MAC Announces Primary Partnership With San Diego Credit Union Bowl In 2017 & 2019
Nov. 6, 2013
Cleveland, Ohio - The Mid-American Conference announced today a partnership with the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl as a primary bowl partner in 2017 and 2019, and a secondary bowl partner for the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 bowl seasons.
The MAC will play the Mountain West Conference in both the 2017 and 2019 bowl seasons, as the games will be played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif.
Today's announcement, in addition to the previous announcements of the Boca Raton Bowl, Bahamas Bowl and Miami Beach Bowl, is the fourth bowl announcements by the MAC and the centerpiece of a joint agreement between several FBS conferences. The Boca Raton Bowl, Bahamas Bowl and Miami Beach Bowl will be supported by several FBS conferences on a six-year rotating basis (2014-2019).
"The Mid-American Conference is proud to partner with the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl and provide yet another great destination for our student-athletes, fans and alumni," said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, Mid-American Conference Commissioner. "We are excited to have the opportunity to come to San Diego with an opportunity to play a competitor from the Mountain West Conference."
With the Boca Raton, Bahamas, Miami Beach and San Diego Bowl rotation, 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.
MAC Primary Bowl Partners 2014-19:
2015 Bowl Season:
2016 Bowl Season:
GoDaddy Bowl (Mobile, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt)
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Ida.; vs. Mountain West)
Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.; vs. Sun Belt)
Bahamas Bowl (Nassau, Bahamas; vs. American Athletic)
Miami Beach Bowl (Miami, Fla.; vs. American Athletic)
*Secondary bowl backup in San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
2017 Bowl Season:
2018 Bowl Season:
2019 Bowl Season:
Beginning in the 2014 bowl season, the Boca Raton Bowl, Bahamas Bowl, Miami Beach Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl will become a rotation for two MAC bowl appearances as the fourth and fifth primary bowl partners for the Conference.
The MAC has long-term primary contracts with the Go Daddy Bowl (based in Mobile, Ala.) through the 2017 season and the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (based in Boise, Ida.) and newly created Camellia Bowl (based in Montgomery, Ala.) through the 2019 season.
In October, the MAC announced the creation of the Boca Raton Bowl, a newly created bowl game to begin in 2014, 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.
Also in October, the MAC announced the creation of the Bahamas Bowl, a newly created bowl game to begin in 2014. The Bahamas Bowl will be played at Thomas A. Robinson Stadium, named for the Olympian track & field star, the stadium has the capacity of 15,000 and the ability to be expanded to hold as many as 30,000 fans.
The third bowl announcement featured the Miami Beach Bowl, a newly created bowl game to begin in 2014. The Miami Beach Bowl will be played at Marlins Park in Miami, Fla., and the MAC will participate during the 2016 and 2018 bowl seasons against the American Athletic Conference.
Earlier this summer, the MAC announced the creation of the Camellia Bowl, a newly created bowl game to begin in 2014, which will be based in Montgomery, Alabama, owned and operated by ESPN. The Camellia Bowl will feature a MAC bowl eligible football program to face a member of the Sun Belt Conference for the next six consecutive football seasons (2014-2019) in a pre-Christmas game televised nationally by ESPN or ESPN2.
Current MAC schools that hold full membership and the year they joined are -- East Division: University of Akron (1992), Bowling Green State University (1952), University at Buffalo (1998), Kent State University (1951), Miami University (1947), Ohio University (1946). West Division: Ball State University (1973), Central Michigan University (1971), Eastern Michigan University (1971), Northern Illinois University (1975-86, rejoined in 1997), University of Toledo (1950), Western Michigan University (1947). The University of Massachusetts (2012) competes in the East Division in football only.
The conference office is based in Cleveland, Ohio.
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