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2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta Set for Christmas Day December 15, 2015

2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta Set for Christmas Day

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association invites fans and media to the 19th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta on Dec. 25, 2015, 4 p.m. (MT) at the Judson F. William Convention Center.

Admission is free to the event with charges only placed on food and beverage items. A $5 wristband can also be purchased for access to 18 inflatable/interactive games for adults and children.

The Fan Fiesta is an annual Sun Bowl event that serves as an entertainment platform for local and out-of-town fans who plan on attending the Hyundai Sun Bowl.

“The Fan Fiesta is an essential part of the Hyundai Sun Bowl experience,” Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas said. “It’s great to see local supporters and fans from both of the participating schools come together and have a good time. This is an exciting event that leads-up to the Hyundai Sun Bowl.”

This year’s Fan Fiesta will include fan-favorite events like the legendary battle of the University Bands, University pep rallies and a spectacular fireworks show to conclude the event. The University of Miami and Washington State University bands will be this year’s battle of the bands participants.

El Paso’s own Fungi Mungle band will also provide entertainment with a two-set performance. Included in the festivities will be the 2015 Sun Court, Mariachis and a Hyundai Sun Bowl Selfie Booth.

The following day on Dec. 26, at noon, the Hyundai Sun Bowl will take place at Sun Bowl Stadium. For ticket information call (915) 533-4416 or visit www.sunbowl.org on the web.

Follow the Hyundai Sun Bowl on social media for exclusive photos and videos of all Sun Bowl events. The Hyundai Sun Bowl social media platforms include, Facebook (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Twitter (@HyundaiSunBowl), Instagram (hyundaisunbowl) and Snapchat (sunbowl2015).

2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta – Schedule of Events

MAIN HALL PERFORMANCES
4:00 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. – National Anthem
4:05 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Performance by Fungi Mungle
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Introduction of the Sun Court
5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. – Performance by Fungi Mungle
5:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – House Music
6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. - Battle of the Two University Bands
6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Performance by Fungi Mungle

LOBBY PERFORMANCES
4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Performance by Raices De Ballet Folklorico
5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. – Performance by Raices De Ballet Folklorico
5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. – Performance by Danza Azteca
7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. – Performance by Danza Azteca

PATIO PERFORMANCES
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Performance by Danza Azteca

FIREWORKS
8:15 pm – 8:25 pm – Christmas Fireworks Spectacular

OTHER SUN BOWL FAN FIESTA ENTERTAINMENT
*FREE admission from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
*FREE – Face painting for the kids and adults
*FREE – Entertainment including Bands, Dance Groups, Mariachi Players and much more
*FREE – Ability to take picture with a Wild Western Group and Hyundai Sun Bowl Selfie Booth

  • $5 wristband (unlimited entries) -18 inflatable/interactive games for adults and children

RESTAURANTS
There will be various restaurants represented with El Paso signature foods in the food court area1025 to include Forti’s Mexican Elder and Delicious Burrito (four booths).

Various Vendors – Sun Bowl apparel, El Paso souvenirs, Macy’s, Sport World Sporting Goods, 18 interactive displays and many other venders

The Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta will COMP all military children under 12 a $5 wristband. This will allow unlimited entries to the 18 inflatable/interactive games. You must present your Military ID at the inflatable games ticket tent to receive the wristband.

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Vista Hills Country Club to Host Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge December 15, 2015

Vista Hills Country Club to Host Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and the Vista Hills Country Club are hosting the 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 11:00 a.m. (MT)

Fans from the 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl teams (Miami and Washington State) will be pitted against each other in an 18-hole two-person scramble match play tournament. The event is also open to anyone who wants to play a fun round of golf.

“The Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge at Vista Hills Country Club is another opportunity to showcase El Paso to our visitors/guests and provides another sports venue for all Sun Bowl Fans,” tournament coordinator Bill Greenwald said.

Opening Ceremony is 11:45 a.m. and a shotgun start is scheduled for 12 p.m. (MT).

Seventy-six players are currently signed-up to participate in this year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge. Of the 76 participants, 20 are Miami fans and another 20 are Washington State fans.

