SAN DIEGO – The National University Holiday Bowl game will be played in America’s finest city on Monday at Qualcomm Stadium and the teams competing in it – Texas Tech Red Raiders and Arizona State Sun Devils – arrived Wednesday.
The Texas Tech team arrived at the Hilton Bay Front Hotel at 4:30 p.m. Christmas Day. The team has a 7-5 record and is ranked sixth in the Big 12 conference. All five losses came during the team’s last five match ups.
A mile up the street, their opponents, the Arizona State Sun Devils rolled up to the Manchester Grand Hyatt at 6:15 p.. The sun devils are 10 – 3 this season and ranked first in the South division.
“Arizona State and Texas Tech are both known for putting up a lot of points,” said Holiday Bowl Associate Executive Director Mark Neville. “It’s great for us because the National University Holiday Bowl is known to be America’s most exciting Bowl game. It’s high scoring and I think with these two teams are going to fit right in there.”
Both teams have a player each who calls San Diego home and they’re excited to share it with their teammates.
“I want to show my teammates the city of San Diego and show them the people, what’s out there, and show them a good time in California,” said Texas Tech Junior Dorian Crawford, who used to attend Scripps Ranch High School.
“I’m going to just show them around here, behind the hotel, show them the bay,” said ASU’s Kevin Ozier who just graduated a week ago. “ It’s some nice views… right before the sun sets it’s nice.”
The teams will participate in local events throughout the week prior to Monday’s big bowl game beginning with a visit to Sea World Thursday morning. They’ll wrap up with an appearance at the San Diego Big Bay Balloon parade on Harbor drive Monday at 10 am.
Last year, the Holiday Bowl game and the Poinsettia Bowl game which will be played Thursday evening at Qualcomm stadium between Northern Illinois and Utah State helped bring in over 28 million dollars to the local economy.