Board of Directors

Valero Alamo Bowl Board Overview

The Valero Alamo Bowl Board of Directors is a group of dedicated San Antonio business and civic leaders who constitute its governing body. The Board of Directors currently consists of 35 Active, 4 Ex-Officio and 23 Life Members.


  • Mike Chapman
    Mike Chapman

    Executive VP & COO, Security Service Federal Credit Union

  • Mike Kiolbassa
    Mike Kiolbassa

    President, Kiolbassa Provisional Company

  • Brad Barron
    Brad Barron

    CEO, NuStar Energy L.P.

  • Clay Jett
    Clay Jett

    Regional President S. Texas, Bank SNB

Board Members

  • Steve Arnold
    Steve Arnold

    Area President, Wells Fargo Bank

  • Steve Atkins
    Steve Atkins

    President, The Atkins Group

  • Randy Cain
    Randy Cain

    Office Managing Parnter, Ernst & Young LLP

  • Mike Ciskowski
    Mike Ciskowski

    Executive Vice President and CFO, Valero Energy Corporation

  • Bob Cohen
    Bob Cohen

    CEO/CMO, Bob Cohen Strategies, LLC

  • Carlos Contreras
    Carlos Contreras

    Asst. City Manager, City of San Antonio

  • Gene Dawson
    Gene Dawson

    President, Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc.

  • Patrick Dudley
    Patrick Dudley

    President, Cameron Companies

  • John D. Eadie
    John D. Eadie

    Founder & Managing Partner, Covenant Multi-Family Offices, LLC

  • Derrick Fox
    Derrick Fox

    CEO, Valero Alamo Bowl

  • Pat Frost
    Pat Frost

    President, Frost

  • Lamont A. Jefferson
    Lamont A. Jefferson

    Attorney at Law, Jefferson Cano Allison Barkley, PPLC

  • Darrell D. Jones
    Darrell D. Jones

    Lt. General USAF- Retired

  • Joe Linson
    Joe Linson

    President, JEL & Associates

  • Brandon Logan
    Brandon Logan

    SRG Force Sports

  • Casandra Matej
    Casandra Matej

    Executive Director, Visit San Antonio

  • Daniel Ortiz
    Daniel Ortiz

    Attorney at Law, Brown & Ortiz, P.C.

  • Lynette Padalecki
    Lynette Padalecki

    Group VP of Corporate Planning & Analysis, HEB

  • Diane Rath
    Diane Rath

    Alamo Area Council of Governments, Executive Director

  • Jack Rogers
    Jack Rogers

    Sr. Account Manager, First American Title

  • Clyde Rucker
    Clyde Rucker

    Owner & CEO, Rucker Restaurant Holdings, LLC

  • Michael Sawaya
    Michael Sawaya

    Executive Director, San Antonio Convention & Sports Facilities

  • David R. Schmidt, M.D.
    David R. Schmidt, M.D.

    Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio, P.A.

  • Sheryl Sculley
    Sheryl Sculley

    City Manager, City of San Antonio

  • Steve Seago
    Steve Seago

    Vice President of Sales, Genesis Networks Telecome Services,LLC

  • Randy C. Smith
    Randy C. Smith

    President, Weston Urban

  • Richard Steffen, M.D.
    Richard Steffen, M.D.

    Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio, P.A.

  • Jason Thompson
    Jason Thompson

    GM/VP, Ancira Nissan

  • Steve Wagner
    Steve Wagner

Board Life Members

  • Charlie Amato
    Charlie Amato

    Chairman, Southwest Business Corporation

  • Ernesto Ancira, Jr.
    Ernesto Ancira, Jr.

    President/CEO, Ancira Enterprises, Inc.

  • Russ Bookbinder
    Russ Bookbinder

    President, San Antonio Sports

  • Jim Callaway
    Jim Callaway
  • Lila Cockrell
    Lila Cockrell
  • Rosette Davila
    Rosette Davila

    Vice President, Davila Pharmacy, Inc.

  • Chris Divich
    Chris Divich

    Executive Vice President, SWBC

  • Jim Doyle, Jr.
    Jim Doyle, Jr.

