Get Set for Inaugural MAC Football-Affiliated Boca Raton Bowl


Dates and times for two new college football bowls with Mid-American Conference affiliations have been announced. The Boca Raton Bowl will be played at 6 p.m. on Dec. 23 at FAU Stadium on the campus of Florida Atlantic University, which has a capacity of 29,419. It has MAC, Conference USA and American Athletic Conference affiliations with a MAC team and C-USA team scheduled to face off in the inaugural game. The Bahamas Bowl will be played at noon on Dec. 24 at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas. The stadium has a capacity of 15,000. The game will feature a Conference USA and MAC team and will be televised on ESPN, which signed a six-year deal with the bowl. The 2014 Bahamas Bowl is the first postseason FBS bowl game outside of the United States or Canada since the 1937 Bacardi Bowl in Havana, Cuba, which ended in a 7-7 tie between Auburn and Villanova. “The Mid-American Conference is pleased to partner with the Bahamian government, The Atlantis resort and Conference USA in the creation of this new and unique college football game,” MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said in a press release. “The event will provide a one-of-a-kind experience for the student-athletes and fans. I am eagerly anticipating December and the inaugural Bahamas Bowl.” The Boca Raton Bowl will be a pre-Christmas bowl game and will be televised nationally on ESPN or ESPN2. The creation of the Boca Raton Bowl is the centerpiece of a joint agreement between several FBS conferences. The MAC will play Conference USA in the Boca Raton Bowl in 2014 and the American Athletic Conference in 2015. “The Mid-American Conference is pleased to partner with ESPN and several other conferences in the creation of the Boca Raton Bowl,” said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, Mid-American Conference Commissioner. “This has all the ingredients for an excellent bowl game: a great location, wonderful facilities for student-athletes and fans and hungry teams. I am eagerly anticipating the inaugural game in December of 2014.” “We are pleased to be able to bring post season college football to the Boca Raton area and host institutions from the Mid-American Conference, American Athletic and Conference-USA,” said Pete Derzis, Senior Vice President & GM, ESPN Regional Television. “The many amenities of this area will make this a wonderful experience for the participating teams, their fans and administrators.”