Holiday Bowl at Petco Park - Oregon vs North Carolina

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

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This will be the second attempt at the 43rd annual Holiday Bowl. Hours before the football 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, 2022 at 5pm. The addition of bleachers in right field and standing room areas will increase capacity to nearly 50,000 people.


For ooliday Bowl parking information, view our Petco Park Parking Guide or simply reserve your parking space in advance.

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 in 2022

The game will be played between college football teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the Pac-12 Conference. This year, the participating teams are the North Carolina Tar Heels and Oregon Ducks. Carolina finished the regular season with a 9-4 overall record and an ACC Coastal Division Championship. The Ducks finished the regular season at 9-3 and ranked 15th in the final College Football Playoff rankings. This will be the first game between North Carolina and the Ducks.

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.

KGB Sky Show

Great news if you love a good sky show. The KGB SkyShow will return in 2022 after the SDCCU Holiday Bowl this year.

Beginning in 1976, with fireworks set off from Fiesta Island and Chollas Lake, the SkyShow evolved to an elaborate production, with some 5,000 fireworks shells launched, computer synchronized to music. The Skyshow was not held in 2020 or 2021. The 4th SkyShow will take place in 2022 at Petco Park. “There will be new and exciting elements never seen before in a SkyShow, “ according to the KGB program director.

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