The 2023 Holiday Bowl NCAA football game is scheduled to take place in San Diego at the Padres Petco Park in December 2023. The baseball stadium field will be repurposed for football.
Title Sponsorship & Naming
This will no longer be the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl. SDCCU
opted not to renew bowl sponsorship for this year’s game. A new sponsor for 2023 has not been named. Since 2017, the game hdd been known as the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl. Prior to that, the bowl has had many different sponsors, including SeaWorld, Culligan, Pacific Life, Bridgepoint Education and National University.
Tickets are not yet on sale for the matchup. Last year, tickets went on sale in October. If that trend continues, tickets will be on sale to this year’s game in or around October 2023.
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 (now SDCCU Stadium). The game featured BYU and Navy, with Navy defeating BYU 23–16.
For Holiday Bowl parking information and tips on where to park your car, view our Petco Park Parking Guide
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
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 game will be played between college football teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC
) and the Pac-12 Conference.
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 returned in 2022 after the SDCCU
Holiday Bowl and will hopefully be back again this year.
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 4th SkyShow will take place in 2022 at Petco Park. “There will be new and exciting elements never seen before in a SkyShow, “ according to the KGB program director.
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
1978: Navy over BYU
1979: Indiana over BYU
over Washington State (38-36)
1982: Ohio State over BYU
over Missouri (21-17)
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
1990: Texas A&M over BYU
vs Iowa (13-13)
1992: Hawaii over Illinois (27-17)
1993: Ohio State over BYU
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
2013: Texas Tech over 6 Arizona State (37-23)
over Nebraska (45-42)
201: Wisconsin over USC
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
2021: Also Canceled
2022: Oregon over North Carolina (28-27)
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