Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced after Friday’s victory over South Alabama that the Naval Academy has accepted an invitation to play in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego against an opponent from the Mountain West. Kickoff is set for 6:30 PM in San Diego (9:30 PM in Annapolis) and will be televised nationally by ESPN.
Earning it’s 11th bowl invitation in the last 12 seasons, this will be Navy’s fifth trip to San Diego for a bowl game and the Mids’ fourth trip to the Poinsettia Bowl. Navy defeated BYU, 23-16, in the inaugural Holiday Bowl in 1978; knocked off Colorado State, 51-30, in the inauguralPoinsettia Bowl in 2005; lost to Utah, 35-32, in Ken Niumatalolo’s first game as a head coach in the 2007 Poinsettia Bowl; and lost to San Diego State, 35-14, in the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl.
“We are excited about the opportunity to travel to San Diego, which is a city filled with Navy and Marine Corps service men and women, and play in a first-class bowl game,” said Gladchuk. “The city of San Diego, the stadium, the hospitality from the community and the bowladministration present as fine a postseason experience as we could possibly enjoy. The Academy is sincerely grateful to Bruce Binkowski and his staff for inviting us and setting the stage for our team to earn an enjoyable trip to the great city of San Diego and an inspiring matchup versus an opponent from the Mountain West Conference.”
“I am happy for our young men and our program that we are going back to a bowl game for the 11th time in the last 12 years,” said Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo. “Right now our only focus is to finish out the regular season on the right note by beating Army, but we are thrilled to be going to San Diego.”
Tickets for the Poinsettia Bowl are on sale now at: http://www.navysports.com/tickets/navy-tickets-m-footbl.html
Tickets can also be purchased starting Monday morning at 9 a.m. by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or at the Ricketts Hall Ticket Office.
Ticket prices are $55 for field & plaza level and $70 for club seats.
Fans can also purchase tickets to sponsor midshipmen and enlisted personnel and their families for $55 per ticket. Donated tickets are 100% tax deductible. The Naval Academy Athletic Association has already received requests for 8,000 donated tickets by enlisted personnel in the San Diego area.
Additionally, The Naval Academy class that donates the most tickets receives a 30% discount on football season tickets for 2015 for every member that donates four or more tickets. Any individual that donates 10 tickets or more will receive a 30% discount on the 2015 season ticket package regardless of class affiliation. Be sure to donate in your correct ticket account that signifies you as a USNA Alumni.
“We strongly encourage Navy fans to buy their bowl tickets directly from the Naval Academy Athletic Association,” said Gladchuk. “It is important for this game and for future Navy bowl considerations for our fans to purchase tickets through the NAAA. If you can’t make it to the game, we ask that Navy fans buy tickets for our midshipmen and enlisted personnel which will allow us to create the usual pageantry of Navy football.”