Tempe in 1983 and 1984.

The Seminoles are 9-2 all-time against current members of the Pac-12.

“Arizona State University and Sun Devil nation will enjoy The Tony The Tiger Sun Bowl experience,” Vice President for University Athletics Ray Anderson said.  “We are great friends with the Sun Bowl organization and they always welcome us with open arms.  This will be a fantastic reward and experience for our football team, its seniors and our fans.  The Sun Bowl committee and community put on a first-class experience for everyone.”

“The Tony The Tiger Bowl invitation provides a tremendous opportunity for our team and coaching staff to compete against a quality program and close out the 2019 season,” Head Coach Herm Edwards said. “We look forward to representing Arizona State University and our fans in El Paso.  A bowl game is a reward for a good season and I am grateful for our players and coaching staff to be able to have this experience.”

The Sun Devils are coming off a 7-5 campaign that saw the program finish third in the Pac-12 South under second-year head coach Herm Edwards.

Arizona State enters the contest riding a two-game win streak to cap the regular season, featuring a historic upset of sixth-ranked Oregon before closing out the year with its third consecutive victory of the Arizona Wildcats in the annual Territorial Cup contest – the first three-game winning streak in the series since 2005-07.

The Sun Devils went 3-1 over ranked opponents this season and Edwards already has five wins over ranked opponents to his name in his tenure at ASU.

The 2019 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl game will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at noon MT at Sun Bowl Stadium. The 2019 game will mark the 86th anniversary of the Sun Bowl game and the 52nd consecutive broadcast on CBS.

Gallery+Video by Ruben R. Ramirez and Johnny Yturales – El Paso Herald Post

Registration open for 2019 Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge at Butterfield Trail Golf Course

For those fans looking for more fun while visiting El Paso for the 86th Annual Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl, officials Wednesday extended the invitation to play with other college football fans and El Paso natives in the 2019 Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge.

This year’s challenge is scheduled for Monday, December 30 at Butterfield Trail Golf Course with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. (MT).

Butterfield Golf Course has been chosen to host the Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge, for the first time.  Representatives (fans) from the ACC and the Pac-12 will be pitted against each other in an 18 Hole Four-Person-Scramble.

“It’s always great to see the fans and the locals having a great time out on the course,” said Executive Director of the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Bernie Olivas.  “The volunteers and organizers at Butterfield Trail are excited to host this fun event.”

The event will begin with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. (MT).  Butterfield Trail is a Tom Fazio designed course and was rated the No. 4 best course you can play in the state of Texas by Golfweek Magazine.  It was also ranked the No. 3 best municipal course in America by Golfweek, while Golf Advisor ranked it as the No. 3 course in Texas.

Fans can sign-up for the four-person scramble by calling 915-772-1038 or by going online. The cost of the event is $95 per player or $380 per team.

The cost includes a golf cart, range access, meals before and after the event and two drink tickets.  Also included with this fee is a commemorative Titleist hat, sleeve of Titleist golf balls and a Butterfield Trail Golf Club bag tag.

This event is open to all fans. Teams must be entered and paid in full no later than Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019.

For any questions,contact Tim Krebs at 915-772-1038. For course Information, visit the Butterfield Trail website.

Sun Bowl Selection Sunday Party set for Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino

As the NCAA, the Football Bowl Association and the Division I football conferences are scheduled to announce all placements for post-season play Sunday, December 8 at approximately 2 p.m. (MT), the Sun Bowl Association is planning a party of their own.

A Selection Sunday Party will be hosted by the Sun Bowl Association to announce the 2019 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl match-up at Sunland Park Racetrack (1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park, N.M.) on Sunday, December 8 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. (MT).

The event is free and open to the public as there will be plenty of opportunities to win some great prizes.

“This has been a very interesting college football season as teams from both conferences were very competitive and the standings were changing week after week,” said Executive Director of the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Bernie Olivas. “Other than Clemson out of the ACC and Oregon and Utah out of the Pac-12, both conferences were evenly matched.”

The 2019 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl game will take place on Tuesday, December 31 at noon MT (2 p.m. ET) at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso.

The 2019 game will mark the 86th anniversary of the Sun Bowl game and the 52nd consecutive broadcast on CBS. The game will feature selections from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences.

Stanford defeated Pitt, 14-13 in the 2018 Sun Bowl.

