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 Covering the Bowl Game.

 For media wishing to cover the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, the credential application will be available in the fall. 

 The offficial media hotel for this year is the Courtyard Marriott Blackstone Hotel in Fort Worth, located at 601 Main Street. 


Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl Announces Dec. 29 Kickoff for 2012 Game

The 10th edition of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium with a 10:45 a.m. (CST) kickoff. ESPN and ESPN Radio will air the game as the postseason college football bowl game returns home to Fort Worth, Texas.

Due to renovations at Amon G. Carter Stadium starting in November 2010, the previous two Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl games were played at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. In 2010, a Ford Stadium record crowd of 36,742 watched Army score a 16-14 win over SMU, and in 2011, BYU rallied in the closing seconds to defeat Tulsa 24-21.

2011 BHAFB still in the news

The bowl season is over and the 2011 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl is still attracting attention.

In a blog by's Andrea Adelson ("What we learned from non-AQ bowl season"), BYU's 24-21 win over Tulsa was highlighted. In addition, two BYU players were named to ESPN's all-bowl team - offensive tackle Matt Reynolds and punter Riley Stephenson.

A pre-game view from the booth

By Ryan Haddox

The line out of Las Vegas when the Armed Forces Bowl matchup was announced was a “Pick ‘Em”, or in Layman’s terms, a toss up. The game is one of the more evenly matched contests of the 2011 bowl season, pitting the 9-4 BYU Cougars against the 8-4 Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Both teams come to Dallas out of state, and ESPN color commentator and former Heisman trophy winner Andre Ware talked about what kind of experience it is to get to showcase this game in a football hotbed like Texas.

The Other Side of Going Independent: A Player’s Perspective

By Ryan Haddox

When BYU finally made the decision to take its football team out of the Mountain West Conference in the summer of 2010 and on into the unknown land of conference independence, everyone had an opinion.

Some fans gleamed with excitement, some were fraught with uncertainty. The BYU board of trustees, the school administration, the coaching staff and everyone else in Provo had an opinion on what they were jumping into.

Transforming Ford Stadium

By Tyler Scott

SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium experienced an about-face transformation as BYU and Tulsa were set to face off in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Friday Dec. 30 at 11 AM. 

The most noticeable changes to the stadium included the large Armed Forces Bowl logo badging covering the red SMU Mustang on the 50-yard line. Tulsa boasted it’s signature royal blue accompanied by white letters in the south end zone, as BYU displayed it’s own BYU blue with white “BYU” lettering in the north end zone.

Adventure Park adds to excitement

By Tyler Scott

Fans were entertained by a plethora of activities at the Armed Forces Adventure Park Friday morning just hours before BYU and Tulsa took the field at SMU’s Ford Stadium in Dallas.

Set up just outside the football complexes on SMU’s campus, the Adventure Parkarea featured stations from all five branches of the United States Armed Forces. The Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard all made use of this great event to recruit future heroes to their respective branches.