The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl is set to celebrate its 15th Anniversary during the 2017 football season, and plans to commemorate the milestone with 15 themed events throughout the fall.
“During the last 15 years, we’ve grown from a true start up to making history through football by becoming the original bowl game played in honor of our armed forces,” said Brant Ringler, executive director of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl. “It’s been incredibly fun and rewarding for us to grow into the community event we are today. We’re going to take the time this fall to recognize all we’ve seen and done on our journey to this point and launch towards another successful 15 years ahead.”
Each Friday through December 1, the bowl will unveil a top moment from each of the previous bowl games. The #Top15 countdown started last week featuring the 2003 inaugural game when Boise State’s David Mickell reeled off a 75-yard run that helped propel the Broncos to a 34-31 win over TCU.
Additionally, a 15th anniversary bowl logo commemorates the bowl’s history, incorporating a roman numeral “XV” into the standard mark.
Later this fall, a 15th Anniversary All-Bowl team will be released on social media. The team will honor past participants who had exceptional bowl performances, as well as those who have gone on to make their mark in the National Football League.
On the 15th of each month, the bowl will announce a different ticket promotion available exclusively to fans who receive the bowls e-newsletter, the Play By Play. Fans can subscribe for free via the bowl’s website, www.armedforcesbowl.com.
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, 2016) have all previously participated in the bowl.
Last year’s game saw the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs defeat the Navy Midshipmen 48-45, on a field goal as time expired in front of a crowd of 40,542.
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 13 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.