READY, SET, HUT…. 2017 FAMOUS IDAHO® POTATO BOWL TO KICKOFF FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22

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2017 Marks the 21st Annual Famous Idaho® Potato Bowl played on the blue turf at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho.

EAGLE, Idaho, May 15, 2017 – The 21st Annual Famous Idaho® Potato Bowl will kickoff on Friday, Dec. 22 at 2:00 p.m. MST/4:00 p.m. EST at Boise State University’s Albertsons Stadium and will be aired live on ESPN.

In its seventh year as the naming sponsor of the premier cold-weather college football bowl game, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) is looking forward to another exciting matchup between the Mountain West (MW) and Mid-American (MAC) Conferences. Last year, in the highest scoring bowl game of the season and the third highest scoring game in bowl history, the University of Idaho Vandals defeated the Colorado State Rams (61-50). Close to 25,000 die-hard fans braved the cold weather to cheer on the teams, while 1.1 million viewers (an increase of 6% over 2015) watched the game indoors on ESPN. This will be the MW’s fifth straight appearance in the bowl’s history, while the MAC will look to secure a spot for the eighth time in nine years.

“The Famous Idaho® Potato Bowl has proven to be an extremely effective sponsorship allowing
the entire Idaho® potato industry to get involved and support Idaho’s most important
agricultural crop, which generates more than $4.5 billion in annual revenue and employs more than 30,000 people,” explained Frank Muir, President & CEO, IPC. “With the excellent timeslot and the myriad of family activities scheduled to take place, including Simplot’s French Fry Feed, we’re confident attendance and viewership of the game will be higher than ever.”

Friday’s game will be one of two matchups that afternoon with the Bahamas Bowl kicking off earlier in the day at 12:30 p.m. MST.

Famous Idaho® Potato Bowl tickets will go on sale to the general public in September through
BoiseStateTickets.com and Albertsons Stadium ticket office. For premium ticket packages and sponsorship information contact the Famous Idaho® Potato Bowl office at (208) 424-1011.

The Famous Idaho® Potato Bowl is one of 13 owned and operated bowl games by ESPN Events,
a division of ESPN.

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About the Idaho Potato Commission

Established in 1937, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) is a state agency responsible for promoting and protecting the famous 'Grown in Idaho™' seal, a federally registered certification mark that assures consumers are purchasing genuine, top-quality Idaho® potatoes. Idaho’s growing season of warm days and cool nights, ample mountain-fed irrigation, and rich volcanic soil give Idaho® potatoes their unique texture, taste and dependable performance, which differentiates Idaho® potatoes from potatoes grown in other states.

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