Holiday Bowl 2021

The San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl in December 2021 will be played at Petco Park under a new agreement that will make the Padres ballpark the venue for a minimum of five years.

In July, the San Diego City Council removed the restriction from the city’s contract with the Padres banning football from being played at ballpark.

This year’s postseason NCAA football bowl game will be played December 28 at 5pm. The addition of bleachers in right field and standing room areas will increase capacity to nearly 50,000 people.

Orientation and Renderings

Petco Park Holiday Bowl
Rendering image courtesy of Padres.com. View more 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.

Holiday Bowl Announcement Video

More Information

From the San Diego Union-Tribune: Holiday Bowl and Padres officials will announce a partnership Thursday morning that will bring the game downtown following four decades in Mission Valley. The Holiday Bowl has been searching for a new venue since the stadium’s demise. Although San Diego State is building a 35,000-seat stadium on the site, a larger venue is needed for the Holiday Bowl, which has averaged 52,000 fans over the past decade. Read more

From 10News: The Holiday Bowl will move downtown to Petco Park after its home of 42 years, Qualcomm Stadium, was razed. Holiday Bowl executive director Mark Neville confirmed the move. Officials sent renderings of how the ballpark will accommodate a football field at ABC 10News on Wednesday. No date has been set for the 2021 game, which will be the first in a new contract between the Pac-12 and ACC. Read more

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. Learn more about the Holiday Bowl.


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