Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl XVI To Be Played Saturday Before Christmas

LAS VEGAS - Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl XVI will be played on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, at Sam Boyd Stadium and begin at 5 p.m. PST.

The Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl, which is an ESPN Regional Television (ERT) owned-and-operated event, will once again be broadcast nationally on ESPN and ESPNHD and feature the No. 1 pick from the Mountain West Conference vs. the fourth- or fifth-place team from the Pacific-10 Conference. The bowl was recertified by the NCAA last week as part of annual meetings in San Francisco.

"We've had tremendous success the last three years playing on Thursday, but we think the Saturday before Christmas is the perfect date for this year's game," said Executive Director Tina Kunzer-Murphy. "It gives fans the chance to enjoy Las Vegas on a weekend and then get home for the holidays in plenty of time."

The bowl has not been played on a Saturday since Utah downed Fresno State on Dec. 18, 1999. The 1998 and '97 games were also played on Saturdays.

Last year, the 15th annual Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 21, 2006, marked the event's second-consecutive sell-out and the 44,615 fans in attendance represented the largest crowd to ever watch a team sporting event in the state of Nevada. With Sam Boyd Stadium at 112 percent of capacity to see BYU defeat Oregon 38-8, the game ranked No. 1 among all 32 college postseason bowls for attendance by percentage.

For information on sponsorship opportunities and corporate ticket packages, call (702) 732-3912 or log on to lvbowl.com.

Tickets are scheduled to go on sale to the public July 1.

ESPN Regional Television (ERT) is the nation's largest syndicator of collegiate sports programming. ERT produces more than 900 sporting events annually, including football, basketball, NCAA events, golf and NHRA events, which accounts for more than 2,200 live and/or original hours of programming. In addition to event ownership, ERT is the production headquarters for ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network; syndication rightsholder and producer of national, regional and local shows for college conferences.
ESPN Regional Television markets and/or owns several other sporting events, in addition to college basketball games. Those include the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl, Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, New Mexico Bowl, Papajohns.com Bowl, Ford MEAC/SWAC Challenge, O'Reilly Auto Parts All College Classic, O'Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters, ESPNU Invitational Series presented by ConocoPhillips and the ESPN National Golf Challenge presented by Callaway Golf.

Pioneer Electronics is a global leader in digital entertainment products for home, car and business use. The company is the leading manufacturer of plasma televisions and monitors, DVD players and DVD recorders, A/V receivers, CD players and CD recorders, speakers and other audio and video accessories. Pioneer PureVision has been the title sponsor of the Las Vegas Bowl since 2004.