FORT WORTH, Texas – BNSF Railway, one of the largest rail networks in the country, has finalized an extension of their sponsorship of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl for three more years. The agreement, which started with the 2009 bowl, will keep the BNSF Railway involved through the 2015 bowl.
“We are proud to work with a Fort Worth based company in our mission to honor our country’s armed forces,” said Brant Ringler, executive director of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. “BNSF Railway has always been a leader in our community and we look forward to growing our relationship with them over the next three years.”
“BNSF Railway has been committed to this outstanding athletic competition since the game’s inception and we look forward to our participation through the 2015 contest,” said Joe Faust, director, Public Affairs, BNSF Railway. “In addition to quality football competition, the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl represents a positive extension of our support for all the men and women of our nation’s military.”
BNSF Railway operates in 28 states and two Canadian provinces, with their corporate offices residing in Fort Worth, Texas. The company has been a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway since 2010.
Owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television (ERT), a subsidiary of ESPN, the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl has featured the “armed forces” theme since 2006. Patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of the service are prevalent throughout the game. Past Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowls have included fan-fest areas showcasing armed forces hardware; flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military's top skydiving teams; the awarding of custom homes to wounded warriors; on-field induction ceremonies; armed forces bands and honor guard, the awarding of the annual Great American Patriot Award presented by Armed Forces Insurance; and the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America.
The 11th annual Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will be played on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at 10:45 a.m. (CT) at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. The game will air on ESPN, ESPN Radio and overseas on the Armed Forces Network to members of the U.S. military.
Ticket information for the 2013 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will be released on October 1, 2013 and can be obtained at ArmedForcesBowl.com. Armed forces veterans and active-duty personnel receive free admittance via the bowl’s corporate armed forces ticket underwriting program, while supplies are available.
BNSF Railway is one of North America’s leading freight transportation companies operating on 32,500 route miles of track in 28 states and two Canadian provinces. BNSF is one of the top transporters of consumer goods, grain and agricultural products, low-sulfur coal, and industrial goods such as petroleum, chemicals, housing materials, food and beverages. BNSF’s shipments help feed, clothe, supply and power American homes and businesses every day. BNSF and its employees have developed one of the most technologically advanced and efficient railroads in the industry. We work continuously to improve the value of the safety, service, energy and environmental benefits we provide to our customers and the communities we serve. You can learn more about BNSF at www.BNSF.com.
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN Regional Television (ERT), owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes two Labor Day weekend college football games; 10 college bowl games and eight college basketball events, which accounts for approximately 200 hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over a half a million attendees each year. With satellite offices in Boise, Birmingham, Dallas-Fort Worth, Albuquerque, St. Petersburg and Las Vegas, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.
A subsidiary of ESPN, ERT is also the production headquarters for ESPNU; syndication rights-holder and producer of national and regional shows for college conferences (American, Big 12, Mid-American, SEC) and manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.
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