The Holiday Bowl is played each December at Qualcomm Stadium in San Deigo, California. Since 1978, the Holiday Bowl has treated millions of fans to some of the most exciting bowl games in college football. The game matches up one of the top teams from the Big Ten Conference with a peer from the Pac-12 Conference. The Holiday Bowl has previously had conference tie-ins from WAC (1978-1997) and the Big 12 (1995-2013). The Holiday Bowl is sponsored by National University, and has been sponsored in the past by SeaWorld, Thrify Car Rental, Plymouth, Culligan, Pacific Life and Bridgepoint Education. Get more info at our Holiday Bowl History page and check out our list of past Holiday Bowl Champions.
2016 Holiday Bowl Preview
The 2015 Holiday Bowl will bring the Wisconsin Badgers and USC Trojans to San Diego to play on December 30, 2015. The Badgers put together a fantastic season, despite transition to a third coach in 5 years. Wisconsin relied on the best scoring defense in the country to keep them in games, and the Badgers have only allowed 13.1 points per game so far this season. They will take on a USC Trojans team that is playing their best football of the season. Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler is an elite college signal caller, and he will challenge Wisconsin’s talented secondary. The battle between Kessler and the Wisconsin defense should be one of the top matchups in all of the 2015-16 bowl season, and the 2015 Holiday Bowl should go down as another classic Big Ten vs. Pac-12 matchup.
Check out our Holiday Bowl Preview History page for previews of previous Holiday Bowl games.
Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium Address: 9449 Friars Road, San Diego, California, 92108
Qualcomm Stadium is the home of the Holiday Bowl, Poinsettia Bowl, San Diego Chargers and San Diego State Aztecs. It served host to the San Diego Padres from 1969-2003, and has also housed the San Diego Shockers and San Diego Jaws.
Sections 32 to 41 are right behind the home team bench and provide a great view of the action and your favorite players up close. Sections 35-37 are at about midfield, and each section on this level along the sidelines has 22-24 rows.
Right behind the field level, these sections are still very close to the action and give you a great sight level of the entire field.
The third level of Qualcomm Stadium, these tickets get you special access to areas and bars in the stadium that you wouldn’t normally get to be in.
Only a few rows deep, these sections are usually protected by the sun from the overhang of the upper deck if you’re looking to be in the shade.
Sitting in these sections is the most cost efficient way to get into the Poinsettia Bowl while still offering a great view of the entire field.
Holiday Bowl Event Guide
What are the best attractions to see when in San Diego for the Holiday Bowl?
The USS Midway Museum is a tourist favorite for anyone in the area. For golfers, Torrey Pines is in nearby and is known as one of the most famous courses in the country. Check out La Jolla Shores, Point Loma and the Cabrillo National Monument as well.
Where are the best places to eat in San Diego for the Holiday Bowl?
The Blind Lady Ale House is in Normal Heights near Qualcomm and has some great pizza and salads to go alone with an amazing selection of beer. Farm House Café is near the stadium as well, and serves up some fantastic French food and a top class brunch. For more information on the Holiday Bowl check out our Holiday Bowl Event Guide.
What are the best games in Holiday Bowl history?
There have been lots of close and memorable games, including the Arizona’s 23-20 win over Nebraska and Texas’s come-from-behind win over Washington in 2001. The Huskies went into the 4th quarter 36-20, but Texas was led back on the arm of Major Applewhite who led the Horns to three TD drives in the last 8 minutes of the game. Check out our Notable Holiday Bowls page for other great matchups in the Holiday Bowl.
Who are the most famous players to play in the Holiday Bowl?
Some great players have played in the Holiday Bowl and won the MVP award, including Barry Sanders, Ty & Koy Detmer, Joey Harrington, Derrick Johnson, Colt McCoy and Marshawn Lynch.