Valero Alamo Bowl Set for Tuesday, December 31

Rick Hill |

--Third New Year’s Eve kickoff and first since 1994---

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – The 27th annual Valero Alamo Bowl will be played at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Tuesday, December 31 in an exclusive primetime window on ESPN. Kickoff time will be 6:30 p.m. CST.

The first two Valero Alamo Bowls were both held on New Year’s Eve in games that featured California vs. Iowa in 1993 and Washington State vs. Baylor in 1994.

“The Valero Alamo Bowl has a well-deserved reputation as one of most exciting bowl games each year,” said Brad Barron, Chair of the 2019 Valero Alamo Bowl. “This excellent primetime kickoff will allow fans the best opportunity to watch another fantastic matchup between the Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences. Everyone attending the game in San Antonio will have the added bonus of being able to enjoy one of the nation’s best New Year’s Eve celebrations and fireworks shows right outside the Alamodome.”

Last year the Valero Alamo Bowl played on Thursday, December 28 and featured #13 Washington State’s thrilling 26-24 victory over #24 Iowa State in front of an Alamodome crowd of 60,675 and another 6.1 million viewers on ESPN, the #1 and #2 marks among the non-CFP bowl games, respectively. 

About the Valero Alamo Bowl

The Valero Alamo Bowl was created in 1993 to bring enjoyment to South Texans, San Antonians and visitors alike while creating positive economic impact, experiences and national attention for the community and participating universities.

The organization has produced 26 bowl games and served as the local host for 11 neutral site games. The 26 Alamo Bowl games have combined to deliver $915 million in total economic impact to San Antonio, 142 million viewers, 1.56 million attendees to the Alamodome and $118 million to higher education through team payouts and local scholarships.

The 2018 Valero Alamo Bowl generated a total economic impact of $52.9 million for San Antonio and the #1 bowl payout to the participating teams among the 33 non-CFP bowl games with $8.25 million.

The success of the event allowed Valero Alamo Bowl scholarship programs to award over $1 million to San Antonio students, the tops in local scholarship giving among all the bowl games.

Through 2025, the Valero Alamo Bowl will continue to match the #1 teams from the Big 12 and Pac-12 Conferences after the CFP selections.  ESPN and Valero agreements for this game that has delivered five straight Top 25 matchups also have been extended through 2025.

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