History

The holidays mean more than Christmas lights and jingle bells to San Antonio. Since the first game in 1993, the Valero Alamo Bowl has created excitement and pageantry in San Antonio that rings in the New Year with thrilling games in front of capacity crowds and record television ratings.

The Valero Alamo Bowl showcases two of the premier conferences in the country, featuring the #1 Pac-12 team against the #1 Big 12 team after the College Football Playoff selections.

The Valero Alamo Bowl has hosted 23 bowl games and 9 neutral site games at the Alamodome in San Antonio. These 32 games have attracted over 2.35 million spectators (over 50% are out-of-town visitors),generated a direct economic impact in excess of $560 million and contributed over $98 million to higher education through team payouts and local scholarships.

Over 7.4 million viewers watched the 2016 game between #11 TCU and #15 Oregon.

For information on past Valero Alamo Bowls, please click the respective links below.

  • 2016

    #12 Cowboys Wrangle #10 Buffaloes

    #12 Oklahoma State 38, #10 Colorado 8
    Attendance: 59,815
    [ Game Summary ]
  • 2016

    #11 TCU's Record Comeback Shocks #15 Oregon in 3/OT

    #11 TCU 47 vs. #15 Oregon 41
    Attendance: 64,569
    [ Game Summary ]
  • 2015

    #14 UCLA’s huge first half enough to hold off #11 Kansas State

    #14 UCLA 40 vs. #11 Kansas State 35
    Attendance: 60,517
    [ Game Summary ]
  • 2013

    #10 Ducks and Mariota Spoil Farewell for Brown and Texas

    Oregon 30 vs. Texas 7
    Attendance: 65,918
    [ Game Summary ]
  • 2012

    #23 Texas Rallies to Knock Off #13 Oregon State

    Texas 31 vs. Oregon State 27
    Attendance: 65,277
    [ Game Summary ]
  • 2011

    Baylor, Washington Smash Record Books in Historic Scoring Spree

    Baylor 67 vs. Washington 56
    Attendance: 65,256
    [ Game Summary ]
  • 2010

    #14 Oklahoma State Too Much For Arizona

    Oklahoma State 36 vs. Arizona 10
    Attendance: 57,595
    [ Game Summary ]
  • 2009

    Texas Tech Roars Back To Overtake Michigan State

    Texas Tech 41 vs. Mich State 31
    Attendance: 64,757
    [ Game Summary ]
  • 2008

    #23 Missouri Beats #20 Northwestern on Maclin's OT Catch

    Missouri 30 vs. Northwestern 23
    Attendance: 55,986
    [ Game Summary ]
  • 2007

    All-Time Bowl Crowd Watches Penn State Outlast Texas A&M 24-17

    Penn State 24 vs. Texas A&M 17
    Attendance: 66,166
    [ Game Summary ]
  • 2006

    #18 Texas Comes Back From 14-0 Deficit to Beat Iowa

    Texas 26 vs. Iowa 24
    Attendance: 65,875
    [ Game Summary ]
  • 2005

    #20 Michigan’s Eight Lateral Play Comes Up Short as Nebraska Prevails

    Nebraska 32 vs. Michigan 28
    Attendance: 62,016
    [ Game Summary ]
  • 2004

    Ginn, Ohio State Defense Too Much For Oklahoma State

    #22 Ohio State 33 vs. Ok State 7
    Attendance: 65,265
    [ Game Summary ]
  • 2003

    #21 Nebraska’s Blackshirt Defense Stifles Michigan State

    Nebraska 17 vs. Michigan State 3
    Attendance: 56,229
    [ Game Summary ]
  • 2002

    Wisconsin Forces Overtime and Upsets #14 Colorado

    Wisconsin 31 vs. Colorado 28
    Attendance: 50,690
    [ Game Summary ]
  • 2001

    Iowa Foils Hail Mary To Preserve Win Over Texas Tech

    Iowa 19 vs. Texas Tech 16
    Attendance: 65,232
    [ Game Summary ]
  • 2000

    #8 Nebraska Overpowers #19 Northwestern

    Nebraska 66 vs. Northwestern 17
    Attendance: 60,028
    [ Game Summary ]
  • 1999

    #13 Penn State’s All-American Defense Stifles #18 Texas A&M

    Penn State 24 vs. Texas A&M 0
    Attendance: 65,380
    [ Game Summary ]
  • 1998

    Brees, Purdue Beat #4 Kansas State With Last Minute Scoring Drive

    Purdue 37 vs. Kansas State 34
    Attendance: 60,780
    [ Game Summary ]
  • 1997

    #16 Purdue Rides Big Third Quarter to Victory over #24 Oklahoma State

    Purdue 33 vs. Oklahoma State 20
    Attendance: 55,552
    [ Game Summary ]
  • 1996

    #21 Iowa Blanks Texas Tech in First Alamo Bowl Shutout

    Iowa 27 vs. Texas Tech 0
    Attendance: 55,677
    [ Game Summary ]
  • 1995

    Bryant Kicks #19 Texas A&M Past #14 Michigan

    Texas A&M 22 vs. Michigan 20
    Attendance: 64,597
    [ Game Summary ]
  • 1994

    #24 Washington State Makes It Two Straight for the Pac-10

    Washington State 10 vs. Baylor 3
    Attendance: 44,106
    [ Game Summary ]
  • 1993

    California Offense Overwhelms Iowa in Inaugural Game

    California 37 vs. Iowa 3
    Attendance: 45,716
    [ Game Summary ]

Alumni

Theses game changers have contributed to the history of the Valero Alamo Bowl with both skills and passion for the game. The game has seen 473 alumni selected in the NFL draft with 66 of those athletes being selected in the first round.

