Fort Worth was the host for the Armed Forces Bowl at TCU's Amon G. Carter Stadium on January 2, featuring a matchup between the University of Pittsburgh Panthers and University of Houston Cougars.
As sponsors of the Armed Forces Bowl, Cash America coworkers had a courtesy tent front and center in the “Frog Alley”
tailgate zone. Despite a cold day and steady rain, attendees filled
clear stadium bags with koozies and bottle openers; red, white and blue
sunglasses; and the most popular item: blue Cash America rain ponchos —
3,000 of them, to be exact.
The ponchos were prevalent among the hardy crowd who stuck around for all four quarters. Despite being down 34-13 with under 4 minutes to play, UH rallied to win the game 35-34 to mark the bowl season's largest comeback and arguably most exciting finish.
The Armed Forces Bowl recognizes and honors the five branches of the armed services, including showcases of military hardware and giveaways to wounded veterans.
The military theme is visible all around the event; veterans (including a Pearl Harbor survivor) made their way all around the campus, and the championship trophy is even made of steel from the USS Fort Worth!
Enjoy the photos of the event below courtesy of Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports, and a big thank you to the coworkers from our Texas offices and Grand Prairie store who helped keep the fans dry and happy (at least the ones cheering for Houston)!