    Attorney at Law

  • Jim Dublin
    Jim Dublin

    Chairman/CEO, Dublin & Associates

  • Norman T. Dugas, Jr.
    Norman T. Dugas, Jr.

    President, Dugas Diversified Developments

  • Frank G. Felicella
    Frank G. Felicella

    Treasurer, DSSW Management Corporation

  • Bill Greehey
    Bill Greehey

    Chairman, NuStar Energy L.P.

  • Janelle McArthur
    Janelle McArthur

    President, The McArthur Company

  • Bill McCandless
    Bill McCandless

    Vice Chairman, Lone Star Capital Bank

  • Red McCombs
    Red McCombs

    McCombs Enterprises

  • Randy Norris
    Randy Norris

    Senior Vice President – Enterprise Market Development, Fiserv

  • Tony Novoa
    Tony Novoa
  • A. Ray Otte
    A. Ray Otte
  • Tommy Urps
    Tommy Urps
  • Steve Waters
    Steve Waters

    General Counsel, USAA Real Estate Company

  • Charles Martin “Marty” Wender
    Charles Martin “Marty” Wender

    Charles Martin Wender Real Estate & Investments

  • Floyd Wilson, Jr.
    Floyd Wilson, Jr.

    Market President, Frost

  • Mark Wright
    Mark Wright
  • John Yantis
    John Yantis

    Chairman of the Board Yantis Company

Past Bowl Chairmen (by year)

  • 1993: Bob Coleman
  • 1994: Bill Greehey
  • 1995: General H.T. Johnson
  • 1996: Jim Callaway
  • 1997: Dennis O’Malley
  • 1998: Ernesto Ancira, Jr.
  • 1999: Frank G. Felicella
  • 2000: Lila Cockrell
  • 2001: Norman T. Dugas, Jr.
  • 2002: Diane Rath
  • 2003: Pat Frost
  • 2004: Jack Rogers
  • 2005: Joe Linson
  • 2006: Bob Cohen
  • 2007: John Yantis
  • 2008: Bob Brincat
  • 2009: Gene Dawson
  • 2010: Bill McCandless
  • 2011: David R. Schmidt, M.D.
  • 2012: Randy Cain
  • 2013: Pat Frost
  • 2014: Lynette Padalecki
  • 2015: Mike Yantis, Jr.
  • 2016: Lamont Jefferson


Derrick Fox



As President/CEO of the non-profit San Antonio Bowl Association, Derrick Fox is responsible for the overall administration and day-to-day operations of the Valero Alamo Bowl and its Community Festival of Events.


  • Over 1.44 million spectators, and a total economic impact in excess of $817 million.
  • Nearly $100 million to higher education through team payouts and local scholarships
  • Averaging 97% capacity at the Alamodome the last 10 years, and over 146 million total ESPN viewers

A graduate of Duke University, Fox came to San Antonio in August 1992 after seven years with the Fiesta Bowl. He began his Fiesta Bowl career as an intern in 1986 and held the title of Director of Marketing his last three years.

A native of Port Angeles, Washington, Fox is married to Alison Fox. They have two sons – Drew (22) and Jake (20).

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Julie Baker

Vice President of Operations


Julie is in her 13th year as the Valero Alamo Bowl’s Vice President of Operations where is responsible for overseeing the bowl’s Community Festival of Events as well as directing all aspects of the bowl game. Julie is also the primary contact for the participating teams, all facilities and the bowl’s merchandising programs and human relations. Julie joined the bowl in 1997 as an Event Coordinator and was promoted to Director of Events in 1999 before assuming her current role in 2002.

Prior to the bowl, Baker worked for the Alamodome for three years where she coordinated events as well as assisted in special projects for the director. A Dallas native, Julie graduated from the University of Texas-Austin in 1991 with a degree in Social Work. Julie and her husband John have a daughter, Rachel, and a son, Samuel.

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Rick Hill

Vice President of Marketing & Communications


Rick joined the Valero Alamo Bowl as its first Director of Marketing in 1999 and was promoted to this current role as Vice President of Marketing and Communications in 2003. Rick directs the sponsorship sales, service and new business development of the bowl events as well as oversees the organization’s public relations and marketing efforts.

