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Here You Go Cougar Fans; Make Your Bowl Trip Preparations With Help From New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The field is set for the eighth annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl and the city of Albuquerque is ready to welcome fans. The first game of the college football postseason pits the Washington State Cougars against the Colorado State Rams on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the University of New Mexico Football Stadium. The game will air nationally at Noon MT/2:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN 3D and ESPN Radio.

This is the Ram's second appearance at the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, and the first for the Cougars. For those fans making the trip to Albuquerque for the big game, the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau makes it easy to find affordable deals and hotel packages during your stay, even if it's just a quick weekend getaway. Check out www.ItsATrip.org/NMBowl2013 for special rates at hotels, coupons from local retailers, restaurants, attractions and more.

Albuquerque is more than 300 years old and is the metropolitan center of New Mexico with more than 800,000 residents. At an altitude of 5,500 feet, with mountains bordering the city and sunny skies 310 days of the year, Albuquerque has a plethora of outdoor activities: hiking, biking, world-class golfing, skiing, snowboarding, hot air ballooning and more. Sandia Peak Ski Area is scheduled to open this Friday, Dec. 13, so fans may want to hit the slopes on Sunday after the game.

One of the best times to visit Albuquerque is during the holiday season when you can experience a variety of unique festivities. In addition to the game, fans can take in one of the many holiday performances happening that weekend or walk the River of Lights at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden. Visit Old Town, Nob Hill or Uptown to finish up your holiday shopping, and be sure to sample some New Mexican cuisine. From traditional food to events, Albuquerque in December is beautiful and full of holiday cheer. To see all holiday events, visit www.itsatrip.org/holidays2013

Experience a weekend getaway to Albuquerque and be part of the excitement as you see a nationally televised football game, finish your holiday shopping and enjoy memorable festivities around the city. Visit www.ItsATrip.org/NMBowl2013 for more information on tickets and game festivities.

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