Holiday Bowl at Petco Park


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The 2022 Holiday Bowl is scheduled to take place at Petco Park in December 28, 2022. Kickoff is at 5:00 PM PST.

Tickets will be available for purchase as the event draws nearer. This will be the second attempt at the 43rd annual Holiday Bowl. Hours before the game, the 2021 SDCCU Holiday Bowl in Petco Park was called off by the UCLA Bruins due to complications with the COVID-19 pandemic. The game was expected to be played at Petco Park under a new agreement that will make the Padres ballpark the venue for a minimum of five years. See some great pictures here.

Officially known as the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, this year’s postseason NCAA Division I football bowl game will be played Wednesday, December 28 at 5pm. The addition of bleachers in right field and standing room areas will increase capacity to nearly 50,000 people.

Orientation Photo and Renderings

For the college bowl game, the football field will be situated with one endzone along the current first base line and the other in left field, near the Western Metal Supply Co. building.

“The Padres are excited to welcome the Holiday Bowl to Petco Park and keep this long-standing tradition where it belongs; in San Diego. Petco Park is a world class venue, and we are thrilled to welcome college football fans to what will be a truly unique bowl game experience.” — Erik Greupner, Padres CEO.

Modifications and renovations to accommodate the game include temporarily removing the wall on the first base side, adding 2,800 square feet of concrete seating risers, clearing the bullpen door and stairs and installing football goal posts, play clocks and additional camera locations.

Holiday Bowl football field setup at Petco Park

Which Teams Are Playing

The game will be played between college football teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the Pac-12 Conference. We won’t know specifically who is playing until the end of the college football season.

In 2018, Northwestern (Big Ten) beat the Utah Utes (Pac-12) 31-20. In 2019, Iowa Hawkeyes (Big Ten) trounced USC (Pac-12) by a score of 49-24. In 2020, the Holiday Bowl was not played due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as, indirectly, 2021. BYU is the team with the most Holiday Bowl appearances (11), followed by Texas (5).

Holiday Bowl Announcement Video

About the Holiday Bowl

The Holiday Bowl is part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl postseason. The college football bowl game that has been played annually since 1978. The game begins Wednesday, December 28, 2022 at 5:00 PST and the live broadcast will be aired on FOX television. Learn more about the Holiday Bowl.

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