Notable Valero Alamo Bowl Alums

DeForest Buckner, Oregon

2016
Pac-12 Defensive Player and two-time Alamo Bowl alum. Drafted #7 overall in 2016 NFL Draft.

Eric Kendricks

Eric Kendricks, UCLA

Drafted in Round 2 to the Minnesota Vikings in 2015.
2014 Butkus Award Winner and Valero Alamo Bowl Defensive MVP

Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota, Oregon

Drafted Number 2 overall in 2015 to the Tennessee Titans.
2014 Heisman Trophy Winner.

Nick Foles, Arizona

Drafted in 2012 by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Led the NFL with a 119.2 QB rating, 3rd by in NFL history.

Robert Griffin III, Baylor

Drafted in 2012 by the Washington Redskins.
2011 Heisman Trophy winner.

Jeremy Maclin, Missouri

Drafted in 2009 by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Has caught 258 passes and 26 touchdowns in just four seasons in the NFL.

Jamaal Charles, Texas

Drafted in 2008 by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Three-time Pro Bowler averaging 5.6 yards per carry, highest in league history.

Ted Ginn Jr., Ohio State

Drafted in 2007 by the Miami Dolphins.
Ranks 10th in active players with six career kickoff and punt returns for touchdowns.

Eric Crouch, Nebraska

Drafted in 2002 by the St. Louis Rams.
2001 Heisman Trophy winner and Two-time Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.

Drew Brees, Purdue

Drafted in 2001 by the San Diego Chargers.
Two-time AP Offensive Player of the Year and 2009 Super Bowl MVP.

Alumni

Theses game changers have contributed to the history of the Valero Alamo Bowl with both skills and passion for the game. The game has seen 473 alumni selected in the NFL draft with 66 of those athletes being selected in the first round.

Notable Valero Alamo Bowl Alums

DeForest Buckner, Oregon

2016
Pac-12 Defensive Player and two-time Alamo Bowl alum. Drafted #7 overall in 2016 NFL Draft.

Eric Kendricks

Eric Kendricks, UCLA

Drafted in Round 2 to the Minnesota Vikings in 2015.
2014 Butkus Award Winner and Valero Alamo Bowl Defensive MVP

Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota, Oregon

Drafted Number 2 overall in 2015 to the Tennessee Titans.
2014 Heisman Trophy Winner.

Nick Foles, Arizona

Drafted in 2012 by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Led the NFL with a 119.2 QB rating, 3rd by in NFL history.

Robert Griffin III, Baylor

Drafted in 2012 by the Washington Redskins.
2011 Heisman Trophy winner.

Jeremy Maclin, Missouri

Drafted in 2009 by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Has caught 258 passes and 26 touchdowns in just four seasons in the NFL.

Jamaal Charles, Texas

Drafted in 2008 by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Three-time Pro Bowler averaging 5.6 yards per carry, highest in league history.

Ted Ginn Jr., Ohio State

Drafted in 2007 by the Miami Dolphins.
Ranks 10th in active players with six career kickoff and punt returns for touchdowns.

Eric Crouch, Nebraska

Drafted in 2002 by the St. Louis Rams.
2001 Heisman Trophy winner and Two-time Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.

Drew Brees, Purdue

Drafted in 2001 by the San Diego Chargers.
Two-time AP Offensive Player of the Year and 2009 Super Bowl MVP.

Team Records

Game Records – TEAM

 

MOST POINTS – GAME

67     Baylor (vs. Washington), 2011

66     Nebraska (vs. NU), 2000

56     Washington (vs. Baylor), 2011

 

MOST POINTS – HALF

43     Baylor (2nd half vs. Washington), 2011

38     Nebraska (1st half vs. NU), 2000

35     Washington (1st half vs. Baylor), 2011

 

MOST POINTS – QUARTER

31     Nebraska (2Q vs. NU), 2000

29     Baylor (3Q vs. Washington), 2011

28     Washington (2Q vs. Baylor), 2011

 

MOST TOUCHDOWNS

9       Baylor (vs. Washington), 2011

9       Nebraska (vs. NU), 2000

8       Washington (vs. Baylor), 2011

 

MOST FIELD GOALS MADE

5       Texas A&M (vs. Michigan),1995*

4       Iowa (vs. Teas Tech), 2001

4       TCU (vs. Oregon), Jan. 2016

 

MOST YARDS TOTAL OFFENSE

777  Baylor (vs. Washington), 2011

636  Nebraska (vs. NU), 2000

620  Washington (vs. Baylor), 2011

 

MOST OFFENSIVE PLAYS

94     TCU (vs. Oregon), Jan. 2016

85     Baylor (vs. Washington), 2011

85     Texas Tech (vs. MSU), Jan. 2010

85     Michigan (vs. Nebraska), 2005

 

HIGHEST AVERAGE PER PLAY

9.1   Baylor (vs. Washington), 2011

8.4   Washington (vs. Baylor), 2011

 

MOST RUSHING ATTEMPTS

69     Nebraska (vs. NU), 2000

55     California (vs. Iowa), 1993

 

MOST YARDS RUSHING

482  Baylor (vs. Washington), 2011

476  Nebraska (vs. NU), 2000

 

HIGHEST AVG. PER RUSHING ATTEMPT

9.3   Baylor (vs. Washington), 2011

8.5   UCLA (vs. Kansas State), Jan. 2015

 

