The 10th edition of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium with a 10:45 a.m. (CST) kickoff. ESPN and ESPN Radio will air the game as the postseason college football bowl game returns home to Fort Worth, Texas.
Due to renovations at Amon G. Carter Stadium starting in November 2010, the previous two Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl games were played at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. In 2010, a Ford Stadium record crowd of 36,742 watched Army score a 16-14 win over SMU, and in 2011, BYU rallied in the closing seconds to defeat Tulsa 24-21.
“We are very pleased to have our 10th anniversary game featured on ESPN as the Saturday lead into other bowl games,” said Brant B. Ringler, executive director of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. “We also look forward to continuing our great relationship with TCU after staging several highly successful events at Amon G. Carter Stadium for the first seven years of the bowl game.”
The $143-million renovations to Amon G. Carter Stadium were announced in August 2010 and construction began immediately following the 2010 regular season. Capacity for the completed Amon G. Carter Stadium will be approximately 45,000.
Owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl has featured a military theme since 2006. Patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of the military are prevalent throughout the game. Past Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowls have included fan-fest areas showcasing military hardware; flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military’s top skydiving teams; the awarding of custom homes to wounded warriors; 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 ArmedForcesBowl.com, Facebook.com/ArmedForcesBowl or Twitter.com/ArmedForcesBowl.
Ticket information for the 2012 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will be released in the coming months and can be obtained at ArmedForcesBowl.com. Military veterans and active-duty personnel receive free admittance via the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl corporate military ticket underwriting program.