St. Petersburg Bowl Returns to Prime Time

Kickoff set for Thursday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (May 2, 2017) – The St. Petersburg Bowl will be back in prime time in 2017 with an 8 p.m. ET kickoff on Thursday, Dec. 21. The game will air nationally on ESPN.

This will be the fifth time the St. Petersburg Bowl is being played at night and the first time since 2014. This season’s bowl rotation is scheduled to match up teams from the American Athletic Conference and Conference USA.’

“Our game was given the opportunity to return to an evening kickoff and we see this is a positive for our two teams and their fans to have the opportunity to enjoy another full day in Tampa Bay before heading to the stadium,” said Brett Dulaney,  St. Petersburg Bowl executive director. “This 8 p.m. kickoff time with the pre-Christmas date will also make our event attractive for local companies to take advantage of the many holiday party offerings we can provide including group ticket discounts, hospitality packages, party deck tickets and luxury suite deals.”

Last year, in the ninth edition of the St. Petersburg Bowl, Mississippi State became the first SEC team to win in this bowl game holding off Miami (MAC) 17-16. With five seconds remaining in the game the Bulldogs blocked a 37-yard field goal attempt to preserve its come-from-behind victory.

Tickets for the 2017 St. Petersburg Bowl will go on sale later this year. To inquire on group tickets and suite packages, please call the bowl office at 727.290.9865.

The St. Petersburg Bowl is one of 13 games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

ESPN Events

ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 31 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 14 college bowl games, 10 college basketball events, a college softball event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 375-plus hours of live programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.


ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.


Collegiate Football

Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl (Houston); AdvoCare Texas Kickoff (Houston); Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl (Atlanta); Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl (Tampa, Fla.); Birmingham Bowl (Alabama); Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl (Florida); Camping World Kickoff (Orlando, Fla.); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise); DXL Frisco Bowl (Texas); Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff (Montgomery, Ala.); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl (Nassau); MEAC/SWAC Challenge (Atlanta); Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl (Nevada);   New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.); SERVPRO First Responder Bowl (Dallas-Fort Worth); The Home Depot College Football Awards (Atlanta)


Collegiate Basketball

AdvoCare Invitational (Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Armed Forces Classic (Fort Bliss, Texas); Charleston Classic (South Carolina); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s (Los Angeles); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s Classic presented by Corona (New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona (South Bend, Ind.); Myrtle Beach Invitational (Conway, S.C.); NIT Season Tip-Off (Brooklyn, N.Y.); State Farm Champions Classic (Indianapolis) and Wooden Legacy (Fullerton, Calif.)


Collegiate Softball

St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational (Clearwater, Fla.)


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