Prior to joining the bowl, Rick spent six years working for the San Antonio Spurs where he managed the Spurs community relations activities. Rick’s marketing experience also includes one season with the San Antonio Missions Baseball. A St. Louis native, Rick graduated from Trinity University in 1991. He is married to Mindy and has two daughters: Heidi and Audrey.

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Gabrielle Hawkins

Events & Hospitality Coordinator


Gabrielle is this year’s Events & Hospitality Coordinator. She is responsible for managing volunteers and assisting with the bowl’s Community Festival of Events. Prior to joining the bowl, she interned with Texas A&M Sports Properties-Learfield Sports for two years while in college. Additionally, Gabrielle works with American Dance/Drill Team School, helping put on dance competitions in the spring and setting up camp curriculum in the summers.

Texas born and raised, Gabrielle graduated from Texas A&M University in May of 2017 with a degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, with minors in Sports Management and Communications, and a certificate in Professional Event Management.


Sara McCarty

Digital Media Coordinator


Sara is this year’s digital media coordinator. She produces the Valero Alamo Bowl’s digital media content for all Valero Alamo Bowl events. Sara is a student at Trinity University where she studies communication and sport management.

Bryan Moynihan

Vice President of Ticket Sales and Service


In his seventh season with the Valero Alamo Bowl, Bryan is responsible for overseeing the ticket operations and sales for the bowl and its ancillary events. Moynihan has more than 20 years of experience in the sports ticketing industry on the collegiate and professional sports level.

Prior to joining the bowl, Moynihan served as the director of ticket operations for  the Houston Texans and Orange Bowl Committee in Miami. Bryan began his professional career as ticket manager for Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, and then graduated to the National Basketball Association’s San Antonio Spurs. He received a bachelor’s of science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Texas and holds a master’s degree in sports administration at St. Thomas University in Miami. He and his wife Andree are the proud parents of Kennedee Paige.

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Lara Smedley

Senior Manager, Events & Marketing


Lara is in her sixth year with the Valero Alamo Bowl. As the Senior Manager of Events & Marketing, she is responsible for the production of the bowl’s Community Festival of Events as well as coordinating its advertising and marketing efforts. She spent a year as the bowl’s Media Coordinator in 2007 before joining as the Education Programs Coordinator for Spurs Sports & Entertainment from 2008-2009.

A Denver native, Lara graduated from the University of Denver in 2007 with a degree in Communications and Marketing.

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Chevy Cawlfield

Sales & Marketing Coordinator


Chevy is this year’s Sales & Marketing Coordinator and can help with all your needs from premium group outings, to ticket purchasing questions. Chevy also assists with all customer related issues for the Valero Alamo Bowl.

This is not Chevy’s first year with the Valero Alamo Bowl, as he has volunteered on Bowl week for the past three seasons. Chevy is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in Sport Management and during this time, Chevy gained experience with the Texas Tech University Athletic Department. He was born and raised in Lubbock, TX and is married to Meagan.

For Valero Alamo Bowl tickets and information, call Chevy at (210) 704-6387.

Colten Renner

Business Development Coordinator


In his first season with the Valero Alamo Bowl, Colten steps in as the Business Development Coordinator for the Bowl. Colten directs all of the bowl’s group offerings as well as helps grow new business development through customized sponsorship and ticket sales.

Colten is a 2015 graduate from Baylor University’s Sports Sponsorship and Sales program. After graduation, Colten took over as the Director of Business Development for the Dallas Mavericks D-League team, the Texas Legends, before making the jump to the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was born and raised in Waco, Texas.

If you have a group, business, or individual that may be interested in making it out to this year’s game, give him a call at 210-704-6394.


Sonya Thomas

Director of Executive Services


With over 20 years of office management experience, Sonya joined the Valero Alamo Bowl as Executive Assistant in 2005 and was promoted to her current role as Director, Executive Services in 2014. She is responsible for the daily accounting and office management as well as managing the Board of Directors and scholarship program.

Prior to joining the bowl, Sonya was the Office Manager at First Data Corporation. Born and raised a Texan, she left the state to earn a business degree from San Jose State University in 1987, but got back to her roots as soon as her cowboy boots could get her back home.