Also, for the first time in the event’s history, professionals from several golf clubs are playing against each other in a Pro Division/Flight. The golf clubs represented will be Underwood Golf Complex, Horizon Golf Club, Lone Star Golf Club and Vista Hills Country Golf Club.

This will be the third-consecutive year that Vista Hills Country Club will host the Hyundai Sun Bowl Golf Challenge.

Anyone wanting to participate in this year’s fan golf challenge, should contact Bill Greenwald at (915)-443-5589.

The 82nd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for kickoff on Saturday, Dec. 26 at noon. Tickets are now available by calling (915)-533-4416 or on the web on www.sunbowl.org. Follow the Hyundai Sun Bowl in its social media platforms: Facebook (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Twitter (HyundaiSunBowl), Instagram (Hyundaisunbowl) and Snapchat (sunbowl2015).

2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge

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Miami to Take on Washington State in 82nd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl December 6, 2015

Miami to Take on Washington State in 82nd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and its football selection committee announced on Sunday, Dec. 6 that the Miami Hurricanes will take on the Washington State Cougars in the 82nd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 26 at noon.

Miami finished the season 8-4 overall and 5-3 in ACC play while Washington State ended the regular season with a, 8-4 overall record and a 6-3 record in the Pac-12. The Hurricanes finished the season winning four of their last six games while WSU also finished the second half of the season going 4-2 in the final six games.

The administration, coaches and fans from WSU are very excited to head down to the borderland for the 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl as the Cougar Director of Athletics Bill Moos mentions.

“Washington State is excited to be participating in the 2015 Sun Bowl,” said Moos. “I can say from experience that both our team and our fans will enjoy the first class hospitality that will be extended by the El Paso community and the bowl itself. This will be a fabulous and deserving reward for our players and a wonderful way to cap off an outstanding season.”

The Miami Director of Athletics also mentioned the excitement of returning to El Paso for the Hyundai Sun Bowl.

“The Sun Bowl is one of college football’s longest standing traditions and I am thrilled that the University of Miami will once again be able to be a part of this wonderful tradition," said UM Athletics Director Blake James. “This is a fantastic opportunity for our student-athletes to face off against a great opponent in Washington State and we look forward to the challenge."

Both teams have been in the Sun Bowl once before. Washington State took on Purdue on Dec. 31, 2001 and defeated the Boilermakers 33-27. Miami played in front of a sell-out crowd on a rare cold and snowy day on Dec. 31, 2010 but lost to Notre Dame 33-17.

This will be the first meeting between the two teams.

Tickets for this year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl are now on sale and can be purchased at the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416) or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Follow the Hyundai Sun Bowl on social media on Facebook (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Twitter (hyundaisunbowl), Instagram (hyundaisunbowl) and Snapchat (sunbowl2015).

QUOTES FROM HEAD COACHES
Miami Interim Head Coach Larry Scott
“We are thrilled for the opportunity to compete against a talented team in Washington State,” said Interim Head Coach Larry Scott. “To compete in the Sun Bowl is a special opportunity for our student-athletes to gain valuable postseason experience as we continue to move our program forward.”

Washington State Head Coach Mike Leach
“We are excited to play another football game and spend our holiday week at the Sun Bowl,” said Washington State Head Coach Mike Leach. “Our players and coaches have worked extremely hard to get to a bowl game and we are proud to be playing in one of the nation’s longest-standing bowls.”

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Legend of the Sun Bowl Announced – Former Texas Western Player Joins Historic Group December 2, 2015

Legend of the Sun Bowl Announced – Former Texas Western Player Joins Historic Group

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai have announced Don Maynard as the 2015 Legend of the Sun Bowl for the 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl, Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Maynard, a 1987 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and 1957 Sun Bowl game participant, will be inducted during pregame festivities of the 82nd Hyundai Sun Bowl, Saturday, Dec. 26 at noon.

“It’s great to see someone who is in the Football Hall of Fame and someone that played for our local university being honored as a Legend,” said Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “Some can argue that Maynard’s amazing football career really started to take off here in El Paso. What an honor to have him join the rest of the Sun Bowl Legends.”