MOST PASS ATTEMPTS

54     Texas Tech (vs. MSU), Jan. 2010

53     Purdue (vs. Kansas State), 1998

 

MOST PASS COMPLETIONS

38     Texas Tech (vs. MSU), Jan. 2010

32     Arizona (vs. Oklahoma State), 2010

 

MOST YARDS PASSING

460  Texas Tech (vs. MSU), Jan. 2010

438  Washington (vs. Baylor), 2011

 

HIGHEST PASSING PERCENTAGE

77.1 Washington St. (27/35 vs. Baylor), 1994

75.0 California (21/28 vs. Iowa), 1993

 

MOST FIRST DOWNS – OVERALL

33     Baylor (vs. Washington), 2011

31     Texas Tech (vs. MSU), Jan. 2010

 

MOST FIRST DOWNS – RUSHING

24     Nebraska (vs. NU), 2000

18     Baylor (vs. Washington), 2011

 

MOST FIRST DOWNS – PASSING

20     Texas Tech (vs. MSU), Jan. 2010

17     Kansas State (vs. UCLA), Jan. 2015

15     Oklahoma State (vs. Colorado), 2016

15     Washington (vs. Baylor), 2011

 

THIRD-DOWN EFFICIENCY

56.3 Washington (9/16 vs. Baylor), 2011

55.0 Purdue (6/11 vs. Oklahoma State), 1997

 

MOST QB SACKS

10     Texas (vs. Oregon State), 2012

7       UCLA (vs. Kansas State), Jan. 2015

 

MOST PUNTING YARDAGE

412  Nebraska (vs. Michigan), 2005

357  NU (vs. Nebraska), 2000

 

MOST POINTS BY A LOSING TEAM

56     Washington (vs. Baylor), 2011

41     Oregon (vs. TCU), Jan. 2016

 

FEWEST POINTS

0       Texas A&M (vs. Penn State), 1999

0       Texas Tech (vs. Iowa), 1996

 

MOST PENALTIES

15     UCLA (vs. Kansas State), Jan. 2015

15     Washington St. (vs. Baylor), 1994

14     Kansas State (vs. Purdue), 1998

 

LONGEST TIME OF POSSESSION

43:14 California (vs. Iowa), 1993

37:31 Arizona (vs. Oklahoma State), 2010

 

LEAST TIME OF POSSESSION

16:46 Iowa (vs. California), 1993

 

MOST PUNTS

10     NU (vs. Nebraska), 2000

8       Nebraska (vs. Michigan), 2005

8       Iowa (vs. California), 1993

 

MOST FUMBLES

4       Michigan (vs. Nebraska), 2005

4       Texas A&M (vs. Penn State), 2007

4       Oregon (vs. TCU), Jan. 2016

 

MOST FUMBLES LOST

3       Kansas State (vs. Purdue), 1998

3        Wisconsin (vs. Colorado), 2002

 

 

Game Records – BOTH TEAMS

LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY

49     Nebraska (66) vs. NU (17), 2000

34     California (37) vs. Iowa (3), 1993

30     Oklahoma State (38) vs. Colorado (8), 2016

 

SMALLEST MARGIN OF VICTORY

2       Texas A&M (22) vs. Michigan (20), 1995

2       Texas (26) vs. Iowa (24), 2006

 

MOST FIELD GOALS MADE

7       Iowa (4) vs. Texas Tech (3), 2001*

7       Texas A&M (5) vs. Michigan (2), 1995*

 

MOST YARDS TOTAL OFFENSE

1,397 Baylor (777) vs. Washington (620), 2011

1,019 Nebraska (636) vs. NU (383), 2000

975  Texas Tech (579) vs. MSU (396), Jan. 2010

 

FEWEST YARDS TOTAL OFFENSE

444  Washington St. (293) vs. Baylor (151), 1994

523  PSU (321) vs. Texas A&M (202), 1999

535  California (445) vs. Iowa (90), 1993

 

MOST COMBINED POINTS

123  Baylor (67) vs. Washington (56), 2011*

88     TCU (47) vs. Oregon (41), Jan. 2016

83     Nebraska (66) vs. NU (17), 2000

 

FEWEST COMBINED POINTS

13     Washington St. (10) vs. Baylor (3),1994

20     Nebraska (17) vs. MSU (3), 2003

24     Penn State (24) vs. Texas A&M (0),1999

 

MOST COMBINED POINTS – HALF

64     Baylor (43) vs. UW (21) (2nd half), 2011

59     Baylor (24) vs. UW (35) (1st half), 2011

55     Nebraska (38) vs. NU (17) (1st half), 2000

 

MOST COMBINED POINTS – QUARTER

45     Nebraska (31) vs. NU (14) (2Q), 2000*

43     Baylor (29) vs. UW (14) (3Q), 2011*

31     Purdue (10) vs. Kansas St. (21) 4Q), 1998

 

MOST FIRST DOWNS

59     Baylor (33) vs. Washington (26), 2011

48     TCU (27) vs. Oregon (21), Jan. 2016

44     Texas Tech (31) vs. MSU (13), Jan. 2010

44     Purdue (20) vs. Oklahoma St. (24),   1997

 

FEWEST FIRST DOWNS

19     Washington St. (14) vs. Baylor (5), 1994

31     Purdue (19) vs. Kansas State (12), 1998

32     Nebraska (28) vs. NU (14), 2000

 

