Thousands of young football players who dream of one day playing in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl had their hopes dashed on Wednesday.
The San Diego Bowl Game Association announced the Poinsettia Bowl will be scrapped immediately. The city will focus on just one postseason college football game going forward, the Holiday Bowl.
The Poinsettia Bowl was played for 12 years in its current iteration, and no SEC teams every played in it.
“College football and the bowl game structure has gone through major changes through the years and our board feels the time is right to focus our efforts on one post-season game,” said Mark Neville, executive director of the San Diego Bowl Game Association, in a news release. “The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl staged exciting match-ups for more than a decade and we were one of the few cities to host two bowl games.”
There were a lot of repeat visitors, though. Navy played four times, while TCU, San Diego State and Northern Illinois played three times apiece. The Mountain West Conference usually sent teams to the event, which was held at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
The association also said in the release that discussions are under way to play the Holiday Bowl at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, after 2018 when Qualcomm closes. Qualcomm was the home of the San Diego Chargers, who are moving to Los Angeles.
The Poinsettia decision brings the bowl count down to 39 games, plus the College Football Playoff championship game.