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Albuquerque gears up for New Mexico Bowl

Megan Abundis
December 03, 2018 06:19 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The 13th New Mexico Bowl is set to happen on Saturday, Dec. 15 at noon.

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The Dreamstyle Stadium will play host to the North Texas Mean Greens and the Utah State Aggies.

“I'm really excited about this matchup, it could be the best one we've ever had," said Jeff Siembieda, New Mexico Bowl Executive Director. “The 19-5 combined record is the best winning percentage of any bowl this year outside the New Year’s 6 bowl."

Event organizers are hoping for a large rush of tourism because the two competing teams are regional.

“This is a college football bowl game. There's 34-35 communities in American that have one and we do. It's pumping real tangible dollars into our economy. There's going to be thousands of people that come to our community solely for this event," Siembieda said.

‘Visit Albuquerque,’ a nonprofit focused on bringing tourist into the city, said the bowl game brings in more than $3.5 million in tourism dollars each year.

Additionally, event organizers said this game was created the week before Christmas to fill a void during the slowest tourism week of the year.

"They are going to fill our bars, hotels, restaurants our retail stores the week before Christmas," Siembieda said.

The average attendance is more than 28,000 people which is about 10,000 people short of packing the Dreamstyle Stadium.

Tickets are now on sale and range between $25 and $45. Click here to purchase tickets.

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