Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl announces January 2, 2015 Kickoff

May 29, 2014
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl announces January 2, 2015 Kickoff

FORT WORTH, Texas – The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will be played in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 officials announced today. The 12th edition of the postseason college football bowl game will kick off at 11:00 a.m. (CT) from Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of TCU and will be aired by ESPN. This will be the first time in its history that the bowl game has been held in January.

This year’s Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl is slated to feature a team from the American Athletic Conference versus the U.S. Military Academy (Army), pending bowl eligibility. 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) and the U.S. Naval Academy (2013) have all previously visited participated in the bowl.

“A Friday kickoff is the perfect end to a holiday week chalked full of college football and ending appropriately in Fort Worth,” said Brant Ringler, Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl executive director. “We are honored to host the return of the U.S. Military Academy (Army) for the second time and are equally enthused to host a worthy opponent from the new American Athletic Conference.”

This will be the first time the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will be played after the start of the New Year. In its first 11 years, the event has been held on Dec. 23 (2003-2006), Dec. 29 (2012), Dec. 30 (2010-2011, 2013) and Dec. 31 (2007-2009).

In last year’s game, Navy broke open a close contest with 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to defeat Middle Tennessee State, 24-6 to cap an eventful 9-4 season for the Midshipmen in front of an announced crowd of 39,246 and a national TV audience on ESPN.

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; 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.

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 11 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN.


ESPN Events ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes two Labor Day weekend college football games; 11 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 Boca Raton, 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.

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Media Contacts: Dominic Clark, Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at 702-682-9937 or dominiccnv@aol.com; Bryan Delgado, Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl at 817-810-0266 or bryan.delgado@espn.com; Rachel Margolis Siegal, ESPN at 860-766-2798, or rachel.m.siegal@espn.com