*NCAA Bowl Record

Individual Records

MOST RUSHING ATTEMPTS

37         Cory Ross, Nebraska (vs. MSU), 2003

30         Chris Polk, Washington (vs. Baylor), 2011

 

MOST YARDS RUSHING

240       Dan Alexander, Nebraska (vs. NU), 2000

200       Terrance Ganaway, Baylor (vs. Washington), 2011

 

MOST YARDS PER CARRY

16.7     Tony Brooks-James, Oregon (vs. TCU),  Jan. 2016

12.0     Dan Alexander, Nebraska (vs. NU), 2000

 

MOST RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS

5           Terrance Ganaway, Baylor (vs. Washington), 2011

3           Royce Freeman, Oregon (vs. TCU),  Jan. 2016

3           Keith Price, Washington (vs. Baylor), 2011

 

LONGEST RUN

89 (TD) Terrance Ganaway, Baylor (vs. Washington),  2011

78         Tevin Reese, Baylor (vs. Washington), 2011

 

MOST TOUCHDOWNS (RUSHING & PASSING)

7           Keith Price (4 passing, 3 rushing), Washington (vs. BU), 2011*

5           Terrance Ganaway (5 rushing), Baylor (vs. UW), 2011

 

MOST PASS ATTEMPTS

53         Drew Brees, Purdue (vs. Kansas State)               1998

50         Nick Foles, Arizona (vs. Oklahoma State)           2010

 

MOST PASS COMPLETIONS                                                            

32         Nick Foles, Arizona (vs. Oklahoma State), 2010

31         Jake Waters, Kansas State (vs. UCLA),  Jan. 2015

 

MOST YARDS PASSING

438       Keith Price, Washington (vs. Baylor),  2011

372       Taylor Potts, Texas Tech (vs. MSU),  Jan. 2010

 

MOST TOUCHDOWN PASSES

4           Keith Price, Washington (vs. Baylor), 2011

3           Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma St. (vs. Colorado), 2016

3           C.J. Bacher, NU (vs. Missouri), 2008

3           Chad Henne, Michigan (vs. Nebraska), 2005

3           Zac Taylor, Nebraska (vs. Michigan), 2005

3           Michael Bishop, Kansas State (vs. Purdue), 1998

3           Dave Barr, California (vs. Iowa), 1993

 

HIGHEST COMPLETION PERCENTAGE

77.1     Chad Davis (27-35), Washington State (vs. Baylor), 1994

75.0     Dave Barr (21-28), California (vs. Iowa), 1993

 

MOST PASSES INTERCEPTED

4           Randy McCown, Texas A&M (vs. Penn State), 1999

4           Michael Bishop, Kansas State (vs. Purdue), 1998

 

LONGEST PASS RECEPTION FOR A TOUCHDOWN

88         Darnell McDonald, Kansas State (vs. Purdue), 1998

80         Jermaine Kearse, Washington (vs. Baylor), 2011

 

MOST RECEPTIONS

13         Tyler Lockett, Kansas State (vs. UCLA), Jan. 2015

11         Isaac Jones, Purdue (vs. Kansas State), 1998

10         Detron Lewis, Texas Tech (vs. MSU), Jan. 2010

10         Curry Sexton, Kansas State (vs. UCLA), Jan. 2015

 

MOST YARDS RECEIVING

198       Jermaine Kearse, Washington (vs. Baylor), 2011

171       James Washington, Oklahoma St. (vs. Colorado), 2016

164       Tyler Lockett, Kansas State (vs. UCLA), Jan. 2015

 

MOST RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS

2           Tyler Lockett, Kansas State (vs. UCLA), Jan. 2015

2           9 Other Players

 

LONGEST FIELD GOAL

51         Josh Brown, Nebraska (vs. NU), 2000

50         Clinton Greathouse, Texas Tech (vs. Iowa), 2001

50         Dan Bailey, Oklahoma State (vs. Arizona), 2010

 

MOST FIELD GOALS

5           Kyle Bryant, Texas A&M (vs. Michigan), 1995*

4           Nate Kaeding, Iowa (vs. Michigan), 2001

4           Mike Nugent, Ohio State (vs. Oklahoma State), 2004

4           Jaden Oberkrom, TCU (vs. Oregon), Jan. 2016

 

MOST KICKOFF RETURN YARDS

179       Travis Cobb, Arizona (vs. Oklahoma State)        2010

149       Keshawn Martin, MSU (vs. Texas Tech)     Jan. 2010

 

LONGEST KICKOFF RETURN

69         Steve Breaston, Michigan (vs. Nebraska), 2005

64         Travis Cobb, Arizona (vs. Oklahoma State), 2010

 

LONGEST PUNT RETURN

75 (TD) Jeremy Maclin, Missouri (vs. NU), 2008

46         Kasen Williams, Washington (vs. Baylor), 2011

 

LONGEST PUNT

67         Justin Brantly, Texas A&M (vs. Penn State)       2007

62         Cole Farden, Oklahoma State (vs. Ohio State) 2004

 

MOST ALL-PURPOSE YARDS

249       Tyler Lockett, Kansas State (vs. UCLA), Jan. 2015

240       Dan Alexander, Nebraska (vs. NU), 2000

224       Steve Breaston, Michigan (vs. Nebraska),  2005

 

MOST INTERCEPTIONS

2           Adrian Beasley, Purdue (vs. Oklahoma State), 1997

2           Billy Gustin, Purdue (vs. Kansas State), 1998

2           Derek Fox, Penn State (vs. Texas A&M), 1999

2           Leon Hall, Michigan (vs. Nebraska), 2005

 

