football-fbs flag

Mid-American Conference | October 11, 2013

MAC announces creation of Boca Raton Bowl

CLEVELAND -- The Mid-American Conference announced on Friday the creation of a new bowl game in Boca Raton, Fla. for a six-year period (2014-19), which will be owned and operated by ESPN. The Boca Raton Bowl will be a pre-Christmas bowl game and will be televised nationally on ESPN or ESPN2. The Boca Raton Bowl will be played at FAU Stadium, an open-air stadium opened in 2011 which seats nearly 30,000 fans on the campus of Florida Atlantic University.

The creation of the Boca Raton Bowl is the beginning of a series of planned bowl announcements during the next several weeks and 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,” Jon Steinbrecher, Mid-American Conference commissioner, said. “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.”

The Boca Raton Bowl, in addition to bowl games that will be announced on future dates, will be supported by several FBS conferences on a six-year rotating basis.

With further announcements coming shortly, the MAC will have created two new primary appearances on an annual basis for the next six years. Starting in the 2014 college football season, the MAC will have a minimum five guaranteed bowl opportunities.

“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 of ESPN Regional Television. “The many amenities of this area will make this a wonderful experience for the participating teams, their fans and administrators.”
 

Clemson football schedule 2019: Dates, times, opponents, results

Here is Clemson's full schedule for the 2019 season as the Tigers look to defend their 2018 national championship.
READ MORE

2019 college football conference championship schedule, TV channels

A complete schedule of the 2019 FBS college football conference championships and how to watch them on TV.
READ MORE

College football conference championships preview: Top games, what to watch, rankings

Here's the complete breakdown of conference championships week in the 2019 college football season, filled with games that have a maximum impact on the final College Football Playoff rankings.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners