SDCCU Holiday Bowl gets date, time for 2022 game at Petco Park

The SDCCU Holiday Bowl has been trying to get teams from the Pac-12 and ACC conferences on the field together since 2020. The coronavirus pandemic interrupted those plans the past two years.

Maybe the third time is the charm.

The 2022 Holiday Bowl is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 28, according to sources. Kickoff will be shortly after 5 pm for the Fox national broadcast at Petco Park.

Holiday Bowl officials were not available for comment. An official announcement is expected Thursday.

The Holiday Bowl is traditionally slotted between Christmas and New Year’s. This is the 34th straight time it will be played the final week of the year.

There are three bowl games on ESPN on Dec. 28: Military, Liberty and Texas. The Holiday Bowl will kick off between the Liberty Bowl (2:30 pm PST) and Texas Bowl (6 pm PST), which both match Big 12 and SEC teams.

This is the 43rd edition of the Holiday Bowl, which has not been played since 2019, when Iowa defeated USC 49-24 in the final football game played at San Diego Stadium in Mission Valley.

After two decades of matching Pac-12 teams against those from either the Big 12 or Big 10, a new contract began in 2020 that replaced the latter conferences with the ACC.

That was to introduce 14 new candidates — plus Notre Dame, which is slotted with ACC teams for bowl purposes — to the Holiday mix.

Easier said than done.

In 2020, the Holiday Bowl was canceled two months in advance due to the pandemic.

In 2021, it was canceled on game day, when UCLA and North Carolina State were to play in the game’s Petco Park debut.

UCLA withdrew 4 1/2 hours before kickoff “due to COVID-19 protocols within the Bruins’ program.”

The Holiday Bowl is still working through the financial fallout from the 2021 game not being played.

Holiday Bowl CEO Mark Neville has been working for months with North Carolina State and UCLA officials, the conferences and other partners on the financial issues created by the cancellation.

That process has been ongoing. Neville was not available for comment this week to update the situation.

The biggest question is who would be responsible for hotel and travel expenses for the participating teams.

The payout for each school was to be $ 3.2 million, but much of that comes from ticket sales as well as television broadcast rights. Fans were reimbursed for tickets to the game. Without a game to televise, what responsibility did Fox have to pay?

An estimated $ 2.2 million had been spent in the two months leading up to the game to prepare Petco Park for football. Most of that was one-time costs to renovate the ballpark for a football field configuration.

The Padres fronted renovation expenses, which will be repaid by the Holiday Bowl amid costs of its five-year contract with the Padres.

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