Albuquerque Welcomes UTSA Roadrunners and UNM Lobos to the 11th Annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl

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Visit Albuquerque offers Roadrunners and Lobos fans plenty to do during the holiday season

Albuquerque welcomes the UTSA Roadrunners and the UNM Lobos to the 11th Annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl and offers visitors plenty to do during the holiday season. Photo by Natalie Kohl.

Albuquerque welcomes the UTSA Roadrunners and the UNM Lobos to the 11th Annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl and offers visitors plenty to do during the holiday season. Photo by Natalie Kohl.

In addition to experiencing the vibrant energy of the first game of the college football bowl season, visitors and locals alike can take in the magic of the holiday season in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque looks forward to welcoming the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners and is proud to host the city’s local team, the University of New Mexico Lobos for the 11th Annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

The game kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 12 p.m. MT/2 p.m. ET at the University of New Mexico Football Stadium, and will be nationally broadcast on ESPN and ESPN Radio. An estimated 2.2 million household viewers will tune in to watch the game, which marks the first day of the college football's bowl season and pits the University of New Mexico Lobos (Mountain West) against the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners (Conference-USA).

“We are very happy to put together a matchup which should provide another tremendous game to open the FBS bowl season in Albuquerque,” said Jeff Siembieda, Gildan New Mexico Bowl Executive Director. “The Roadrunners and Lobos are two exciting, talented teams who are playing really well. This is going to be a great time.”

Tickets—on sale now—range from $25 to $40 and can be purchased at the University of New Mexico Ticket Office located in the northeast corner of WisePies Arena aka The Pit, online at unmtickets.com, or by calling 505-925-LOBO.

Alongside the bowl game, there are many reasons to visit the Land of Enchantment this December. Visit Albuquerque makes it easy to find deals and hotel packages offering tremendous value during your stay, even if it’s just a quick weekend getaway. Check out http://www.VisitAlbuquerque.org/NMBowl for special hotel rates, coupons and information on shops, restaurants, attractions and more.

“In addition to experiencing the vibrant energy of the first game of the college football bowl season, visitors and locals alike can take in the magic of the holiday season in Albuquerque,” said Tania Armenta, President & CEO of Visit Albuquerque. “From cultural traditions to holiday events and outdoor adventures to authentic cuisine, we invite you to experience all the city has to offer during this enchanted time—and let Albuquerque change your perspective.”

To celebrate the season, experience the city as it bursts with unique festivities for the whole family. Check out our ABQ365 blog for ideas on how to make your make your bowl trip to Albuquerque one to remember, and be sure to visit our events calendar for information on all that is happening during your stay. From crisp winter air and holiday traditions, the magic of the holidays is evident throughout the city.

The mission of Visit Albuquerque is to stimulate economic growth by marketing Albuquerque as a visitor and convention destination. For more information, go to VisitABQ.org, Facebook.com/VisitABQ or Twitter.com/VisitABQ.

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