Redbox Bowl

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Redbox Bowl
Redbox Bowl.jpg
Stadium Levi's Stadium
Location Santa Clara, California
Previous stadiums AT&T Park (2002–2013)
Previous locations San Francisco, California (2002–2013)
Operated 2002–present
Conference tie-ins Pac-12 (2006–present)
Big Ten (2014–present)
Previous conference tie-ins

Big East (2002–2004)
Mtn West (2002–2005)

ACC (2005–2010)
Army (2011)
Navy (2012)
BYU (2013)
Payout US$2,212,500 (as of 2015)[1]
Diamond Foods, Inc. (2002–2009)
Kraft Foods (2010–2012)
Foster Farms (2014–2017)
Redbox (2018–present)
Former names
San Francisco Bowl (2002)
Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl (2002–2003)
Emerald Bowl (2004–2009)
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (2010–2012)
Fight Hunger Bowl (2013)
Foster Farms Bowl (2014–2017)
2017 matchup
Arizona vs. Purdue (Purdue 38–35)
2018 matchup
Teams TBD (December 31, 2018)

The Redbox Bowl is a post-season college football bowl game certified by the NCAA that has been played annually since 2002. The game was recently sponsored by the Foster Farms poultry company and was known as the Foster Farms Bowl from 2014 to 2017. It was also previously known as the Fight Hunger Bowl in 2013, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl from 2010 to 2012 due to its sponsorship by Kraft Foods, as the Emerald Bowl from 2004 to 2009, and as the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl from 2002 to 2003, in recognition of the corporate title sponsor, Diamond Foods.[2]

From 2002 to 2013, the annual game was played at 40,800-seat AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, in San Francisco, California. Starting in 2014, it has been played at Levi's Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, in Santa Clara, California.[3]


The plans for the inaugural 2002 San Francisco Bowl were established on Dec. 2, 2002, when the Air Force Falcons football program accepted a bid to play against an undetermined team from the Big East Conference.[4] Their initial sponsor was Diamond Foods, a producer of walnuts and other nuts under the Emerald brand name, resulting in the name Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl, and later the Emerald Bowl.

In 2010, Kraft Foods became the sponsor of the bowl and announced the new name, which the corporation launched as part of a broader hunger relief program.[5] According to Sports Illustrated, the executive director of the bowl, Gary Cavalli, was paid a $377,475 salary in 2009.[6] Mondelēz International continued to support the game and the program related with Feeding America in 2013.

In August 2014, the bowl's official website listed the game's name as the San Francisco Bowl once again.[7] However, on November 11, 2014, it was announced that the San Francisco Bowl Game Association had reached a multi-year naming rights deal with Northern California-based poultry company Foster Farms, resulting in the game being named the Foster Farms Bowl.[8]

On July 12, 2016, the San Francisco 49ers NFL team announced that it had taken over management of the Foster Farms Bowl from the San Francisco Bowl Game Association, and also announced a new, four-year broadcast rights deal with Fox Sports, replacing ESPN.[9]

Field configuration[edit]

Because AT&T Park was not normally used for football, the arrangement of the playing field required both teams to be on the same sideline, separated by a barrier at the 50-yard line. The field ran southwest-to-northeast in this configuration, with the south end zone along the first base line, and the north meeting near the left field wall to place optimum seating along the third base grandstand, and some temporary bleacher seating in center field.


The Fight Hunger Bowl had a contract to host the Pac-12's sixth-place team during the 2010 through 2013 seasons. There were multiple contracts that determined the opponent. In 2011, the Pac-12 team's opponent was Illinois, replacing Army, which did not achieve bowl eligibility; in 2012, it was Navy; and in 2013, it was BYU. Had these teams not qualified for bowl eligibility, they would have been replaced by teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) or the Mid-American Conference (MAC).

Beginning with the 2014 season, teams come from the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences.[10]

Game results[edit]

Name Date Winning Team Losing Team
2002 San Francisco Bowl December 31, 2002 Virginia Tech 20 Air Force 13
2003 San Francisco Bowl December 31, 2003 Boston College 35 Colorado State 21
2004 Emerald Bowl December 30, 2004 Navy[a 1] 34 New Mexico 19
2005 Emerald Bowl December 29, 2005 Utah 38 Georgia Tech[a 2] 10
2006 Emerald Bowl December 27, 2006 Florida State 44 UCLA 27
2007 Emerald Bowl December 28, 2007 Oregon State 21 Maryland 14
2008 Emerald Bowl December 27, 2008 California 24 Miami (FL) 17
2009 Emerald Bowl December 26, 2009 USC 24 Boston College 13
2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (January) January 9, 2011 Nevada 20 Boston College 13
2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (December) December 31, 2011 Illinois 20 UCLA 14
2012 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl December 29, 2012 Arizona State 62 Navy 28
2013 Fight Hunger Bowl December 27, 2013 Washington 31 BYU 16
2014 Foster Farms Bowl December 30, 2014 Stanford 45 Maryland 21
2015 Foster Farms Bowl December 26, 2015 Nebraska 37 UCLA 29
2016 Foster Farms Bowl December 28, 2016 Utah 26 Indiana 24
2017 Foster Farms Bowl December 27, 2017 Purdue 38 Arizona 35
  1. ^ Navy took the place of a Pac-10 team as their conference did not have enough bowl-eligible teams.
  2. ^ Because the Pac-10 did not have enough teams to qualify, Georgia Tech from the ACC was named the replacement.