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Kerry Colby

Media Coordinator


Kerry is this year’s media coordinator. She is responsible for the organization’s public relations and social media efforts, while being the primary contact for media members. Prior to joining the bowl, Kerry spent two years working for the Washington State University Athletic Communications office as a sports information student assistant, as well as working with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League as a public relations intern.

A Seattle native, Kerry graduated from Washington State University in 2017 with a degree in Strategic Communication focusing on Public Relations. Prior to attending WSU, Kerry spent two years at Arizona State University studying Communication.



The Valero Alamo Bowl started a scholarship program in 2000 with 25 San Antonio students splitting $50,000 in scholarships.

Today, that total was 20 times greater. Thanks to the proceeds from the 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl and last year’s Shamrock Series game between Notre Dame and Army 140 deserving San Antonio students were awarded scholarships for the 2017-18 school year. This year, the Valero Alamo Bowl will award over $1 million in scholarships to local high school and university students.

The students are chosen from two scholarship programs. Through the Valero Alamo Bowl Student-Athlete program at least one graduating high senior was selected from every San Antonio area public school and established private school to share nearly $600,000. In addition to this one-time, non-renewable scholarship, the 76 recipients from these 65 schools are annually invited with their parents to attend an awards luncheon courtesy of H-E-B and then to the Valero Alamo Bowl to be recognized on the field courtesy of Frost and the Valero Alamo Bowl.

Another 64 rising college juniors and seniors are selected from all six of San Antonio’s four-year universities in Summer 2017 to share over $400,000 via our Valero Alamo Bowl Community Partners scholarship. Funded by the Valero Alamo Bowl and matching programs through each university, this scholarship program is administered by each university (Incarnate Word, Our Lady of the Lake, St. Mary’s, Texas A&M-San Antonio, Trinity and UTSA). To read about the most recent local university scholarship winners, click here.

Interested in the 2017-2018 Valero Alamo Bowl Scholar-Athlete Program?

Seniors from San Antonio area public schools (30 miles from the city center) and long-established private schools can obtain their Bexar County Scholarship Clearing House application from their school guidance counselor (see below timeline for key dates).

Each school will have the opportunity to submit up to four applicants so interested students should check with their guidance departments to inquire about the status of their Valero Alamo Bowl submissions.

Applicants must be ranked in the top 20% of their class and have an ACT of 20+ or SAT of 1200+. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, teacher recommendations, evaluation of the applicant’s personal narrative and involvement in extra-curricular activities including awards and honors received. A very strong preference is given to students earning at least one varsity letter.

To read about the 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl Student-Athlete winners, click here.To view past recipients, click here.

The scope of the Valero Alamo Bowl Community Partners that awards scholarships to junior and seniors registered at San Antonio’s six four-year universities will be determined after the 2017 Valero Alamo Bowl. The more successful the game, the larger the program will be.

2017-18 Dates

September 7-8: Schools to pick up their Bexar County Scholarship Clearing House application from the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.
November 3:
Deadline for schools to submit their allotted student applications (each school’s internal deadlines vary so check with the guidance office)
December 7: Winners notified and invited to the luncheon and Valero Alamo Bowl.
December 13: Scholarship Awards Luncheon
December 28: Winners recognized on the field during the first quarter of the Valero Alamo Bowl.

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Community Outreach

The Valero Alamo Bowl stages a premier college football game as the showcase of an annual festival of events.

The Valero Alamo Bowl was created in 1993 to bring enjoyment to South Texans, San Antonians and visitors alike while creating positive economic impact, experiences and national attention for the community and participating universities.

In its 25th year, the Valero Alamo Bowl boasts an enviable track record of exciting games in front of capacity crowds that deliver a positive impact for San Antonio and exposure for both the city and the schools playing in the game.

When the 24 bowl games are combined with the 11 neutral site games, 1.2 million out-of-town visitors have attended these bowl produced events providing a total economic impact to San Antonio of $990 million.

Bowl Growth 
After paying each team playing in the 1993 Builders Square Alamo Bowl $720,000, the Valero Alamo Bowl combined team payout to the Big 12 and Pac-12 will be over $8 million for its 25th Anniversary game in 2017.

