Ringler Issued "State of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl" Address

By Troy Phillips, www.armedforcesbowl.com

Fort Worth, Texas, December 30, 2009 – Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl officials expect record attendance on New Year’s Eve day for the game’s seventh edition, as well as continued robust growth despite difficult economic times.  BHAFB executive director Brant Ringler touched several issues during his “state of the bowl” address on Wednesday, starting with his prediction Thursday’s game will surpass last year’s record crowd of 41,127. Houston (10-3) and Air Force (7-5), both in their third BHAFB and a rematch of last year’s game, are scheduled to kick off at 11 a.m. at TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium.  Bowl officials expect a crowd in excess of 42,000, based on tickets sold or distributed so far. “We still have tickets available, but it’s the upper-deck seats at this point,” Ringler said. “I think we can push it to past a sellout. Sellouts breed sellouts. If we continue to do these numbers each year, it continues to grow and it’s the event to go to on New Year’s Eve, these numbers shouldn’t change.”