Michigan State Spartans players celebrate on the SDCCU Stadium field after the team defeated the Washington State Cougars, 42-17, to become the 2017 Holiday Bowl champions, Dec. 28, 2017. (Photo by John Cordes/Icon Sportswire)

For the first time ever, San Diego’s big bowl game will be played on New Year’s Eve.

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl officials and FOX Sports announced Tuesday that the 41st annual bowl game will be played at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego on Monday, December 31.

It marks the first time that Holiday Bowl football game has ever been played on New Year’s Eve. Kickoff is scheduled at 4 p.m. PST; the pregame show will begin at 3:30 p.m.

The game will be televised nationally on FS1.

The Holiday Bowl will feature teams from the Pac12 Conference and the Big Ten Conference. Last year’s top-20 matchup was between the Michigan State Spartans and Washington State Cougars.

“We are so excited to present the bowl game for the first time ever during one the of the coveted New Year’s time slots,” said Del Lewis, the 2018 president of the Holiday Bowl game. “This is an exciting opportunity for San Diegans and visiting fans alike to close out 2018 in grand style and celebrate. San Diego will be abuzz this New Year’s Eve.”

The traditional bowl game parade — Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade — will step off at 10 a.m. on game day morning. The one-mile long parade will march along the scenic downtown bayside streets on Harbor Drive and feature giant helium-filled character balloons, floats, marching bands, entertaining drill teams and more.

This year, SDCCU Holiday Bowl officials are also hosting the Navy – Notre Dame rivalry football game at SDCCU Stadium on Saturday, October 27. This matchup has been played annually since 1927, making it the longest uninterrupted intersectional rivalry in college football. Annual Holiday Bowl ticket holders receive priority on the best seats.

For more information, visit www.HolidayBowl.com.

–Staff

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