WASHINGTON, D.C. – The DC Bowl Committee and Events DC announced today that the 2012 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman will kickoff Thursday, December 27 at 3 p.m. ET at RFK Stadium. The game, which benefits the USO, will be televised nationally on ESPN for the fifth straight year.
This year’s bowl game will feature Army against an opponent from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), pending bowl eligibility. Army would be the third service academy to play in the Military Bowl, following Navy in 2008 and Air Force in 2011.
The week leading up to the 2012 Military Bowl will include a full slate of ancillary events, including the popular Military Village, Official Tailgate Party and Teams Luncheon. Additional Bowl Week events benefiting our nation’s armed forces will be announced closer to the game.
The 2011 Military Bowl was a down-to-the-wire contest between the University of Toledo and Air Force. Toledo’s Matt Campbell led the Rockets to victory over the Falcons 42-41 in his debut as the youngest head coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
“We are excited to host the Military Bowl in our nation’s capital for the fifth year,” said Steve Beck, executive director of the Military Bowl. “The game is important not only in the recognition it provides to our nation’s service men and women and their families, but also in the positive economic impact it has on our region.”
“With benefits from the game going towards the USO, it is an honor to support those who have supported our country for years with their service,” added Erik A. Moses, managing director of the Events DC Sports and Entertainment Division. “The Military Bowl has become a signature holiday event in the area, and we look forward to hosting another great game in D.C. this December.”
In 2011, the bowl donated $100,000 to the USO and provided more than 5,000 tickets to active-duty military personnel and their families.
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman All-Time Results*
2008 Wake Forest 29, Navy 19 MVP: Riley Skinner, Wake Forest
2009 UCLA 30, Temple 21 MVP: Akeem Ayers, UCLA
2010 Maryland 51, East Carolina 20 MVP: Da’Rel Scott, Maryland
2011 Toledo 42, Air Force 41 MVP: Bernard Reedy, Toledo
* – In 2008 and 2009, the bowl game was called the EagleBank Bowl
About the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman has been held in Washington, D.C.’s historic RFK Stadium since 2008. Organized by the DC Bowl Committee, Inc. and Events DC, the Military Bowl serves as a premier regional event benefiting the USO. With first-rate participants and events, the Military Bowl seeks to generate broad support for the USO, positively impact the regional economy, honor the U.S. military and solidify the nation’s capital as a leading college football destination. For more information, please visit us on Facebook, Twitter and MilitaryBowl.org.
About Events DC
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes the historic Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, and the non-military functions of the DC Armory. Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. For more information, please visit www.eventsdc.com.