HOUSTON – Texas Bowl executives announced the date for the 2007 Texas Bowl at a media luncheon Thursday. The game will be played on Friday, December 28 at Reliant Stadium.
Representatives of Conference USA and the Big 12 were on hand to kick off the second year of the Texas Bowl, and they gave glowing reviews of the inaugural bowl game in 2006 and the efforts of Lone Star Sports & Entertainment.
"What they've done in a brief amount of time is truly remarkable," said Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky. "I'm trying to recall a bigger turnaround in the history of postseason college football from a bowl standpoint, and certainly I can't come up with one and I challenge anyone who's been around to come up with a better story than this one."
Big 12 assistant commissioner for communications Bob Burda echoed Banowsky's sentiments. "Thanks to the willingness of Lone Star Sports & Entertainment to commit to a postseason football game, the Texas Bowl has become a reality. We look forward to growing this partnership and appreciate the dedication of the staff."
The 2007 Texas Bowl will be televised live nationally on NFL Network for the second consecutive year. The 2006 Texas Bowl was the highest-rated college game broadcast on NFL Network, bringing in a 1.42 rating. The game was also broadcast nationally by Westwood One radio and was heard locally on KTRH 740 AM.
The date announcement capped a busy two-week stretch for the Texas Bowl. On Thursday, March 29, Texas Bowl executive director Jamey Rootes presented a check for $50,000 to DePelchin Children's Center, the official charitable beneficiary of the Texas Bowl. Rootes also made a presentation to the Houston City Council on Tuesday, April 3, in which he announced that the 2006 Texas Bowl generated over $28 million in local revenue according to the Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Texas Bowl is partnered with the Big 12 Conference, Conference USA and the BIG EAST Conference. The bowl will feature a Big 12 school each year, and Conference USA and the BIG EAST will alternate years.
The inaugural Texas Bowl was played on Thursday, December 28, 2006 at Reliant Stadium. Rutgers defeated Kansas State, 37-10, before a crowd of 52,210, the largest crowd to witness a bowl game in Houston not involving a Texas team since 1972.
Fans who purchased tickets to the 2006 Texas Bowl will have the opportunity to renew their seats before they go on sale to the general public. Information regarding kickoff time and general public ticket sales will be released at a later date. The teams participating in the 2007 Texas Bowl will be announced in early December.