Maynard played one season at Rice and three at Texas Western (UTEP) before being selected in the 1958 NFL draft by the New York Giants. After one season with the Giants and a one-year stint in the Canadian Football League, Maynard became the first player to sign with the New York Titans (New York Jets) in 1960, where he garnered most of his career success. Maynard finished his NFL career with 633 receptions, 11,834 receiving yards and 88 touchdowns, while being named a four-time AFL All-Star selection (1965, 1967, 1968, 1969).

Maynard also participated in one of the most memorable moments in football history. In 1969, he was a key figure of the New York Jets’ team that defeated the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. Maynard played a long side NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Nathan, as they both helped the AFL Jets defeat the NFL Colts, 16-7, in one of sport’s biggest upsets.

In the 1957 Sun Bowl, Maynard and the Miners were unfortunately shutout by the George Washington Colonials at Kidd Field in El Paso.

As a member of the Texas Western (UTEP) football team, Maynard was a dual-threat offensive player who amassed 2,283 all-purpose yards, 843 rushing yards and 525 kick return yards for the Miners.

Maynard is the 31st member of the elite fraternity of the Legends of the Sun Bowl that includes Cornelius Bennett, Tom Brookshier, Terry Donahue, Vince Dooley, Tony Dorsett, John H. Folmer, Tony Franklin, Hayden Fry, Ken Heineman, Priest Holmes, Don James, Major Harris, Charley Johnson, Harrison Kohl, Verne Lundquist, Johnny Majors, Jimmy Rogers, Jr., Gerald J. Rubin, Craig Silver, Bill Stevens, Pat Summerall, Barry Switzer, Grant Teaff, Derrick Thomas, Thurman Thomas, Pat Tillman, Alex Van Pelt, Jesse Whittenton, Blake Brockermeyer and most recently Mike Price.

Tickets for this year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl are now on sale and can be purchased at the Sun Bowl Association office (915-533-4416) or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Follow the Hyundai Sun Bowl on social media on Facebook (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Twitter (hyundaisunbowl), Instagram (hyundaisunbowl) and Snapchat (sunbowl2015).

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Winners Announced for the 2015 FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade December 2, 2015

Winners Announced for the 2015 FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and FirstLight Federal Credit Union announced the winners of the 79th edition of the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Sun Bowl Parade in Sunday’s edition of the El Paso Times.

There were nine award winners including the overall winner (Sweepstakes Award), “Evolution of Flight,” which was built and presented by the El Paso Sports Commission and El Paso Electric. There was also an ROTC award winner and a marching band award winner selected.

The rainy conditions on Thanksgiving morning did not stop the community from enjoying a longtime tradition as over 240,000 people lined Montana Ave. from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. to view over 80 entries. Rain poured down on the parade route the night before the parade was to take place and it also came down for about the first 20 minutes of the parade.

“Going down the parade route we saw lots of kids and adults standing in water, sitting in chairs with water flowing under them, which brought me back to why we do this event,” said Sun Bowl Association Special Events Director and parade organizer Joe Daubach. “This is more than an event. It is a tradition! Why else would someone stand in the rain and water puddles? Not only is it a tradition for those watching but it is for those putting it together as well.”

2015 Award Winners
Sweepstakes Award (Overall Winner) – “Evolution of Flight” presented by El Paso Sports Commission and El Paso Electric Company

Queen’s Award (Most Outstanding Large Float) – “Capturing Moments” sponsored and built by Menchies

Grand Marshal’s Award (First Runner-up Large Float) – “Leonardo da Vinci 1452-1519 Inventor-Visionary” presented by Western Refining and built by El Paso Downtown Lions Club

General’s Award (Most Outstanding Small Float) – “Space Shuttle” presented by El Paso County Challenge Academy

President’s Award (First Runner-up small float) – “Time Travel” by the El Paso Cowboys Football Team

Judge’s Award (Best Special Effects) – “Extraordinary Inventions” sponsored and built by FirstLight Federal Credit Union

Governor’s Award (Best Presentation of the Parade Theme) – “iPad” presented by Catholic Diocesan Schools

Duchess Award (Best Showmanship) – “Stay on the Nice List, Don’t Drink and Drive” sponsored and built by Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the District Attorney’s Office

Princess Award (Most Appealing) – “Santa’s Workshop” sponsored and built by Evolve Federal Credit Union

ROTC Award Winner – Jefferson High School

Marching Band Award Winner – Franklin High School

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