The New Mexico Bowl is played each December at University Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the home of the New Mexico Lobos. The New Mexico Bowl was first played in 2006 between the New Mexico Lobos and the San Jose State Spartans, where San Jose won the game 20-12. The game was funded by $2 million dollar credit line from ESPN and represents the first Division-I bowl game to be played in New Mexico. The winner of the New Mexico Bowl receives a trophy made from a 20-inch piece of Zia Pueblo Pottery. The trophy includes Pueblo depictions of the bowl's symbol, a Zia symbol also found in the New Mexico state flag, football players, and other Pueblo symbols. MVP trophies are also made from another form of traditional Zia Pueblo art – leather shields. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for New Mexico Bowl tickets.
2013 New Mexico Bowl Preview
The 2013 New Mexico Bowl will be played on Saturday, December 21st at 12:00 PM CST between the Washington State Cougars and the Colorado State Rams. Check back soon for a preview of the 2013 Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
The 2012 New Mexico Bowl was about comebacks. Nevada took an early 21-0 lead in the first quarter against the Wildcats. Arizona began their comeback after scoring 21 unanswered points heading into half time at which point they were only down by only a field goal. With 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter Matt Scott connected with Tyler Slavin on a 2 yard touchdown pass to win the game 49-48.
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New Mexico Bowl at University Stadium Address: 1111 University Boulevard SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87131
University Stadium, site of the New Mexico Bowl, is located on the campus of the University of New Mexico and is the home field of the New Mexico Lobos. Built in 1960, the stadium has a capacity of nearly 43,000. Multiple expansion projects have been undertaken over the past 10 years that included addition seating, concessions and the addition of “LoboVision”.
West Side Lines
Sections A – I are on the home team side of the field with sections F, E &D (Premium Seating) closest to the home team side benches. Sections G & C (Silver Seating) move closer to the end zones about the 20 yard lines or so) and sections I, H, B & A (Turquoise Seating) are closer to the endzones. The rows run 1 to 35 and then 36 to 64, the best seats are the first few rows in section E.
East Side Lines
Sections AA – II are on the visitor team side of the field with sections FF, EF &DF (Premium Seating) closest to the visitor team side benches. Sections GG & CC (Silver Seating) move closer to the end zones about the 20 yard lines or so) and sections II, HH, BB & AA (Turquoise Seating) are closer to the endzones. The rows run 1 to 35 and then 36 to 65, the best seats are the first few rows in section E.
This is a general admission (cherry seating) section with wheelchair access and locations across the back section.
This area is comprised of the field level suites along with the indoor and outdoor endzone clubs which are premium seating/luxury seating areas.
New Mexico Bowl Event Guide
What are best attractions to see when in Albuquerque for the Gilden New Mexico Bowl?
The Gilden New Mexico Fanfest at University Stadium is open to the public at no cost and provides entertainment, food, information and giveaways. In the past they have had live music, dancing and an area dedicated to children (kids corner) that has a playground, inflatable jumping tents and even obstacle courses. For larger “kids” there is also a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino where you can stay for the weekend, eat and gamble.
Where are the best places to eat in Albuquerque for the New Mexico Bowl?
Historic Nob Hill is just east of campus and offers many dining choices. Kelly’s Brew Pub cooks up great pub fare along with a great selection of brew. Bistronomy B2B is an awesome spot offering a huge selection of gourmet burgers (Nawlins is great!) along with a selection of over 30 draft beers with a large amount of local/state beer.
Which matchups has the New Mexico Bowl seen over the years?