HONOLULU – The SoFi Hawai‘i Bowl will return to its traditional Christmas Eve timeslot for the 18th edition of the game. Kickoff is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 8p.m. ET (3p.m. HT) at Aloha Stadium.
The 2019 SoFi Hawai‘i Bowl will feature teams from the Mountain West, American Athletic Conference or BYU and will be televised on ESPN.
“We are thrilled to return to December 24th,” said Daryl Garvin, SoFi Hawai‘i Bowl executive director. “This is a wonderful opportunity to continue bringing friends and families together across the country to celebrate Hawai‘i’s holiday tradition, the SoFi Hawaiʻi Bowl.”
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Last year’s game was played on December 22, outside of its traditional Christmas Eve date for just the fourth time in the bowl’s history. Conference USA’s Louisiana Tech defeated Hawai‘i of the Mountain West, 31-14.
The SoFi Hawai‘i Bowl is known for its high scoring (the winning team has scored 40 or more points 11 times), thrilling offenses and close games with two overtime contests and six games decided by one touchdown or less.
In addition to promoting the island way of life by sponsoring events intrinsic to Hawai‘i, the bowl supports many non-profit organizations through the Hawai‘i Bowl Foundation. More than $1 million has been awarded to local charities since the inception of the Hawai’i Bowl Foundation.
The bowl game was created in 2002 after the hometown University of Hawai‘i finished the 2001 season with a 9-3 record and was not invited to a bowl game. The Rainbow Warriors have participated in the bowl a record eight times.
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 34 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games, the FCS opening-weekend game, 15 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, a college softball event, an esports event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 375-plus hours of live programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and Tampa, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.