September 17, 2002
San Francisco —Tickets for the inaugural Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl go on sale today at the Pacific Bell Park Box Office, Tickets.com (925) 762-2277, online at www.tickets.com or www.sfbowl.com and at all Giants Dugout Stores.
The inaugural Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl will be played at Pacific Bell Park on December 31, 2002 at 7:30 p.m. (PST).
The bowl will match the No. 3 selection from the Mountain West Conference vs. the No. 3, 4, or 5 pick from the Big East Conference or Notre Dame. For purposes of selection, Notre Dame is included in the Big East Conference if it is not a Bowl Championship Series team.
Four potential Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl teams are currently ranked in the Top 25 according to the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll (Miami, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Colorado State), and an additional three Mountain West teams and one Big East team also received votes.
"We're anticipating an exciting match-up on New Year's Eve," said executive director Gary Cavalli. "Both the Mountain West and Big East are off to a good start this season. At this point, it looks like we'll have a number of strong teams to choose from."