Albuquerque Celebrates Bowl Season with the 12 Annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl

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Visit Albuquerque offers Colorado State Rams and Marshall Thundering Herd teams and fans plenty to do during the holiday season.

Albuquerque Celebrates Bowl Season with the 12 Annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl - Saturday, Dec. 16

Albuquerque Celebrates Bowl Season with the 12 Annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl - Saturday, Dec. 16

The city is brimming with things to do—from traditional holiday experiences to outdoor adventures—and we can’t wait to welcome fans to the heart of the Southwest during this magical season.

The field is set for the 12th Annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl and the city of Albuquerque is ready to welcome fans. The Colorado State Rams and Marshall Thundering Herd have officially accepted their invitations to the first game day of NCAA bowl season. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. MT/4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec.16 at Dreamstyle Stadium, and marks the third time the event will feature a Mountain West vs. Conference USA matchup. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN (to an estimated 2.2 million household viewers) and ESPN Radio.

“I truly believe we have another really good matchup which should result in another fun, entertaining game,” said Jeff Siembieda, Gildan New Mexico Bowl executive director. “To be able to put together two programs with such a strong post-season history is exciting, and I’m looking forward to hosting The Thundering Herd and Rams in Albuquerque.”

For those fans making the trip to Albuquerque for the big game, Visit Albuquerque makes it easy to find affordable deals and hotel packages during your stay—even if it's just a quick weekend getaway. Check out the 2017 Gildan New Mexico Bowl webpage for special rates at hotels and coupons from local retailers, as well as information on things to do, events, dining, attractions and more.

“Albuquerque is honored to host the 12th Annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl, and we look forward to all the excitement to come as a result of this strong matchup,” said Tania Armenta, President & CEO of Visit Albuquerque. “The city is brimming with things to do—from traditional holiday experiences to outdoor adventures—and we can’t wait to welcome fans to the heart of the Southwest during this magical season.”

With over 310 days of annual sunshine, sweeping blue skies and an abundance of open space, Albuquerque’s backyard is a natural playground. Bike the more than 400 miles of trails, explore the Sandia Mountain Wilderness, or hike within the Bosque (forest) along the legendary Rio Grande. Top off the day with an award-winning local brew at one of the city’s more than 40 breweries and taprooms.

One of the best times to visit Albuquerque is during December, when holiday traditions come alive. Take in a holiday performance, experience the River of Lights at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden—the largest walk-through holiday production in the state—find one-of-a-kind gifts for loved ones, and be sure to sample traditional New Mexican cuisine. For a full list of holiday events, visit our website.

If looking to hit the slopes, several ski areas in New Mexico are opening Friday, Dec. 8, just in time for the bowl game. This year, every ticket purchase to the 2017 Gildan New Mexico Bowl can be redeemed for a FREE lift ticket for use at one of Ski New Mexico’s eight great ski areas: Ski Apache, Taos Ski Valley, Ski Santa Fe, Pajarito Mountain, Red River Ski Area, Angel Fire Resort, Sipapu Ski Resort, and Sandia Peak. This offer is valid from Dec. 17-24, 2017, and a bowl game ticket must be presented to exchange for redemption, and the ski area ticket must be used the same day as redeemed. Limit is one per person and there is no cash value or refund.

Tickets can be purchased at the University of New Mexico ticket office, online at http://www.unmtickets.com or by calling 505-925-LOBO (5626).

About Visit Albuquerque
The mission of Visit Albuquerque is to stimulate economic growth by marketing Albuquerque as a visitor and convention destination. For more information, go to http://www.VisitABQ.org.

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