Foster Farms Bowl Set for Saturday, December 26 at Santa Clara's Levi's® Stadium

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SAN FRANCISCO – The 2015 Foster Farms Bowl, featuring teams from two of college football’s ‘Power 5’ conferences, will be played at Levi’s Stadium on Saturday evening, December 26th. Kickoff time is 6:15 p.m. [PST]/9:15 p.m. [EST]. The contest will be televised live on ESPN and matches the 4th Pac-12 selection against an upper- echelon Big Ten team.

Gary Cavalli, the Bowl’s Executive Director for all 14 years of the game’s existence, made the announcement.

“This is an ideal kickoff time for our game in Levi’s Stadium and for TV audiences across the nation,” Cavalli said. “Saturday at six-fifteen eliminates any traffic concerns and is perfect for pregame tailgating. It’s prime time from a TV standpoint. And it’s a traditional window for the top matchups in college football.

“We played on this same date six years ago – Saturday evening, December 26, 2009 – and had a sellout crowd, an exciting game [USC 24, Boston College 13] and one of the highest-rated bowl telecasts in ESPN history. That was also Pete Carroll’s final game as a college coach.”

This year’s game at the home of the San Francisco 49ers is the second Foster Farms Bowl matching teams from the Pac-12 and Big Ten Conferences. Last year, Stanford defeated Maryland 45-21. Foster Farms is in its second season as the game’s title sponsor.

“The Foster Farms Bowl is about more than just great college football,” said Bryan Reese, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Foster Farms. “As the only college bowl game dedicated to fighting hunger, we are excited to once again be partnering with fans to make a difference, not only in the Bay Area where the game will be played, but across the nation where our products are sold. We invite all fans to join us for the game and to help us in this worthy cause.”

The Bay Area’s bowl game, which began in 2002, has regularly attracted some of college football’s most iconic programs, including Florida State, Miami [FL], UCLA, Cal, Arizona State, Boston College, Washington and Navy, among others.

“Last year’s initial installment of the Foster Farms Bowl at Levi’s Stadium certainly set the groundwork for us to host a successful bowl game with our partners at the San Francisco Bowl Game Association,” said 49ers COO Al Guido. “The Pac-12 and Big Ten Conferences produced some of the top teams in college football last year so we’re looking forward to an especially festive atmosphere on December 26th for this year’s game.”

Tickets for the Foster Farms Bowl will go on sale on a date to be announced shortly. Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Ryan Oppelt [roppelt@sfbowl.org} or by calling 415.625.2875.

PREVIOUS BAY AREA BOWL GAME RESULTS

2014 – Stanford 45, Maryland 21

2013 – Washington 31, BYU 16

2012 – Arizona State 62, Navy 28

2011 – Illinois 20, UCLA 14

2010 – Nevada 20, Boston College 13

2009 – USC 24, Boston College 13

2008 – California 24, Miami 17

2007 – Oregon State 21, Maryland 14

2006 – Florida State 44, UCLA 27

2005 – Utah 38, Georgia Tech 1

2004 – Navy 34, New Mexico 19

2003 – Boston College 35, Colorado State 21

2002 – Virginia Tech 20, Air Force 13

About Foster Farms

Since 1939, West Coast families have depended on Foster Farms for premium quality, locally grown poultry products. Family-owned and operated, the company continues its legacy of excellence and commitment to quality established by its founders, Max and Verda Foster. Foster Farms specializes in fresh, all-natural chicken and turkey products free of preservatives, additives or injected sodium enhancers. The company’s fresh chicken products carry the American Humane Certified seal ensuring validation of animal welfare practices. Based in California’s Central Valley, Foster Farms operates ranches throughout California and works with more than 32 family farms in the Pacific Northwest. Foster Farms is the leading producer of organic and antibiotic-free poultry on the West Coast. The company also produces delicious pre-marinated, ready-to-cook and fully cooked products that meet the quality and convenience needs of today’s home cooks, retailers, warehouse clubs and foodservice customers. Food safety is Foster Farms’ highest priority and the company reminds consumers to always follow safe handling and storage guidelines for the preparation of fresh poultry products. All fresh poultry should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit as measured by a meat thermometer. Visit www.fosterfarms.com to learn more.