BHAFB To Continue with Mountain West Conference

Continuing a strong relationship, the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl announced an extended agreement today with the Mountain West Conference to send a team to Fort Worth twice over the next six years. The league is scheduled to send a team to Fort Worth for the 2015 and 2019 games.

"The Mountain West has been a big reason why we have had so much success with our game through the years,” said Brant Ringler, Executive Director of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. “We are looking forward to a continued relationship and the opportunity to host quality teams here in Fort Worth.”

“The Mountain West has a great history with the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl and we are pleased those fine folks will continue as a part of our bowl family,” said Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson.  “Our member institutions appreciate the opportunity to play in the Metroplex and the renovated Amon G. Carter Stadium is a tremendous venue to showcase our teams.”

Per a recently announced agreement, MW will face off against a school from the Big Ten in both 2015 and 2019. A team from the Mountain West has participated in five of the last seven games, with the bowl hosting Air Force four times.

This year’s 11th annual Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will feature a school from the Mountain West versus the U.S. Naval Academy, pending bowl eligibility.  The game will be played on Dec. 30, 2013 in Fort Worth.  ESPN and ESPN Radio will air the game with a 10:45 a.m. (CT) kickoff from Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU.
While the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl game is played in honor of the armed forces, the postseason contest has previously hosted MW member U.S. Air Force Academy (2007-2009, 2012) and the U.S. Military Academy (2010).  The U.S. Naval Academy is set to make their first appearance in 2013, pending eligibility, and return to Fort Worth in 2016.

With Rice defeating Air Force 33-14, the 2012 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl drew an attendance of 40,754 and the largest television audience in the game’s history with an average of 2,584,000 households.  The ESPN telecast had a 2.6 average household coverage rating – marking the bowl’s second-highest rating in the event history.