2016 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Set for December 23

May 4, 2016

FORT WORTH, Texas – The 2016 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will be played in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday, Dec. 23, officials announced today. The 14th edition of the postseason college football bowl game will feature a 3:30 p.m. CT (4:30 p.m. ET) kickoff and will be televised nationally on ESPN.

This year’s Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, which will once again be played at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU and scheduled to feature a bowl eligible team from the U.S. Naval Academy versus a school from the Big 12 Conference.

“Our game continues to grow, and previous successes have allowed to us to take advantage of a Friday afternoon window to televise our unique patriotic event,” said Brant Ringler, executive director of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. “This year gives us a fantastic opportunity to showcase the events surrounding our game, as well as the great city of Fort Worth, to our participating teams and a national television audience.” 

This will mark the first time in a decade (2006) that the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will be played prior to Christmas Day.

The annual game, played in honor of the armed forces of the United States, is the only collegiate football bowl game that has hosted all three U.S. Military Academy football teams. The U.S. Military Academy (2010), the U.S. Air Force Academy (2007-2009, 2012, 2015) and the U.S. Naval Academy (2013) have all previously participated in the bowl.  

Last year’s game saw the California Golden Bears defeat the Air Force Academy Falcons, 55-36, in front of an announced crowd of 38,915 and a national TV audience on ESPN. Cal quarterback Jared Goff, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, earned Most Valuable Player honors after throwing for a bowl-record 467 yards and six touchdowns.

The Lockheed Martin 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 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowls have included fan-fest adventure areas showcasing armed forces hardware; flyovers; demonstrations by several of the military's top skydiving teams; custom homes awarded to wounded warriors; on-field induction ceremonies; armed forces bands and honor guards; and the annual Great American Patriot Award presented by Armed Forces Insurance. 

The 2016 will be the fifth time the game has been played on Dec. 23 (2003-06). It also has been contested on Dec. 29 (2012, 2015), Dec. 30 (2010-11, 2013), Dec. 31 (2007-09) and Jan. 2 (2015).

The bowl game also created and operates the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America. For additional information about the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, please visit ArmedForcesBowl.com, Facebook.com/ArmedForcesBowl or Twitter.com/ArmedForcesBowl.

The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl is one of 13 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN. 

 

ESPN Events 
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; 13 college bowl games, 10 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 250-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.
 
ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program. 

ESPN Events 
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; 13 college bowl games, 10 college basketball events and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 250-plus hours of programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 700,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football
AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (Houston); Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Camping World Kickoff (Orlando, Fla.); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Marmot Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); MEAC/SWAC Challenge (Orlando, Fla.); Popeyes Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); St. Petersburg Bowl (Florida); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta) and Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth)

Collegiate Basketball
AdvoCare Invitational (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Armed Forces Classic (Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu); DIRECTV Wooden Legacy (Orange County, Calif.); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Gildan Charleston Classic (South Carolina); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s  Classic presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic presented by Corona (TBD); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Puerto Rico Tip-Off (San Juan) and State Farm Champions Classic (New York City)

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