San Diego CA— Platinum Recording Artist Haley Reinhart will sing the National Anthem before the 2018 edition of the SDCCU Holiday Bowl on December 31. Late last year, the 28-year-old from Illinois released her third studio album through Concord Records and is set to release her fourth album in 2019.
San Diego County Credit Union® (SDCCU®), is the proud title sponsor of this year’s San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, which will celebrate its 41st game on New Year’s Eve. Kickoff for the 2018 game is at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego at 4 p.m., Monday, December 31. The game will be broadcast live before a nationwide audience on FS1. Marking both teams’ first-ever Holiday Bowl appearance, the bowl game will match the No. 17 Utah Utes against the No. 22 Northwestern Wildcats—a top 25 matchup in the bowl game.
Champions of the Big Ten West Division in 2018, Northwestern finished the regular season 8-5 (and 8-1 in the Big Ten). The Wildcats notched victories against top-25 ranked teams Michigan State, Wisconsin and Iowa. The team is led by 13th-year Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald.
Champions of the Pac-12 South Division in 2018, Utah completed the regular season 9-4 (and 6-3 in the Pac-12), including a victory against 14th-ranked Stanford. Head Coach Kyle Whittingham is in his 14th year leading the program. The Utes have an overall bowl game record of 17-4, including bowl game wins in each of the past five years.
Utah and Northwestern have played head-to-head twice, with the series tied 1-1. The two teams last played in 1981.
“We are excited to host the Northwestern Wildcats and Utah Utes for the first time ever in this year’s San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl. As one of only a few bowl games this year to host two top 25 teams, we are looking forward to an exciting matchup on New Year’s Eve at SDCCU Stadium,” said SDCCU President and CEO Teresa Campbell.
All ticket holders receive access to the Dexcom® New Year’s Eve Pregame Party, the ultimate pregame fan experience. Attendees can take part in interactive combine-style football skills challenges, watch a live bowl game or sports action in the sports lounge and enjoy some of San Diego’s best local food trucks. This is all happening at the Dexcom New Year’s Eve Pregame Party on the concourse level at SDCCU Stadium before the kickoff of the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl.
Access to the Dexcom New Year’s Eve Pregame Party is free with a game ticket.
Tickets for the 2018 San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl range from $45 to $185 and can be purchased through the bowl’s ticket office at SDCCU Stadium, Window B, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by calling (619) 285-5039. Tickets also can be purchased online at holidaybowl.com, or through TicketMaster® at (800) 745-3000 or at any TicketMaster outlet. For more information, visit sdccu.com.
Biz Kid$ has been named the beneficiary of the 2018 San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, which means $1 from each ticket sold to this year’s game will be donated to help teach kids in San Diego about money and business. Launched in 2008 in partnership with the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), Biz Kid$ is an award-winning comprehensive financial literacy program focused on teaching kids how to use credit wisely and the importance of saving, budgeting, investing and giving back to their communities.
According to the San Diego Bowl Game Association, the non-profit entity that produces the game, the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl generates millions of dollars into the San Diego economy during a week when the region’s tourism industry is at one of its slowest times of the year. The mission of the Association is to generate tourism, exposure, economic benefit and civic pride for San Diego and its citizens by producing the nation’s most exciting bowl games and festival of activities. Officials report that in four decades, San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl games have added more than $800 million in combined revenue into the local economy. The San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl is the only college football bowl game among America’s 41 college football bowl games to have a credit union as a title sponsor.
SDCCU’s title sponsorship of the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl is one of many ways that SDCCU gives back to the community. As a not-for-profit organization rooted in helping others, SDCCU is a long-time supporter of more than 75 different local non-profit organizations annually, including the San Diego County Office of Education, Rady Children’s Hospital, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, San Diego Blood Bank and Scripps Health Foundation, to name a few. At the local level, SDCCU’s 43 branch locations are actively involved in Chambers of Commerce and support charitable organizations and events through sponsorships and active volunteerism.
San Diego County Credit Union is San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution serving San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties. SDCCU has assets of $8.3 billion, over 400,000 customers, 43 convenient branch locations and 30,000 surcharge-FREE ATMs. SDCCU provides breakthrough banking products that meet the demands of today’s lifestyle and delivers banking services that save customers money. SDCCU is leading the way, offering FREE Checking with eStatements, SDCCU mobile banking, mortgage loans, auto loans, Visa® credit cards and business banking services. Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Opportunity. For more information, visit www.sdccu.com.