SAN DIEGO, Dec. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- San Diego County Credit Union® (SDCCU®), San Diego's largest locally-owned financial institution, is marking its 11th year of title sponsorship for the annual San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. Kickoff for the 2015 game is at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 23 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
The game will be broadcasted live before a nationwide audience on ESPN-TV and ESPN-Radio. Also, for the first time ever following this year's game, attendees will be entertained with Stadium Spectacular, a fireworks extravaganza. The bowl game will match the Boise State Broncos against the Northern Illinois Huskies.
The Broncos finished the regular season 8-4 overall and 5-3 in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West. The NIU Huskies are the MAC West Division Champions, finishing 8-5 on the year and 6-2 in the conference. This will be Boise State's 14th consecutive bowl appearance, a streak that ties for sixth nationally. It's the team's second appearance in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, first appearing in 2008 against TCU. It will be Northern Illinois' eighth straight postseason trip and third appearance in the Poinsettia Bowl.
"We are looking forward to a great matchup at this year's San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. These two teams had tremendous seasons and will surely put on quite a show at Qualcomm Stadium," said Teresa Halleck, SDCCU president and CEO.
2016 Grammy® nominee Andra Day, who recently co-starred in an Apple commercial with Stevie Wonder, will sing the National Anthem before this year's game. She will also take center stage to countdown Stadium Spectacular with a soulful performance of her hit single "Rise Up," available now wherever you download music, from Buskin Records/Warner Brothers Records. Day was born in Washington State, but spent most of her life, attended high school and started her career in San Diego. She also performed at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting in front of the White House. Andra Day will also be the guest DJ on iHeartMedia radio station Channel 93.3FM on Monday, December 21 from 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. and on Tuesday, December 22 on Star 94.1FM from 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. "Andra Day is headed to superstardom," said John Peake, iHeartMedia senior vice president of programming. "San Diego will be awestruck by her live performance."
Tickets for the 2015 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl range from $20 to $80 and can be purchased through the bowl's ticket office at Qualcomm Stadium, Window B, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by calling (619) 285-5039. Tickets also can be purchased online at sandiegobowlgames.com, or through TicketMaster® at (800) 745-3000 or at any TicketMaster outlet.
Biz Kid$ has been named the beneficiary of the 2015 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, which means $1 from each ticket sold to this year's game will be donated to help teach kids in San Diego about money and business. Launched in 2008 in partnership with the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), Biz Kid$ is an award-winning comprehensive financial literacy program focused on teaching kids how to use credit wisely and the importance of saving, budgeting, investing and giving back to their communities.
According to the San Diego Bowl Game Association, the non-profit entity that produces the game, the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl generates millions of dollars into the San Diego economy during a week when the region's tourism industry is at one of its slowest times of the year. The mission of the Association is to generate tourism, exposure, economic benefit and civic pride for San Diego and its citizens by producing the nation's most exciting bowl games and festival of activities. Officials report that the previous ten San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl games have added a combined $87.6 million of revenue into the local economy. View the infographic for details.
"SDCCU is incredibly proud of the impact that the game has had on our local economy. It has become a holiday tradition in San Diego, it gives back to a charitable cause, generates tourism, creates memorable experiences and generates tax revenue," said Halleck.
SDCCU has served as title sponsor of the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl since the bowl game's inception in 2005. The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl is the only college football bowl game among America's 41 college football bowl games to have a credit union as a title sponsor.
SDCCU's title sponsorship of the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl is one of many ways that SDCCU gives back to the community. As a not-for-profit organization rooted in helping others, SDCCU is a long-time supporter of more than 75 different local non-profit organizations annually, including the San Diego County Office of Education, Rady Children's Hospital, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, San Diego Blood Bank and Scripps Health Foundation, to name a few. At the local level, branches are actively involved in Chambers of Commerce and support charitable organizations and events through sponsorships and active volunteerism.
San Diego County Credit Union is San Diego's largest locally-owned financial institution serving San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties. SDCCU has assets of $7.2 billion, over 305,000 customers, 38 convenient branch locations and 30,000 surcharge-FREE ATMs. SDCCU provides breakthrough banking products that meet the demands of today's lifestyle and delivers banking services that save customers money. SDCCU is leading the way, offering FREE Checking with eStatements, SDCCU mobile banking, mortgage loans, auto loans, Visa® credit cards and business banking services. Federally insured by NCUA. Equal Housing Opportunity. For more information, visit www.sdccu.com.
SOURCE San Diego County Credit Union