Updated May 26, 2022 - 4:50 pm
The Las Vegas Bowl is again moving on the bowl schedule.
The bowl game, which is now played at Allegiant Stadium, announced it will be played on Dec. 17 at 4:30 p.m., moving back to the first Saturday of bowl season.
ABC (KSNV-13) will televise the game nationally, the last leg of a tripleheader on the network. It was part of the bowl schedule revealed Thursday.
Last year’s game — in which Wisconsin beat Arizona State 20-13 — was played on Dec. 30, and Las Vegas Bowl executive director John Saccenti said it was a challenge to stage such an event that close to New Year’s Eve. The announced crowd of 32,515 was well below bowl organizers’ expectations.
“Las Vegas pre-Christmas is a much different city than Las Vegas post-Christmas,” Las Vegas Bowl executive director John Saccenti said. “It was easier to navigate the city (pre-Christmas). We had better room rates at our resorts.
”The whole reason the bowl was originally designed and brought on board was to drive tourism the week before Christmas.”
The game was played on the first Saturday of bowl season for decades when it was at Sam Boyd Stadium. The move to Allegiant and the affiliations with the Pac-12 Conference, the Big 12 Conference and the SEC originally allowed the game to be played closer to Jan. 1.
This year’s game will be one of seven bowl games scheduled for Dec. 17. The bowl will feature a matchup of Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference teams, the first preassigned game between the leagues since 1989.
Date, bowl, time, TV
Dec. 16, HomeTown Lenders Bahamas Bowl, 8:30 a.m., ESPN
Dec. 16, Cure Bowl, noon, ESPN
Dec. 17, Wasabi Fenway Bowl, 8 a.m., ESPN
Dec. 17, Cricket Celebration Bowl, 9 a.m., KTNV-13
Dec. 17, New Mexico Bowl, 11:15 a.m., ESPN
Dec. 17, Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl, 12:30 p.m., KTNV-13
Dec. 17, LendingTree Bowl, 2:45 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 17, SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl, 4:30 p.m., KTNV-13
Dec. 17, Frisco Bowl, 6:15 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 19, Myrtle Beach Bowl, 11:30 a.m., ESPN
Dec. 20, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, 12:30 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 20, RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 21, R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl , 6 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 22, Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 23, Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl, TBD, ESPN
Dec. 23, Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl , TBD, ESPN
Dec. 24, Easypost Hawaii Bowl, 5 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 26, Quick Lane Bowl, 11:30 a.m., ESPN
Dec. 27, Camellia Bowl, 9 a.m., ESPN
Dec. 27, First Responder Bowl, 12:15/3:45 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 27, TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl, 12:15/3:45 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 27, Guaranteed Rate Bowl, 7:15 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 28, Military Bowl presented by Peraton, 11 a.m., ESPN
Dec. 28, AutoZone Liberty Bowl, 2:30 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 28, TaxAct Texas Bowl, 6 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 29, Pinstripe Bowl, 11 a.m., ESPN
Dec. 29, Cheez-It Bowl, 2:30 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 29, Valero Alamo Bowl, 6 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 30, Duke’s Mayo Bowl, 9 a.m., ESPN
Dec. 30, Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl, 11 a.m., KLAS-8
Dec. 30, TaxSlayer Gator Bowl, 12:30 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 30, Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl, 1:30 p.m., Barstool (streaming)
Dec. 30, Capital One Orange Bowl, 4:30 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 31, TransPerfect Music City Bowl, 9 a.m., KTNV-13
Dec. 31, AllState Sugar Bowl, 9 a.m., ESPN
Dec. 31, Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl (semifinal), 1 p.m./5 p.m., ESPN
Dec. 31, Fiesta Bowl (semifinal) 1 p.m./5 p.m., ESPN
Jan. 2, Tampa Bay Bowl , 9 a.m., ESPN2
Jan. 2, Goodyear Cotton Bowl, 10 a.m., ESPN
Jan. 2, Vrbo Citrus Bowl , 10 a.m., KTNV-13
Jan. 2, Rose Bowl Game , 2 p.m., ESPN
TBD, Holiday Bowl, TBD, KVVU-5
Jan. 9, CFP championship game, TBD, ESPN