LONGEST INTERCEPTION RETURN

91 (TD)        Don Strickland, Colorado (vs. Wisconsin), 2002

62 (TD)        Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State (vs. Arizona), 2010

 

MOST TACKLES

17         Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri (vs. NU), 2008

15         Elliot Coffey, Baylor (vs. Washington), 2011

15         Sean Parker, Washington (vs. Baylor), 2011

15         Cort Dennison, Washington (vs. Baylor), 2011

 

MOST SACKS

4.5        Alex Okafor, Texas (vs. Oregon State), 2012

3.5        Chike Okeafor, Purdue (vs. Kansas State), 1998

3.0        Deon Hollins, UCLA (vs. Kansas State), Jan. 2015

 

*NCAA Bowl Record

Bowl Records

ALL-TIME ALAMO BOWL CONFERENCE RECORDS

Big Ten: 8-6 (Iowa 2-2; Michigan 0-2; Michigan State 0-2; Northwestern 0-2; Ohio State 1-0; Penn State 2-0; Purdue 2-0 and Wisconsin 1-0)
Big 12/Southwest Conference: 12-10 (Baylor 1-1; Colorado 0-1; Kansas State 0-2; Missouri 1-0; Nebraska 3-0; Oklahoma State 2-2; TCU 1-0; Texas A&M 1-1, Texas 2-1 and Texas Tech 1-2)
Pac-10/12: 4-5 (Arizona 0-1, California 1-0, Colorado 0-1, Oregon 1-1, Oregon State 0-1, UCLA 1-0, Washington 0-1 and Washington State 1-0)

In 1993 and 1994, the Alamo Bowl matched the Southwest Conference vs. the Pac-10 (Iowa was an at-large selection in 1993 as the SWC could not provide a bowl eligible team). From 1995-2010, the Valero Alamo Bowl matched the Big Ten vs. the Big 12. Starting in 2010 the Valero Alamo Bowl paired the Big 12 vs. the Pac-10 (now Pac-12). For the 2014-2025 college football seasons, the Valero Alamo Bowl matches up the #1 teams from the Big 12 and Pac-12 conferences after the College Football Playoff.

ALL-TIME ALAMO BOWL ATTENDANCE
66,166 – Valero Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2007 (Penn State vs. Texas A&M)
65,918 – Valero Alamo Bowl, December 30, 2013 (Oregon vs. Texas)
65,875 – Alamo Bowl, December 30, 2006 (Texas vs. Iowa)
65,380 – SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl, December 28, 1999 (Penn State vs. Texas A&M)
65,277 – Valero Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2012 (Texas vs. Oregon State)
65,265 – MasterCard Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2004 (Ohio State vs. Oklahoma State)
65,256 – Valero Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2011 (Washington vs. Baylor)
65,232 – SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2001 (Texas Tech vs. Iowa)
64,757 – Valero Alamo Bowl, January 2, 2010 (Michigan State vs. Texas Tech)
64,597 – Builders Square Alamo Bowl, December 28, 1995 (Michigan vs. Texas A&M)
64,569 – Valero Alamo Bowl, January 2, 2016 (Oregon vs. TCU)
62,016 – MasterCard Alamo Bowl, December 28, 2005 (Michigan vs. Nebraska)
60,780 – Builders Square Alamo Bowl, December 29, 1998 (Kansas State vs. Purdue)
60,517 – Valero Alamo Bowl, January 2, 2015 (Kansas State vs. UCLA)
60,028 – SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl, December 30, 2000 (Nebraska vs. Northwestern)
59,815 – Valero Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29, 2016 (Oklahoma State vs. Colorado)
57,595 – Valero Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2010 (Arizona vs. Oklahoma State)
56,229 – MasterCard Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2003 (Nebraska vs. Michigan State)
55,986 – Valero Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2008 (Missouri vs. Northwestern)
55,677 – Builders Square Alamo Bowl, December 29, 1996 (Texas Tech vs. Iowa)
55,552 – Builders Square Alamo Bowl, December 30, 1997 (Oklahoma State vs. Purdue)
50,690 – Alamo Bowl presented by MasterCard, December 28, 2002 (Wisc. vs. Colorado)
45,716 – Builders Square Alamo Bowl, December 31, 1993 (California vs. Iowa)
44,106 – Builders Square Alamo Bowl, December 31, 1994 (Washington State vs. Baylor)

TOP 15 ALL-TIME ALAMODOME CROWDS
73,086 – George Strait, June 1, 2013 (full stadium concert)
66,835 – South Texas Billy Graham Crusade, April 6, 1997 (free event)
66,166 – Valero Alamo Bowl, December 26, 2007 (Penn State vs. Texas A&M)
65,918 – Valero Alamo Bowl, December 30, 2013 (Oregon vs. Texas)
65,875 – Alamo Bowl, December 30, 2006 (Texas vs. Iowa)
65,562 – New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta Falcons, Oct. 16, 2005
65,380 – SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl, December 28, 1999 (Penn State vs. Texas A&M)
65,280 – South Texas Billy Graham Crusade, April 5, 1997 (free event)
65,277 – Valero Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2012 (Texas vs. Oregon State)
65,265 – MasterCard Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2004 (Ohio State vs. Oklahoma State)
65,256 – Valero Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2011 (Washington vs. Baylor)
65,232 – SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2001 (Texas Tech vs. Iowa)
65,035 – Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship, December 4, 1999 (Nebraska vs. Texas)
64,824 – Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship, December 6, 1997 (Nebraska vs. Texas A&M)
64,757 – Valero Alamo Bowl, January 2, 2010 (Michigan State vs. Texas Tech)

