First ever Brazos Valley Bowl a couple weeks away
UPDATED: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 9:20am
COLLEGE STATION -- The Aggies last home football game of the year may be November 24th but that doesn't mean the season is over for everyone else because for the first time ever Blinn College is hosting the largest junior college bowl championship game at Kyle Field in December.
Kyle Field is not only home to the 12th Man and the A&M football team but this December the stadium will also become home to the first ever Brazos Valley Bowl -- a national junior college football championship game.
Blinn College President, Harold Nolte says, "There's not a better bowl in the country or better place or venue than A&M."
On December 1st, instead of rooting for the Aggies, more than 5,000 fans are expected to come from both the 11th ranked Kilgore College Rangers and the 13th ranked Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers to cheer on their respective teams.
"You'll see buses coming through in large groups and they'll be eating at our eateries, staying in our hotels and be doing other things," said Nolte.
And more fans means big bucks for the local economy.
Hunter Goodwin with the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau says, "December is historically not a very strong month for the market so this was a great opportunity to create an event that would have an impact."
An impact estimated at more than $1 million dollars.
Kick-off is slated for noon and tickets are five dollars but free for anyone under the age of 18 or any student with a school I.D..
And while this year marks the first ever Brazos Valley Bowl game, it's only just the beginning.
"We want the Brazos Valley Bowl to be the go-to-bowl for junior college athletics in the country and we're well on our way with a terrific start," said President of Blinn College Brazos County campuses, Ted Raspiller.