Holiday Bowl at Petco Park

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2024 Holiday Bowl

The 45th Holiday Bowl will return to Petco Park in December 2024. The baseball stadium field will again be repurposed for football.

2023 Holiday Bowl

The 2023 Holiday Bowl NCAA football game took place in San Diego at the Padres Petco Park on December 27, 2023. In the Holiday Bowl matchup between the Southern California Trojans and No. 16 Louisville Cardinals, USC bid farewell to the Pac-12 Conference with an impressive 42-28 victory. Quarterback Miller Moss, making his first college start in place of Caleb Williams, threw a record-setting six touchdown passes and 372 passing yards, connecting with receivers such as Tahj Washington and Ja’Kobi Lane. The victory marked the end of a challenging season for the Trojans, who had lost three straight games and five of six coming into the Holiday Bowl.

Title Sponsorship & Naming

This is no longer the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl. SDCCU opted not to renew bowl sponsorship for this year’s game. The new sponsor for 2023 is DirecTV. Since 2017, the game had been known as the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl. Prior to that, the bowl has had manyv

Holiday Bowl History in San Diego

​​The Holiday Bowl is a staple of the NCAA Division 1 college football post-season, and San Diego is proud to be its host city since its inception in 1978. This will be the second Holiday Bowls played at Petco Park under an agreement that will make the Padres ballpark the venue for a minimum of five years. The addition of bleachers in right field and standing room areas will increase capacity to nearly 50,000 people.

The first Holiday Bowl was played on December 22, 1978 at San Diego Stadium. The game featured BYU and Navy, with Navy defeating BYU 23–16.


For Holiday Bowl parking, we strongly recommend reserving your spot in advance.

For more information and tips on where to park your car, view our Holiday Bowl Parking Guide.

Bag Policy

Not sure what size bag you can bring? Purses, clutches, backpacks and the like? Be sure you are current on Petco Park’s bag policy.

Outside FoodOutside food is not allowed, including water bottles. Do not bring.

Modifications and renovations to accommodate the game include temporarily removing the wall on the first base side, adding 2,800 square feet of concrete seating risers, clearing the bullpen door and stairs and installing football goal posts, play clocks and additional camera locations.

Which Teams Are Playing in 2023

The DirecTV Holiday Bowl for the 2023 season will feature University of Louisville vs. University of Southern California (USC).

Louisville Cardinals

  • Record: 10-3
  • Coach: Jeff Brohm
  • Bowl History: This is Louisville’s 12th bowl appearance in 14 years and their first appearance in the Holiday Bowl.
  • Players To Watch: Louisville running back Jawhar Jordan, center Bryan Hudson, and defensive end Ashton Gillotte.

USC Trojans

  • Record:
  • Coach: Lincoln Riley
  • Bowl History: USC is making its fourth trip to the Holiday Bowl. They played in back-to-back games in 2014-15, beating Nebraska and losing to Wisconsin. They lost to Iowa in the 2019 game, which was the last event at SDCCU Stadium.
  • Player To Watch: Quarterback Caleb Williams, a Heisman Trophy winner, may not play in the game. Backup would be Miller Moss.

    Kickoff Time

    The game is scheduled to begin at 5:00 PST. Gates open at 3.

    Broadcast TV & Streaming

    The game will be broadcast on FOX. Try to watch it via DirecTV to support the sponsor! (Channel 69). You can stream the game through any service that carries FOX network.

    About the Holiday Bowl

    The Holiday Bowl is part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl postseason. The college football bowl game that has been played annually since 1978. Learn more about the Holiday Bowl.

    KGB Sky Show

    Great news if you love a good sky show. The KGB SkyShow is back again and becoming a local tradition. Many look forward to the iconic fireworks show as much as the game itself.

    Beginning in 1976, with fireworks set off from Fiesta Island and Chollas Lake, the SkyShow evolved to an elaborate production, with some 5,000 fireworks shells launched, computer synchronized to music. The Skyshow was not held in 2020 or 2021. The 5th SkyShow will take place in 2023 at Petco Park. “Our fans are in for quite a night!” promised producer Sports San Diego.

    Holiday Bowl Parade

    The annual Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade takes place before the game at 10AM, rain or shine. It is free to watch anywhere along the parade route. No tickets required. See marching bands, floats, balloons and more. More parade info.

    Past Results

    1978: Navy over BYU (23-16)
    1979: Indiana over BYU (38-37)
    1980: BYU over SMU (46-45)
    1981: BYU over Washington State (38-36)
    1982: Ohio State over BYU (47-17)
    1983: BYU over Missouri (21-17)
    1984: BYU over Michigan (24-17)
    198: Arkansas over Arizona State (18-17)
    1986: Iowa over San Diego State (39-38)
    1987: Iowa over Wyoming (20-19)
    1988: Oklahoma State over Wyoming (62-14)
    1989: Penn State over BYU (50-39)
    1990: Texas A&M over BYU (65-14)
    1991: BYU vs Iowa (13-13)
    1992: Hawaii over Illinois (27-17)
    1993: Ohio State over BYU (28-21)
    1994: Michigan over Colorado State (24-14)
    199: Kansas State over Colorado State (54-21)
    1996: Colorado over Washington (33-21)
    1997: Colorado State over Missouri (35-24)
    1998: Arizona over Nebraska (23-20)
    1999: Kansas State over Washington (24-20)
    2000: Oregon over Texas (35-30)
    2001: Texas over Washington (47-43)
    2002: Kansas State over Arizona State (34-27)
    2003: Washington State over Texas (28-20)
    2004: Texas Tech over California (45-31)
    200: Oklahoma over Oregon (17-14)
    2006: California over Texas A&M (45-10)
    2007: Texas over Arizona State (52-34)
    2008: Oregon over Oklahoma State (42-31)
    2009: Nebraska over Arizona (33-0)
    2010: Washington over Nebraska (19-7)
    2011: Texas over California (21-10)
    2012: Baylor over UCLA (49-26)
    2013: Texas Tech over 6 Arizona State (37-23)
    2014: USC over Nebraska (45-42)
    201: Wisconsin over USC (23-21)
    2016: Minnesota over Washington State (17-12)
    2017: Michigan State over Washington State (42-17)
    2018: Northwestern over Utah (31-20)
    2019: Iowa over USC (49-24)
    2020: Canceled
    2021: Also Canceled
    2022: Oregon over North Carolina (28-27)

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