ALL-TIME ALAMO BOWL ESPN VIEWERSHIP
7,829,470 – Valero Alamo Bowl, January 2, 2010 (Michigan State vs. Texas Tech)
7,791,097 – Alamo Bowl, December 30, 2006 (Texas vs. Iowa)
7,547,399 – Valero Alamo Bowl, December 30, 2013 (Oregon vs. Texas)
7,414,406 – Valero Alamo Bowl, January 2, 2016 (Oregon vs. TCU)
6,923,194 – Valero Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2011 (Washington vs. Baylor)
6,884,950 – MasterCard Alamo Bowl, December 28, 2005 (Michigan vs. Nebraska)
6,756,916 – Valero Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2012 (Texas vs. Oregon State)
6,170,190 – Builders Square Alamo Bowl, December 28, 1995 (Michigan vs. Texas A&M)
6,076,177 – Valero Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2008 (Missouri vs. Northwestern)
5,758,026 – Alamo Bowl Pres. by MasterCard, December 28, 2002 (Colorado vs. Wisconsin)
5,738,555 – SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl, December 28, 1999 (Penn State vs. Texas A&M)
5,603,125 – Valero Alamo Bowl, January 2, 2015 (Kansas State vs. UCLA)
5,446,139 – Builders Square Alamo Bowl, December 29, 1998 (Kansas State vs. Purdue)
5,221,541 – MasterCard Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2004 (Oklahoma State vs. Ohio St.)
4,922,930 – MasterCard Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2003 ( Michigan State vs. Nebraska)
4,771,554 – SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl, December 30, 2000 (Nebraska vs. Northwestern)
4,643,357 – Valero Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2010 (Oklahoma State vs. Arizona)
4,550,584 – Valero Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29, 2016 (Oklahoma State vs. Colorado)
4,481,728 – SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2001 (Iowa vs. Texas Tech)
3,964,709 – Builders Square Alamo Bowl, December 30, 1997 (Oklahoma St. vs. Purdue)
3,813,701 – Valero Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2007 (Texas A&M vs. Penn State)
3,737,607 – Builders Square Alamo Bowl, December 29, 1996 (Texas Tech vs. Iowa)
2,525,015 – Builders Square Alamo Bowl, December 31, 1993 (California vs. Iowa)

ALL-TIME ALAMO BOWL ESPN RATINGS
6.3 – Builders Square Alamo Bowl, December 28, 1995 (Michigan vs. Texas A&M)
6.0 – Alamo Bowl, December 30, 2006 (Texas vs. Iowa)
5.6 – Valero Alamo Bowl, January 2, 2010 (Michigan State vs. Texas Tech)
5.4 – MasterCard Alamo Bowl, December 28, 2005 (Michigan vs. Nebraska)
5.2 – SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl, December 28, 1999 (Penn State vs. Texas A&M)
5.1 – Valero Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2011 (Washington vs. Baylor)
4.9 – Builders Square Alamo Bowl, December 29, 1998 (Kansas State vs. Purdue)
4.8 – Valero Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2012 (Texas vs. Oregon State)
4.6 – Valero Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2008 (Missouri vs. Northwestern)
4.5 – Valero Alamo Bowl, December 30, 2013 (Oregon vs. Texas/1st year of U.S. Rating)
4.4 – Valero Alamo Bowl, January 2, 2016 (Oregon vs. TCU)
4.4 – Alamo Bowl presented by MasterCard, December 28, 2002 (Wisconsin vs. Colorado)
4.3 – MasterCard Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2004 (Ohio State vs. Oklahoma State)
4.2 – MasterCard Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2003 (Nebraska vs. Michigan State)
3.9 – Builders Square Alamo Bowl, December 30, 1997 (Oklahoma State vs. Purdue)
3.8 – SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl, December 30, 2000 (Nebraska vs. Northwestern)
3.8 – Builders Square Alamo Bowl, December 29, 1996 (Texas Tech vs. Iowa)
3.8 – Builders Square Alamo Bowl, December 31, 1994 (Washington State vs. Baylor)
3.8 – SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2001 (Texas Tech vs. Iowa)
3.6 – Valero Alamo Bowl, January 2, 2015 (Kansas State vs. UCLA)
3.3 – Valero Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2010 (Arizona vs. Oklahoma State)
2.7 – Valero Alamo Bowl, December 29, 2007 (Texas A&M vs. Penn State)
2.6 Valero Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29, 2016 (Oklahoma State vs. Colorado)
2.4 – Builders Square Alamo Bowl, December 31, 1993 (California vs. Iowa)

Notes: ESPN’s increased distribution each year means the viewership per rating point also increases. In 2013 ESPN switched from coverage ratings to US ratings which would depress past ratings if adjusted accordingly. Thus, a more accurate way to make historical comparisons is via P2+ viewers. The low viewership for the 2007 Valero Alamo Bowl is partly attributable to the game being opposite of a Thursday night Patriots-Giants game that was broadcast over three networks as New England was playing for a 16-0 season.

Pageantry

The Valero Alamo Bowl halftime show brings together a cast of over 1,000 high school musicians, dancers and cheerleaders from across America courtesy of WorldStrides Heritage Performance programs. For more information on how to be involved in WorldStrides Heritage Performance programs and perform during halftime of the Valero Alamo Bowl visit www.worldstridesheritageperformance.org.

