With a "white" Christmas greeting the schools from Houston and Colorado in Fort Worth Tuesday, the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl practice schedules for Rice and Air Force have changed for Wednesday (December 26). Both schools will practice at the indoor practice facility on the campus of TCU in Fort Worth. Rice, which arrived in Fort Worth today after traveling from Houston, will practice first Wednesday at the TCU indoor facility at 10:30 a.m. (CST) followed by Air Force at 12:30 p.m.
The Falcons, who are playing in their fourth Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, arrived Monday in Fort Worth. Air Force has practiced the past two days at the TCU indoor practice facility next to Amon G. Carter Stadium where Air Force plays Rice Saturday at 10:45 a.m.
For Thursday, Air Force will practice at Kennedale High School ((901 Wildcat Way-Kennedale 76060-5848) starting at 11:15 a.m. Rice will remain at TCU with a scheduled workout at the indoor facility starting at 11 a.m.
In addition to Wednesday's practices, both Air Force and Rice will attend the evening's welcome reception at Billy Bob's in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards starting at 6 p.m. Thursday’s schedule features a visit to Cook’s Children’s Hospital visit followed by team dinners and comedy show “fun”.
Following a Friday morning press conference, the two schools will be featured at the noon-time Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Kickoff Luncheon at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. Joe Theismann, the College Football Hall of Famer from Notre Dame, will be the featured speaker at the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Kickoff Luncheon. It is fitting that renowned broadcaster Doug Murray will introduce the former Washington Redskin quarterbacking great two days before Theismann’s former team hosts the Dallas Cowboys in the nation’s capital for the final regular-season game before the National Football League playoffs.
"Bowl Week" pre-game day activities conclude on the weekend with a "Pep Rally” Friday night on Sundance Square at the Flying Saucer. Prior to Saturday’s game, a "free" concert will be held at the Armed Forces Adventure Area next to Amon G. Carter Stadium. An additional "free" post-game concert will also be in the Armed Forces Adventure Area.
The public sale of tickets for the 2012 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl continues to be brisk. With prices starting as low as $20 a ticket and ranging up to $150 for a Bud Light Platinum Club seat, tickets can be selected and purchased through the bowl’s web site at www.ArmedForcesBowl.com. Armed forces veterans and active duty personnel can also request their complimentary tickets through the bowl’s web site, or by calling the bowl office at 817/810-0012. Complimentary armed forces tickets are available via the bowl’s corporate military ticket underwriting program while the remaining limited supplies last.