I know it is a little early to be looking for tickets to the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl in San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium, but just think — they might cost a lot more if you wait too long. If the box office doesn’t have the seats you want here are the places you should look next:
1. First, check out these ticket vendors for pricing:
2. Next come back and check our favorite after market vendors:
Here are some factoids about the Holiday Bowl for your reading pleasure:
The Pacific Life Holiday Bowl is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A college football bowl game that has been played annually at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California, since 1978. The game is currently sponsored by Pacific Life Insurance. Previously, it had been known as the Sea World Holiday Bowl, the Thrifty Car Rental Holiday Bowl, the Plymouth Holiday Bowl and the Culligan Holiday Bowl.
The bowl was founded in 1978 pitting the Western Athletic Conference champion against an at-large opponent. In the early days, that champion was invariably Brigham Young University. BYU played in the first seven of their record eleven Holiday Bowls prompting some to call it the “BYU Bowl”. Fans remember the 1980 game as having one of the most exciting four minutes in NCAA history when BYU erased a 20 point Southern Methodist lead to win on the final play of the game. BYU fans simply call the game “The Miracle Bowl.”
Today, the game features the 2nd place Pac-10 team and the 3rd place Big 12 team. The game has recently become a type of “upset” bowl. For the past three years, teams rejected by the BCS have lost to heavy underdogs. In 2005, Oregon (10-1) lost to a battered Oklahoma team, 17-14, solidifying many people’s opinions that Oregon was unworthy of a BCS bid. In 2004, one-loss California was blown out by Big 12 middleweight Texas Tech, 45-31. Sonny Cumbie, Tech’s quarterback, had one of the most memorable perfomances in Holiday Bowl history, quite an accomplishment after following BYU’s long line of All-American quarterbacks. In 2003, Big 12 third-place Texas was knocked off by Pac-10 fifth-place Washington State, led by Matt Kegel.