Raising more money for the higher payouts has been worth it as they deliver higher profile teams to San Antonio which translates into greater recognition, tourism and economic vibrancy to the city.

As the #1 bowl outside of the CFP, the Valero Alamo Bowl has produced three straight Top 15 match-ups that each generating a total impact to San Antonio of over $45 million, according to third party studies by SportsEconomics.

Neutral Site Games
Since economic development is the Valero Alamo Bowl’s focus and basis of the organization’s non-profit status, the Valero Alamo Bowl also strives to bring other events to San Antonio that deliver positive results.

In addition to 24 Valero Alamo Bowls, the organization has also served as the local host for 11 neutral site games that have combined to deliver $167 million in total economic impact for San Antonio. These games include three Big 12 Football Championships (1997, 1999 and 2007) and two of Notre Dame’s Shamrock Series games (2009 and 2016).

The 2007 Big 12 Championship was ABC/ESPN’s most-watched college regular season game of the year as 11.8 million viewers tuned in to see #9 Oklahoma upset #1 Missouri. In addition to the media exposure for San Antonio, the fans traveling to watch this Top 10 match-up delivered a $52.8 million total economic impact for the city.

Also providing impressive returns for San Antonio was the 2016 Shamrock Series game between two out-of-state teams with national followings in Notre Dame and Army. According to Visit San Antonio, this matchup lifted hotel occupancy rates downtown above 90 percent for the Veterans Day weekend resulting in an impressive 40 percent year-over-year increase in revenue from rate and occupancy. These figures fueled the Shamrock Series to a $35.4 million total economic impact for San Antonio and when combined with the 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl produced a $85 million total impact for the city in 2016, according to SportsEconomics.

Community Programs
The growth of the Valero Alamo Bowl along with the August 2016 extension of its partnerships with the Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences through the 2025 football season has allowed our community outreach to increase.

Valero, who has been a sponsor of the bowl since its inception and title sponsor since 2007, and a loyal base of partners and ticket buyers that have helped sell out four of the last six games while keeping ticket prices reasonable for San Antonio residents (8,000+ of last year’s tickets sold locally were for $40 or less) have also fueled the expanded efforts of several of the below programs.


The Valero Alamo Bowl started a scholarship program in 2000 with 25 San Antonio students splitting $50,000 in scholarships. For the 2016-17 school year, that total was 20 times greater.

Thanks to the proceeds from the 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl and Shamrock Series games 139 deserving students were awarded scholarships from two programs.

The Valero Alamo Bowl Student-Athlete program will select at least one graduating high senior from every San Antonio area public school and established private school to share nearly $600,000. The 76 winners from these 65 schools will receive a minimum award of $7,500 to attend the college of their choice and will be honored on the field during the 25th Anniversary Valero Alamo Bowl.

Another 64 rising college juniors and seniors were selected from the San Antonio’s six four-year universities to share over $420,000 via our Valero Alamo Bowl Community Partners scholarship. Funded by the Valero Alamo Bowl and matching programs through each university, the winners from this scholarship program were selected in Summer 2017 and announced at the bowl’s Pigskin Preview Luncheon in conjunction with the kickoff of the bowl’s 25th Anniversary celebration.

Military Appreciation Programs
San Antonio’s military community is an important part of the city and its history. As a token of our appreciation for their service, the Valero Alamo Bowl matches donations from our partners to host an average of 1,500+ members of the Wounded Warriors Project, USO and VetTix each year. Our 2016 donors included Anne and Steve Ballantyne, Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributor, The Law Offices of William B. Kingman and Teresa and David R. Schmidt, M.D.

The Valero Alamo Bowl also underwrites specially priced tickets to allow another 1,500 military personnel and their families to attend each game.

Youth Clinic
Every summer the Valero Alamo Bowl hosts the Shining Star ENERGY Youth Football Clinic. The head coaches from the University of Incarnate Word, UTSA, Texas Lutheran and Trinity University headline a 35+ person coaching staff that annually boasts over 350 years of collegiate experience.

