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Sun Bowl

Sun Bowl

  • Premiered: 
    December 26, 1964
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  • Network: NBC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Sports
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Tags: football (college)

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Plot Synopsis

The first Sun Bowl was played on New Year's Day 1935 at El Paso High School as a fundraising event to benefit underprivileged children and to finance improvement to the El Paso High School Stadium. The game featured an El Paso High School All-Star Team against a worthy opponent. The following year, New Mexico State and Hardin-Simmons Universities were invited to play, and the Sun Bowl has been a college game ever since. During the early years of the game, it was a tradition to match the Border Conference Champion against the best available opponent. Since 2011, the selection committee has paired teams from the ACC and the Pac-12.

Other Titles

  • From 1936-1985, 1994 & 1995, known simply as: Sun Bowl
  • From 1986-1988, known as John Hancock Sun Bowl
  • From 1989-1993, known as John Hancock Bowl
  • From 1996-1998, known as Norwest Sun Bowl
  • From 1999-2003, known as Wells Fargo Sun Bowl
  • In 2004 & 2005, known as Vitalis Sun Bowl
  • From 2006-2009, known as Brut Sun Bowl
  • From 2010-2018, known as Hyundai Sun Bowl
  • Since 2019, known as Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl


  • El Paso High School (1935-1937) - El Paso, Texas USA
  • Kidd Field (1938-1962) - El Paso, Texas USA
  • Sun Bowl Stadium (1963 - Present) - El Paso, Texas USA - Map It!