Poinsettia Bowl Tickets
Poinsettia is the post-season Football Bowl Subdivision game that was recreated and played for the first time in 1955. Every year towards the end of December, the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California, gets jam-packed with fans, all set to witness history in the making at the Poinsettia Bowl. The event was initially started as the military services championship game, banking on the rivalry between the Eastern and Western Military Services Champions. The first Poinsettia Bowl, held at the Balboa Stadium in San Diego saw Bolling Air Force Base beat San Diego Naval Training Center. And hence began the now famous yearly game that manages to attract huge crowds and lots of die-hard football fans. If you happen to be among these, you might want to get your hands on these Poinsettia Bowl tickets, before they are all sold out.
Let’s take a look at the history of this NCAA-sanctioned game.
History of the Poinsettia Bowl
After the initial 1950s stunt that saw its fourth and last game in 1955 with a victory for Ford Ord, the bowl was revived in 2005. The first Poinsettia Bowl after the 2005 revival was between the Navy Midshipmen and the Colorado State Rams. Navy won this game 51-30 and helped recreate a widespread interest in the bowl once again. The attendance for this game was huge in itself at 36,842. The 2007 game put the Utah Utes against the Navy Midshipmen in a very close call game that eventually the Utes won 35-32. The attendance for this year’s game was slightly higher at 39,129, depicting the growing popularity of the bowl among the masses.
The next game was held in 2008. It pit the TCU Horned Frogs against the Bosie State Broncos. The game was won by the Frogs 17-16. The ratings and popularity of the Bowl increased further this year with it getting a national television rating of 3.74 on ESPN.
Next was the 2009 game that matched Utah Utes against the California Golden Bears. The Utah Utes won this game 37-27. 2010 saw a game between the San Diego State Aztecs and the Navy Midshipmen and San Diego took home the trophy with a 35-14 win. By this time, the attendance figure had gone up substantially to 48,049. For the next bowl, Louisiana Tech played against TCU and TCU won 31-24. TCU’s inclusion in the mix this year came as a surprise to many since they missed out on the third consecutive BCS Bowl by merely one national rank position. The 2012 game matched BYU with San Diego State, which BYU won 23-6. Next year in December, Utah State beat NIU 21-14 and in 2014, Navy defeated San Diego State in a very close result of 17-16. The last installment of the Poinsettia Bowl matched NIU against Boise State with Boise State taking home a very definitive victory at 55-7.
And now it’s time for the much awaited 2016 game. With December right around the corner, you might want to get your hands on these Poinsettia Bowl tickets before they are all sold out. Happening at the same Qualcomm Stadium on the 21st of December, this is one game you certainly do not want to miss this year.
Poinsettia Bowl Statistics
To get a clearer picture of the coveted game, let’s take a look at some more statistics. Since the year the Bowl was revived, Navy has made the most appearances (4), followed by TCU, San Diego State and NIU with 3 appearances each, Utah and Boise State with 2 appearances each and BYU, Utah State, California, Colorado State and Louisiana Tech with one appearance each.
By conference, Mountain West has had 8 wins over the years and 3 losses. Independent has won thrice and lost twice and WAC has never won and lost twice. The Mid-American Conference has also never seen any victory and has suffered 3 losses while the Pac-12 Conference has lost once and never won a game.
Several players have received the Most Valuable Player award over the years as well, thanks to their outstanding contributions to their team’s good performances. For instance, in 2015, Reggie Campbell won the Offensive MPV and Tyler Tidwell won the Defensive MVP Award. Both were from Navy. Subsequent years have seen players such as Jeff Ballard, Andy Dalton, Keenan Reynolds, Cody Hoffman, Jake Doughty, Andrew Preston and Steven Sylvester among others win this prestigious award.
With such an illustrious history, you certainly do not want to miss this year’s game. So head on over to San Diego and enjoy a football game like none other.