HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For the first time since 2007, the annual Hawaii Bowl will not take place on Christmas Eve this year.
Instead, the 2018 college football bowl game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 22 at Aloha Stadium.
This is just the fourth time in the bowl's history that the game won't be played on the 24th.
"Playing on the Saturday prior to Christmas Eve is a wonderful opportunity for new fans to be able to experience in person all the Hawaii Bowl has to offer," said Hawaii Bowl Executive Director Daryl Garvin in a release. "We are excited to welcome new attendees to the Bowl."
The Hawaii Bowl was created in 2002 and has featured the Rainbow Warrior football team seven times. This year's game will have a team from the Mountain West Conference take on a school from Conference USA. Last year's Hawaii Bowl featured the University of Houston and and Fresno State, a 33-27 victory for the Bulldogs.
For those wondering, the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic will also take place during the Christmas holiday (Dec. 22-25).
The schedule of the tournament will be developed to avoid any conflicts with participating schools and the bowl game.