Sun Devils to face Navy in 2012 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Arizona State will play in San Francisco on Dec. 29 at AT&T Park
The Arizona State University football team has accepted a bid to play in the 12th Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco on Dec. 29 against the Navy Midshipmen, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl announced Dec. 2.
The game will be played at AT&T Park, home of the 2012 World Series champion San Francisco Giants, and will kick off at 1 p.m., Pacific (2 p.m., Arizona) time. ESPN2 will provide national television coverage of the matchup.
"The annual goal for every college football team is to have a successful season and play in a bowl game,” head coach Todd Graham said. “We are very proud to have reached that goal by participating in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against a worthy opponent such as the U.S. Naval Academy. It will be an honor to travel to and participate in this wonderful bowl experience in one of America’s greatest cities. It will be our pleasure to fulfill all of the expectations of The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl committee and of their community and to represent the Sun Devil Nation with class and character.”
Arizona State will be making its 26th bowl appearance and its second in the past two seasons. This will be the Sun Devils' first appearance in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
“We are very proud to be able to represent Arizona State University and the Pacific-12 Conference in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl for 2012,” said Steve Patterson, ASU vice president for University Athletics. “This invitation is the culmination of a fine first season for Head Coach Todd Graham, his coaching staff and his student-athletes. The Bay Area is one of ASU’s most important markets with over 26,000 alumni and related associates. We are grateful to the executive committee of the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, the administration of the Pacific-12 Conference Office and the City of San Francisco for providing this fine opportunity to showcase the ASU brand to a national audience. Our fans have a wonderful bowl experience to look forward to We encourage them to come out and enjoy all that San Francisco and the Kraft Hunger Bowl have to offer.”
The Sun Devils finished the regular season with a 7-5 mark and a 5-4 record in Pac-12 play. ASU won three conference road games, including a 41-34 Territorial Cup victory in Tucson, for just for the fifth time in school history.
The Sun Devils have never faced Navy in their history. The Midshipmen, who are currently 7-4 and finish their regular season against Army on Dec. 8 in Philadelphia, will be making their 18th all-time bowl appearance and ninth in t
he last 10 years. Navy’s last postseason game was a 35-14 loss to San Diego State in the 2010 Poinsettia Bowl.
“Playing in a nationally televised bowl game against a storied program like Navy for a chance at an eighth win is a fitting way for this senior class to end our Sun Devil careers,” senior linebacker Brandon Magee said. “We are excited to act as the ambassadors for this program, university and community during our stay in San Francisco, and I hope Sun Devil fans will be up there supporting us.”
SunDevil football season ticket holders and donors are offered the first opportunity to purchase Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl tickets and will have priority seating. Ticket prices for the game range from $50 to $85 each, and can be purchased online at www.sundeviltickets.com, over the phone by calling their personal ticket representative or in person at the Sun Devil Ticket Office.
ASU student season ticket holders can purchase tickets beginning at 9 a.m., Dec. 7, and general public tickets will go on sale beginning at 9 a.m., Dec. 10.
Sun Devil Athletics is also offering special travel packages for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl game. Please contact the Sun Devil Club at 480-727-7700 or purchase your package online at www.sundeviltickets.com.
The Sun Devil ticket office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and it is located on the South side of Sun Devil Stadium. Call 480-727-0000 for more information and to purchase over the phone.