Posted May 26, 2022 | lasvegasbowl
LAS VEGAS – Featuring a new spot on the calendar and its first matchup of Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference programs, the SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 17 at 4:30 p.m. PT (7:30 p.m. ET) at Allegiant Stadium. This year’s game will be televised by ABC and feature a team from the SEC for the first time since 2000.
The annual college football postseason event features an alignment of three premier conferences that feature 40 powerhouse brands spanning from coast to coast. The Pac-12 will face a team from the SEC in 2022 and ’24, and a team from the Big Ten in 2023 and ’25. Last year, Wisconsin defeated Arizona State 20-13 on Dec. 30 in a Big Ten-Pac-12 matchup in the first SRS Las Vegas Bowl played at Allegiant Stadium.
This year’s game finds itself back in a familiar spot earlier in the month of December.
“We are back to a local Saturday afternoon kickoff and we couldn’t be more excited about it,” said John Saccenti, executive director of the SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl. “Being the featured act in ABC primetime during the first weekend of bowl season will benefit both our city and our teams’ fan bases. After welcoming the Big Ten for the first time a year ago, Las Vegas looks forward to now bringing in our first SEC team in 22 years to face the Pac-12 this December in what, amazingly, will be the first predetermined bowl matchup between those two leagues in 33 seasons.”
The last time the Pac-12 and SEC squared off in a bowl game with a preassigned matchup was Dec. 30, 1989, when Washington defeated Florida 34-7 in the Freedom Bowl in Anaheim, California. The only previous time an SEC team appeared in a Las Vegas Bowl was 2000 when Arkansas lost to UNLV 31-17 at Sam Boyd Stadium.
The SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl is one of 17 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN.
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About SRS Distribution
Founded in 2008 and headquartered in McKinney, Texas, SRS has grown to become one of the largest and fastest growing building products distributors in the United States. Since their inception, SRS has established a differentiated growth strategy and entrepreneurial culture that is focused on serving their customers, partnering with their key suppliers, and attracting the industry’s best talent. SRS currently operates under a family of distinct local brands encompassing more than 440 locations across 45 states. For more information visit https://www.srsdistribution.com/.
About Allegiant Stadium
Located adjacent to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and home to the Las Vegas Raiders, Allegiant Stadium is an award-winning global events destination. A state-of-the-art, multipurpose venue with a capacity of 65,000, Allegiant Stadium has hosted world-class music artists such as Garth Brooks, The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses, Illenium and BTS with more legendary concerts to come. The fully enclosed stadium is also home to the UNLV Rebels football team and has hosted premier sporting events such as the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final, Pac-12 Championship Game, Las Vegas Bowl, and WWE SummerSlam. The venue also hosted the NFL Pro Bowl in 2022 and has been selected to host Super Bowl LVIII in 2024. Allegiant Stadium is committed to giving back to the community through numerous diversity, inclusion, and community outreach initiatives. For more information on Allegiant Stadium, visit www.allegiantstadium.com or follow us at @allegiantstadm on Twitter and @allegiantstadium on Instagram.
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a portfolio of collegiate sporting events nationwide. In 2022, the 32-event schedule includes three early-season college football kickoff games, 17 college bowl games, 11 college basketball events, and a college softball event, which account for approximately 400 hours of live programming, while reaching nearly 64 million viewers and attracting over 800,000 annual attendees. With satellite offices in more than 10 cities across the country, ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans. For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube pages.