Merchandise

Fiesta Medal

2017 Valero Alamo Bowl Fiesta Medal

Get the first ever Valero Alamo Bowl Fiesta Medal.

$ 15.00

Game Programs

Oklahoma State vs Colorado Game Program

Get your commemorative Oklahoma State vs Colorado game program which includes full team rosters and season highlights.

$ 15.00

Transportation

Click here for the 2016 Valero Alamo Bowl Fan Guide and read below for the best advice on getting to and from the Alamodome.

Fans can expect heavy traffic around the Alamodome 3 hours prior to kickoff and until 30 minutes after kickoff.

The best option is VIA’s Park & Ride or Downtown Shuttle as their routes drop off under the Alamodome’s North entrance.

VIA PARK & RIDE

Bus service and token purchase is tentatively scheduled to depart from Blossom Athletic Center (12002 Jones Maltsberger Road, 78216)  Crossroads (151 Crossroad Blvd, 78201) and the least congested location which is Madla Transit (1584 Cantrell, 78221) Park & Ride locations to the Alamodome will start 3 hours before kickoff.

Return service will be available every 30 minutes throughout the game and will run for an hour after the conclusion of the game. For more information, visit the Special Events section of VIA’s website.

Tokens for round-trip transportation are $5 and will be sold at the Park & Ride locations, VIA Information Centers or online at viaonlinestore.net

VIA BUS ROUTES/DOWNTOWN SHUTTLE

VIA has several routes carrying visitors and locals throughout the downtown area. The most direct game buses and stops are the ones marked “VIA PRIMO.” This $1.30 service to the Alamodome drops fans off at the North entrance of the Alamodome at the Thompson Center Transit Station.

VIA PRIMO runs every 10 minutes starting at 5 p.m. and stops along Dolorosa (at Pecos-La Trinidad, Santa Rosa and Main) and Market streets (at St. Mary’s and Alamo) before pulling into the Alamodome. The shuttle runs for an hour after the game with the first drop-offs occurring on Commerce at Navarro, Soledad, Flores, Santa Rosa and San Saba before swinging back along Dolorosa and Market. For the easiest ingress and egress, park on the west side of downtown and take an easy shuttle to the steps of the Alamodome.

VIA’s PRIMO route runs every 12-15 minutes. There is a PRIMO line coming from the Medical Center so check VIA’s website on the best ways to get to the game from there.

DOWNTOWN PARKING

Downtown San Antonio has over 30,000 parking spaces at a variety of parking garages and surface lots where fans can park and get to the game. In general, Interstate 281/37 will be congested several hours prior to kick off. If you don’t have an Alamodome parking pass, do not try to exit near the facility. The most congested exits are 281/37 at Houston, Commerce and Cesar Chavez.

Instead, seek out walkable lots and use other exits to drive directly to them.

  • If you want to park west of the downtown and walk or take VIA’s Downtown Shuttle, exit off of Interstate 10/35 at Cesar Chavez, Buena Vista or any exits due west of the Alamodome.
  • If you want to park in center of downtown, exit Interstate 35 at St. Mary’s or Main just north of Downtown.
  • To park north of Alamodome and west of Interstate 281/37, exit Interstate 35 at N. New Braunfels.

Please click here to view downtown parking options or download the Pango app for a map of city controlled downtown lots.

RIDE SHARE

Fans can utilize ride share to and from the Alamodome. First time Uber riders can get started here and insert the promo code VABOWL16 to receive a free ride up to $20 off. Already an Uber rider? Don’t forget to share this promo code with others so that they can enjoy a ride around town!

The dedicated Ride Share drop-off and pick up lot is located on the West side 281/37 between the Institute of Texan Cultures and the Tower of Americas. Quickest route from the Alamodome to the Ride Share Lot is via the pedestrian walk-way located on the Northwest corner of the North Plaza.

TAXI SERVICE

Taxis drop-off and pick-up in Lot A on the south side of the Alamodome. Because drop-offs are spread out over several hours, access to taxis and entrance to Lot A is generally good. However, the line waiting for taxis post-game can be long. Fans going downtown are encouraged to take the 10 minute walk or use the Downtown Shuttle that picks-up at the north entrance for only $1.30 per person. Those needing to go outside of downtown should consider pick-up locations at downtown hotels and spots a couple blocks north of the Alamodome with good highway access.

ALAMODOME PARKING

All Alamodome parking must be purchased in advance. Each year onsite Alamodome parking is typically fully committed by October 31. No passes will be sold on game day.

If you have already purchased a parking pass, click here to view arrival and departure maps. RV’s, buses and oversized vehicles will be required to display a parking permit for each occupied space.

As mentioned above, routes that avoid Interstate 281/37 especially 3 hours before kickoff is encouraged.

The lots open 6.5 hours before kickoff time on game day for tailgating with Lot B hosting Tailgate Town. Tailgating is restricted to the space in front or rear of your vehicle. Do not obstruct the driving lane or bring glass containers. A fire extinguisher must accompany each group using a cooking appliance and a person knowledgeable in its operation must attend to cooking appliances when hot. Fire extinguishers are required if an open flame is used.

 

No solicitation, selling or marketing of any kind is allowed. While alcoholic beverages are permitted, glass containers are not.

 

 

Alamodome Map

Lot A Arrival

Driving Directions

IH37 From NB IH37

  • Exit Cesar Chavez. Stay on NB frontage and proceed straight to Lot A on right.

