Watch the 2020 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
Enjoy watching the 2020 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl!
Kickoff: 3:30 PM EST December 26th, 2020 at Gerald J Ford Stadium in Dallas Texas - Televised on ABC
The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 26, at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. (ET) on ABC.
"Playing on the Saturday after Christmas is a perfect fit for our game,” said Brant Ringler, executive director of the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. “We are very much looking forward to being able to thank our first responders on a national scale in front of an ABC audience.”
In December 2014, the bowl began honoring first responders, including police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, border patrol agents and military personnel who have specialized training and are the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency. In 2018, the game was renamed to reflect the efforts to show appreciation to first responders.
Ford Stadium was the site of the contest last December, marking the first time that the game, previously known as the Heart of Dallas Bowl and TicketCity Bowl, was contested at a site other than Cotton Bowl Stadium.
Schools who have competed in the first decade of the First Responder Bowl include: Army West Point, Boise State, Boston College, Houston, Illinois, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Purdue, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, UNLV, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Western Michigan and Western Kentucky.
Sixty-five First Responder Bowl alumni have gone on to be drafted by the National Football League, led by two-time first-team All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas (Southern Miss). Of the draftees, five became first-round picks and eight were selected in the second round.
The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is one of 17 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.