SMU To Host 2011 Armed Forces Bowl

April 23, 2011  

By Praveen Sathianathan

SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium will be the site of the 2011 Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 30

The game, which will be televised on ESPN at 11 a.m., returns to Dallas for the second year in a row.

“We are excited to serve as the host of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl for the second-straight year,” said Steve Orsini, SMU’s director of athletics, in an Armed Forces Bowl press release. “We enjoyed our association with the bowl staff and committee in 2010 and look forward to working with the group in 2011.”

“As we stated when we signed the initial agreement last August, the patriotism that this game represents is something with which we are proud to be associated,” Orsini said. “In addition hosting of this game in our stadium last December showcased our school and campus before a national television audience, and we look forward to having that opportunity again in 2011.”

In the press release, the Armed Forces Bowl’s Executive Director Brant Ringler said the bowl staff are pleased with the location and that the game will be televised.

“For the fifth year in a row, we are very pleased to have a post-Christmas game date which will be featured on ESPN,” Ringler said. “We also look forward to continuing our relationship with SMU after staging a highly successful event at Ford Stadium this past December.”

The game is usually played at TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium, but a $105 million renovation to the stadium has closed it until the Horned Frogs’ 2012 regular season.

According to ESPN, last year 36,742 watched Army top SMU 16-14.

Ticket information for the game will be announced later this spring. For more information on bowl activities visit

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