What: Selection Sunday

When: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019

Time: 12:30-2:30 p.m. (MT)

Place: Sunland Park Racetrack (1200 Futurity Dr., Sunland Park, N.M.)

Teams: ACC vs. Pac-12

Video+Story: Meet the Sun Queen – Elizabeth Vega

Ahead of the upcoming Sun Bowl Parade, Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl Game and all the events, officials with the Sun Bowl Association premiered a short video to introduce the community to the 2019-2020 Sun Queen, Elizabeth Vega.

Vega is the daughter of Angela Olivas and Manuel Vega. She is a 2016 graduate of Coronado High School and the International Baccalaureate Program where she graduated in the top 10 percent of her class.

Her philanthropy began in high school when she formed Packages for Patriots, assembling care packages for Fort Bliss soldiers returning from deployment.

Vega’s college education commenced at the University of Arizona where she was appointed as the Vice President of IT for the Eller College of Management Dean’s Council and was the recipient of the Rising Star Award her outstanding achievements in academics.

She was a Pre-Professional Academic Communities of Excellence (P.A.C.E.) member, serving as a mentor for incoming Eller College of Management pre-business freshmen. She has since continued her education at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Now a senior majoring in Marketing, she has maintained a 4.0 and has been named to the Dean’s list at both Arizona and UTEP.

Outside of her education and career goals, Elizabeth has made it her mission to volunteer her time throughout El Paso. She assisted in bell ringing during the holiday season to encourage donations towards the Salvation Army. She helped with the demolition and clean up for a new location for the El Pasoans Food Bank.

At the Make-a-Wish Walk for Wishes, she directed participants and cheered them on along the route. She worked with Rebuilding Together El Paso to repaint and repair the house of a community member as a part of National Rebuilding Day.

While Elizabeth has worked at UTEP and El Paso Locomotive FC, volunteered throughout the city, and served as a 2018 Sun Princess, she has gained a greater understanding of the city of El Paso.

Vega’s reign is now part of the long history of the Sun Queen and the Sun Court Coronation.  The Sun Court has been a part of the Sun Bowl since the first-ever college Sun Bowl game played in 1936.

Coronation played a huge social role in the “Sun Carnival”, the week-long pageantry associated with the Sun Bowl.

According to the 1938 Sun Bowl game program, “The social side of the Sun Carnival centers around the Coronation of the Sun Queen with her Lady-In-Waiting and Royal Court of Princesses from all the cities of the Sun Empire and the Grand Ball tendered by the Association in honor of Her Majesty and Court.”

Today, the Sun Court serves as ambassadors for the city of El Paso. The ladies of the court volunteer at various community events and make appearances at the Marathon All-America Golf Classic, Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso Sun Bowl Parade, Weststar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl, Helen of Troy Charm Camp and many other events throughout the year.

From the beauty of the Franklin mountains, the richness of the culture, and the hospitality of El Pasoans, it truly is a place like no other.  The Sun Bowl is an organization that exemplifies these qualities to every visitor while also giving back to the community.

Elizabeth is honored to represent both the Sun Bowl Association and the City of El Paso as the 2019 Sun Bowl Queen.

For more information about all the festivities and events, visit the Sun Bowl Association’s website.

P.O.D. announced as halftime act for 2019 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl

The Sun Bowl Association and Ysleta del Sur Pueblo announced late Tuesday that the band P.O.D. is scheduled to perform during halftime of the 2019 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl on Tuesday, December 31st.

“Having Yselta del Sur Pueblo as a sponsor allows us to bring back a featured artist for halftime entertainment,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas.  “We know the fans enjoying seeing different performers at the Sun Bowl and we think we are bringing in another great one in P.O.D. We thank Ysleta del Sur and Mr. Karl Maahs for the newly formed partnership.”

P.O.D. (Payable on Death) formed in San Diego, CA, in 1992, and have since charted their own course with worldwide sales exceeding $10 million, hugely successful international tours, and a series of chart-topping radio hits.

Over the span of two decades they have released eight studio albums of original songs – including the triple-platinum Satellite – seen chart success with more than a dozen Rock radio hits, including “Southtown,” “Alive,” “Youth of the Nation,” and “Boom,” the Active Rock hit “Beautiful” and their No. 1 single, “Lost In Forever,” received three Grammy Award nominations, and racked up four No. 1 music videos.

