Yes, just as is any other college sporting activity in New Mexico that can do so, the New Mexico Bowl is moving out of state.
The ESPN Events-owned bowl announced Tuesday in a one-paragraph statement on its website that it is moving to Frisco, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, “due to current state guidelines in New Mexico regarding intercollegiate athletics and travel.”
The name of the bowl will remain the same. The game kicks off at 1:30 p.m. MT on Thursday, Dec. 24.
The announcement was no surprise, given that back on Oct. 30, when the kickoff date and time for the bowl was announced, the statement read: “The venue for this year’s game is still being determined.”
That venue will be at Toyota Stadium, home of the FC Dallas soccer franchise, with a listed seating capacity of 20,500.
The Mountain West and Conference USA have ties to the New Mexico Bowl, but whether those bowl tie-ins will be honored, especially with schedules being impacted by coronavirus concerns, remains to be determined.
The first 14 New Mexico Bowl games were played at University Stadium, home of the New Mexico Lobos.
Both New Mexico and New Mexico State’s basketball programs are based out of the state for the time being because of the state’s prohibitive guidelines that would make practicing or playing games in Albuquerque or Las Cruces impossible.
The UNM programs are prepping in Texas — the men in Levelland, the women in Canyon. The NMSU men are in the Phoenix area and its women in Tucson. The Aggie women tip off their season Wednesday at noon in El Paso. The Aggie men play Friday vs. Arizona Christian in Glendale, Ariz.
UNM has no games scheduled as of Tuesday afternoon beyond league games assigned by the Mountain West Conference.