Team Announcement Luncheon and Press Conference (Invitation Only) The lunch, held at Four Hills Country Club and served at 11:30 a.m., is held annually to officially announce the two teams selected for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl. A press conference at 1 p.m. is also slated to give the local media an opportunity to talk to the coaches and Gildan New Mexico Bowl Executive Director Jeff Siembieda.
Welcome Reception and Team Dinner (Invitation Only) iT'Z Family Food & Fun will host the annual event this year as players, coaches, staff, selected fans and media members are invited to kick off bowl week. The even will begin at 5 p.m.
Team Dinner/Event (Invitation Only) The dinner, beginning at 5:30 p.m., is for the participating institutions. For the first time in the Bowl's brief history, the event will take place at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Albuquerque Kickoff Luncheon The local and visiting media will have the opportunity to ask questions of the two head coaches, two student-athletes from each team, as well as the luncheon keynote speaker. Interviews begin at 10:30 a.m. Lunch follows at approximately 11:30 a.m., where the official travel parties for each participating school, as well as bowl staff, sponsors, community leaders and fans gather. Gildan New Mexico Bowl Executive Director Jeff Siembieda, the two head coaches and a keynote speaker will talk.
Pep Rally This event, which is open to everyone at 4:15 p.m., provides the head coaches, team captains and their school’s respective cheerleaders, band and mascot a chance to interact with the fans. The event is capped off with a 5:30 p.m. fireworks show. The rally is being held at Old Town Plaza for the first time this year.
Fanfest at University Stadium This event is open to everyone for free beginning at 8 a.m. With entertainment, food, displays and giveaways, the Gildan New Mexico Bowl Fan Fest runs the gamut in pre-game entertainment. Two stages will feature live entertainment throughout the event, one dedicated solely to dancing performances and the other for live music. The kids’ corner, located in the Northeast section of the lot, is complete with a giant slide, jumpers and a batman obstacle course. All are welcome to get their face painted and Fun Time Airbrushed Tattoos will be on hand with spray-on tattoos. Santa Claus will also be on hand in the kid’s corner. For the “bigger kids”, there will be a full sized obstacle course courtesy of the Army National Guard.