FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 18, 2018) – The 2018 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl is officially sold out – the first sellout in the Armed Forces Bowl’s 16-year history.
The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl between the Houston Cougars (8-4, 5-3 American Athletic) and No. 22 Army West Point Black Knights (10-2) will be played Saturday at TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CT (3:30 p.m. ET), on ESPN. It also will air in both English and Spanish on GameDay Radio. The winner of the game will be the first three-time champion in the bowl’s history.
“We are pleased to announce the first sold-out game in Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl history,” said Brant Ringler, executive director of the bowl. “To accomplish this in advance of game day makes it even more meaningful. Each football program have tremendous fan bases and are always strong draws for us. In addition, both our past and present service members continue to come out in force every year, so they may be rightfully honored by a community that stands strong in full support of our event that fittingly pays full tribute to our armed forces.”
The Armed Forces Bowl’s all-time attendance record of 41,414 was set in 2009 when Houston played Air Force.
The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl has ranked among the top three games of the postseason college football bowl season each of the past two years, as both the 2016 and 2017 games were decided in the game’s final half-minute. In addition, with 330 total points scored over the past four games, the Armed Forces Bowl is the second-highest scoring bowl game over that time, behind only the Rose Bowl (343).
Houston enters the game ranked fourth in the nation in scoring at 46.4 points per game and topped the 40-point plateau in 10 games, the most by any team in the country. In addition, the squad ranks seventh nationally in total offense (528.6 yards per game).
Army West Point has won eight straight games, and its last loss came in overtime, 28-21, at College Football Playoff semifinalist Oklahoma. Army ranks second in the nation in rushing at 296.0 yards per game and is looking to become the first team in Armed Forces Bowl history to win back-to-back titles.
The Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, 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–Air Force five times (2007, 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2015), Army three times (2010, 2017, 2018) and Navy (2013, 2016).
The annual game has featured the “armed forces” theme since 2006. Patriotic overtones recognizing all five branches of 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 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl is one of 15 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN.
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.