First 10,000 fans at DIRECTV Holiday Bowl to receive free tickets to SeaWorld

By Gina Yarbrough

San Diego, CA–DIRECTV Holiday Bowl partner, SeaWorld San Diego will be providing complimentary one-day park admission tickets to the first 10,000 fans entering Petco Park gates for the game. 

The highly anticipated bowl game is scheduled to take place on Wednesday with gates opening at 3 p.m. and kickoff set for 5 p.m.  

This special offer from SeaWorld San Diego allows each person to enjoy one park admission ticket, subject to availability and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The generous initiative aims to enhance the fan experience at the 44th annual DIRECTV Holiday Bowl, featuring a matchup between the 15th-ranked Louisville Cardinals and the USC Trojans.

Following the game, attendees can look forward to the spectacular 101.5 KGB Sky Show, renowned for its iconic fireworks display.

Mark Neville, CEO of the DIRECTV Holiday Bowl, expressed gratitude towards SeaWorld San Diego, emphasizing their decades-long partnership in supporting the non-profit bowl game. 

“This year’s DIRECTV Holiday Bowl fan experience has been elevated thanks to our friends at SeaWorld. It’s a fantastic opportunity for fans to delve into marine mammal education and enjoy the multitude of fun rides and attractions the park has to offer,” Neville said.

SeaWorld San Diego has been a dedicated partner of the DIRECTV Holiday Bowl for over 35 years, and this marks the second consecutive year that the park is extending this special offer to bowl game fans.

“As a longstanding partner and supporter of the Holiday Bowl and the benefits it brings to our city, we’re excited to bring back this ticket offer for locals and tourists attending the game,” said Jim Lake, president of SeaWorld San Diego Park.

Ticket distribution will take place at each of the three main entrances, 

Ticket holders must be present to receive their complimentary SeaWorld ticket, organizers said.

The SeaWorld San Diego admission is valid from December 28 through January 31, 2024, with additional restrictions applying. The tickets are non-transferable, nonrefundable, and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. 

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