This free clinic for 400 youth ages 7-14 teaches offense, defense/agility and blocking/tackling drills as well as the fundamentals of being good student-athletes on the field and in the classroom.

Concussion Testing
In collaboration with Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio’s BrainHeroes initiative, the Valero Alamo Bowl underwrites the cost for any San Antonio high school that would like to provide baseline testing for their student-athletes. The program started in 2012 with 14 campuses participating in this program. The Valero Alamo Bowl contributed another 10,000 tests to ensure every interested Bexar County high school can still take advantage of this offer.

Charity Tickets
To provide opportunities for deserving youth to see the excitement of college football in person, the Valero Alamo Bowl matches donations from our partners to underwrite an average of 1,000 game tickets each year for local charity organizations such as Baptist Children’s Home, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, Boys Town, CASA, Family Service Association and Youth Alternatives. To register a non-profit as a perspective beneficiary of charity tickets or become a donor, please email the bowl office by November 15 each year.

In addition, the Valero Alamo Bowl annually teams up with the San Antonio Food Bank for staff outings to help sort donated food, bowl teams who staff the Food Bank’s kitchen at Haven For Hope and a “Fill the Bowl” fundraiser. With game tickets to the 25th Anniversary game as the reward, the 2017 “Fill the Bowl” event set a record with 187,893 meals provided for South Texas families through cash and item donations. The 2018 fundraiser is scheduled to occur the day prior to the Valero Alamo Bowl. Each $25 or 25 items off the Food Bank’s “most wanted” list can be exchanged for a 2018 Valero Alamo Bowl game ticket.

To request more information or discuss ways to partner on a community relations program, please e-mail Rick Hill.

participants at annual
youth clinic

pounds of food collected for San Antonio Food Bank during record-setting "Fill The Bowl" effort

San Antonio students receiving college scholarships 2017.


Valero Alamo Bowl
100 Montana Street
San Antonio, Texas 78203

Main Phone: 210.226.2695
Fax Number: 210.704.6399


To interact with the Valero Alamo Bowl on social media, use @valeroalamobowl or #alamobowl.

Join The Team

The Valero Alamo Bowl has six full-time staff members who combine to average 15+ years of experience working in post-season college football. However, we are always actively looking talented and energetic people to get involved. Here are ways to get involved:

Off-Season Apprenticeship (February – June)
The Valero Alamo Bowl has volunteer opportunities for one or two area college students each Spring. Whether it’s one afternoon a week or as time allows, it’s a good way for a busy college student to get experience on variety of projects without a huge time commitment. Interested students should email Rick Hill.

Part-Time Digital Media Internship Program (May – April)
Each year the Valero Alamo Bowl hires a part-time digital media intern to assist with the bowl’s video production, graphic design and social media efforts. This position is currently filled.

Full-Time Internship Program (July – January)
Each year the Valero Alamo Bowl hires three full-time interns to work in three areas: event coordination, public relations/digital media and ticket sales/marketing. A review of the candidates begins each April with offers typically extended by late May.

Event and Bowl Week Volunteer Opportunities
Every August the Valero Alamo Bowl hosts a Volunteer Orientation to explain the bowl’s needs to help us produce 20+ events a year. Our calendar starts each July with a free Youth Clinic each July) and runs through Bowl Week. To receive more information on how to join our team, please e-mail Lara Smedley.

The Valero Alamo Bowl is looking for volunteer Street Team members. This position will be teamed up with other members of the Valero Alamo Bowl Street Team to capture behind-the-scenes experiences from fans and players participating in Bowl Week activities as well as contribute content to the Valero Alamo Bowl social media accounts. Applications are being accepted through November 2, 2017. Click here for details on how to apply.

The Valero Alamo Bowl is looking for outgoing, social individuals to volunteer with us on game day, Thursday, December 28. The Fan Experience Team will be armed with a wealth of information about the game and the Alamodome to answer any questions fans may have throughout the day. Applications are being accepted through November 17, 2017. Click here for details on how to apply.

Valero Alamo Bowl Committee
If you would like a more substantial role, consider joining our Committee to support our Community Relations, Business Development, Event Operations and Media Relations efforts. To receive more information on how to volunteer for various events or our Committee, please e-mail Lara Smedley.