Military Bowl basics


bowl logoIt’s your last chance to catch service academy football until September. Whether you’re watching from your couch, from your duty station or from the nosebleed section, here’s what you need to know about tomorrow’s Military Bowl.

Toledo (8-4, 7-1 Mid-American Conference) vs. Air Force (7-5, 3-4 Mountain West Conference), Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.

Where: RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.

Where else: ESPN (Pam Ward, Dan Hawkins). Also available online at

A word from our sponsor: The game is presented by Northrop Grumman. A portion of the game’s proceeds benefits the USO; last year, that portion exceeded $100,000, according to the game’s website.

How to turn vouchers into tickets: If you’re redeeming the ticket vouchers handed out at D.C.-area USO branches, you’ll need to go to Gate F, according to the USO of Metropolitan Washington’s Ticketline website (for a handy, nicely labeled stadium overhead map, click here). The redemption office is open Tuesday until 4 p.m. and on game day beginning at 10 a.m.

Dress code: Cold-weather gear. The forecast calls for a wind chill right around freezing at kickoff, with sunset about 20 minutes later and temperatures falling steadily. The good news: No rain expected.

Who wants to tailgate in 17-mile-an-hour winds? Good question, but bowl organizers have an answer — a $25, all-you-can-eat pregame party inside the nearby D.C. Armory. Tickets are available here.

Post-tailgate events (i.e., the game): Check here for a brief preview. Air Force fans seeking enemy intel can read the Toledo Blade’s game coverage here.

Any spirit spots?: Not exactly. But these airmen sent a long-distance hello from Kosovo.

Gambling is illegal in most states: Toledo is a 3-point favorite.

Coverage: Head to After Action for your liveblogging needs, and follow us on Twitter for in-game updates.


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