Fight Hunger Bowl
|Fight Hunger Bowl|
|Location||San Francisco, California|
|Conference tie-ins||ACC, MAC|
|Previous conference tie-ins||ACC (2005–2010), Army (2011), Navy (2012)|
|Payout||US$1,000,000 (Pac-12) (As of 2013[update])
US$850,000 (Army, Navy, BYU, or Alternates) (As of 2013[update])
San Francisco Bowl (2002)
Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl (2002–2003)
Emerald Bowl (2004–2009)
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (2010–2012)
|Arizona State vs. Navy (Arizona State 62-28)|
|Pac-12 No. 6 vs. BYU (December 27)|
The Fight Hunger Bowl is a post-season college football bowl game certified by the NCAA that has been played annually at 40,800-seat AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, in San Francisco, California, since 2002. It was previously known as the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl from 2010 to 2012 due to its sponsor Kraft Foods, and as the Emerald Bowl from 2004 to 2009 and the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl from 2002 to 2003, in recognition of the corporate title sponsor, Diamond of California (which also owns Emerald Nuts).
The game is one of three college bowl games played in baseball-specific stadiums, alongside the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg, Florida, played at Tropicana Field, and the Pinstripe Bowl in New York, played at Yankee Stadium.
In 2010, Kraft Foods became the sponsor of the bowl and announced the new name, which the corporation launched as part of a broader hunger relief program. According to Sports Illustrated, the executive director of the bowl, Gary Cavalli, was paid a $377,475 salary in 2009. Mondelēz International continues to support the game and the programme related with Feeding America in 2013.
Because AT&T Park is not normally used for football, the arrangement of the playing field requires both teams to be on the same sideline, separated by a barrier at the 50-yard line. The field runs southwest-to-northeast in this configuration, with the south end zone along the first base line, and the north meeting near the left field wall to place optimum seating along the third base grandstand, and some temporary bleacher seating in center field.
The Fight Hunger Bowl has a contract to host the Pac-12's sixth-place team during the 2010 through 2013 seasons. There are multiple contracts that will determine the opponent. In 2011, the Pac-12 team's opponent was Illinois, replacing Army, who did not achieve bowl eligibility; in 2012, it was Navy; and in 2013, it will be BYU. Had these teams not qualified for bowl eligibility, they would have been replaced by a team from the ACC or MAC.
Beginning with the 2014 season, teams will come from the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences.
|Name||Date||Winning Team||Losing Team|
|2002 San Francisco Bowl||December 31, 2002||Virginia Tech||20||Air Force||13|
|2003 San Francisco Bowl||December 31, 2003||Boston College||35||Colorado State||21|
|2004 Emerald Bowl||December 30, 2004||Navy||34||New Mexico||19|
|2005 Emerald Bowl||December 29, 2005||Utah||38||Georgia Tech||10|
|2006 Emerald Bowl||December 27, 2006||Florida State||44||UCLA||27|
|2007 Emerald Bowl||December 28, 2007||Oregon State||21||Maryland||14|
|2008 Emerald Bowl||December 27, 2008||California||24||Miami (FL)||17|
|2009 Emerald Bowl||December 26, 2009||USC||24||Boston College||13|
|2010 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl||January 9, 2011||Nevada||20||Boston College||13|
|2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl||December 31, 2011||Illinois||20||UCLA||14|
|2012 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl||December 29, 2012||Arizona State||62||Navy||28|
|December 31, 2002||Bryan Randall||Virginia Tech||QB|
|Anthony Schlegel||Air Force||LB|
|December 31, 2003||Derrick Knight||Boston College||RB|
|T. J. Stancil||Boston College||FS|
|December 30, 2004||Aaron Polanco||Navy||QB|
|December 29, 2005||Travis LaTendresse||Utah||WR|
|December 27, 2006||Lorenzo Booker||Florida State||RB|
|Tony Carter||Florida State||CB|
|December 28, 2007||Yvenson Bernard||Oregon State||RB|
|Derrick Doggett||Oregon State||LB|
|December 27, 2008||Jahvid Best||California||RB|
|December 26, 2009||Damian Williams||USC||WR|
|Luke Kuechly||Boston College||LB|
|January 9, 2011||Rishard Matthews||Nevada||WR|
|Luke Kuechly||Boston College||LB|
|December 31, 2011||Nathan Scheelhaase||Illinois||QB|
|December 29, 2012||Marion Grice||Arizona State||RB|
|Will Sutton||Arizona State||DT|
Results by conference
|The American[n 1]||2–0||1.000|
- "Kraft Foods to sponsor San Francisco Bowl Game" (Press release). Kraft Foods. April 15, 2010. Retrieved April 15, 2010.
- Murphy, Austin, and Dan Wetzel, "Does It Matter?", Sports Illustrated, 15 November 2010, p. 45.
- Bay Area Bowl will feature PAC-12 vs. BIG TEN matchup, Fight Hunger Bowl, June 24, 2013
- Navy took the place of a Pac-10 team as their conference did not have enough bowl-eligible teams.
- Because the Pac-10 did not have enough teams to qualify, Georgia Tech from the ACC was named the replacement.
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