Congratulations to all the participants in the 2006 Armed Forces Bowl, and especially to the University of Utah Utes, for their sixth straight bowl game victory! The final score put the Utes over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane 25-13.
Now officially titled the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, the postseason college football event also called the Fort Worth Bowl is happening in its traditional home at Amon G. Carter Stadium on the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. The participating teams, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the Utah Utes, represent Conference USA and the Mountain West Conference, respectively.
As you might expect from Bell Helicopter and in keeping with the Armed Forces Bowl name, stirring pre-game activities will include fighter jet and helicopter flyovers, skydiving, military ceremonies and a military concert band as well as a fireworks display. Each quarter of the bowl game will spotlight a different branch of the armed services, and live remote appearances by soldiers serving overseas will appear on the giant stadium video board.
Your tickets to the 2006 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl are more than tickets to watch exciting NCAA football in the Fort Worth Bowl tradition. They are a chance to join in a huge public thank-you to America’s veterans and active duty troops.
The Armed Forces Bowl is held each year at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas just before Christmas. Traditionally, before the game is played in late December, there are a number of gala events such as a trip to the historic Metroplex night club, Billy Bob's, and a pep rally in the famous Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth. Teams and fans alike attend these events, and you never know what rowdy times might erupt in the city 'Where the West Begins.'
Teams for this event have been chosen from the Big 12, Conference USA, and the Mountain West Conference. The 2005 competition featured the Kansas Jayhawks of the Big 12, who prevailed against the Houston Cougars of Conference USA. In 2003, at the first Fort Worth Bowl, the Boise State Broncos took the prize against Texas Christian University (TCU). In 2004 the Cincinnati Bearcats won out over the Thundering Herd of Marshall University (West Virginia). Starting in 2006, one of participants will hail from the Mountain West Conference while their opponent will represent Conference USA or the Pacific 10.
The first Bowl game in Fort Worth was not in 2003, however. The Fort Worth Classic was held New Year's Day 1921 between TCU and the Centre College (Kentucky) Praying Colonels. Centre won the game 63 - 7. Later Fort Worth was host to the Cattle Bowl in the 1940s, while the neighboring city of Dallas had begun hosting the Cotton Bowl. The tradition returned to Cowtown in the new century when the Plains Capital Fort Worth Bowl was born.
Amon G. Carter Stadium seats 44,000 and was named for a Fort Worth publisher and philanthropist. It is a natural grass surface and was built in 1929. It is usually the home of the TCU Horned Frogs, except one day a year when it hosts the Armed Forces Bowl.
Fort Worth is, by Texas reckoning, right next door to Dallas, where the Cowboys, Mavericks and Stars play and where the Cotton Bowl is held. The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl may be young but it is still a part of what makes college ball so unique. If you love college football, you will love Fort Worth's Armed Forces Bowl.
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