The band has also contributed songs to numerous major motion picture soundtracks. P.O.D. is Sonny Sandoval (vocals), Marcos Curiel (guitar), Traa Daniels (bass) and Wuv Bernardo (drums).

The members of P.O.D. are also active members of a tight-knit music community, collaborating on their own records as well as others’, including Katy Perry, H.R. (Bad Brains), Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies), Sen Dog (Cypress Hill), and more. P.O.D. released their ninth studio album, The Awakening (T-Boy/UMe), on Aug. 21, 2015.

The band’s name, Payable on Death (P.O.D.), derives itself from the banking term “Payable on Death”. The band chose this name to be a direct tie in with the Christian theology that explains that since Jesus died on the Cross, Christians’ debts to God have been paid for; in other words, all believers, in their acceptance that Jesus was sacrificed for them on God’s behalf, have inherited eternal life.

P.O.D.’s style has evolved over the years, from the rap metal sound on their early albums to the nu metal and reggae-infused alternative metal styles for which they’re most well-known. P.O.D.’s influences include Boogie Down Productions, Run-DMC, U2, the Police, Bad Brains, Santana, Metallica, AC/DC, Suicidal Tendencies, Bob Marley, Primus, Earth, Wind & Fire, 24-7 Spyz, and Steel Pulse.

With a 15-year career under their belts, P.O.D. has logged a remarkable array of achievements, including worldwide sales exceeding 10 million, a series of chart-topping radio hits, and an unprecedented four No. 1 MTV videos.

The band has contributed to countless film soundtracks including: “Little Nicky”, “Lara Croft – Tomb Raider”, “A Man Apart”, “Any Given Sunday”, “Blue Crush”, “Biker Boyz” to name a few.

P.O.D. is currently touring in Europe and returns to the United States in December while ending the year at the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl on Dec. 31, 2019.

Follow P.O.D. on Social Media, including Facebook (P.O.D.), Twitter (@POD) and Instagram (@POD) and get upcoming tour dates and information on the band’s website.

The Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl is featuring an entertainer for the first time since 2017 when country music rising star Frank Ray performed three songs for over 40,000 fans.  In 2014, Lone Star performed in front of more that 47,000 fans, while Lee Bryce worked the crowd of about 48,000 fans in 2012.

Other notable halftime performances include Lee Greenwood in 2010, the Village People in 2008 and Rhianna in 2006.

Video: Behind the Scenes – 83rd Annual Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso Sun Bowl Parade

With only a month to go before the 83rd Annual Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso Sun Bowl Parade, Media Relations member, Brianna Perez, produced a behind the scenes video about parade preps.

The video gives a glimpse of the work that goes into building floats, while also showcasing the volunteers that make the Thanksgiving Day tradition come to life.

The Oscar Leeser’s Hyundai of El Paso Sun Bowl Parade is scheduled for November 28, 2019, with a start time at 10 a.m. (Mountain Standard Time)

The parade runs down Montana Avenue from Ochoa to Copia Street.

For more information, visit the parade’s website.

Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl tickets now on sale

The 86th Annual Tony The Tiger Sun Bowl officials announced that tickets are on sale now for the region’s college bowl game.

“With the El Paso Community continuously supporting the Sun Bowl Association we are excited to show our loyal fans some new ideas we have coming with our new title sponsor,” Executive Director, Bernie Olivas. “The newly named Tony The Tiger Sun Bowl will maintain some of its traditions while adding fun new aspects to game day.”

The Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl is set for a 12 p.m. (MT) kick-off on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 with teams from the ACC and Pac-12 facing each other.  The game will be televised on CBS for the 52nd consecutive year.

The Sun Bowl Association is also encouraging local fans to help send others to the game through their “Salute a Soldier Program” and “Take a Child to the Game Program.”

The “Salute a Soldier” program allows fans and companies the opportunity to give soldiers a memory to last a lifetime. Sponsors who make purchases through the “Salute a Soldier Program” give soldiers an opportunity to attend the game while your company is recognized during the game.

“With so many military members living in and around the El Paso area this gives us a chance to give back to soldiers for their commitment and service,” said Olivas.

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 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl.

With the game falling only six 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.

