Ticket Sales Open Sept. 1

FORT WORTH, TEXAS, August 23, 2011 – Tickets for the 2011 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will go on sale Thursday, Sept. 1 at 12:01 a.m. (CT). The ninth annual postseason collegiate football game will be played Friday, Dec. 30 with an 11:00 a.m. kickoff at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the campus of SMU. The game is being played in Dallas for the second consecutive year due to continued renovations at Fort Worth’s Amon G. Carter Stadium.

From September 1 through November 14, the cost of public stadium seating will be $50 per seat for the 2011 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. From November 15 through the December 30 kickoff, the cost per seat will be $60. The bowl is also selling a limited number of premium club seats for $150 per ticket located in Ford Stadium’s indoor club section on the west side of the stadium. Group ticket packages will be available online at www.ArmedForcesBowl.com.

Owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), detailed ticket information for the 2011 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl can be obtained through the bowl’s web site or by calling the bowl office at 817/810-0012. As part of the bowls tribute to the armed force, military veterans receive discounted tickets at $30 per ticket and active-duty military personnel receive free admittance via the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl corporate military ticket underwriting program.

The 2011 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will feature BYU, if bowl eligible, and a school from Conference USA.  One of college football’s top programs with more than 500 wins (511-380-26, 57.1%), 29 bowl appearances (11-17-1 record) and 23 conference championships (MWC titles in 1999, 2001, 2006 and 2007), BYU posted a 7-6 record in 2010. Their season culminated with a 52-24 victory over UTEP of C-USA in the 2010 New Mexico Bowl this past December in Albuquerque.

The Cougars are coached by Bronco Mendenhall, who has led BYU to a 56-21 record with four bowl victories in six games. Led by 1990 Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer of Austin, BYU boasts 11 consensus and 31 Academic All-Americans. BYU, which was crowned the 1984 national champions after a perfect 13-0 season, has also had seven Sammy Baugh, three Davey O’Brien, two Outland and one Doak Walker Trophy recipients.

A C-USA school has played in all but one of the eight previous Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl games, as the 2007 game included Cal from the Pacific-10 Conference in place of a C-USA team. In 2010 before a Gerald J. Ford Stadium record crowd of 36,742, Army used three first half turnovers to provide the spark for a 16-14 triumph over SMU.

Featuring a military theme since 2006, patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of the military are prevalent throughout the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. Past bowls have included fan-fest areas showcasing military hardware; flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military’s top skydiving teams; on-field induction ceremonies; military bands and honor guards; and the awarding of the annual “Great American Patriot Award” (GAPA) presented by Armed Forces Insurance. For additional information about the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, please visit www.ArmedForcesBowl.com, www.Facebook.com/ArmedForcesBowl or www.Twitter.com/ArmedForcesBowl.

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, joined the bowl on August 23, 2006, as the title sponsor of the postseason college football game formerly known as the PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl (2003, 2004) and the Fort Worth Bowl (2005).  The 2006 season marked the first year for the adoption of the “Armed Forces Bowl” name, making the official title the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. Bell Helicopter has twice exercised its option for title sponsorship of the game. The current agreement was signed in September 2009 to continue the sponsorship for the 2010 and 2011 games with a two-year option for 2012 and 2013.