New Mexico Bowl shifted to Toyota Stadium in Frisco Thursday because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
ByFunAsia 25 Dec 2020 09:14 AM 207

The New Mexico Bowl, which is usually held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco Thursday because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ursula Shipley, the grandmother of a player, bravely managed the chilly weather to see her grandson and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors beat the Houston Cougars in the New Mexico Bowl.

The game was moved from Albuquerque due to COVID-19 restrictions in New Mexico.

One of Houston fan Eric Gooden recalled, "We get updates and I’m like, ‘Frisco, Texas?’ I thought it was a misprint at first."

This game began in 2006 and it is for the first time in these years, the game has been played outside the state.

For Shipley, a Prosper resident found it a welcome surprise. She said, "Matthew has moved 6,000 miles away from home. Haven’t seen him in six and a half months and it’s really something very, very special," she said.

Ahead of the game - tailgating looked a little different in the sparse parking lot, but that didn’t faze Hawaii fan Caitlyn Yukna.

The Christmas Eve game coincided with a surge of COVID-19 cases in North Texas and hospital capacity nearly at full capacity.

One of the fans said, "I think we’re all a little bit concerned, but many of us have had it, so some of us are less concerned."

Several Frisco business owners said they’re grateful the bowl game was in Frisco, because any added business right now is beneficial.

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