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2009 Armed Forces Bowl

Congratulations to all the participants in the 2009 Armed Forces Bowl, and especially to the Air Force Falcons for their 47-20 victory over the Houston Cougars!

Are you a college football fan without plans for New Year’s Eve? What about heading to Fort Worth’s Amon G. Carter Stadium to catch the Armed Forces Bowl? The 2009 Armed Forces Bowl (officially the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl) will feature a match-up between the Houston Cougars from Conference USA (C-USA) and the Air Force Falcons from the Mountain West Conference (MWC). Armed Forces Bowl tickets tend to fly off the shelves, so get yours now to secure your place in the stands at Amon G. Carter Stadium and root your team on to victory!

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 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 or after 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, C-USA, Pac-10 and MWC. 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 Armed Forces Bowl (then known as the PlainsCapital 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). In 2006 the Utah Utes beat the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and in 2007 the California Golden Bears beat the Air Force Falcons. Unfortunately for the Falcons, they were beaten again in the 2008 bowl, though this time by the Houston Cougars.

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 PlainsCapital 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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