“The ‘Take a Child to the Game’ program is a great way to inspire our youth to become involved in and around athletics and sports. It also makes for a great opportunity to bring cheer to youth who may not always have the opportunity to attend such a big event,” Olivas mentioned. “This fits in with Mission Tiger and initiative in keeping middle school athletics alive.”

The ticket prices start at $22 and vary depending on the stadium’s seat location:

$22 – End Zone

$22 – Touchdown

$32 – Sun Seats

$47 – Stadium

$57 – Preferred

$62 – Premium

A map of the stadium’s layout can be found online at

Tickets can be purchased online by going to or by calling the Sun Bowl Association office at 915-533-4416.

Fans can also go to or call the Ticketmaster toll free line at 800-745-3000. Ticketmaster offers a user-friendly mobile app for both iOS and Android, as well.

To purchase tickets in person, fans can stop by the Sun Bowl Association Office located at 4150 Pinnacle Street, Suite 100 or the UTEP Ticket Center at 2901 N. Mesa St.

Video: Sun Bowl 7on7 – Ep. 7: Bernie Olivas, Sun Bowl Executive Director

The Sun Bowl Association has put together a seven-week series of videos with seven different members of the sports and football community discussing college football and the annual Sun Bowl football game.

For more information about the game visit the Sun Bowl’s website or Facebook Page.  To view previous episodes, simply click on the title.


7-on-7 Series

Friday, July 19 – Duke Keith (radio host, Sun Bowl internal PA and Locomotive TV play-by-play)

Friday, July 26 – Jay Pritchard (Sun Bowl Marketing Director)

Friday, Aug. 2 – Steve Kaplowitz (AM 600 KROD – Sports Talk Radio Host)

Friday, Aug. 9 – Amber Herrera (Sun Bowl Executive Director Assistant)

Friday, Aug. 16 – Bill Knight (El Paso sports writer (retired)

Friday, Aug. 23 – Eddie Morelos (Sun Bowl Media Relations Director)

Friday, Aug. 30 – Bernie Olivas (Sun Bowl Executive Director)

Video+Gallery+Story: El Paso’s college football classic has new name: Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl

On Tuesday, a new era of college football kicked off as Sun Bowl officials announced that Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes signed on as the title sponsor of the newly-named Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl.

“In light of the recent, heartbreaking events in El Paso, it is more important now than ever to focus on the strength of this community and the events that make our city great,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association. “That’s why we are thrilled to partner with Tony the Tiger and Frosted Flakes to help continue this event’s longstanding tradition of uniting our community, and with a renewed focus on aiding middle school sports, we hope to positively impact families and young athletes beyond game day.”

The multiyear partnership is marked by Tony the Tiger being the first mascot to lend his name to a college football bowl game. What’s more, Tony is returning the Sun Bowl to its inaugural mission — helping kids play sports — something that hasn’t been a focus since the birth of the Sun Bowl.

“Tony the Tiger has been dedicated to fueling active kids since 1952, and it’s a core value we share with the founders of the Sun Bowl Association,” said Brant Wheaton, Marketing Director of Kellogg U.S. Ready-To-Eat Cereal segment. “At Frosted Flakes, we believe every kid should have a chance to be able to play like a Tiger and are committed to keeping middle school kids active in the El Paso community and beyond.”

In 1935, the first-ever Sun Bowl was played to benefit underprivileged children and to finance improvements for the El Paso High School Stadium.

In 2019, the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl will align with Tony’s “Mission Tiger” initiative, raising awareness and funds for at-risk middle school sports programs through a multiyear partnership with nonprofit Whether a team has been eliminated, needs to upgrade training equipment or needs new uniforms, “Mission Tiger” is ready to help.

Bowl officials add that in addition to the exclusive naming rights the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl has a fresh new logo for the 86-year old game. The fully integrated partnership will amplify across digital and social media, content, in-stadium exposure, product sampling and on-site activation at the game and other Sun Bowl organization events.

The postseason contest will feature a power-five matchup between members of the ACC and Pac-12 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso on Dec. 31, 2019, and will be televised for the 52nd consecutive year on CBS.

The agreement between the Sun Bowl Association and Frosted Flakes was brokered by Denver-based Impression Sports & Entertainment.

Follow the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl through social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and learn more at

Ticket packages for the 2019 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl go on sale on Sept. 1 and can be purchased by visiting or calling 915-533-4416.

Video and Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post

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