Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl
Stadium AT&T Park
Location San Francisco, California
Operated 2002–present
Conference tie-ins Pac-12 Since 2006 , Army 2011, Navy 2012, BYU 2013
Alternates: ACC, MAC, WAC WAC ends 2012
Previous conference tie-ins ACC (2005-2010) as a primary tie-in
Payout US$1,000,000 (Pac-12) (As of 2013)
US$850,000 (Army, Navy, BYU, or Alternates) (As of 2013)[1]
Diamond Foods, Inc. (2002–2009)
Kraft Foods (2010–present)
Former names
San Francisco Bowl (2002)
Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl (2002–2003)
Emerald Bowl (2004–2009)
2011 (December) matchup
UCLA vs. Illinois (Illinois 20-14)
2012 matchup
Arizona State vs. Navy (Arizona State 62-28)

The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl is a post-season college football bowl game certified by the NCAA that has been played annually at 40,800-seat AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, in San Francisco, California, since 2002. It was previously known as the Emerald Bowl from 2004 to 2009 and the San Francisco Bowl and the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl in recognition of the corporate title sponsor, Diamond of California, from 2002 to 2003. As of 2010, the bowl is sponsored by Kraft Foods. On November 20, 2012 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl officials and the San Francisco 49ers announced the bowl game will move to the new Santa Clara Stadium in the Silicon Valley in 2014.[2]


The game is one of three college bowl games played in baseball-specific stadiums, alongside the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg, Florida, played at Tropicana Field, and the Pinstripe Bowl in New York, played at Yankee Stadium.

In 2010, Kraft Foods became the sponsor of the bowl and announced the new name, which the corporation is launching as part of a broader hunger relief program.[3] According to Sports Illustrated, the executive director of the bowl, Gary Cavalli, was paid a $377,475 salary in 2009.[4]

Field configurationEdit

Because AT&T Park is not normally used for football, the arrangement of the playing field requires both teams to be on the same sideline, separated by a barrier at the 50-yard line. The field runs southwest-to-northeast in this configuration, with the south end zone along the first base line, and the north meeting near the left field wall to place optimum seating along the third base grandstand, and some temporary bleacher seating in center field.


The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl has a contract to host the Pac-12's sixth-place team during the 2010 through 2013 seasons. There are multiple contracts that will determine the opponent. In 2011, the Pac-12 team's opponent was Illinois, replacing Army, who did not achieve bowl eligibility; in 2012, it was Navy; and in 2013, it will be BYU. In the event these teams don't qualify for bowl eligibility, they will be replaced by a team from the ACC, MAC, or WAC.

Game resultsEdit

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Name Date Winning Team Losing Team
2002 San Francisco Bowl December 31, 2002 Virginia Tech 20 Air Force 13
2003 San Francisco Bowl December 31, 2003 Boston College 35 Colorado State 21
2004 Emerald Bowl December 30, 2004[5] Navy 34 New Mexico 19
2005 Emerald Bowl December 29, 2005[6] Utah 38 Georgia Tech 10
2006 Emerald Bowl December 27, 2006 Florida State 44 UCLA 27
2007 Emerald Bowl December 28, 2007 Oregon State 21 Maryland 14
2008 Emerald Bowl December 27, 2008 California 24 Miami (FL) 17
2009 Emerald Bowl December 26, 2009 USC 24 Boston College 13
2010 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl January 9, 2011 Nevada 20 Boston College 13
2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl December 31, 2011 Illinois 20 UCLA 14
2012 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl December 29, 2012 Arizona State 62 Navy 28


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Date played MVPs School Position
December 31, 2002 Bryan Randall Virginia Tech QB
Anthony Schlegel Air Force LB
December 31, 2003 Derrick Knight Boston College RB
T. J. Stancil Boston College FS
December 30, 2004 Aaron Polanco Navy QB
Vaughn Keley Navy CB
December 29, 2005 Travis LaTendresse Utah WR
Eric Weddle Utah CB
December 27, 2006 Lorenzo Booker Florida State RB
Tony Carter Florida State CB
December 28, 2007 Yvenson Bernard Oregon State RB
Derrick Doggett Oregon State LB
December 27, 2008 Jahvid Best California RB
Zack Follett California LB
December 26, 2009 Damian Williams USC WR
Luke Kuechly Boston College LB
January 9, 2011 Rishard Matthews Nevada WR
Luke Kuechly Boston College LB
December 31, 2011 Nathan Scheelhaase Illinois QB
Terry Hawthorne Illinois DB
December 29, 2012 Marion Grice Arizona State RB
Will Sutton Arizona State DT

Most appearancesEdit

Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Boston College 3 1–2
T2 Navy 2 1–1
T2 UCLA 2 0–2
T3 Arizona State 1 1–0
T3 California 1 1–0
T3 Florida State 1 1–0
T3 Illinois 1 1–0
T3 Nevada 1 1–0
T3 Oregon State 1 1–0
T3 USC 1 1–0
T3 Utah 1 1–0
T3 Virginia Tech 1 1–0
T3 Air Force 1 0–1
T3 Colorado State 1 0–1
T3 Georgia Tech 1 0–1
T3 Maryland 1 0–1
T3 Miami (FL) 1 0–1
T3 New Mexico 1 0–1

Results by conferenceEdit

Conference Record Pct Win
Big East 2–0 1.000
WAC 1–0 1.000
Big Ten 1–0 1.000
Pac-12 4–2 .667
Independents 1–1 .500
Mountain West 1–3 .250
ACC 1–5 .167

See alsoEdit


  3. "Kraft Foods to sponsor San Francisco Bowl Game" (Press release). Kraft Foods. April 15, 2010. Retrieved April 15, 2010.
  4. Murphy, Austin, and Dan Wetzel, "Does It Matter?", Sports Illustrated, 15 November 2010, p. 45.
  5. Navy took the place of a Pac-10 team as their conference did not have enough bowl-eligible teams.
  6. Because the Pac-10 did not have enough teams to qualify, Georgia Tech from the ACC was named the replacement.

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