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Fiesta Bowl Charities gifted Guaranteed Rate Bowl field to Luke Air Force Base

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Along with the BHHS Legacy Foundation and PNC Bank, Fiesta Bowl Charities donated a giant present to those who fight for our country and their families.

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According to a press release, the Fiesta Bowl group gifted the 2023 Guaranteed Rate Bowl playing field to the Fighter Country Foundation at Luke Air Force Base.

The 2023 Guaranteed Rate Bowl playing field that Fiesta Bowl Charities donated to the Fighter Country Foundation at Luke Air Force Base. Apr. 11, 2024 © Gene Lower

After Kansas beat UNLV 49-36 on Dec. 26, the field would travel from Chase Field – the game’s venue – to Glendale.

“The uniqueness rises to a new level when you realize that the field used in the game is donated to Arizona communities every year to provide an asset greatly appreciated by those communities,” Fiesta Bowl Executive Director & CEO Erik Moses said in the press release. “What we do know is that play and sports positively impact the lives of millions of young people every day and we are proud to be able to provide this new field to the Luke Air Force Base community.”

Because of this, Fiesta Bowl Charities has donated nine different fields to communities across the Valley. Other locations include Glendale, Bullhead City, Phoenix, Maryvale, Fort Mohave, Avondale and Laveen.

Replacing a 20-plus-year-old grass field at Luke Air Force Base, the 75,000-square-foot Guaranteed Rate Bowl playing surface was installed. In addition, they would receive an additional 22,000 square feet of grass, totaling 97,000-plus square feet.

Fiesta Bowl mascot Spirit standing on a podium after the installation of the 2023 Guaranteed Rate Bowl field at Luke Air Force Base. Apr. 11, 2024 © Gene Lower

Since last April, the base’s prior field has been unusable because of “hazardous, uneven and unsafe conditions.”

Known as a nonprofit organization, Fighter Country Foundation provides programs and services to “support and honor the families” on base.

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Reporter Alec Cipollini covers Phoenix Sports News for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his X account, @AlecCipollini

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