Holiday Bowl Game Day
Qualcomm Stadium opened in 1967 and was previously named San Diego Stadium, San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium. It is currently home to the San Diego Chargers, San Diego State University Aztecs, National Funding Holiday Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.
For seniors or fans with disabilities, click here for the Stadium Accessibility Guide.
For more information on Qualcomm Stadium, please visit the official stadium website.
$20 for cars and $60 for RV’s
If you decide to drive, plan to come early as the parking lot surrounding the stadium fills quickly due to the numerous tailgate parties and the halftime show fireworks. The city of San Diego controls the stadium parking lot and parking fees for the National University Holiday Bowl are $20 for cars and $60 for RV’s (vehicles 20’ and over). You must tailgate only in your designated parking space. Because of limited total space, fans are encouraged to carpool, use the San Diego Trolley or bus transportation.
VIP Preferred Parking $60
A limited number of VIP parking passes are available for $60 each. VIP parking includes a space in the secure, fenced-in C1/D1 lot, just inside the main gates of the stadium. You have a guaranteed spot in this lot, no matter what time you plan to arrive, along with a dedicated in and out lane for easy access and egress from the stadium. Supplies are limited, so order yours today by calling 619-283-5808.
If you are planning on having your parking pass mailed, you must purchase the pass by December 17. If you wish to purchase a pass after December 17, you will need to come to the bowl office and buy it in person prior to game-day. Parking passes will not be available for purchase on game day.
For easy transportation to Qualcomm Stadium, the Gaslamp Quarter and most major visitor attractions in San Diego, take the MTS Buses and Trolleys. The San Diego Trolley’s Green Line between downtown, Mission Valley and East County with connections to the Blue and Orange Line and many MTS Bus Routes, stops just steps away from Gate K at Qualcomm Stadium and is a great alternative to driving to the game.
Buy your game day 1-Day Pass on your smartphone with the free MTS M-Ticket app. For game-day special service information, route maps, and schedules and where to get the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Commemorative Day Pass (good for unlimited rides on Trolley or bus) visit www.sdmts.com.
The Big Flag
The Big Flag
The National Funding Holiday Bowl Big Flag is one of the largest ceremonial American Flags in the United States that is regularly used in conjunction with large public sporting events. The Big Flag adds a dynamic quality to a pre-event or halftime show and has been presented at the Super Bowl, World Series and numerous NFL, NCAA and MLB events.
The Big Flag is 100 by 50 yards (45,000 sq. feet) and covers one entire football field when fully deployed. When presented at baseball games it covers most of the outfield. The Big Flag is made of lightweight nylon and weighs approximately 850 pounds. A minimum of 250 people is required for a presentation. The Big Flag event producer works closely with your staff and television personnel to insure the presentation ceremony conforms to all event requirements.
The Big Flag is available on a fee plus expenses contract with the National Funding Holiday Bowl. This contract includes all shipping, staff transportation and travel, training and coordination required, and on-field supervision of the presentation. Total cost will vary depending on distance from San Diego but is generally from $4,000 for a Southern California event to $8,000 on the east coast. The contracting or sponsoring organization is responsible for providing the personnel required for the presentation. Military units or organizations are highly recommended. If requested, the Big Flag staff will assist the sponsor in identifying and coordinating with local military commands.
Pre-presentation practice (required) is 2-3 hours. Preparation time on the day of the presentation is 1.5 hours. For more information on scheduling the National Funding Holiday Bowl Big Flag call (619) 283-5808.
VIP Tailgate Party
When: December 30, 2015
Where: Qualcomm Stadium – Parking Lot, Section F-1
Over 1,500 guests join the National Funding Holiday Bowl Board of Directors/Committee, major sponsors, Civic/Military Officials and fans to kick-off their evening of football and fun at the Technology Integration Group VIP Tailgate. Guests will enjoy unlimited food, beer and wine as well as private performances by the college bands and cheerleaders. This exclusive event is located in section F-1 of the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.. Tickets for the tailgate are $55. A limited number of tickets are available to the public. All ages welcome.
**For orders of 20 more tickets, please call (619) 283-5808.**
TIG Holiday Bowl VIP Tailgate…………………………………………… $55.00
*A $2.00/event processing fee will be assessed to your order.
**NOTE: All orders placed after December 14th will not be mailed. If you placed your order after December 14th, then your tickets will be held for you at event Will Call, which will be set up at the entrance to the tailgate on event-day.
Holiday Bowl Game Day and Venue Info
Souvenir Game Program
To gain access to the stadium parking lot, present your game credential at the Mission Village Drive entrance ONLY. Parking for the media is located outside Gate H. Present your credential to the attendant for priority parking. To reach the Press Box, enter the stadium through Gate H and take elevator #4 to Level 2A.
Food and Beverage Service
A buffet dinner will be provided to credentialed media in the press box beginning at 5:00 p.m. Hot and cold beverages will be available pre-game through post-game. Popcorn will be available at halftime.
The press box at Qualcomm Stadium is equipped with wireless internet. Two courtesy phone lines for pool use are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. These lines are toll-restricted. If you prefer a private line, contact Gary Brashear of San Diego Sports Communications at 619-281-1500.
Fax services are available in the press box. Members of the media must sign up for fax services prior to kickoff.
Game statistics will be provided in the press box at the end of each quarter.
Still photographers have access to a high-speed wireless work room at Qualcomm Stadium. The room is located adjacent to the field, at the top of Ramp A.
After the game, the winning team will remain on the field for the presentation of the most valuable offensive and defensive player trophies, and for the presentation of the National Funding Holiday Bowl Championship Trophy. The presentations will be staged along the press box sideline near the 50-yard line.
Post Game Interviews
The post-game interview room is located adjacent to the team locker rooms, at Ramp C. Following a ten-minute cooling off period, the losing coach and selected players will be escorted to the interview room and begin their press conference. The head coach will make opening statements, followed by a question-and-answer period.
The winning head coach and selected players will follow.The format for this press conference is identical to that of the losing team.
The post game interviews will be fed to press box monitors via a closed-circuit feed from the interview area.
Post Game Quotes
Players’ and coaches’ quotes will be made available to the media after the National Funding Holiday Bowl game and will be distributed in the press box.
Pre-Game Show presented by Wells Fargo
The Pre-Game Show presented by Wells Fargo features heart-pounding performances by both university marching bands, spectacular pageantry, parachute jumpers and of course, it wouldn’t be the National Funding Holiday Bowl without The Big Flag, the football field size American Flag. Be sure to be in your seats 30 minutes before kickoff!
Dr Pepper/Stater Bros. Halftime Show
When: December 30, 2015
Where: Qualcomm Stadium
You’ll want to stay in your seats for the Dr Pepper/Stater Bros. Halftime Show as the excitement continues with world-class pageantry, marching bands and an unbelievable fireworks display that you have to see to believe!
This Band, Dance & Cheer Halftime Extravaganza is a production of WorldStrides on Stage.