IH37 From SB IH37

  • Exit SB Tower of America’s to Cesar Chavez (DO NOT TAKE THE TURNAROUND).
  • Turn left on Cesar Chavez . Take a left Cesar Chavez under IH 37 overpass to NB frontage road and proceed to Lot A on right.

Lot A Departure

Lot A will exit on the NB Frontage rd. to Montana.  Vehicles will turn left on Montana to Tower of America’s.  Vehicles will turn left on Tower of America’s to access IH 37 SB or continue to Cesar Chavez to access Downtown or IH 35 NB or SB.

Lot B Arrival

Driving Directions

IH37 From NB IH 37

  • Exit Cesar Chavez.
  • Turn right on Cesar Chavez  and proceed over the bridge to Cherry St.
  • Take a left on Cherry St. to Lot B on left.

IH37 From SB IH 37

  • Exit SB Tower of America’s to Cesar Chavez (DO NOT TAKE THE TURNAROUND)
  • Take a left on Cesar Chavez under overpass and proceed over the bridge to Cherry St.
  • Take a left on Cherry St. to Lot B on left.

Lot B Departure

Lot B will exit on Cherry and proceed SB on Cherry to Cesar Chavez.  Vehicles will either proceed to Florida to access IH 37 NB or SB or proceed to Hackberry turning either NB or SB to access IH 10 EB / WB or IH 35 NB /SB.

Lot C Arrival

Driving Directions

IH37 From NB IH 37

  • Exit Commerce St.
  • Turn right on Commerce St. to Cherry St.
  • Turn right on Cherry St. to Lot C on right.

IH37 From SB IH 37

  • Exit Commerce St.
  • Turn left on Commerce St. to Cherry St.
  • Turn right on Cherry St. to Lot C on right.

Lot C Departure

Lot C will exit Cherry  and proceed NB on Cherry to Montana.  Vehicles will either proceed NB on Cherry to Nolan (Left on Nolan) to IH 37 NB or Downtown or right on Montana to Hackerry using Hackberry NB or SB to access IH 10 EB / WB or IH 35 NB / SB.

1231 E Commerce Arrival

Driving Directions

IH37 From NB IH 37 & SB IH 37

  • Exit E. Houston Street.
  • Proceed east bound to Cherry St.
  • Turn right onto Cherry St. and proceed to E. Commerce.
  • Turn right onto E. Commerce and turn into the lot approximately 100 ft. on your right.

1231 E Commerce Departure

Exit right out of Lot onto E. Commerce and head WB to the service road/on ramp of IH 37.  Follow police directions for entrance onto IH 37.

Ride Share

Fans can utilize Ride Share to and from the Alamodome. First time Uber riders can use promo code VABOWL16 to receive a free ride up to $20 off.

The dedicated Ride Share drop-off and pick-up lot is located on the West side of 281/IH37 between the Institute of Texan Cultures and the Tower of the Americas. The quickest route from the Alamodome to the Ride Share Lot is via the pedestrian walk-way located on the Northwest corner of the North Plaza. Ride Share drivers will enter the lot at Point 1 and exit at Point 2.

Alamodome

The Alamodome is located in downtown San Antonio and is walkable from world renowned attractions like the Alamo and the newly expanded River Walk as well as over 10,500 hotel rooms and 25,000 parking spots.

As a testament to downtown’s compact footprint, Oregon was the latest bowl participant to make the 8 minute walk from the team hotel to the game for their last two Valero Alamo Bowl appearances.

Built as an extension to the neighboring convention center, the Alamodome has more meeting space per square foot than any other football stadium in North America which provides versatility and flexibility. The facility has also made significant improvements the last five years including a new home team locker room, DAS/WiFi networks and an AstroTurf playing surface as well as an expanded north plaza entrance and a new 20,000+ square foot multi-purpose room.

The next round of renovations will include doubling the size of the concourses and LED ribbon boards as well as installing new larger HD videowalls. These improvements are being funded via user fees. The two Valero Alamo Bowls and the Shamrock Series game in 2015 and 2016 will combine to contribute an estimated $375,000 in fees as well as generate the Alamodome rent for the stadium, suites and parking lots along with concessions and merchandise commissions.

In addition to hosting the Valero Alamo Bowl to 97% capacity the last 10 years, the 65,000 seat Alamodome is also home to the UTSA Roadrunners of Conference USA.

The Alamodome has been the site of the NCAA Men’s Final Four on three occasions (1998, 2004 and 2008) and the Women’s Final Four twice (2002 and 2009). The NCAA Men’s Final Four returns to San Antonio in 2018, the same year the city celebrates its 300th anniversary.

Three regular season (the New Orleans Saints relocated to San Antonio following Hurricane Katrina) and six NFL preseason games have also taken place in the Alamodome.

The Valero Alamo Bowl has also served as the local host for 11 neutral site college football games in the Alamodome including three Big 12 Football Championships (1997, 1999 and 2007) as well as the Texas A&M vs. Army game in 2006 and two Notre Dame Shamrock Series games (against Washington State in 2009 and Army in 2016).

Since 1993, the Valero Alamo Bowl has delivered San Antonio $455 million in direct impact and $774 million total economic impact according to third party valuations. That total rises to $517 million direct and $879 million total economic impact when including the bowl hosted neutral site games.

The largest crowd in Alamodome history occurred on June 1, 2013 when 73,086 attended a George Strait concert. The 2007 Valero Alamo Bowl between Penn State vs. Texas A&M was the most attended sporting event in Alamodome history with 66,166 fans.

For information on Alamodome event parking and transportation options, please click here.