Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.jpg
Stadium AT&T Park
Location San Francisco, California
Previous stadiums None
Operated 2002–present
Conference tie-ins Pac-12, WAC
Previous conference tie-ins ACC
Payout US$900,000 (Pac-12) (As of 2009)
US$750,000 (ACC) (As of 2009)
Diamond Foods, Inc. (2002–2009), (Kraft Foods, 2010–present)
Former names
San Francisco Bowl (2002)
Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl (2002–2003)
Emerald Bowl (2004–2009)
2011 matchup
Boston College (ACC) vs. Nevada (WAC) (NEV 20, BC 13)
2011 matchup
Pac-12 vs. ACC/WAC/MAC (December 31, 2011)

The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is a post-season college football bowl game certified by the NCAA that has been played annually at 40,800-seat AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, in San Francisco, California, since 2002. It was previously known as the Emerald Bowl from 2004 to 2009 and the San Francisco Bowl and the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl in recognition of the corporate title sponsor, Diamond of California, from 2002 to 2003. As of 2010, the bowl is sponsored by Kraft Foods.



At the time of its launch in 2002 as the San Francisco Bowl the game was one of two college bowl games to be played in baseball-specific stadiums, joining the Insight Bowl (which was played at Chase Field, nee Bank One Ballpark, from 2000–2005). Several other bowl games have been played at stadiums with both full-time baseball and football tenants, with the Orange and International bowls being two examples - the Orange Bowl is played at Sun Life Stadium, which is the home to the Florida Marlins baseball team, which will relocate to their new stadium in 2012 - and the Miami Dolphins and University of Miami teams, while the International Bowl was held at Rogers Centre, home to the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball and the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League). In 2006 and 2007 the Emerald Bowl was the only game played in a baseball-specific stadium, as the Insight Bowl had moved to Sun Devil Stadium following the Fiesta Bowl's move to University of Phoenix Stadium. In 2008 the game again became one of two bowls at baseball-specific sites as it was joined by the Beef 'O' Brady's St. Petersburg Bowl in St. Petersburg, Florida, which is played at the Tampa Bay Rays' home stadium of Tropicana Field. A third - the New Era Pinstripe Bowl - will be played starting in 2010 at Yankee Stadium.

In 2010, Kraft Foods became the sponsor of the bowl and announced the new name, which the corporation is launching as part of a broader hunger relief program.[1] According to Sports Illustrated, the executive director of the bowl, Gary Cavalli, was paid a $377,475 salary in 2009.[2]

Field configuration

Since AT&T Park is not normally used for football, the arrangement of the playing field require both teams to be on the same sideline, separated by a barrier at the 50-yard line.


The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl has a contract to host the Pac-12's sixth-place team during the 2010 through 2013 seasons. There are multiple contracts that will determine the opponent. In 2010, they are contracted to play against the WAC's first, second, or third-place team. In the following three years, there are contracts to take certain independent football teams if they are bowl eligible. In 2011, the Pac-12 team's opponent will be Army; in 2012, it will be Navy; and in 2013, it will be BYU. In the event these teams don't qualify for bowl eligibility, they will be replaced by a team from the ACC.

Game results

Former logo of the Emerald Bowl
Name Date Winning Team Losing Team
2002 San Francisco Bowl December 31, 2002 Virginia Tech 20 Air Force 13
2003 San Francisco Bowl December 31, 2003 Boston College 35 Colorado State 21
2004 Emerald Bowl December 30, 2004 [3] Navy 34 New Mexico 19
2005 Emerald Bowl December 29, 2005 [4] Utah 38 Georgia Tech 10
2006 Emerald Bowl December 27, 2006 Florida State 44 UCLA 27
2007 Emerald Bowl December 28, 2007 Oregon State 21 Maryland 14
2008 Emerald Bowl December 27, 2008 California 24 Miami (FL) 17
2009 Emerald Bowl December 26, 2009 USC 24 Boston College 13
2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl January 9, 2011 Nevada 20 Boston College 13


Cal running back Jahvid Best accepts the 2008 Emerald Bowl Offensive MVP trophy from Emerald Bowl Executive Director Gary Cavalli
Date played MVPs School Position
December 31, 2002 Bryan Randall Virginia Tech QB
Anthony Schlegel Air Force LB
December 31, 2003 Derrick Knight Boston College RB
T. J. Stancil Boston College FS
December 30, 2004 Aaron Polanco Navy QB
Vaughn Keley Navy CB
December 29, 2005 Travis LaTendresse Utah WR
Eric Weddle Utah CB
December 27, 2006 Lorenzo Booker Florida State RB
Tony Carter Florida State CB
December 28, 2007 Yvenson Bernard Oregon State RB
Derrick Doggett Oregon State LB
December 27, 2008 Jahvid Best California RB
Zack Follett California LB
December 26, 2009 Damian Williams USC WR
Luke Kuechly Boston College LB
January 9, 2011 Rishard Matthews Nevada WR
Luke Kuechly Boston College LB

Most appearances

Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Boston College 3 1–2
T2 California 1 1–0
T2 Florida State 1 1–0
T2 Navy 1 1–0
T2 Nevada 1 1–0
T2 Oregon State 1 1–0
T2 USC 1 1–0
T2 Utah 1 1–0
T2 Virginia Tech 1 1–0
T2 Air Force 1 0–1
T2 Colorado State 1 0–1
T2 Georgia Tech 1 0–1
T2 Maryland 1 0–1
T2 Miami (FL) 1 0–1
T2 New Mexico 1 0–1
T2 UCLA 1 0–1

Results by conference

Conference Record Pct Win
ACC 1–5 .167
Pac-12 3–1 .750
Mountain West 1–3 .250
Big East 2–0 1.000
WAC 1–0 1.000
Independents 1-– 1.000

See also


  1. ^ "Kraft Foods to sponsor San Francisco Bowl Game" (Press release). Kraft Foods. April 15, 2010. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ Murphy, Austin, and Dan Wetzel, "Does It Matter?", Sports Illustrated, 15 November 2010, p. 45.
  3. ^ Navy took the place of a Pac-10 team as their conference did not have enough bowl-eligible teams.
  4. ^ Because the Pac-10 did not have enough teams to qualify, Georgia Tech from the ACC was named the replacement.

External links

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