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Famous Idaho Potato Bowl to kick off Dec. 22

The 21st annual Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will kick off on Friday, Dec. 22 at at Boise State University’s Albertsons Stadium and will be aired live on ESPN.

In its seventh year as the naming sponsor of the premier cold-weather college football bowl game, the Idaho Potato Commission is looking forward to another exciting matchup between the Mountain West and Mid-American Conferences. Last year, in the highest scoring bowl game of the season and the third-highest scoring game in bowl history, the University of Idaho Vandals defeated the Colorado State Rams (61-50). ida2017 marks the 21st annual Famous Idaho Potato Bowl played on the blue turf at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, ID.

Close to 25,000 die-hard fans braved the cold weather to cheer on the teams, while 1.1 million viewers — an increase of 6 percent over 2015 — watched the game indoors on ESPN. This will be the Mountain West’s fifth straight appearance in the bowl’s history, while the Mid-American Conferences will look to secure a spot for the eighth time in nine years.

“The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl has proven to be an extremely effective sponsorship allowing the entire Idaho potato industry to get involved and support Idaho’s most important agricultural crop, which generates more than $4.5 billion in annual revenue and employs more than 30,000 people,” Frank Muir, president and chief executive officer of IPC, said in a press release. “With the excellent timeslot and the myriad of family activities scheduled to take place, including Simplot’s French Fry Feed, we’re confident attendance and viewership of the game will be higher than ever.”

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will be one of two matchups that afternoon with the Bahamas Bowl kicking off earlier in the day.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public in September through BoiseStateTickets.com and Albertsons Stadium ticket office. For premium ticket packages and sponsorship information contact the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl office at 208/424.1011.

The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is one of 13 owned-and-operated bowl games by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.