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The Emerald Bowl is a post-season college football bowl game certified by the NCAA that has been played annually at 40,800-seat AT&T Parkmarker (home of the San Francisco Giants) in San Francisco, Californiamarker, since 2002. It was previously known as the San Francisco Bowl and its official name was the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl in recognition of the corporate title sponsor, Diamond of California, from 2002 to 2003. (The company is now known as Diamond Foods, Inc., with Emerald of California its primary snack nut brand, and as such remains the title sponsor.)

At the time of its launch in 2002 as the San Francisco Bowl the game was one of two college bowl games to be played in baseball-specific stadiums, joining the Insight Bowl (which was played at Chase Fieldmarker from 2000-2005). (Several other bowl games have been played at stadiums with both baseball and football tenants, with the Orange and International bowls being two examples.) In 2006 and 2007 the Emerald Bowl was the only game played in a baseball-specific stadium, as the Insight Bowl had moved to Sun Devil Stadiummarker following the Fiesta Bowl's move to University of Phoenix Stadiummarker. In 2008 the game again became one of two bowls at baseball-specific sites as it was joined by the St. Petersburg Bowl in St. Petersburg, Florida, which is played at the Tampa Bay Rays' home stadium of Tropicana Fieldmarker.

Since AT&T Park is not normally used for football, the makeshift arrangements of the playing field require both teams to be on the same sideline, separated by a barrier at the 50-yard line.

The organizers has announced that the Emerald Bowl will host the Pac-10’s sixth-place team with the WAC’s first, second or third-place team in 2010 and 2013. Then in 2011, Army will play against the Pac-10 team, with Navy in 2012, provided they are eligible.

Game results

Date Played Winning Team Losing Team
December 31, 2002 20 13 notes
December 31, 2003 35 21 notes
December 30, 2004 34 19 notes
December 29, 2005 Utah 38 Georgia Tech 10 notes
December 27, 2006 Florida State 44 27 notes
December 28, 2007 Oregon State 21 Maryland 14 notes
December 27, 2008 California 24 Miami 17 notes


Cal running back Jahvid Best accepts the 2008 Emerald Bowl Offensive MVP trophy from Emerald Bowl Executive Director Gary Cavalli
Date played MVPs School Position
December 31, 2002 Bryan Randall Virginia Tech QB
Anthony Schiegel Air Force LB
December 31, 2003 Derrick Knight Boston College RB
T. J. Stancil Boston College FS
December 30, 2004 Aaron Polanco Navy QB
Vaughn Keley Navy CB
December 29, 2005 Travis LaTendresse Utah WR
Eric Weddle Utah CB
December 27, 2006 Lorenzo Booker Florida State RB
Tony Carter Florida State CB
December 28, 2007 Yvenson Bernard Oregon State RB
Derrick Doggett Oregon State LB
December 27, 2008 Jahvid Best California RB
Zack Follett California LB

Most appearances

Rank Team Appearances Record
T1 California 1 1-0
T1 Boston College 1 1-0
T1 Florida State 1 1-0
T1 Navy 1 1-0
T1 Oregon State 1 1-0
T1 Utah 1 1-0
T1 Virginia Tech 1 1-0
T1 Miami 1 0-1
T1 Air Force 1 0-1
T1 Colorado State 1 0-1
T1 Georgia Tech 1 0-1
T1 Maryland 1 0-1
T1 New Mexico 1 0-1
T1 UCLA 1 0-1

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