PROVO, Utah — Brigham Young University officially accepted an invitation today to play in the SoFi Hawai’i Bowl at Aloha Stadium on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 3 p.m. HT (6 p.m. MT) on ESPN.
The Cougars will face a team from either the American Athletic Conference or the Mountain West. The game marks the 18th edition of the Hawai’i Bowl, which was first played on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2002.
“We are excited to be playing in the SoFi Hawai’i Bowl,” said BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe. “I’m really happy for our football team and impressed with how hard they worked to have this opportunity. BYU has a long history and tradition of playing football in Hawai’i and we are looking forward to playing in Aloha Stadium once again.”
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The Hawai’i Bowl will be the Cougars 37th bowl game dating back to the 1974 Fiesta Bowl. The 37 games consist of 19 different bowls in 11 states, including the 1992 Aloha Bowl versus Kansas on Christmas Day in Honolulu. Previously, BYU has made 22 appearances in the Islands since its first game against the University of Hawai’i in Honolulu on Dec. 10, 1930.
"We are looking forward to playing in the SoFi Hawai’i Bowl,” said BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake. “I’m really proud of our players and pleased they have earned this opportunity to continue to improve as a program and have one more game together with our seniors. Hawai’i is a wonderful place and dear to my heart. I’m excited to take our team to the Islands to experience the warmth of the culture and the Aloha Spirit."
“On behalf of ESPN Events and the SoFi Hawaiʻi Bowl executive committee, we are very excited to offer BYU their first opportunity to play in the SoFi Hawaiʻi Bowl,” said Daryl Garvin, the bowl’s executive director. “BYU has played some memorable games in Aloha Stadium and we look forward to welcoming the Cougars and their fans to Honolulu.”
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