Second Consecutive Primetime Saturday Night Kickoff for Independence Bowl


SHREVEPORT, La. (June 6, 2024) – The Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl will kick off on a Saturday night in primetime for the second consecutive year, as the 48th edition of college football’s 11th most historic bowl game is set for Saturday, December 28 at 8:15 p.m. CT on ESPN.

“We are thrilled for another Saturday night game, and we are excited to create another amazing game day atmosphere at Independence Stadium for local and traveling fans,” said 2024 Independence Bowl Foundation Chair Claire Rebouche. “I think this game date and time is outstanding for our community, and the primetime slot on ESPN allows us to highlight Radiance Technologies, the Shreveport-Bossier City community and our bowl to millions of people throughout the country.”

“This game date is ideal for our local community – providing a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy the Christmas and holiday season before coming out on Saturday, December 28 to continue the great support of our community’s bowl,” said Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl Executive Director Missy Setters. “With the ongoing conference realignment in college football, we have been working with multiple parties to secure an exciting matchup for the 2024 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl, and we look forward to hosting two deserving teams in Shreveport in late December.”

This year will be the second straight Independence Bowl to kickoff in primetime on a Saturday night on ESPN. Last year’s game between Texas Tech and California drew the best crowd since the 2019 Louisiana Tech-Miami matchup – with a paid attendance of 33,071. 2024 will be the 32nd consecutive year that the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl will be televised on an ESPN network.

The ticket renewal process is underway for fans who have bought Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl tickets in the past. The renewal deadline is Wednesday, July 31. Tickets will go on sale to the public in mid-August and will be available at Individual tickets will start at $20, and there will also be group tickets, Small Business Fan Packs, Family Four-Packs and other ticket packages available. For ticketing questions, fans can contact Ticketing Director Avrielle Steward at [email protected].

Bowl Week will once again feature a full week of public events for fans to enjoy – including the annual Rally on the Red on Friday night, December 27. More information on Bowl Week events will be released at a later date. Fans can plan their trip to Shreveport for the 2024 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl at For information on Independence Stadium rules and the clear bag policy, please visit


Established in 1976, the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl™ is college football’s 11th most historic bowl game, and the 48th edition of the game is set for Saturday, December 28 at 8:15 p.m. CT on ESPN. Huntsville, Ala.-based Radiance Technologies is the bowl’s title sponsor through the 2025 Bowl Season. The bowl’s conference, team, and television agreements also run through the 2025 season. 

The Independence Bowl Foundation is prevalent in the Shreveport-Bossier City area throughout the year, hosting events to help enhance the economic impact and growth of our community. The Mission of the Independence Bowl is to attract and provide quality, nationally recognized football competition oriented to the Ark-La-Tex region. For more information, visit or follow the bowl on Facebook, X and Instagram at @IndyBowl.

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