Cal running back Jahvid Best (no. 4) accepts the 2008 Emerald Bowl Offensive MVP trophy from Emerald Bowl Executive Director Gary Cavalli
Date played MVPs School Position
December 31, 2002 Bryan Randall Virginia Tech QB
Anthony Schlegel Air Force LB
December 31, 2003 Derrick Knight Boston College RB
T. J. Stancil Boston College FS
December 30, 2004 Aaron Polanco Navy QB
Vaughn Keley Navy CB
December 29, 2005 Travis LaTendresse Utah WR
Eric Weddle Utah CB
December 27, 2006 Lorenzo Booker Florida State RB
Tony Carter Florida State CB
December 28, 2007 Yvenson Bernard Oregon State RB
Derrick Doggett Oregon State LB
December 27, 2008 Jahvid Best California RB
Zack Follett California LB
December 26, 2009 Damian Williams USC WR
Luke Kuechly Boston College LB
January 9, 2011 Rishard Matthews Nevada WR
Luke Kuechly Boston College LB
December 31, 2011 Nathan Scheelhaase Illinois QB
Terry Hawthorne Illinois DB
December 29, 2012 Marion Grice Arizona State RB
Will Sutton Arizona State DT
December 27, 2013 Bishop Sankey Washington RB
Hau'oli Kikaha Washington DE
December 30, 2014 Kevin Hogan Stanford QB
James Vaughters Stanford LB
December 26, 2015 Tommy Armstrong Jr. Nebraska QB
Jaleel Wadood UCLA S
December 28, 2016 Joe Williams Utah RB
Tegray Scales Indiana LB
December 27, 2017 Elijah Sindelar Purdue QB
Ja'Whaun Bentley Purdue DE

Most appearances[edit]

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 Boston College 3 1–2
T1 UCLA 3 0–3
T3 Utah 2 2–0
T3 Navy 2 1–1
T3 Maryland 2 0–2
Teams with a single appearance

Won: Arizona State, California, Florida State, Illinois, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon State, Purdue, Stanford, USC, Virginia Tech, Washington
Lost: Air Force, Arizona, BYU, Colorado State, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Miami (FL), New Mexico

Appearances by conference[edit]

Through the December 2017 playing, there have been 16 games (32 total appearances).

Rank Conference Appearances Wins Losses Pct.
1 Pac-12[n 1] 11 7 4 .636
2 ACC 6 1 5 .167
3 Big Ten 5 3 2 .600
4 Mountain West 4 1 3 .250
5 Independents[n 2] 3 1 2 .333
6 Big East[n 3] 2 2 0 1.000
7 WAC 1 1 0 1.000
  1. ^ Includes appearances when the conference was the Pac-10
  2. ^ Navy (2004, 2012) and BYU (2013)
  3. ^ Virginia Tech (2002) and Boston College (2003) appeared as members of the Big East. Following the 2013 split of the original Big East along football lines, the FBS schools reorganized as the new American Athletic Conference, which retains the charter of the original Big East.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ McMurphy, Brett (November 11, 2014). "Fight Hunger Bowl Changes Name to Foster Farms Bowl", ESPN. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  3. ^ "Eye On Football". 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2013-12-17.
  4. ^ "Air Force accepts invitation to San Francisco Bowl". 2002-12-04. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  5. ^ "Kraft Foods to sponsor San Francisco Bowl Game" (Press release). Kraft Foods. April 15, 2010. Retrieved April 15, 2010.
  6. ^ Murphy, Austin, and Dan Wetzel, "Does It Matter?", Sports Illustrated, 15 November 2010, p. 45.
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  8. ^ "Foster Farms Bowl". Big Ten Conference. November 12, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  9. ^ "San Francisco 49ers Assume Management of Foster Farms Bowl at Levi's® Stadium". Forty Niners Football Company LLC. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  10. ^ Bay Area Bowl will feature Pac-12 vs. BIG TEN matchup, Fight Hunger Bowl, June 24, 2013

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