Marcio Jose Sanchez, Associated Press
Arizona State players lift the winner's trophy after a 62-28 win over Navy during the Fight Hunger Bowl NCAA college football game in San Francisco, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012.
SAN FRANCISCO — The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is returning to prime time.
The 12th San Francisco bowl game will take place Friday evening, Dec. 27 at 7:30 p.m. [MST] at the game's longtime home, AT&T Park. The game will be aired ESPN.
This year's contest matches a team from the Pac-12 Conference against BYU. Each side must achieve bowl eligibility (six or more regular season victories). In the event BYU does not achieve bowl eligibility or is invited to a BCS bowl game, the bowl has an alternative agreement for an eligible Atlantic Coast Conference team to play in the game.
"We're very excited about this date and time slot," said Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl executive director Gary Cavalli. "We have a prime-time window and we won't have any competition from another bowl or NFL game. That should help generate a strong national TV audience. The Friday evening kickoff is also great for the fans. Those in the Bay Area can come after work and out-of-towners can spend a weekend in the greatest city in the world, San Francisco."
This year's bowl will be the last at AT&T Park, as the game in 2014 will move to the New Santa Clara Stadium (home for the San Francisco 49ers). However, San Francisco will continue to house both teams, and all game-related events will take place there, as in the past.