FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 21, 2018) – Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], a leading defense and technology company, has agreed to extend its title sponsorship of the Fort Worth-based Armed Forces Bowl for another six years. The defense company, which has been the title sponsor of the event since the 2014 game, will be on board through at least 2025.
“We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Lockheed Martin will continue to serve as our title sponsor for six more years,” said Brant Ringler, executive director of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. “Lockheed Martin’s commitment to our game, the city of Fort Worth and our nation’s armed forces is second to none. Their leadership and dedication has allowed us to elevate the event to greater national prominence each year, and we look forward to continuing to work with Lockheed Martin to honor our armed forces members through a fantastic football event.”
Lockheed Martin has more than 15,000 employees in North Texas, primarily at its Aeronautics business headquarters in Fort Worth and its Missiles and Fire Control business headquarters in Grand Prairie. Support for military members and veterans is a core component of Lockheed Martin’s philanthropy and volunteerism efforts.
“We are proud to continue our title sponsorship for the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl through 2025 and look forward to our continuing partnership with ESPN to honor and recognize our armed forces, veterans and their families,” said Frank St. John, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
The 16th Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl between Houston and No. 22 Army West Point will be played Saturday, Dec. 22. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. CT at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth. It is the 10th time in the past 12 years that the game has featured one of the three U.S. football-playing military academies. It is the only bowl game ever to host all three institutions. In addition, the game has been ranked as the No. 3 bowl in the country each of the past two seasons.
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 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 15 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.
About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. This year we received three Edison Awards for ground-breaking innovations in autonomy, satellite technology and directed energy.
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 32 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 15 college bowl games, 10 college basketball events, a college softball event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 375-plus hours of live programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 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.