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Hawaii Bowl 2012 Will Be Played on Christmas Eve


This is going to be an historic day in footbal history, when the Hawaii Bowl 2012 will be played on Christmas Eve. It will truly make for a special game with everyone celebrating this holiday around the USA.

Hawaii Bowl 2012 Will Be Played on Christmas Eve

On December 24 2012, in Honolulu, Hawaii, history will be made as the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl is to be played on a Monday night at Aloha Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN with kickoff set for 3:00 pm local time (8:00 pm ET) on Christmas Eve. In the 11-year history of the bowl, it had never been played on a Monday.

The first thing that comes to mind is why is there an open date on the NFL calendar for Monday night? Usually ESPN has theirMonday Night Football game but on this particular weekend, they will have their Monday Night crew working on Saturday night in Detroit, Michigan, for an Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions game. So the date was open.

Hawaii Bowl 2012 will be played on Christmas Eve

Except for 2007, all the games have been played on either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day since 2002. Although the lights will be on for the entire game, the contest will be played mostly in daylight – at least until the fourth quarter.

The Mountain West Conference, who now has a two-year commitment to the bowl, will send one representative to play against a team from Conference USA. Currently, these are the two conferences trying to merge for a year or more. As in the past, if theHawaii Warriors are bowl eligible, they will be the Mountain West representative unless they are invited to a BCS bowl (like they did in 2007 when the Warriors went to the Sugar Bowl).

Last year, Southern Miss beat Nevada with a fourth quarter touchdown to win 24-17 (source – Maui News). The Hawaii Warriors have been to the bowl six times, with the Nevada Wolf Pack next having visited three times. The bowl contest has historically been a high scoring affair averaging 77 points per game. Oh, and if you happen to go to the game (check out visitors guide), expect game time temperatures to be near 80 with a light trade wind.

If you can’t make it, as David Matlin, Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Executive Director says: “While folks are enjoying their Christmas Eve in frigid winter conditions, they can tune in to watch Monday night football in paradise.”

Source – Sheraton Hawaii Bowl

Hawaii Bowl 2012 will be played on Christmas Eve and I can’t wait to watch every minute of this great event. Buy your tickets early, it gets sold out way before December. But, if you can’t make the flight over to visit our islands, I guess the next best thing is to watch it on tv.

 ~~Aloha Nui Loa


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