Naval Academy Accepts Bid To Poinsettia Bowl

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Nov. 11, 2007

ANNAPOLIS, Md.-Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced today that the Naval Academy has accepted an invitation to play in the third annual San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Thursday, December 20, at 6 p.m. (PST) at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. against a Mountain West opponent. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN.

"A beautiful setting in a Navy city at one of the finest football venues in the country has everyone excited," said Gladchuk. "Five bowl games in a row is historic for the Academy and our congratulations to Coach Johnson, his staff, our players and the Brigade of Midshipmen for reaffirming that Navy is one of the finest football programs in the nation."

"I'm excited the team has achieved one of its goals, to have a chance to go to a bowl game, and I'm excited to be going to San Diego," said Navy head coach Paul Johnson. "San Diego is a great city and I'm sure our players will have a great time. We still have two very important games remaining against Northern Illinois and Army, so we are going to put the bowl game on the back burner until the regular season is over. There's no question where our focus needs to be and will be."

"The Naval Academy kicked this bowl game off in grand style when they appeared in the inaugural game two years ago," said Poinsettia Bowl President Rudy Castruita. "We're so excited the rich tradition of Navy football is coming back to San Diego."

The bowl bid is a landmark achievement for the football program as it marks the first time in school history that Navy has gone to five-straight bowl games. Navy can achieve another first by winning the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy for a school-record fifth-consecutive year on Dec. 1 when the Mids play Army.

Tickets for the Poinsettia Bowl are on sale now at Tickets can also be purchased on Tuesday morning starting at 9 a.m. by calling 1-800-US4-NAVY or at the Ricketts Hall Box Office. Tickets are $45 for club seats and $35 for field seats. Fans not able to attend the game can purchase tickets to sponsor a midshipman or enlisted personnel and their families for $35.

"We strongly encourage Navy fans to buy their bowl tickets from the Naval Academy Athletic Association," said Gladchuk. "Our goal is to bring more than 2,000 Midshipmen and sell more than 20,000 tickets. It is very important for this game and for future bowl games for our fans to purchase tickets through the NAAA. "If you can't make it to the game we ask that Navy fans buy tickets for our midshipmen, enlisted personnel and their families which will help create an electric Navy atmosphere. This donation is 100 percent tax deductible."

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